Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP)

The Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP) is the 8th best university business accelerator in the world which aims to create a more entrepreneurial Australia and to launch high-growth ventures into the world.


Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP)

The Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP) is the preeminent entrepreneurship program in Australia.

Once a year, the Melbourne Accelerator Program Startup Accelerator funds a group of startups (currently 10 per intake) and work with them to grow their businesses.



Originally founded in 2012 as a startup accelerator, the Melbourne Accelerator Program has since evolved into a centre of entrepreneurship that supports founders at all stages of their startup journey.

MAP fosters innovation and entrepreneurship in the startup community by connecting and up-skilling thousands of entrepreneurs through its talent development and accelerator programs. MAP provides the funding, networks and expertise to accelerate the growth of world-class business, bringing leaders, University of Melbourne alumni and investors to our door.



The Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP) aims to create a more entrepreneurial Australia and our mission is to launch high-growth ventures into the world. MAP believes that innovative, scalable businesses will play a crucial role in driving prosperity for Australia in the years to come.



Top startups are awarded access into the Startup Accelerator.  Startups are provided:

  • $20,000 funding (no equity taken)
  • Office space
  • Structured mentoring
  • Unparalleled networking opportunities
  • Pitching opportunities across Melbourne, Sydney and Silicon Valley



MAP is industry-agnostic, meaning we accept applications from startups in all industries. To be eligible for MAP, you will need to qualify under at least one of the following criteria.

  • University of Melbourne affiliation. One of your founding team must be a graduate, employee, or current student of the University of Melbourne.
  • Social impact. If you’re a startup working on solving some of the most pressing problems in one of these areas:
    • People and Place (Improving the lives of under-represented communities through equity, access or inclusion.)
    • Health and Wellbeing (Innovations that improve health outcomes and the quality of care delivery.)
    • Sustainability and Resilience (Innovations in energy, transport, urban infrastructure, and water or food security.)



Applications close 07 April 2019.


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