The Velocity Program

Could your idea become the next big thing? Velocity can help you find out.

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Our Velocity program is a pre-accelerator with proven results for early-stage startups. 

Open to both for-profit and impact startups, the Velocity program helps early-stage founders to speed up their search for problem-solution fit and discovery of first customers.

Through 10 workshops held over 15 weeks, Velocity supports you through the early stages of a startup to find product-market fit. Our workshops include expert speakers, founder war stories and group activities to challenge and inspire you. Starting with customer validation and value proposition to test your idea, through to signing your first customers, we give you clarity and guidance to help you make the decisions that increase the probability of your success. We will help you through the common sticking points startups face as you test your business model using lean startup and customer discovery techniques developed in Silicon Valley. You’ll also work closely with other Velocity founders and mentors, sharing stories and challenges to help you on your journey.

The program costs $500 per founder. No University of Melbourne affiliation is required for this program.

The Velocity Founder's Journey

Online Application

13th of May - 16th of June

Your journey begins with an online application, where we will ask about your startup and your progress. We also host info nights and open office hours if you'd like to chat with the MAP team before applying.

Induction for Founders

19th of July

Following a competitive application process, the founders will be invited to an induction evening. This is a great chance to meet your fellow Velocity founders, and get acquainted with the MAP team and office.

Phase One - Workshops

Late July - Late October

Startups attend 10 evening workshops held over 15 weeks, hosted by mentors, founders, and domain experts from across the MAP network. Workshops generally run from 5:30pm to 8:30pm on Tuesday evenings.

Phase Two - Velocity Showcase Event


Startups will have the opportunity to pitch at the 2019 Velocity Showcase event, a popular fixture in the Melbourne entrepreneurial calendar. A panel of judges will be on hand to award prizes for the most compelling pitches.

Velocity Program Benefits

Curriculum of high-quality evening workshops.

Each workshop is a mixture of theory, group activities and networking to improve your knowledge and keep you on track.


Mentorship from the best and brightest advisors.

Our mentors have been there and done it, and are excited to share stories and listen to your challenges to help you grow your startup.


Support from other startups in the program.

Founders from different startups at Velocity work with each other, sharing skills and experience to help each other solve their biggest challenges.


Take the stage at the Velocity Showcase event.

The Velocity Showcase is your opportunity to pitch to a large audience to promote our startup and win some amazing prizes.

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