MAP20 October Community Update

Heath and Rebecca welcome MAP20 founder Jock on to the Red Carpet at Demo Day.

Accelerator Program Update

This month has been bittersweet for the MAP program as the MAP20 Cohort completed their five-month journey!

Investment and Future Growth

Following on from last month’s ‘Investor Drop In’ sessions, October commenced with our founders engaging with some of the best investment firms in the country (including Blackbird, Melbourne Angels, Scale Investors and Airtree), perfectly setting the scene for them to consider their growth options post-program.

With the loosening of restrictions, the cohort were able to meet in person for a social picnic!

PR, Advocacy and Influence

The founders spent time honing their understanding of PR with Kate Dinon, Managing Director of Character + Distinction. Furthermore, they have explored how to assert advocacy and influence techniques for government decision making with Angus Crowther, Senior Strategic Advisor of SPARK Strategy.

October Special Events

Aprill and Matt Allen of Pick & Shovel Ventures
Rachael Neumann
Watch the MAP20 Demo Day Live Stream above!

Demo Day

On the 4th of November, the entrepreneurial community joined the MAP20 Cohort to celebrate their achievements and witness the progress they made in a remarkable year. The founders presented their startup pitches to the ecosystem demonstrating how, despite challenging circumstances, the cohort persevered and strove for ambitious goals in 2020.

MAP20 Founders Rhianna & Adam are welcomed on the Red Carpet
Left Picture: Team Timbuktu founder Rhianna’s A grade pitch recording home studio! Right Picture: The event had over 30 virtual alumni Expo booths and one booth for each of the 2020 founders

Velocity Program Update

The MAP20 Velocity Program is reaching its tail end and the founders have spent the past month delving into fundamentals of selling, sales metrics, impact growth, pitching and investment readiness.

Cohort Updates


Recovawear will be featured on the Runway for EveryHuman as a part of Melbourne Fashion Week (read about it here) and are also presenting at the Alfred Hospital Innovation Hub opening on the 17th Nov.


Mobble co-founder, Jock Lawrence, has been nominated as a Semi-Finalist in the Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards 2020.

Insight Infrastructure Solution

Insight Infrastructure have welcomed a new team member to their engineering team and have kicked off a new project with the Port of Melbourne.

Team Timbuktu

Team Timbuktu has launched its first sustainability report (read about it here) covering the first two years of its journey. The main highlight has been that the brand has recycled 50,000 bottles into clothing (it’s since increased that up to 75,000 bottles).

MAP Alumni Updates

Acusensus’ ‘Heads-Up’ solution featured on Channel 7 news

Acusensus (MAP18)

Results from Victoria’s 3-month trial of Acusensus’ ‘Heads-Up’ solution are now out — with over 4,000 drivers having been detected illegally using a mobile phone during the first month 4,000 drivers have been detected illegally using a mobile phone.

Navi Medical Technologies (MAP17)

Navi was awarded a prestigious NHMRC Development Grant worth almost $900,000 to help them translate research to the proof-of-concept stage, a critical step to successful commercialisation.

Phoria (MAP14)

Phoria has recently announced the launch of their latest project — REWILD, with over 1200+ people downloading REWILD since the announcement. REWILD is the future of cinematic, immersive AR nature content and an experience you can enjoy anywhere in the world, with 4K video and 4K gameplay.

BindiMaps (MAP19)

Congratulations to BindiMaps who have been chosen as winners of the Australian Technologies Competition 2020 Smart Cities category!

EIR 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



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