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. It may be counterintuitive, but for some, now is a great time to be working on a new venture. We'll set you up with the foundations you'll need to launch a cleantech startup by the end of 2020.
100% online
Four group sessions are delivered online over the four-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.
Sorry, applications for the Cleantech20 Program are currently closed. Submit an expression of interest for the next intake using the link below.
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 three 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).
Four modules to set you up for success
Entrepreneurship & ideation
7 May 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.
Energy market & opportunities
14 May 2020

We'll delve into the energy market to give you a lay of the land as well as highlighting any areas that we think harbour opportunities.
Validating ideas & testing
21 May 2020

It's important to filter out the best ideas and test your assumptions so that you can pursue the idea with the best odds of success.
Launching a startup
28 May 2020

In the last session, we'll help you plot out a plan for launching your cleantech startup, including identifying immediate next steps.
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?
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 and identify the best ones. You may wish to pursue one of your ideas in our Pre-Acceleration Program. This helps you to refine your clean energy startup idea, achieve customer validation and map a path to launching your company.
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?
Nothing! The program is completely free and any intellectual property you develop is yours.
How much time will it take to participate?
Each session is up to 3 hours long and will be held on Thursday afternoons from 2-5pm. Each week you'll have a small 'homework' task to work on before the next session.
How many spots are there in the program?
There is no exact limit but to ensure we can give everyone the attention they deserve we will aim for no more than 20 participants.
When will the next program be held?
7-28 May 2020.