Ten exciting new startups supported through the 2016 Melbourne Accelerator Program

A full house at the Plaza ballroom as MAP teams present their startups.
A full house at the Plaza ballroom as MAP teams present their startups.

The University of Melbourne’s Startup Accelerator, the Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP) has seen record numbers of entries and the largest ever intake into the prestigious startup program.

Over 700 people packed Melbourne’s Plaza Ballroom on May 25 to see the ten successful fledgling startups pitch their projects, which ranged from cutting-edge eHealth solutions to a revolutionary skateboard and a new vegetarian spice that makes food taste like bacon.

The MAP16 teams are:

Axon – Company Director is Computer Science and Mechatronics alumnus Sanji Kanagalinga
Axon is a software platform helping clinicians deliver the best evidence-based, standardised medical care. Using workflows and checklists, we provide best practice guidelines tailored to each patient’s individual needs to enhance clinical care delivery and reduce medical errors.

Baja Boards – co-founded by Mechanical Engineering alumnus George Li
BajaBoard is an extreme electric ‘skateboard’ for the action sports fanatic. Designed for rugged off-road terrains, it features patent pending automotive chassis and suspension technology along with a powerful all wheel drive system and programmable traction control.

Black – co-founded by Master of Information Technology student Karthik Rajgopal
Black is a collective of hackers building a smarter world. Black’s premier product, Ani, brings the power of first-class business intelligence to the everyday environment. Through the detection and tracking of people and their interactions, Ani enables you to collect insights into how a living space is used.

Onomap – CEO is Melbourne School of Engineering alumnus Ernesto Romero Lopez
Onomap provides unique marketing insights from customer data. Through an algorithm that identifies a person’s cultural origin based on their first name and surname, Onomap can enrich databases with ethno-cultural information to allow targeted marketing efforts.

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Ernesto Romero Lopez presents his startup Onomap

Allume Energy
Allume Energy offers renewable energy technology company focused on grid sharing and solar as a service for Australian communities.

Kind provides home-based care services to help seniors live a fulfilled life in their own home.

Shacky allows people to book relaxing holidays in ‘tiny houses’ on farms in the Australian countryside.

A discovery and booking platform for all wellness, beauty and fitness services in Melbourne.

Premium blends of healthy snacks and seasonings that are fun and easy to use. Deliciou’s flagship product is a low calorie vegetarian bacon seasoning.

A precision medicine company targeting mental health.

Each team receives $20,000 in early stage funding, as well as office space in the University of Melbourne’s LAB-14 co-working space.  The five month MAP program will also see the teams receiving invaluable mentoring from industry leaders, as well as development workshops. The program concludes with pitching opportunities in Melbourne, Sydney and Silicon Valley.

MAP was last year ranked number 1 in Australia and number 8 worldwide by the UBI Index, a Swedish Research Initiative comparing business incubators globally.