1 APRIL 2019
EnergyLab and Yurika partner to drive clean energy entrepreneurship in Townsville

EnergyLab partners with Townsville-based organisation Yurika (part of the publicly-owned Energy Queensland group) to support regional Queenslanders with new energy ideas
Expanding to regional areas

At EnergyLab, we believe Start-ups are perfectly suited to spearhead change from the ground up and lead economic growth. Now established in the main cities across Australia, EnergyLab is glad to expand its activities to Townsville.


"The Palaszczuk Government is already supporting EnergyLab's operations in the south-east corner, and this is extending the opportunity to northern Queensland." Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham
An innovation program to support regional Queenslanders with new energy ideas

EnergyLab and Yurika will collaborate to run a three-part series of event. Designed as panel discussions, these events will see energy experts sharing insights on their industry to spark inspiration and educate the public on the energy industry's challenges and business opportunities.
The series will end in October 2019 with a Hackathon, a two-day event bringing entrepreneurs together to brainstorm, develop and demonstrate clean energy startup ideas.

Focusing on creating innovative solutions, this partnership demonstrates Yurika and EnergyLab's shared ambition to put Queensland and Australia at the leading edge of energy.
This partnership also marks the opening of a year-long Incubation program supporting entrepreneurs based in Northern Queensland to create and grow clean energy businesses.

Announcing the program, Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the program could help generating new local businesses, as well as fresh energy solutions.

"This is all about fostering innovation and new ideas in a field that's integral to many areas of business, whether it's agriculture, mining or tourism," Dr Lynham said.

"The Palaszczuk Government is already supporting EnergyLab's operations in the south-east corner, and this is extending the opportunity to northern Queensland."

"Regional Queenslanders have a talent for innovation and this program offers opportunity for local energy entrepreneurs to rapidly accelerate new ideas for products and business models through the program."

The first event in April will focus on what it takes to build a start-up, with Townsville local Joe Hoolahan, founder of the international tech start-up, JESI, as guest speaker.

The three panel discussions to follow between May and September 2019 will be:

· Agriculture and energy: optimising loads with the use of the latest and future technologies

· Tourism and energy: managing seasonal loads and increasing energy efficiency

· Mining and energy: autonomy, efficiency and renewable energy

EnergyLab's CEO, James Tilbury is grateful for this partnership and looks forward to supporting more Queensland entrepreneurs:

"There are a lot of talented entrepreneurs in regional areas who just need a bit of encouragement and assistance to launch successful start-ups", said EnergyLab Co-Founder and CEO, James Tilbury.

"We're grateful to Yurika for helping EnergyLab launch an events series in Townsville and are looking forward to supporting more founders in Northern Queensland."

Interested startups with smart energy ideas can contact EnergyLab or email [email protected]

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