Pulling back the curtain on a founder’s path to the Melbourne Accelerator Program Launch

Just hours before taking the stage at the Melbourne Accelerator Program 2019 Launch, I was carefully balancing on the low single-brick fence at the front of my home, pitching to empty houses and rustling trees in my street. Coming into the start-up world from architecture, this quiet suburban setting is firmly within my comfort zone.

Phoebe
Phoebe
May 30, 2019 · 4 min read
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Melbourne Knowledge Week’s festival hub backstage entry at North Melbourne’s Meat Market

We walked a secret red carpet beneath the raked stands to the green room.

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MAP team and the new cohort of MAP start-up founders backstage at the 2019 MAP Launch
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Phoebe Gardner, co-founder of Beyond Ag, looking out at the large crowd at the 2019 MAP Launch

It certainly helps that the MAP community has already extended its arms to us with advice and support.

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The spellbound crowd at the 2019 MAP Launch held at Melbourne Knowledge Week’s festival hub

I’ve always believed that opportunity comes with great responsibility. And I was daunted by the responsibility to set the tone.

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Phoebe Gardner, co-founder of Beyond Ag, pitching at the 2019 MAP Launch

In my final call to action, I paused again and felt a wave of positivity from the crowd.

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Lisa Stephenson, co-founder of Codello, pitching at the 2019 MAP Launch
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Alex Arnold, co-founder of Beyond Ag, engaging with people at the 2019 MAP Launch reception

I was amazed to see a line of mentors, investors and industry experts forming to talk to us.

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Phoebe Gardner, co-founder of Beyond Ag, enjoying new connections at the 2019 MAP Launch reception
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The new cohort of start-up founders for MAP19 at the 2019 MAP Launch

With MAP and the Melbourne start-up community behind us, the future for the MAP 2019 cohort is limitless.

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