Pre-Acceleration Program
Refine your clean energy startup idea, achieve customer validation and map a path to launching your company
What the Pre-Acceleration Program involves
The Pre-Acceleration Program helps you refine your business idea, gain some traction and get ready for our Acceleration Program
Tailored workshops
Three full-day workshops are held over the course of the program to help you refine your business model, validate your idea, and hone your ability to communicate the opportunity to others
Strategy sessions
Participants receive three strategy sessions throughout the program with a successful entrepreneur to discuss your business
Helping getting into our Acceleration Program
The workshops and strategy sessions are designed to maximise your chances of successfully applying for our Acceleration Program. You will also receive feedback from EnergyLab's Programs Manager on how to improve your application.
Three workshops to set you up for success
Refine your idea
In the first workshop, we will help you prepare a high-level business plan, develop a back-of-the-envelope financial model, identify your riskiest assumptions and put together a plan for addressing them.
Obtain customer validation
Until you receive customer validation you're unlikely to secure the support you need to launch your business. In the second workshop, we will help you analyse your market and train you in customer research techniques.
Prepare a solid application
Finally, we'll help you communicate your winning idea to others and put together a compelling pitch deck. This will help you secure funding and/or get into an acceleration program to receive further support.
Maximise your chances of being offered a place in our Acceleration Program
Our Acceleration Program provides successful applicants with introductions to the mentors, advisors, investors and partners they need to launch their business, generate revenue and raise capital. Our Pre-Acceleration Program was designed to increase the odds of receiving an offer to join our Acceleration Program. So far 50% of Pre-Acceleration Program participants have been offered a place in our Acceleration Program.
How to Apply
Applying is quick and easy
Apply Online
The first step is to fill out a short online application form.
Attend an interview
If we think you're a good fit for the program we'll invite you to a short interview to get to know you better.
Receive an offer
If you make it into the top 4-6 companies in a particular city we'll offer you a spot in the program.
Here are some of the questions we're commonly asked. If there is anything else you would like to know please email [email protected].
Where is the program located?
The program runs in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
I live overseas - can I apply?
Only if you plan to move to Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane in Australia before the program starts.
Can I participate remotely?
You're welcome to work on your business from wherever you want, but we require in-person attendance at each of the workshops.
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 email us and we'll tell you for sure.
Do I need a co-founder to apply?
No. If you have team members or co-founders then that's a bonus but we encourage solo-founders to apply too.
Do I need to register a company to participate?
Nope. If you have already registered a company that's perfectly fine but we would recommend only doing so after validating your ideas, which is what this program will help you do.
How much does it cost?
Nothing! The program is completely free and we don't require you to give up any equity in your company.
When will the next program be held?
The program runs between July and October each year with applications closing in May or June.
How much time will it take to participate?
We only require participants to attend two three full-day workshops as well as complete some follow-up tasks in their own time.
How many spots are there in the program?
Around 4-6 per city. We keep the groups small so we can provide personalised attention to each participant.