our story.

Our what, how and why.

We’re backed by Telstra, a world class technology company.

We’re a startup accelerator that develops big thinking entrepreneurs in Australia and Asia who are creating technology to solve challenging global problems.

Our vision is to make the world a better place by developing resilient entrepreneurs who can make an impact. We’re also committed to positively influencing the startup ecosystem wherever we run programs.

We launched in 2013 and run programs in Sydney and Melbourne and have partner programs in Brisbane with River City Lab and Perth with Spacecubed. This makes us the largest accelerator in Australia.

We’re all about positive change and technology. We love supporting founders who are making a positive social impact, like improving the way we look after ourselves and our environment. And we get really excited about interesting technology, like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), drones and satellite technology, and robotics! We love this stuff.

What does the name muru-D mean?
“muru” is the Sydney Aboriginal Eora word meaning “path”, and “D” stands for digital. Given that we were founded in Australia and we provide global pathways to success for digital entrepreneurs to be successful, it encapsulates our vision and what we do.

We’re inclusive
We believe everyone is capable of being a great founder and making a positive difference in the world. Our doors and program are open to people from all walks of life who share our passion. If you’re part of our community, we’ll make sure you feel welcome and included.

Why technology startups?
We’re all about maximising positive impact and we see technology as being an enabler to scale a business quickly and cost effectively. Our parent company, Telstra, is a leading technology company, so it makes sense from a corporate alignment perspective too.

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meet the team.

We have a dedicated team of experienced people who love to see our founders thrive.

meet the mentors.

We have an amazingly rich and diverse network of serial entrepreneurs, angel investors and corporate executives at top tier companies who generously provide their knowledge, skills and network to grow our startups and help them go global.

Annie Parker Global Head Of Startups, Microsoft, Chairman Code Club Australia, Co-Founder muru-D
Stefan Knight Chief Commercial Officer at GorillaStack
Ian Davis MD of Telstra Television. Former Nine Network, AT Kearney and Boston Consulting Group
Jamie Camidge Former Program Director of muru-D Singapore
Chris Clark Founder/CEO, fusesport
Eitan Bienstock Founder and CEO at Everything IoT
Joanne Jacobs Digital Strategist, Company Director, Keynote Speaker
Yifat Shirben CMO At Follow The Seed
Carl Hartmann Founder & CEO of Temando
Alex Aboitiz Mercadolibre, Ex-Consultant for AirTree and Tank Stream Ventures; also Amazon, BCG, Citibank
Phil Morle Partner at Main Sequence Ventures
Rachel White Angel Investor and Partner at Verde Group
Jack Qi Director, Tax at William Buck
Brad Deveson Entrepreneur and Founder of Bus Info
Peta Ellis CEO at River City Labs
Ben Reid Entrepreneur and Mentor
Ayala Domani Director Innovation, Telstra
Frederic Olive Pricing Strategy Manager & Startup Advisor
James Stewart Director of Emerging Products and Commercialisation for IAG’s Customer Labs
Adeline Chu Co-Founder, Startup Advisor and Mentor
Stuart Waite Entrepreneur, Investor, Mentor, Internet of Things (IoT), Digital Media & Transformation
Steve Fanale CEO & Founder at DriveYello
Alex Smith Lead Architect, Microsoft
Jeff Paine Partner, Golden Gate Ventures
Zal Dastur Corporate Strategy, Ninja Van
Florian Cornu CEO, Future Flow
John Martinez Cybersecurity Product Manager, Telstra
Patrick Witschi Consultant, Boston Consulting Group
Grace Clapham Founder, The Change School
Mongchee Chang Head of Marketing, APAC & Japan, Ooyala
John Fitzpatrick Startup Program Manager, Google Cloud JAPAC
Bithin Talukdar Sales, Business Development & Marketing, Oracle
Amar Bedi Regional Operations Lead, Uber
Douglas Peris CEO, AdZtream
Tushar Aggarwal Senior Consultant, Sia Partners
Gabriel Lundberg Operating Partner, SeedPlus
David Ng CFO, MiRXES Pte Ltd
Alex Shepherd Lawyer (Tech, Privacy & IP), Bird & Bird
Fannie Soubiele Startup Business Development, Amazon Web Services
Sam Tsui M&A, Integration, International Expansion & Business Development, Evolution Advisors
Filip Eldic Co-Founder, Executive Director at Bluedot Innovation
Anna Yuan Founder at Ysquared.in, CMO as a Service
Victor Kovalev CTO at Redbubble
Madeleine Grummet CEO at girledworld
Frank Arrigo Manager, Solutions Architecture at Amazon Web Services
Viki Forrest CEO at ANZA Technology Network
Emil Davityan Co-Founder of Bluedot Innovation
Sharon Taylor CEO at Omny Studio
Rania Awad CEO at Smart Asset Software
Arnout Hemel Chief Product Officer, Stynt
Beejay Urzo Tech guy, Winimy
Pascal Samsoon Corporate Strategy, Ninja Van
Melissa Ng UX/ UI Designer
Steve Buikhuizen Tech Entrepreneur and Mentor
Dean McEvoy Startup Advisor
Maggie Hu Director at Lumi IT
Dan Ross Managing Director at Optimizely
Ian Davis Media & Telco Exec + Tech Start-up Angel Investor & Advisor
Stephen Rutter Founder at The Scale Institute and EIR at Flinders New Venture Institute
Michelle Moffatt Consultant at FD Global
Mike Zimmerman Partner at Main Sequence Ventures - CSIRO Innovation Fund
Alister Coleman Managing Director, Tempus
Julie Demsey Founder and Startup Coach
Alex McCauley CEO StartupAus
Paulina Larocca Creative Catalyst
Imogen Baxter Head of Community, Square Peg

meet the speakers.

We have a network of world class speakers who share their knowledge over AMAs, events, workshops and panels.

Micah Baldwin Investor, Mentor and Advisor in Seattle
Mark Brand CEO MB Inc. - Prof Innovation USC - Executive Chef at ARC - Chair ABLF
Jason Mendelson Co-founder and Managing Director at Foundry Group
Stephanie Hannon Chief Product Officer at Strava
Sean Ellis Founder and CEO at GrowthHackers
Erica Lee VP Global Marketing and CEO of StrategicLee INc.
Paul McCarney CEO and Co-Founder at Data Republic
Matt Cameron Managing Partner, SalesOpsCentral
Jager McConnell CEO at CrunchBase
Sam Wong Partner, Blackbird Ventures
Deb Noller CEO, Switch Automation
Bridget Louden
Betsy Crouch Co-Founder, ImprovHQ
Melinda Gonzalez CEO of MGCX Advisors
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