Apply to our accelerator
The EnergyLab Accelerator is a 6-12 month program to supercharge clean energy startups. If accepted, entrepreneurs receive training, connections to our network of investors, mentors and partners, and assistance in raising capital.
Choose the track that's best for you
EnergyLab's Acceleration Program comes in two different flavours, depending on the needs of your company
Early Stage Track
✓ Workshops
✓ Introductions to mentors
✓ Regular business coaching
✓ Legal and accounting support
✓ $50k in seed capital and assistance raising further capital
✓ Free rent in a coworking space for 12 months

In return for 10% equity
Fast Track
✓ Workshops
✓ Introductions to mentors
✓ Regular business coaching
✓ Legal and accounting support
✓ Assistance raising further capital
✓ Free rent in a coworking space for 6 months

In return for a $50k SAFE (Simple Agreement for Future Equity)
Each energy company is unique and will follow its own path to success.

EnergyLab's Acceleration Program strikes a balance between providing support that every company needs, while assisting each company tackle the most important challenge in front of them at each point in time.
Benefits
Investment
Successful applicants to the Early Stage Track will receive $50,000 in seed capital from Artesian Venture Partners, which will be released in two stages upon completion of set milestones. Artesian will also match funds you raise in further rounds.

Regardless of the track you choose, EnergyLab will help you raise further capital by introducing you to our network of investors.
Office space
Your team gains access to a coworking space for free during the course of the program. This covers everything from high speed internet to coffee.

Early Stage Track companies receive free office space for 12 months and Fast Track companies receive free office space for 6 months.
Community
Join a cohort of peers and develop new friendships. Regular events will be held at EnergyLab, giving you an opportunity to meet other people in the coworking space and the wider clean energy community.
Mentorship
Through events and introductions you will gain access to our extensive network of highly qualified mentors. You will also meet with a business coach on a regular basis, who will guide you through the course of the program.
Professional advice
Over the course of the program you will meet with lawyers, accountants and other professionals to ensure your business is prepared for growth.
Training
Throughout the program EnergyLab will run a series of workshops on a range of topics critical to refining your idea and developing a solid business plan with which you can secure investment other other support.
The application process
We have two intakes each year, in March and September. The application process below is for our next intake in September 2017.
1
Online application
The first step is to fill out an application form on F6S.com. You will need to answer some questions and upload a slide deck.

Applications will close at 11:59pm AEST Sunday 9 July for Sydney and Sunday 30 July for Canberra
2
First round interview
The most promising companies will be invited attend a first round interview. This is a chance for us to better understand your application and determine whether you're a good fit for the program.

First round interviews will be held between Tuesday 25 and Friday 28 July in Sydney and on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 August in Canberra
3
Second round interview
Companies who are most suited to the program will be invited to present to a panel of judges. The purpose of this stage is to dive deeper into the technical and financial aspects of the business.

Final round interviews will take place on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 August in Sydney and on Monday 28 August in Canberra
4
Offer
A small number of lucky companies will be invited to join the EnergyLab Acceleration Program, starting on Monday 11 September in Sydney and Tuesday 3 October in Canberra.
What we're looking for
EnergyLab is looking for promising clean energy startups who we can help grow into successful companies. We will consider any applicant who is working on a solution that is part of our vision for a world powered by 100% clean energy. As most of the program is delivered face-to-face you will need to relocate your startup to EnergyLab's coworking space for the duration of the program and have at least one team member make the startup their primary, full-time focus.

Below is a portrayal of what we see as the ideal clean energy company to help guide your application.

The ideal applicant has an innovative technology and a great team that can solve a real problem and create social, environmental and economic value. If the market is established the startup has a plan for stealing market share from the incumbents, and if the market is growing the startup is well positioned to ride the wave. Either way the startup is offering something different to everything else in the market and can gain a significant advantage over their competition, through IP, expertise or exclusive partnerships. The solution is being offered at a price that is attractive to customers, but high enough to cover the company's costs once they reach scale. The startup has a believable plan for achieving financial maturity, either by exiting or reaching a point where the business can operate without relying on outside capital. The team is cohesive and has a unique insight into the problem they are solving for their customers. They possess most of the skills required to grow the business and have a plan for bringing on board missing expertise.
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FAQs
Here are some of the questions we're commonly asked. If there is anything else you would like to know please email acceleration@energylab.org.au.
Where is the program located?

You can currently participate in the program from either Sydney or Canberra. Please select which location(s) you are willing to move to in your application.

Timings on this page are for the Sydney program. Dates for the Canberra program will be similar and added soon.
Do I need a co-founder to apply?

No. However, we do prefer teams with two or more people in them. If you're a solo founder please explain in your application who is helping you in other capacities (e.g. advisors) and what your plans are for bringing others on board.
I'm working on <insert technology>, can I apply?

Possibly! We take a very broad view of clean energy, and include any technology that is required in a world powered by 100% renewable sources. Please send us an email and we'll tell you for sure.
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