LaunchVic is the Victorian Government agency tasked with growing Victoria’s startup ecosystem by investing in programs that empower entrepreneurs to scale innovative companies.

LaunchVic’s vision is to create a self-sustaining scale-ups sector with internationally recognised companies that attract investment and generate employment in Victoria. DifferenThinking has been selected by LaunchVic to deliver its unique founders and executives leadership program. DifferenThinking was also chosen to provide EiR and research support, as well as selection services to accelerators sponsored by LaunchVic.

The Problem

The Victorian startup ecosystem faces a unique situation by which many of the startup founders and executives are leading startups for the first time in their careers. Some have never held people management positions and others come from the corporate world.

High growth and scalability mean founders and executives must excel in different skills and capabilities.  Lacking these skills, many founders and executives failed to execute and deliver on time and budget and hence limited their success.

The solution

LaunchVic has selected DifferenThinking to deliver Founders education course called Execution = People + Culture + Leadership

The course, which included a series of workshops and 1:1 coaching,  was offered in metro and regional Victoria and supported over 150 founders and executives. The support covered:

  • Building and leading a strong culture
  • Building a champion high-performing team
  • Successfully working with your Board
  • Interviewing for cultural fit
  • Retaining your talent through change
  • Coaching skills for success
  • Driving high performance
  • Effective delegation & control
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Motivating & engaging teams


Receiving the highest ratings by the participants, the course was enormously successful. Here is what some of them said about the course and their learnings:

“As a new founder and CEO, DifferenThinking was a fantastic crash-course on exactly what I needed to know. It gave me frameworks for management and teamwork that could be applied without second-guessing if it was the right decision.”

Noel Lim, Co – Founder & CEO at Anika

“I attended the Founders Education Program, presented by Zivit. The course provided me with very useful tools that I was able to apply at work straight away. I also learned a lot about myself and how to interact better with my staff. Thanks, Zivit – You have opened my eyes!”

Yannick Zapf, Head of Sector at Clean Technology Partners Pty Ltd

“The DifferenThinking program is a great opportunity to learn straight-forward and practical ways to help foster effective and scalable businesses. Zivit provides a range of clear and pragmatic tools that can be used immediately in the day-to-day context of managing an organisation”.

Murray Height, CEO at HeiQ Australia

“Zivit is a powerhouse, providing insights from her interactions with numerous businesses and their founders. The course is very practical, and most of the class time is spent practising using the models with classmates. A great course with models that I have continued to use since graduation. Thanks, Zivit!”

Leanora Collett, Operations Manager at Unlock Your Voice

“Zivit allowed our business to go to the next level. I learnt some key tools to run a performing team and work more efficiently as a leader. Thanks again!”

Aude Milcent, Operations and Finance Manager at Clean Technology Partners Pty Ltd

“The uniqueness of Dr Inbar’s program comes from her extensive, real-world experience in hiring and building a high-performance team. Her direct, honest, and no-fluff facilitation style

challenges our thinking and makes us practice the tools she taught. I wish I participated in this program a few years earlier – it would have helped me avoided some hard lessons I learnt in recent years”.

Judy Cheung-Wood, Founder & Managing Director at SkinB5 Pty Ltd

“In attending Dr Zivit Inbar’s Founder Education Program, I now feel I have the knowledge and tools to grow my business with confidence. The skills and techniques taught, combined with the “hands-on” nature of the course was not only a great way to learn how to successfully lead others, but also make us reflect on ourselves. I would especially like to thank Zivit for bringing her course to  regional Victoria; it is great when the regions are able to access someone with her wealth of knowledge and experience.”

Marcus Turnbull, Founder at Turncode Productions




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