Melbourne Connect is a digital innovation ecosystem that represents a physical and programmatic convergence of many organisations and interdisciplinary institutions. With a shared vision to leverage research and emerging technologies, Melbourne Connect aims to drive disruptive and transformative change throughout our society.
Melbourne Connect is committed to supporting student engagement, local not-for-profit organisations, and emerging talent within our ecosystem. To help achieve this, we have developed the Melbourne Connect Activations Fund to provide aid to eligible groups looking to host aligned events in our commercial venue spaces.
The fund is grouped under three funding streams including the Community Engagement Fund, the Higher Education and Industry Engagement Fund, and the Student Engagement Fund.
Students are central to everything we do at Melbourne Connect. As an innovation precinct, we aim to support student groups looking to host relevant student-facing events at Melbourne Connect by financially supporting their events and connecting them with industry partners and interdisciplinary research groups within the community.
Applications open 3 May 2023 and close 30 June for events taking place in July – December 2023 (Semester Two). This fund is open to The University of Melbourne’s faculty-supported student clubs only.
This fund is open to local registered not-for-profit and community organisations that support innovation, entrepreneurship, or digital literacy in our community. Priority will be given to organisations that align with Melbourne Connect’s mission and values.
Applications open in November 2023 for events taking place in January and February 2024.
Talent acquisition, student development, and work-integrated learning are key drivers for many of our co-located industry partners and research groups at Melbourne Connect. We welcome the opportunity to support events that connect students with the precinct community and highlight the rich talent ecosystem at The University of Melbourne.
Applications open November 2023 for events taking place in 2024. This fund is open to The University of Melbourne professional staff only.
The Melbourne Connect Activation Fund has been created to help groups and organisations host events at Melbourne Connect by offsetting the cost of venue hire, which includes all in-built AV systems.
Whether you are planning a small panel discussion or a large conference, Melbourne Connect will consider providing full or partial funding for your event and venue costs. It is important to note that any additional AV equipment, staging, and catering must be arranged through Melbourne Connect's approved suppliers.