Maxine Lee oversees the Startup Accelerator. Each year, Maxine leads each cohort of startup founders through the accelerator, including selections and program content, and facilitates both local and global investor, mentor and channel partner connections for the teams.
With years of experience guiding founders through the highs and lows of the startup journey, Maxine offers advice and insight into what it takes to create and build a company – from ideation and business planning through to a thriving organisation. She is excited by the diversity of startups in Melbourne’s entrepreneurship community and seeks to continue to drive improvements within the MAP program and in the wider startup community.
An accomplished speaker often featured on entrepreneurship panels across Melbourne, Maxine has presented at Melbourne Knowledge Week, the Startup Victoria Female Founders Meetup and other industry panels. She is a co-host of the Melbourne Female Founders Meet-up – the largest of its kind in Australia – and in 2016 represented MAP at the Incubation Summit hosted by UBI Global in Stockholm, Sweden and the Global Venture Lab Summit in Trondheim, Norway.
Prior to MAP, Maxine worked in brand consulting with clients in IT, supply chain and logistics across Australia. Maxine first connected with MAP in 2012 while working on ‘Fabricate’, a platform to build exposure for fashion designers. Identifying a need to connect designers with funding opportunities online, Maxine took an initial meeting with MAP, and the rest, as they say, is history!
Maxine has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Management (Accounting) from the University of Melbourne.