EnergyLab welcomes 9 new startups to its acceleration program
to fast track Australia's transition to a 100% clean energy future.
The startups were selected nationally with ideas spanning from bioenergy, monitoring and trading of electricity, new energy storage solutions, electric vehicles for the tourism industry, and for the first time in EnergyLab's program, a startup in the legal industry, aiming to help the renewable energy sector navigate contractual complexities in an accessible and affordable way."Half of this new cohort have come through our Pre-Acceleration Program, which is a great validation that the work we are doing to develop Australia's pipeline of clean energy startups is working." says EnergyLab CEO, James Tilbury
Starting on April 10th, and running for a year in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, the entrepreneurs will receive training, connections to a large network of investors and mentors, key corporate and public partners, and assistance in raising capital.
"The diversity and quality of entrepreneurs entering this industry continues to excite and challenge us. We are delighted by the new cohort and see plenty of potential in each and every business.
" says EnergyLab Chair, Piers Grove. A diverse cohort, with a mix of senior professionals and promising young entrepreneurs
This year's cohort of 9 is very diverse not just in the sectors represented but also from a founder's perspective. EnergyLab is welcoming senior professionals, experts in their field such as Brisbane-based David Rochaya, Doctor of philosophy (PhD) in Biomass Combustion working on developing and commercialising a proprietary gasification technology to transform biomass into different energy streams (heat, power, and biofuels). Gerald Arends and Swati Johri, co-directors of Pegasus Legal, have been running a legal practice servicing renewables in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region since 2013. They are now bringing their extensive experience to InfraDocs, a technology platform offering contracts specifically developed for renewable energy. Swati will be joining the Sydney cohort while Gerald and David will be joining the Brisbane antenna of the program, in operation since April 2017 thanks to the support of the Queensland Government.
The Acceleration Program will assist promising young entrepreneurs such as Kimberley Winter, a Blockchain Operations Specialist launching a vehicle sharing aggregation platform to accelerate sustainable transport adoption. With the financial support of the Australian Government, EnergyLab will be able to coach Kimberley and three other Melbourne-based entrepreneurs to develop and grow their business idea.