Calling the most ambitious cleantech founders

The Climate Solutions Accelerator is EnergyLab's flagship program and provides the best cleantech startups with all the support they need to reach their potential. Open to startups at all stages, this program is for entrepreneurs looking to deploy solutions that mitigate climate change at scale. We’ll invest up to $100k and introduce you to Australia's most active cleantech investors. We'll also help you expand your business by connecting you to our extensive network in Australia and overseas. Though what you'll enjoy most is being welcomed into an exclusive and supportive community of some of the world's most talented cleantech founders.

Key dates

  • Applications due: 15 April 2021
  • First round interviews: 3 - 14 May 2021
  • Second round interviews: 24 - 28 May 2021
  • Program runs: 5 July - 17 December 2021

Meet some of our alumni

The Climate Solutions Accelerator is a new program that combines the best parts of our Scaleup Program, Smart Energy Accelerator and Early Stage Acceleration Program. Here are some of our alumni from those programs.

Receive the support you need to succeed

When you join our accelerator we take on the role of active advisors and will do everything we can to support you. Here is a taste of what we offer.

Investment

You will be offered A$50,000 - A$100,000 of investment at your latest post-money valuation.

Introduction to investors

We'll introduce you to the most active cleantech and energy sector investors in Australia.

Exposure to over 250 mentors

EnergyLab has an extensive network of mentors from a wide range of backgrounds, such as energy companies, government departments, investment institutions and successful startups.

Guidance from our leadership team

You will have a direct line to our Chair and CEO, who have each advised dozens of cleantech startups and have extensive personal networks. They'll be available to provide advice and introductions from when you start the program to when you exit your business.

Legal and accounting assistance

Worried about asking a lawyer or accountant a question and receiving a $1,000 bill in the mail? Worry no more. While in our the program, you can talk to someone from Aperion Law or KPMG at no cost.

Guided learning to fuel growth

Throughout the program, EnergyLab will run a series of intensive fortnights focussed on areas such as international expansion, capital raising and industry partnerships.

Meet our Innovation Partners

During the program you will meet executives and heads of innovation at each of the organisations below to explore opportunities to work together to deploy your low carbon solutions.

Program structure

The program revolves around five fortnight-long modules spread evenly throughout the schedule.

Kick-off

5 - 16 July 2021

Introductions to the cohort, investors, alumni and wider community, followed by a public event to raise your profile.

International Expansion

16 - 27 August 2021

Workshops on overseas expansion strategy and introductions to our contacts who can help you execute on your growth plans.

Industry Partnerships

27 September - 8 October 2021

Introductions to industry partners and workshops on how to secure partnerships with companies and utilities.

Capital-raising

1 - 12 November 2021

Training and feedback on pitching before being introduced to Australia’s most active cleantech and energy sector investors.

Graduation

6 - 17 December 2021

Wrap-up events to showcase all you’ve achieved in the program, including a public event to further raise your profile.

Cost

The program is completely free but participation is contingent on accepting an offer of investment from our angel group at the post-money valuation of your last priced round, or a default pre-money valuation of A$1,000,000 if you haven't raised a priced round yet.

Hear from our alumni

EnergyLab's Scaleup Program was a great place to meet like minded founders and connect with the industry to discuss strategic opportunities and the evolution of the energy system.

It was great to be in the company of the like-minded CleanTech and Energy entrepreneurs. The community was very important.

The EnergyLab community has always been incredibly supportive - they are there to help when things are tough, and celebrate when things are great.

The EnergyLab Scaleup Program was great. Pairing off with end users to talk about piloting, meeting a large pool of potential investors, and lots of opportunities for peer to peer learning were all blended in a way that provided good value to time-poor founders.

EnergyLab is staffed by smart people, they are growing rapidly and they have an extensive network of contacts. If you are a clean-tech startup founder and are looking to scale it don't go anywhere else!

EnergyLab's network of companies, mentors and staff is the best way to learn more about the Australian energy market while expanding your business!

The application process for 2021

Applying is easy. Simply fill in an application form and attend a couple of interviews.

Application

Due 11 April 2021

The first step in the application process is to complete an online application form.

First round interviews

3 - 14 May 2021

Meet the EnergyLab team to discuss your application and how we can support your business. Interviews will be 20 minutes long and held online via Zoom.

Second round interviews

24 - 28 May 2021

Those who make it to the final round will be invited to submit a pitch video that will be reviewed by investors, who you will meet throughout the week. These investors will vote on who to accept into the program.

Selection criteria

This is what we're looking for in successful applicants but we're open-minded to high quality applications who don't fit the mold. We're particularly interested in applications from women and minority groups.

Fast growth

Your business has to be ready to grow fast. We don't care if your end goal is a unicorn exit or a profitable medium-sized business you continue to operate - as long as you can get there quickly. That probably means your solution is ready to deploy, you've completed customer validation and are ready to work on your business full time if you're not already. Consultancies, local business and project developers are unlikely to pass this test.

Climate mitigating

Your product or service has to help mitigate climate change, or enable others to do so. This includes a range of solutions including renewable energy, sustainable transport, lab grow meat and land management. We will also consider startups that help address other environmental issues such as waste and biodiversity.

We can help

We aim to increase the growth rate of climate startups and decrease their failure rate. We believe we can support any startup but that requires founders who are looking to expand their network, have their ideas challenged, and learn from their peers.

FAQs

Yes, you can participate in the program from anywhere in the world. However, please note that most program activities will be run from 10am to 2pm Sydney time.

Possibly! We take a very broad view of cleantech and include any technology that is required to decarbonise the economy. Please email us and we'll tell you for sure.

No, we are happy to receive applications from solo founders.

We get it - you have limited time and need to prioritise. Head here to fill in a pre-application form. We'll get back to you within a week to let you know if we think the program is a good fit and it's worth you submitting a full application.

Probably. This program is for startups ready for fast growth. If you haven't quit your day job yet then one of our membership offerings will probably suit you better.

Yes, the program comes with equity investment of A$50,000 to A$100,000.

The post-money valuation of your latest price round. If you haven't raised a priced round yet then we'll invest at a default pre-money valuation of A$1,000,000.

Please email [email protected] if you have any other questions.