Meet the selection panel for the MAP17 Startup Accelerator

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.


Leno Mayo, Software Engineer & Founding Investor, 99designs

12Leni Mayo is a software engineer and founding investor of, and other web-focused companies based in Melbourne. 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

18Kerri 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

10Darcy 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

14Laura 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

16David 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.

APPLY FOR THE MAP17 STARTUP ACCELERATOR BEFORE APRIL 17. Submit your application online and be sure to check out the resources available to help you put your best application forward.

Seeking social media guru



MAP is recruiting a social media superstar to join the team – all social media gurus please read on.

Please note that this is a casual position with good pay and we expect initially 10 hours per week.

Social Media Associate Key Responsibilities:

  • Creation and posting of social media content across our platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).
  • Copywriting – in particular, writing for the MAP blog, newsletters and contributing to case study pieces.
  • Other social media and marketing items from time-to-time.

Who You Are:

  • Creative, entrepreneurial, friendly and like to work in awesome work environments.
  • Have experience in social media and can demonstrate that. We’d like to see social media channels that you’ve managed. These can be personal accounts (eg for Instagram if you have a bajillion followers) but we won’t ask you to provide personal accounts as we don’t like employers that stalk prospective staff.
  • Experience writing wonderful copy (we’d love to see some examples!)
  • Design experience a plus – or at least skilled in the use of Canva and an interest to learn.
  • Somebody who values our values:
    • Mastery – being the benchmark in all we do.
    • Diversity – fuelled by a wealth of people and ideas.
    • Family – investing in our community as they invest in us.
    • Tough Love – challenging each other with radical candour and care.

What We Can Offer:

  • Unparalleled access to an amazing startup community.
  • Experience working at the top ranked university accelerator in Australia at the top ranked university in Australia.
  • A fantastic work environment where there are no limits to what you can contribute / do should you wish.


If you’re interested please send a cover letter (hint, demonstrate your copywriting skills) and a CV to our Marketing Manager – Sarah at

 Applications close Friday 17 February, 12pm.




MAP Co-Founder to head Innovation and Science Australia

A special message from our Director…

Dear MAP Family,

Today is a bittersweet day for us as we let you know that Dr Charlie Day, one of the co-founders of MAP and the Director of the Carlton Connect Initiative, has been headhunted to become the CEO of Innovation and Science Australia by none other than the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP.

Charlie’s contribution to MAP cannot be overstated – there simply would be no MAP without him.

To put Charlie’s contribution into perspective one needs to understand the pedigree of his background. A Rhodes Scholar (in jet engine design), Charlie was formerly a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, and a member of the Investment Committee of UniSeed before he was recruited by the University of Melbourne to lead Melbourne Ventures for 6 years as its founding Director. Most recently Charlie has been leading the Carlton Connect Initiative, which is transforming the old Royal Women’s Hospital site into Australia’s premier innovation precinct. He also sits on the Board of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

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Dr Charlie Day at the MAP16 Accelerator Launch.

Charlie’s experience is complemented by his diplomacy, wisdom, leadership and eloquence. I can also personally attest to phenomenal amounts of patience… 🙂 When you add this all up it has become increasingly clear to me over the years that there is nobody in Australia who understands the intersection of the complex worlds of Universities and entrepreneurship better than Charlie Day.

It’s pretty easy to see why Minister Hunt would want Charlie for this role – he is the perfect person for it and will do an outstanding job. It is validation of Charlie’s contribution to date and a well-placed trust that Charlie can steward Australia into a more entrepreneurial age just as he has stewarded MAP since its inception.

Charlie enjoying a tour of Airbnb as part of the MAP Silicon Valley Trade Mission, November 2015.

Charlie – congratulations from everyone at MAP and although you’re leaving the nest just remember that you’re part of the family for life!

Best wishes,

Rohan Workman
Melbourne Accelerator Program


The Melbourne Startups Making Their Moves – Only at MAP 2016 Demo Day

You’re invited to
MAP 2016 Demo Day
Thursday 27th October 2016, 6pm
Melbourne Town Hall  

What do some of the hottest sectors in innovation have in common? How are medtech, clean energy, extreme sports and big data linked? Answer: they’re all found at the Melbourne Accelerator Program!

On Thursday 27 October, mingle with the founders driving Melbourne’s entrepreneurial scene, as you witness pitches from Allume, Honee, Axon, Deliciou, Shacky, Black AI, Bajaboard, CNSDose, Onolytics and Simple. Marking the official conclusion of the 2016 MAP program, this is your unique opportunity to delve into the world of MAP and see what this extraordinary group of founders have been working on this year.


The MAP startups this year have exceeded our expectations. The founders have grown together as a cohort and we were blown away by the level of collaboration and camaraderie across the group.  Each of the founders have experienced a unique journey – either through applying their learnings to achieve product-market fit, exceeding their growth targets or accelerating product development and expanding their teams.” – Maxine Lee, MAP Accelerator Manager.

With investors, founders, corporates, and champions of Melbourne’s wider entrepreneurial community present, the MAP 2016 Demo Day is your chance to be connected with the best and brightest minds from across Australia. Meet and support the people making Melbourne a world-class startup hub.

Be a part of something big.

Register online today. General admission and limited investor tickets available.