Welcome to the MAP17 Startup Accelerator teams!

MAP is pleased to announce that we have selected the following 10 teams for the MAP17 Startup Accelerator:

  • Carbar Autos – a virtual dealership revolutionising the used car sales industry.
  • Cabaro – creators of refined and elegant mechanical and quartz watches at affordable prices.
  • FirstStep – a FinTech solution to help users save and invest their money. 
  • George Robotics – manufacturers of hardware and software that makes sophisticated electronics devices more productive and accessible.
  • MimicTec – improving poultry farming productivity through a world-first agricultural infrastructure product that mimics maternal care on commercial farms. 
  • Rebotify – an Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) chatbot or ‘Virtual Customer Service Agent’ that offers users a simple and coding-free communications solution.
  • RefLive – a software and smartwatch app that allows sports officials to track time and record match information digitally.
  • Reqfire – a purpose-built platform that facilitates software, website and app design through improved communication between developers and clients.
  • Smileyscope – harnessing Virtual Reality for paediatric care, Smileyscope’s VR visualisation helps children to remain calm and still for injections, allowing doctors to administer care successfully.
  • UmpsHealth – a machine learning platform helping older people to live in their homes for longer through clinical insights and predictive risk analysis.

Each team selected into the MAP Startup Accelerator will receive $20,000 in early stage funding to support the founders in accelerating their businesses, in addition to office space and a comprehensive 5 month program involving structured mentoring, development workshops and pitching opportunities.

Founders from the 10 startups will present their pitches on-stage to a live audience at the MAP17 Accelerator Launch at the Plaza Ballroom at the Regent Theatre on May 31. Register now to support these startups and connect with our vibrant community of experts, entrepreneurs and enthusiasts!

Please direct any questions or media enquiries to sarah.gundlach@unimelb.edu.au.

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Consider yourself a social media influencer? Apply now!

Now hiring: Social Media Assistant
MAP is seeking a kick-ass Social Media champion to drive rapid and sustainable growth in our online communities. Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, LinkedIn… if it’s social, you’re on it and owning it! Witty wordsmiths, please read on…

More details
We’re looking for someone to blow up MAP’s social media presence. You’ll be tasked with amping up our brand awareness and engagement online with a view to providing more people with great startup related content. You’ll be stepping into a busy role that requires initiative and multitasking, so experience in a similar role and plenty of ideas and creativity are a must!

We’re looking for someone who…

  • Lives for social (and can demonstrate their impact on existing channels)
  • Has mad copywriting skills and a sense of humour
  • Is creative, entrepreneurial, friendly and likes to work in awesome team.
  • Is action oriented – walk the walk, don’t talk the talk.
  • Is comfortable with social media and design tools – Adobe suite, Canva, schedugr.am? Yes please!
     

What you’ll be doing…

  • Contributing towards the development of a social strategy and tactics that help MAP achieve its business goals.
  • Developing content (video, photographic and audio) that fits with MAP’s brand and is relevant to our target audience.
  • Flexing your copywriting muscle to create content for the MAP blog, newsletters and community case studies.
  • Engaging relevant influencers and brand advocates and working with talent to build content and influencer marketing campaigns.
  • Managing our community through all social media platforms. You’ll be on the front line for the MAP brand online.
  • Executing social media promotional campaigns to grow and engage MAP audiences online and at events.
  • Reporting against set KPIs and identifying what’s working and what needs to be changed.

What you’ll get in return…

  • 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.

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


STILL READING?

Awesome! We want to hear from you! Shoot our Marketing Manager an email at sarah.gundlach@unimelb.edu.au.

Start with a quick two paragraph elevator pitch (cover letter) then include your resume and links to any previous work you can show us – social media handles preferred.

Bonus points if you can make us laugh.

Applications close Friday 14 April, 5pm.

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.

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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
Director
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.

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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.