Industry and Community Partner
RMIT University (RMIT Activator
- Engaging multiple disciplines
- Entrepreneurial elements – with a focus on mindset development
- Scalable and sustainable
- Coach or mentor elements
- The Melbourne CBD location separates RMIT Activator from RMIT’s main campus but maintains links directly to the Vice Chancellor which facilitates fast decision making.
- Partnerships formed with the Colleges at RMIT, which provides different WIL programs to students.
- Wide diversity of our program participants as well as our staff and industry collaborators
- Access to the expertise, skills and talents of the academic staff at RMIT and collaboration between RMIT academic and professional staff.
- Its ability to drawn together staff, students and alumni all pursuing entrepreneurship and start-up’s in the same space to create a community embracing the entrepreneurial mind-set.
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RMIT Activator has three streams:
- Learn – provides student, staff and alumni with online and face-to-face entrepreneurial skill development opportunities.
- Innovate – encompasses a range of Bootcamps, Hackathons and programs designed to support start-ups to move from idea to formation. During the 12-week Sandbox program participants undertake market research, create and test prototypes and validate the value proposition of their start-up.
- Launch – offers students, staff and alumni a unique accelerator program, LaunchHUB – designed to support the launch of new enterprises through masterclasses, dedicated business and resilience coaches, advisors and industry experts all from their co-working space located in Melbourne CBD. Teams of at least two members with an early stage start-up, with a working MVP and a scalable business model can apply for the program.
RMIT Activator also acts as a brokerage between RMIT students and start-ups participating in the programs by connecting students with start-up’s offering credit-bearing WIL opportunities.
Impact / outcomes
RMIT Activator is quite new, starting in 2016, but it has already a community of almost 5,000 members (student, alumni and staff). It has supported 60 enterprises at this time, 41 of which have received funding ($955,000 in total), providing 12 WIL internship opportunities during 2018.
RMIT Activator is currently finalising its student assessment requirements.
Quality Indicators – Evaluation
RMIT Activator is currently finalising its evaluation procedures.