Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP)

The Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP) is a startup accelerator based within the University of Melbourne. Each year it accepts 10 startups for a 5-month program (June – October) to help grow and scale their business. Launched in 2012, the Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP) has supported over 100 startups, who have raised over $70 million in funding, generated over $98 million in revenue, and created over 1000 new jobs

Who is eligible to apply to MAP?

At least one founder needs to be a student, staff or alumni of any year from the University of Melbourne.

What can MAP offer me?

Each of the 10 selected startups receive mentoring from some of Australia’s most brilliant business minds, access to a global network of advisers, channels to partners and investors, and $20,000 in seed funding (with no equity taken).

For five months these teams work within MAP’s Melbourne office forming a unique entrepreneurial cohort, full of creativity, energy and generating incredible momentum as they work day and night to achieve scale.

If you’re an early stage founder explore your options in Workshops and Program.

Notable MAP alumni include 2015 team Nuraphones, with Co-Founders Luke Campbell and Dragan Petrovic, recently recipients of the 2018 CES 'Best of Innovation Award' and receiving global interest for their revolutionary headphones.

MAP18 Accelerator Launch

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Translating Research at Melbourne (TRAM)

Professor Elaine Wong
Professor Elaine Wong, Melbourne School of Engineering and co-founder OpVISONARY (TRAM18) - a photonic system to assist the vision impaired in safer navigation of the world around them

Established in 2016 at the University of Melbourne, TRAM is Australia’s premier university-based research impact accelerator. TRAM was created to provide the research community with experiential training in crafting a value proposition from high-quality research that can help create commercially viable solutions to high-impact problems.

Who is eligible to apply to TRAM?

All researchers employed by the University of Melbourne and affiliated research institutions from the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct, along with their students and collaborators.

What can TRAM offer me?

TRAM runs a comprehensive suite of programs that enable researchers to understand their target market, assess the viability of commercialisation opportunities and successfully bring them to market.

Our programs are designed to create and deepen the understanding of research entrepreneurship within the research community, enhancing the perception and pursuit of research impact.

TRAM Program

TRAMx bootcamp
1 day

I’m interested but I don’t know where to start

TRAM Track
One day a week over eight weeks

We’ve got a research project with impact potential, and I need a best-practice approach to follow

TRAM Runway
One day a week over twelve weeks

We have a target customer segment, but need intensive support to get to market

Six-month program

We have a startup company but need guidance to secure investment to achieve research impact

Once you put the commercial lens on, you start to see how you can commercialise even just a fragment of your research so you can finally help people. At the end of the day, the vast majority of us get into research to actually help people  Dr Tia Cummins, VR CORP (TRAM 2019)

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