Maxine Lee oversees the Startup Accelerator. With a supportive yet firm hand, Maxine leads each cohort of startup founders through the accelerator, managing selection 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, is a co-host of the Melbourne Female Founders MeetUp – 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. She has a background in market research and accounting, and worked to restructure a national non-for-profit organisation in 2013. 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.