MAP20 June Community Update

The MAP Team
5 min readJul 7, 2020


Get the latest updates from MAP as our 2020 cohort begins their five-month program at Australia’s leading University Startup Accelerator.

The MAP20 Cohort and members of the MAP Team

Accelerator Program Updates

The MAP Team are thrilled to update you on the first month of the 2020 Accelerator Program.

Covid-19 is certainly a challenge to navigate, but the program is now thriving, having been moved completely online. Doing so has opened up a host of possibilities for us to grow our community and we are excited about the early outcomes from our founders.

Our MAP20 cohort spent their first-month learning and unlearning. Our startups received expert help on the following topics:

  • Legal basics
  • The art of fundraising
  • Company ethics
  • Impact measurement
  • Goal setting

With support from the MAP team, the founders are learning how to cultivate a global mindset and placing a particular focus on managing their own and their team’s well-being.

In our first month, we were excited to host:

MAP believes in learning from people who have ‘been there and done that’. So we were grateful to have the following MAP Mentors address the cohort in their first month:

We also wish to extend a thank you to all our Mentors and Alumni who attended the MAP20 Mentor Mixer, which provided an opportunity to learn more about the teams and formally kickstart the mentorship for the MAP20 Program.

Behind the scenes at the MAP Launch Live Stream

MAP20 Launch Recap

Wow, what a night!

The MAPLaunch was streamed live and online into homes across Australia (and beyond) for the very first time. We had some terrific engagement across our multi-platform event including:

  • 1295 event registrations
  • 4,541 YouTube views
  • 2242 messages exchanged over Slack

We had attendees tuning in all the way from San Francisco, India, Singapore, and the Middle East, to name just a few.

Behind the scenes at our pitch recording at Ticker TV’s studio

The launch took place over a series of interactive platforms, with the objective of connecting the new MAP Founders with customers, investors, partners and anyone else who may be able to kick start their growth.

If you missed out, you can check out the MAP 2020 Launch website or watch the whole show below.

Who are the MAP20 Founders?

Unmanned underwater robots that could save marinas millions and a fourth-generation farmer building software that can manage your livestock from your lounge room are among the 10 startups selected to be part of this year’s Melbourne Accelerator Program.

Get to know the MAP20 cohort here

Apply Now for the 2020 Velocity Program

Applications are now open for the MAP20 Velocity Program

The Velocity Program is a part-time program for early-stage founders and helps founders pressure test their startups. It comprises 10 workshops centred around customer discovery and market validation, with specialised experiences for both for-profit and for-purpose entrepreneurs.

Learn more and apply for Australia’s best part-time accelerator program now.

If you know any startups or high-potential founders you think would add value to our 2020 Velocity Cohort please refer them to us

Alumni Updates

Deliciou (MAP16): Investment Update

Congratulations to Kjetil Hansen and the Deliciou team for securing a $1m angel investment including investment from Ruslan Kogan, founder of, to help them expand internationally.

Read about it here

Mingle Seasoning (MAP18): Launches Cooking Workshops

Looking for ways to bring families together during the lockdown, Mingle has designed an innovative workshop series created to enhance team cohesion by cooking delicious meals.

Check it out here

MAP Team Update

We’d like to congratulate Heath Evans, our Marketing and Communications Manager, who has been seconded to a new role supporting the University of Melbourne’s new innovation precinct, Melbourne Connect. For the remainder of 2020, Tim Bright will lead the marketing and communication role at MAP.

Entrepreneur In Residence Updates

This year we are thrilled to welcome 10 Entrepreneurs-In-Residence (EIRs) who are working closely with the MAP20 Cohort. Learn about them here

Saul Wakerman

Saul Wakerman — Co-Founder, Atticus

After law school Saul went straight into education as a high school teacher. He returned to the law world as a corporate lawyer and saw the potential for well designed tools to allow lawyers to spend more time enjoying the engaging problem solving that drove them into the profession.

He is now co-founder of Atticus — a bootstrapped SaaS business that helps people collaborate on the review of critical documents such as annual reports, prospectuses and investor presentations. Their current customers are law firms, listed companies and professional advisors in Australia, Hong Kong and Europe.

What inspires you?

“Oh yes, the past can hurt. But, you can either run from it or learn from it.” — Rafiki, The Lion King

Dr Evelyn Chan

Dr Evelyn ChanCEO, Smileyscope

Dr Evelyn Chan is a paediatric doctor who is passionate about transforming children’s healthcare. A Rhodes Scholar who studied medical anthropology and public health at the University of Oxford, Evelyn then worked at the Boston Consulting Group, specialising in the public sector and healthcare strategy.

She’s now a ‘doctorpreneur’, as the CEO and co-founder of Smileyscope, a company that transforms paediatric needle procedures through patient-centered VR. This decreases patient pain and anxiety, making it quicker and safer for clinicians. Smileyscope has won international awards in healthcare, design and innovation.

What inspires you?

“People. Their stories, their ideas, and how they perceive the world. Especially to offline conversations, face to face over tea and cake! (even more special during iso!)”

Have a wonderful month ahead — we look forward to sharing the next update with you.

The MAP Team