Four Science students and alumni inducted into MAP16 Startup Accelerator


Faculty of Science students and alumni are members of two teams inducted into the 2016 MAP Startup Accelerator.

MAP funds a group of startups across a broad range of categories, and works with them to grow their businesses. From 124 applications, only 10 teams were selected to be part of the program this year.

This is the first year that Faculty of Science students and alumni could apply for the program.

Amongst the successful applicants are Faculty of Science Alumni Michelle Mannering and Sebastien Collier, working with Black – a collective of hackers looking to build a smarter world, and Bachelor of Science students Cameron Knox and Nicholas Hill, working with Allume Energy - a renewable energy technology company focused on grid sharing and solar as a service for Australian communities.

MAP Application: Allume Energy from Cameron Knox on Vimeo.

Ms Mannering said the program was an opportunity for Black to grow its business alongside the other inductees.

“Through this process we are hoping to achieve new heights with our business, to gain exposure, to learn with, growth with, and hopefully be successful with the nine other startups in the program,” said Ms Mannering.

Mr Knox and Mr Hill said they felt privileged to be apart of the MAP16 Program.

Before working for Allume, Mr Knox interned with the company for the Science and Technology Internship subject, offered as part of the Bachelor of Science.

”The subject not only encouraged me to join Allume, but also helped me manage the transition of skills and practices from the University to the workplace, in a self aware and effective way,” said Mr Knox.

Mr Hill will be complete his Science and Technology Internship with Allume in October.

Teams will receive $20,000 in early stage funding to support the founders in accelerating their businesses. The inductees will also be given access to office space in LAB-14, at the University of Melbourne. The five month program will involve structured mentoring from industry leaders, development workshops and will conclude with pitching opportunities in Melbourne, Sydney and Silicon Valley.

The program will kick off on June 1.