Gather the tools and know-how you'll need to generate a killer cleantech startup idea from scratch
What the Cleantech20 Program involves
EnergyLab's Cleantech20 Program focusses on turning individuals into entrepreneurs. We'll set you up with the foundations you'll need to launch a cleantech startup by the end of 2020.
100% online
Six group sessions are delivered via Zoom video over the six-week sprint to show you how to identify opportunities, come up with ideas and test them out.
Live and interactive
This sprint strikes a balance between providing vital knowledge and teaching you the processes needed to found a startup.
Delivered by an experienced team
EnergyLab has supported more clean energy startups than anyone else in Australia. We'll draw on that expertise to help you efficiently and effectively identify and test areas of opportunity.
Valuable connections
Only a small group of talented and experienced individuals will be offered a spot in Cleantech20, all of which you'll get to know by the end of the program.
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Cleantech20 is delivered by an experienced team
James Tilbury
CEO, EnergyLab
James Tilbury is the Co-Founder and CEO of EnergyLab and runs Australia's only cleantech angel investment network. He's also a member of the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative and advises two other cleantech accelerators. James previously worked at BCG, as a researcher at the University of Oxford, and as an energy auditor at Ernst & Young. James has a Bachelor of Engineering from the Queensland University of Technology and a Masters in Environmental Management from Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
Piers Grove
Chair, EnergyLab
Piers Grove is the Co-Founder and Chair of EnergyLab and a founding director of Boomerang Labs. Previously, Piers founded several successful companies, including Future Super and The Betoota Advocate. He helped raise and sat on the investment committee of the $26 million Clean Energy Seed Fund, serves as a founding director of Climate-KIC Australia and is a Governor of WWF-Australia. Other roles include Deputy Chair of the Australian Republic Movement and Chair of Gun Control Australia.
Milly Young
Programs Manager, EnergyLab
Milly is an experienced founder and facilitator, with specialist skills in human-centred design, innovation and new venture and product development. Milly is passionate about helping entrepreneurs de-risk their startup ideas and deliver positive impact.
At EnergyLab, Milly runs a series of programs designed to help early-stage entrepreneurs launch clean energy startups. She also works as an innovation consultant at the University of Melbourne's Innovation Practice Program.
Adam Skan
Events & Programs Manager, EnergyLab
Adam joined EnergyLab over a year ago and has spent most of that time co-ordinating our national program of events across 10 cities. He's a mechanical engineering honours graduate who found the world of nuclear energy all too slow-paced and thus spent most of the last 5 years in sales and marketing roles for the likes of Red Bull and Tesla. That is, apart from that one time he founded his own startup but for some reason chose to enter into a declining market which was already saturated with competitors (don't be like Adam).
Six modules to set you up for success
Entrepreneurship & ideation
6 August 2020

In the first session, we'll go over what the entrepreneurial journey looks like and show you how to go about coming up with ideas.
The energy sector
13 August 2020

We'll delve into the energy market to lay the foundations for coming up with a killer startup idea.
Startup opportunities
20 August 2020

Need some ideas? In this module we'll highlight trends and areas that are ripe for disruption.
Customer research
27 August 2020

It's important to filter out the best ideas and test your assumptions by conducting effective customer research.
Crafting a value proposition
3 September 2020

We'll show you how to use customer research to hone in on the core component of your business model.
Launching a startup
10 September 2020

In the last session, we'll help you plot out a plan for launching your cleantech startup, including identifying immediate next steps.
What previous participants have to say
Mitch O'Neill
Head of Strategy, Reposit Power
Cleantech20 is a magical experience because of the people. You get to develop your ideas and receive feedback in a collaborative environment of skilled facilitators and enthusiastic peers.
Su-Hsien Kuan
Senior Project Manager, National Australia Bank
Cleantech20 helped me explore and develop ideas that could be turned into a business. I found it helpful to hear about the processes for coming up with ideas and evaluating them for business potential.
Sam Lowe
Advisor, Energy Policy, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
If you're thinking about getting involved in clean energy entrepreneurship, whether you have little or lots of experience in the sector, then this program is for you! You'll make great connections with a cohort of wonderfully talented people and it'll give you the map and the compass to pursue clean energy entrepreneurship.
Jonathan Askew
MBA Candidate, UNSW Business School
The cleantech20 program was an excellent experience with a cohort of passionate and like minded folks. I'd recommend it to anyone who's toying with some startup ideas but needs some guidance and support to make their first few concrete steps on an entrepreneurship journey.
Cleantech20 alumni
Head of Strategy
Reposit Power
Advisor, Energy Policy
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Research Principal
Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS
Renew Economy
Senior Investment Associate
Process Engineer
Primet Precision Materials
Corporate Lawyer
Pacific Hydro
Graduate Engineer
Nova Systems
Project Engineer
Clean Technology Partners
MBA Candidate
UNSW Business School
Principal Corporate Development
Fortescue Metals Group
Business Owner
Billet Lab
Business Operations Manager
Venture Manager
X15 Ventures
Product Manager
The Sunrise Project
Senior Project Manager
National Australia Bank
Project Engineer
Murdoch University
Marketing Consultant
Churchill Consulting
Investment Analyst
Participation fee
We're a non-profit organisation and we appreciate your contribution to the cost of running this program.
  • All six sessions
  • Frameworks and course content you can keep and use again
  • 3 months of EnergyLab Virtual Membership
  • A money-back guarantee (see FAQ for details)
  • Price is per person and inclusive of GST, charged upon acceptance into the program
What we're looking for
During the selection process, we will assess your application against three key areas.
Do you have problem-solving capabilities or a specific skill/experience that you can leverage to create a unique offering?
Are you driven, persistent, disciplined, comfortable with ambiguity and not afraid to take calculated risks?
Can you find a way to get something done in an unconventional way? Could you convince someone to trial your product for the first time?
The application process and dates
Applying for the EnergyLab Cleantech20 Program is easy. Simply fill in an application form and attend an online interview.

Applications are currently closed. Enter your contact details below to be notified when we launch the next intake.
Due 5 July 2020

The first step in the application process is filling in a short online application form. Please note applications close at midnight on 5 July.
14-17 July 2020

A small number of applicants will be invited to attend an interview during which we'll ask you more questions to see if this program is a good fit. The interview is 15 minutes long and held online via video conference.
6 August 2020

We'll invite those who are successful to our first session on 6 August. Each session will run for around three hours on Thursday afternoons throughout August and the first half of September.
What happens after Cleantech20?
The Cleantech20 Program is designed to give you the tools and know-how you need to come up with lots of ideas, identify the best ones and refine them. You may wish to pursue one of your ideas after the program has finished. Our Virtual Membership allows you to connect with a community of cleantech entrepreneurs who are all on the same journey as you, most only a few months ahead. Three months of membership is included with the program fee and you are welcome to subsequently extend this.
Here are some of the questions we're commonly asked. If there is anything else you would like to know please email [email protected].
How much does it cost?
The program costs $600 including GST, this is only charged upon acceptance into the program. Any intellectual property you develop is yours.
How does the money-back guarantee work?
If you are dissatisfied with the program then email [email protected] within 1 month of program completion for a full refund.
How much time will it take to participate?
Each session is around hours long and will be held on Thursday afternoons from 1:30 - 5pm. Each week you'll have a small 'homework' task to work on before the next session.
How many spots are there in the program?
To ensure we can give everyone the attention they deserve there will be no more than 20 participants.
When will the next program be held?
6 August - 10 September 2020.