Get the latest updates from MAP as our 2020 cohort continues their five-month journey at Australia’s leading University Startup Accelerator.
Accelerator Program Updates
Knowledge Base and Skill Development
We are now two months into the 2020 MAP Accelerator program and the MAP20 cohort has spent time learning about ‘Focus, Clarity & Planning’.
This month, the cohort was fortunate to receive guidance from:
- Andrew Rowse: Program Manager, TRAM,
- Duncan Anderson: CEO & Co-Founder, Edrolo; Chairman, OwlTail (MAP18),
- Dan Fergusson: Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing of StellarAlgo Corp
- Alexander Jannink: Founder & Managing Director, Acusensus
- Rohan Workman: CEO & Co-Founder, Skalata Ventures.
In addition to these sessions, the cohort had the opportunity to improve their tech stack and processes through the help of industry experts including:
- Dan Paronetto: Amazon Web Services,
- David Tan: Airwallex,
- Mary Bahrami: Manager, Anderson Partners Chartered Accountants,
July Special Events
This month, the MAP 20 cohort and selected guests had the opportunity to chat with Lucy Liu, President & Co-Founder of Airwallex. Lucy dialled in all the way from Shanghai to share her experience building a global Unicorn.
Dr. Dean Freestone, Co-Founder & CEO of Seer Medical, also kindly stopped by to share his incredible story beginning with leaving school at the age of 15, to building a Med-Tech startup that employs more than 100 staff, and completes more epilepsy diagnoses than all hospitals in the country combined
Founder Wellness Initiatives
At MAP, we are focused on the well being of our founders, and implement programs and activities to promote resilience and a positive outlook.
This month, our teams had the opportunity to stay “Calm in the City” by participating in a virtual meditation session with Professor Kalvinder Shields.
MAP also staged a virtual scavenger hunt to encourage bonding and teamwork in July!
Rhianna Knight and Kanav Batra walked away with the chocolates this time, in a tightly fought competition.
Velocity Program Update
We are currently selecting teams for the MAP20 Velocity Program, which starts in August.
Thank you to our mentors, alumni and wider network for promoting our applications and referring founders to us.
The MAP20 Mix Tape
Our MAP Community has been putting together the MAP20 Mixtape, a shared experience to help them stay connected, access those good vibes and perhaps even challenge each other’s musical tastes!
Check it out on Spotify, and contribute your favourite tunes to this collaborative playlist.
MAP20 Cohort Updates
The group continues to progress their product roadmaps, and we have some exciting updates this month.
Congratulations! Recovawear is now officially registered as an NDIS provider and has secured additional funding from Darebin City council.
If you can help Penny with introductions to distributors, allied health, hospitals, pharmacy and aged care or you are a potential business partner please get in touch.
Insight Infrastructure Solution
We are excited to announce that the Insight Infrastructure team have secured their first paid trial at Webb Dock, Port of Melbourne.
If you are an investor who is interested in this area, please contact Adam.
Is knowledge management a struggle for your team?
Over the past month, the DiaperRecycle team has been busy expanding their pilot plant.
If you know anyone who would like to be part of the nappy waste subscription service or if you have pet cats that would like to test their cat litter, please contact Cynthia.
The Mobble team has completed their product rebuild with Mobble 2.0 currently being rolled out to farmers. If you are managing, or know someone managing a farm, encourage them to check out their app!
Envision Systems have recently launched a COVID19 dashboard that provides real-time data about the business of cities across the world, so cities can safely reopen.
They are currently looking for connections and mentors in the transport industry across local and state governments. Contact Kanav here
MAP Alumni Updates
Gecko Traxx (MAP19) — Product
Gecko Traxx have recently received their first production samples and are gearing up to ship their first product! You can have a look at their product here
Acusensus (MAP18) — Product Trials and Hiring
Drivers beware: Mobile phone detection cameras to switch on in Queensland and Victoria
Mobile phone detection cameras will be switched on in Queensland and Victoria this week in a bid to curb dangerous…
Congratulations to the Acusensus team for securing a go-live trial with the Victorian and Queensland governments for their road safety technology. This impressive double announcement comes a year after the successful trial and implementation of the technology in NSW.
Work at Acusensus
The Team is expanding and hiring for a number of roles to be announced soon, keep an eye on their jobs page on LinkedIn.
Allume Energy (MAP17) — Solar Accessibility
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), has provided Allume Energy with $220,000 in funding to implement its SolShare technology to deliver world first, behind-the-meter energy to residents of a Salvation Army building.
Check out the article below to learn how they are working with a consortium of providers to deliver lower energy rates to those who need it most, whilst providing new revenue streams for one of Australia’s most well known charities The Salvation Army.
SolShare technology invention smashes barriers to solar apartments — ARENAWIRE
The innovative SolShare technology that shares rooftop solar power amongst multiple tenants within a single building…
Work at Allume
Allume are also looking for an Electronics Engineer (you can apply here).
Syncio (MAP18) — Growing the Team
It’s an exciting time at Syncio, with the team hiring two new staff and on the lookout for a third!
Syncio is looking for a full stack developer (you can check out the PD here).
Navi Medical Technologies (Velocity17) — Accelerator
Entrepreneur In Residence Updates
Our 10 Entrepreneurs-In-Residence (EIRs) work closely with the MAP20 Cohort. Learn about them here
Mladen Jovanovic: COO & Co-Founder, Bindi Maps
Mladen Jovanovic has experience leading daily sales and business operations of a national service organisation with over 100 employees. Through Mladen’s entrepreneurial journey, he has won 1st place at the IBISWorld Innovation Competition, 1st place at the University Startup World Cup (ICT Category) and was a finalist at the Global Impact Challenge.
Mladen’s impressive list of startups includes:
- Recrew, a two-sided platform for builders and contractors to hire specialty trades, subcontractors, within the construction industry (closed).
- Your Party Project, a service-based event organisation and party hire business (sold).
- BindiMaps, an indoor navigation system which has been optimised for people who are blind or vision impaired.
What inspires you?
“Life is not a journey with some final destination you’re supposed to arrive at. Life is to be lived along the way.”
Jordyn Evans: Founder, Mingle Seasoning
A foodie at heart, Jordyn has always had a passion for cooking and living a healthy lifestyle. Brought up in a family of business owners, from a very young age Jordyn knew she wanted to own her own business one day.
After graduating from university, Jordyn secured a role as a Marketing assistant at an FCMG start-up brand, CAPI. Keen as mustard to learn as much as she could, Jordyn was able to gain hands-on experience over 4 years in all facets of the business including product development, logistics, distribution, sales, and working with retailers.
This experience provided Jordyn with the fundamental building blocks for Mingle’s conception, which she founded in 2016 in the place she loved spending most of her time, the kitchen. Initially, a side hustle, Mingle turned into a full-time commitment in 2017 and she has never looked back since.
What inspires you?
“The greatest mistake someone can ever make is being afraid to make one.”
That’s all for this month!
Have an awesome month ahead and follow us on Linkedin to keep in touch.
The MAP Team