Melissa Pye

UNSW Founders 10x Accelerator Program Manager

Hi I’m Melissa, and I head up the UNSW Founders 10x flagship program. Our program is designed to grow and scale tech startups founded by UNSW students, staff and alumni. I’ve worked with 4 cohorts at UNSW and designed and facilitated programs supporting 45 teams. Prior to this, I was the Head of Storytelling at muru-D, Telstra’s startup accelerator. 

I’ve done plenty of roles during my many laps around the sun including senior marketing roles at global companies in Seoul, Singapore and Australia. I’ve also launched several of my own a startups, written a book on entrepreneurship and appeared on the first season of Shark Tank Australia. 

My sweet spot is helping founders to articulate their value proposition and to pitch their startup in a succinct, engaging way whether this be face to face or via video. I’ve worked with 100+ founders on their pitch decks and pitch story and have frequently been a guest judge at pitch competitions. 

When I’m not supporting startups, you’ll find me swimming in the ocean or on Patrol at one of the most beautiful beaches in Sydney, Manly. 

My recommendations:


Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki 

The Barefoot Investor, Scott Pape 


Utopia, Australian comedy from the genius of Rob Sitch and co