Melbourne Entrepreneurial Centre
The Melbourne Entrepreneurial Centre is a gateway to discovering the entrepreneurship opportunities available at the University of Melbourne and oversees the MAP and TRAM programs, key tenants in Melbourne Connect. From pitch nights to hackathons, masterclasses, workshops and programs, it ensures partners are surrounded by the most outstanding emerging entrepreneurial talents whilst within the precinct.
MELBOURNE ACCELERATOR PROGRAM (MAP)
Launched in 2012, the Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP) was one of the first startup accelerators in Australia, and in 2016 was ranked the 8th best University-aligned accelerator in the world. It has since supported over 150 startups, who have raised over $100 million in funding, generated over $150 million in revenue, and created over 1400 new jobs.
Every year MAP invests in 10 of Australia’s most outstanding startups, equipping them with $20,000 equity-free funding, inner-city office space and access to Australia’s best business minds to help them accelerate their growth.
MAP also offers a range of additional programs and events to the broader startup ecosystem, including the Velocity Program (a part-time pre-accelerator program for early stage founders), the Franklins (a female-founders network), the Master Class series and a range of signature events including Australia’s premier entrepreneurial event, the Melbourne Entrepreneurship Gala.
Here’s some of the success stories of startups whose journeys started at the MAP as well as a showcase reel of their annual Launch event, a highlight of the startup ecosystem calendar.
STARTUP STORIES FROM THE MAP
Founded by Evelyn Chan and Paul Leong, Smileyscope is a comprehensive virtual reality (VR) digital therapeutic suite of products that helps keep children calm and still for needles, making it safer and easier for clinicians to perform the procedure.
Founded by Desmond Hang, Kenneth Teh, Davie Saw, and Richie Chen, Carbar is a vehicle ownership experience that makes buying and selling cars easy, by offering consumers access to vehicles through their subscription services.
Translating Research at Melbourne (TRAM)
TRAM is Australia’s premier university-based research impact accelerator equipping participants with the skills and mindset to transform their research and inventions into products and services that have real-world impact.
It provides a gateway to research entrepreneurship and industry engagement for ambitious researchers and offers programs that are designed to quickly develop entrepreneurial thinking within proven frameworks to maximise the real-world impact of research-based projects. Participants of TRAM Track, TRAM Runway, and TRAM Air receive ongoing support, mentoring and access to office space.
Learn more about their TRAM Track, TRAMx, and TRAM Runway programs.