Partnering with startups - CivVic Labs

The CivVic Labs accelerator program, launched in 2019 and led by LaunchVic in partnership with the Victorian Government’s Public Sector Innovation Fund, brings government and digital startups together to solve public sector challenges.

The Better Care Victoria (BCV) Innovation Fund proudly sponsored two health challenges from the first CivVic Labs round in 2019 and will again be participating in the program in 2020. 

Submissions open

Have a healthcare problem you need to solve?

Submit your Victorian health service challenge to the BCV Innovation Fund team for the opportunity to co-design a solution with a digital startup through the CivVic Labs accelerator program.

To express your interest, email the following information to

  • What is the healthcare challenge you want to solve?
  • What are your desired outcomes?
  • Who will benefit from the solution?

Submissions close on 28 February 2020.

Why apply?

The CivVic Labs program offers a new way of problem solving. 

Existing products and services are not always able to fulfil government requirements and needs. Digital startups offer a different perspective and expertise in emerging digital technology.

The CivVic Labs program gives challenge owners the opportunity to leverage this expertise, and to work with a digital startup to have a solution tailored to their needs.

Who should apply?

Any professional working in the Victorian public health system who is interested in delivering better care for Victorians, has a healthcare challenge they need solved, and has the drive and support from their health service to participate.

No expertise in digital technology is necessary. Tell us about the problem you want to solve and, should your idea by successful, we will guide you through the rest.

How does it work?

The CivVic Labs program will match challenge owners with a digital startup and over three months, they will work closely to co-design a prototype in response to the identified challenge. 

Both the challenge owner and startup receive support and capability training through the program.

For more information, visit the CivVic Labs website.

Sponsored health challenges

The Better Care Victoria (BCV) Innovation Fund proudly sponsored two health challenges from the first CivVic Labs round in 2019:

  • How to better capture and incorporate patient-reported measures into clinical practice, led by Western Health. Western Health and its selected startup, WeGuide, co-designed a platform that makes collecting healthcare data easier for the clinician to incorporate into their patient care.
  • How to reduce hospital-acquired complications (HACs), led by St Vincent's Hospital. St Vincent's Hospital and its selected startup, Sky Ledge, co-designed a service model that can predict and pre-empt patients at risk of delirium, with potential for wider applicability to other HACs. 

A showcase for the participants of the first round of the CivVic Labs program was held on 4 December 2019.