Applications are currently open for the MAP17 Startup Accelerator. Startups that are inducted into the program will need to progress through the four official stages of selection.
In Stage 1, startups submit an online and video application. Startups that progress to Stage 2 will attend Pitch Night, where they have 3 minutes to present their idea to the MAP mentors. Successful startups from Pitch Night will be invited to interview with the MAP team in Stage 3. Startups that proceed to the fourth and final stage will present a 3-minute pitch and 12 minutes of Q&A with the MAP17 Startup Accelerator selection panel.
For this final stage, we have put together a panel of esteemed and experienced individuals from across the startup, business and social impact space, who will assist MAP in selecting the successful 10 startups inducted into MAP in 2017.
THE SELECTION PANEL
Leno Mayo, Software Engineer & Founding Investor, 99designs
Leni Mayo is a software engineer and founding investor of 99designs.com, flippa.com and other web-focused companies based in Melbourne. 99designs.com is the world’s largest online graphic design marketplace and in 2011 raised $35 million in venture capital from Accel Partners.
Leni is a current co-founder of Influx, providing clients with support agents to answer help desk tickets around the clock. Leno is also co-founder and Chairman of Startup Victoria. He is a graduate of the University Melbourne (BSc Hons, 1985), majoring in computer science.
Kerri Lee Sinclair, Chief Investment Officer: Technology and Innovation, Kin Group
Kerri Lee Sinclair is the Chief Investment Officer for Technology and Innovation at the Kin group. She is also a Board member of Springboard Enterprises and was formerly the CEO of QSR International.
Kerri Lee has more than fifteen years’ experience working for a range of Australian-based growth businesses including Intelematics and LookSmart. She also co-founded an internet technology business which was sold to Microsoft-owned FAST in 2007. Kerri Lee began her career with McKinsey & Company, and has since held senior positions with Australia’s largest telecommunications company, Telstra, and Aconex, the world’s most widely-used cloud collaboration platform for construction, infrastructure, energy and resources projects.
Darcy Naunton, Co-Founder, Adventure Capital & York Butter Factory
Darcy Naunton is a co-founder and Partner with the venture fund at Adventure Capital, specialising in seed to Series A early-stage investing, primarily from Melbourne’s growing tech startup ecosystem. Darcy is also Managing Director of the York Butter Factory co-working space, where he works closely with a number of tech startups.
Darcy takes on rotating roles as CFO, board member, advisor and mentor to a number of startups and founders, as well as helping to coordinate Startup Weekend events nationally. Darcy holds a CFA, after receiving his Masters in Applied Finance at Monash University and Bachelors of Science and Commerce from the University of Western Australia.
Laura McKenzie, CEO & Director, Scale Investors
Laura McKenzie is the CEO and Director of Scale Investors. Laura brings 15 years experience in corporate finance, microfinance and venture capital to Scale. She has worked with PwC, Opportunity International and Starfish Ventures across three continents. Her expertise includes identifying, valuing and managing portfolios of innovative companies.
Laura is passionate about unlocking the potential of early stage businesses and connecting female entrepreneurs with capital. She is a member of the organising committee for the Nexus Australian Youth Summit on innovative philanthropy and social entrepreneurship, and is a Williamson Fellow.
David Scoullar, CEO & Managing Director, Southern Innovation
David Scoullar joined the Southern Innovation Board of Directors in 2005 as a Non-executive Director. In February 2008 David joined the Southern Innovation executive team as Managing Director.
Prior to his time at Southern Innovation, David was a Partner in the KordaMentha Group, an Australian accounting practice, where he was in charge of the Group’s boutique Mergers and Acquisitions practice 333Capital.
David previously worked with Arthur Andersen in their audit and corporate finance practices in Melbourne and London and has commercial experience spanning contract negotiations, initial public offerings, venture capital, company and asset valuations, as well as company sales and acquisitions.