Episode 7 - Maxine Lee

"You can't be afraid of knocking on doors and putting yourself out there." - Maxine Lee

Maxine Lee is the accelerator manager of the Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP). Each year MAP offers 10 startups an equity-free investment of $20k in addition to office space and mentoring. They also run a number of practical extracurricular activities to support entrepreneurs of all stages. Together 24 MAP startups have raised over $10 million in funding, created more than 120 jobs and generated over $5 million in revenue. In 2015 MAP was named the eighth best university business accelerator in the world.

Towards the end of her undergraduate degree Maxine was introduced to the world of technology and startups. She unsuccessfully applied for the MAP accelerator with an idea for a fashion startup but was later invited to join the MAP team as an associate. With a lot of persistence, fast learning and a deep understanding of the program, Maxine is now running the accelerator less than 3 years later.

We talk about corporate refugees, rapid skill development, taking risks early in life, dealing with failure, having a role that cultivates others, the importance of tenacity, finding comfort in discomfort and much more.

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