About Us

A rendering of the new Melbourne Connect, the new home of MAP from late 2020.
The Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP) was launched in 2012 as the first University-aligned accelerator in Australia.

Powered by the University of Melbourne, we've supported over 180 startups, who have raised over $100 million in funding, generated over $120 million in revenue, and created over 1400 jobs.

Each year 10 teams are selected to take part in the five-month Startup Accelerator, 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.

The MAP also offers a range of additional programs and events to the broader startup ecosystem, including the Velocity Program (a part-time program for early stage founders), the Franklins (a female-founders network), the Master Class series, and a range of signature events including the University of Melbourne’s premier entrepreneurial event, the Melbourne Entrepreneurship Gala.

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 with a full-time social impact manager and are proud to have our first not-for-profit startup joining the Accelerator Program in 2018.

Melbourne Entrepreneurial Centre

MAP is part of the Melbourne Entrepreneurial Centre (MEC). A virtual centre which was launched 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. The Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP) sits alongside Translating Research at Melbourne, and the WADE institute as part of the MEC umbrella, aiming to offer students, alumni, industry and the general public opportunities to engage with and move innovation forward to create real world impact.

Melbourne Connect

In 2021, MAP moved in to an incredibly exciting new location at Melbourne Connect. 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.


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Melbourne Accelerator Program
Level 1, Melbourne Connect
700 Swanston Street
Carlton, Victoria 3053

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