muru-D is the global startup accelerator supporting Asia and Australia’s best entrepreneurial talent and is backed by Telstra, an Australian-born global technology company.
We offer a six-month program with SGD $75k seed funding, tailored acceleration services, master classes with industry experts, and mentorship through an established global network of experienced tech and startup experts. We also coordinate an immersive trip to an international startup hub.
muru-D has been in operation for nearly five years and runs three accelerator programs in Sydney, Singapore, and Melbourne, and two partner programs in Brisbane and Perth.
We’re currently running our 3rd program in Singapore with a cohort of 10 teams from Singapore and around Asia. We also work closely with 17 active alumni companies in the region, and tap into the global network of over 260 alumni.
meet the team.
HEAD OF MURU-D, SINGAPORE
Paul has over 25 years experience building and running media and technology companies in Asia. He spent his early career as an award-winning television producer/director in the US, creating award winning documentaries, commercials and corporate films for Apple, IBM, HP, Motorola, Visa and other Silicon Valley companies. Since moving to Asia in the early 1990s, Paul built a number of successful media, Internet and mobile companies, with roles including:
● Heading and developing multimedia at Asia Business News (now CNBC Asia) ;
● Bringing international media brands such as CNET, E! Online, Sports.com and DoubleClick to the Asian Internet, creating localised versions across 8 countries;
● Founding and running MTV Asia.com;
● Co-founding and running business development for early internet pioneer AsiaContent.com, helping to take it public on NASDAQ in 2000;
● Founding and running Southeast Asia’s largest distributor of mobile games, Acme
● Mobile for 7+ years, before selling to Mexico’s Binbit
● Running business development across Asia for emerging market social network mig. me. Prior to his role at muru-D, Paul served as start-up mentor with MOX – The Mobile-only Accelerator, Founder Institute and the Singapore Management University (SMU).
Favourite game: Trivial Pursuit
Superpower: Makes up Haiku’s in his head when he’s stressed
ENTREPRENEUR IN RESIDENCE, SINGAPORE
Craig Dixon is the entrepreneur in residence (EiR) for muru-D Singapore. He is passionate about promoting behaviors and frameworks that enhance the efficiency of startup ecosystems. “I believe very strongly that entrepreneurs can and will unlock the solutions to most of the biggest challenges that face humanity and the planet and I want to be a part of that”. Craig is a founder of several startups including Zumata, a B2B AI travel technology startup founded in 2010 and a portfolio company of Wavemaker/DFJ, Siemer Ventures, 500 startups, among others. He is also an investor and advisor in early-stage startups. Prior to co-founding Zumata, Craig worked in banking and received his MBA from the University of Maryland (USA) and HKUST (Hong Kong). In his free time Craig is an avid reader, loves fitness, traveling and red wine, sometimes combining them all into a single day.
Favourite game: Risk: The Game of Global Domination
Superpower: Completed an Ironman triathlon (grit)
COMMUNITY & OPERATIONS, SINGAPORE
Amra is a strong advocate for business driving impact and has facilitated cross-sector partnerships between government; multinational corporations including MasterCard, Facebook, Telstra, Microsoft, and BHP Billiton; media partners including BBC, CNBC, Channel News Asia, and Mashable; government; and, education partners. During her time at UN Women in Singapore, Amra led corporate partnerships and Project Inspire – a multi-award winning global social entrepreneurship initiative. She rolled out a number of initiatives including: a corporate engagement program; UNited We Hack (a hackathon for social good) ; Girls2Pioneers (a local STEM program for girls aged 10-15) ; Project Aspire (a local social entrepreneurship initiative for Singapore students) ; and, the Singapore campaign strategy for HeForShe to support the UN Women global initiative. Amra is also the creator and presenter of the Doing Good Podcast and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. She has been named one of Harper’s BAZAAR’s 2014 Women Who Inspire Others, an ambassador for Impact Journalism Day and guest authors on industry blogs including e27, Yahoo and PR Week. Now currently based back in Singapore, Amra is heading up Community and Operations for muru-D Singapore.
Favourite game: Monopoly
Superpower: Has healing hands