Powered by the University of Melbourne, we've supported over 240 startups, who have raised over $250 million in funding, generated over $250 million in revenue, and created over 1500 jobs.
Each year 11 teams are selected to take part in the five-month MAP Accelerator Program, where they receive mentoring from some of Australia’s most brilliant business minds, as well as access to a global network of advisors, channel partners and investors, and $20,000 in funding (with no equity taken) to help accelerate their startup growth. Since 2022, we're proud to offer the additional 11th spot in our Social Impact Sustainability and Climate Stream thanks to Melbourne Climate Futures.
MAP also offers a range of additional programs and events to the broader startup ecosystem, including the MAP Velocity Program (a part-time program for early stage founders), the Melbourne Entrepreneurial Centre Fireside Chat and Masterclass series, and a range of events and festivals in collaboration with our precinct partner, Melbourne Connect.
The Melbourne Accelerator Program is committed to fostering an environment focused on diversity, inclusion, collaboration, and impact, and is one of the only accelerator programs to have had a full-time social impact manager.
MAP is part of the Melbourne Entrepreneurial Centre (MEC) at the University of Melbourne, the gateway to entrepreneurship at the University. The centre was formed in 2018 as part of a commitment to enrich the culture of entrepreneurship within the University of Melbourne and provide pathways to support the entrepreneurial leaders of the future.
MAP sits alongside Translating Research at Melbourne (TRAM), and Melbourne InnovatEd as part of the MEC umbrella, aiming to offer staff, students, alumni, industry and the general public opportunities to engage with and move innovation forward to create real world impact.
In 2021, MAP moved in to an incredibly exciting new location at Melbourne Connect in the heart of Melbourne's innovation district. Melbourne Connect is the largest innovation precinct in the country and brings together the highest calibre research, industry, government, higher-degree students and other elite thinkers in a single purpose-built precinct.
The people, place and program at Melbourne Connect is designed to foster the type of collaboration that can expedite and amplify innovation. It is a project where all participants will be deeply engaged to find innovative solutions for our future challenges and enabled to contribute to greater wellbeing of societies globally.
Melbourne Connect is located on the former Royal Women’s Hospital site, on the corner of Swanston and Grattan Streets. It is a place where great minds connect, and incredible futures emerge.