Start your entrepreneurial journey with WICEF

The Women in Climate and Energy Fellowship (WICEF) equips you with the skills, know-how and network to take the first steps in entrepreneurship. Over a twelve-week period, you'll be joined by a diverse group of future women entrepreneurs, mentors and role models to give you the knowledge and confidence to start your own climate or clean energy startup. The Women in Climate and Energy Fellowship costs $550 per person and will next run online in early 2021.

Key dates

  • Applications due: 31 May 2021
  • Interviews: 7 - 14 June 2021
  • Program runs: 28 June - 17 September 2021

Meet some of our alumni

Alina Dini, CEO and Founder, Whirl

Alina Dini, CEO and Founder, Whirl

Annalise Kerr, Sustainability and Resilience Consultant, AECOM

Annalise Kerr, Sustainability and Resilience Consultant, AECOM

Rio Richardson, Strategy Consultant, Future Super

Rio Richardson, Strategy Consultant, Future Super

Rosetta Mills, Experience Design Lead, Origin Energy

Rosetta Mills, Experience Design Lead, Origin Energy

Iyari Cevallos, Director, Drennan&Co Partners

Iyari Cevallos, Director, Drennan&Co Partners

Jun (Rossie) Rao, Associate Research Fellow, Deakin University

Jun (Rossie) Rao, Associate Research Fellow, Deakin University

Kate Hough, Senior Environmental Advisor, Powerlink

Kate Hough, Senior Environmental Advisor, Powerlink

Kate Osaze, Grid Connections Manager, ESCO Pacific

Kate Osaze, Grid Connections Manager, ESCO Pacific

Monishka Narayan, Program Manager, Centre for New Energy Technologies

Monishka Narayan, Program Manager, Centre for New Energy Technologies

Sanne Weekers, Project Manager, Epho

Sanne Weekers, Project Manager, Epho

Utkarshaa Varshney, Doctoral Researcher, UNSW

Utkarshaa Varshney, Doctoral Researcher, UNSW

Zoe Parkin, Senior Investment Associate, Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Zoe Parkin, Senior Investment Associate, Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Program benefits

Learn the foundations of entrepreneruship

What does it take to start a startup? Experts will cover topics such as ideation, customer validation, how to pitch and gain investment and strategies for resilience and fearless leadership.

Be inspired by other women founders

Learn from those who have gone before you. Successful entrepreneurs will share their founding stories, challenges they've faced and other advice and insights from the arena!

Build a solid support network

Surround yourself with people who'll cheer you on! Build a strong tight-knit community of fellow female founders, experts and mentors. We'll also pair you with a WICEF alumni mentor.

Dedicated mentorship

The program is supported by a group of dedicated mentors, who you'll have the opportunity to connect with one-on-one during the program mentor evening.

Support from an experienced team

EnergyLab has supported more cleantech founders than anyone else in Australia. During the program, you will touch base with our team, including our CEO and Chair.

Virtual membership

EnergyLab is home to the largest virtual community of energy entrepreneurs in Australia. Enjoy complementary virtual membership during the program, gaining access to our online platforms and benefits.

Pitch to cleantech investors

At the end of the program, you will have the opportunity to showcase your startup progress to program mentors and cleantech investors and gather support to get you to the next stage.

Have the confidence to take the leap!

It's our mission to set you up for success. At the end of the fellowship, you'll have the knowledge, skills and support to take the leap and start your own thing.

Program mentors

Advice and support from successful entrepreneurs, investors and sector experts

Alex McIntosh

Business Development and Transactions, ARENA
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Andy Hill

Principal, Greenblue Consulting
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Carola Jonas

CEO and Founder, Everty
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Chris Thompson

Co-CEO and Co-Founder, Amber Electric
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Emma Jenkin

CFO and Co-Founder, DC Power Co.
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Gabby Lee-Sinclair

Senior Commercial Manager, KPMG High Growth Ventures
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Gloria Chan

Executive Director, Clean Energy Finance Corporation
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Jodie Hallam

General Manager, Energy Services, Mondo
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Katie Higgins

Startup Lawyer and Advisor, LUNA
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Kim Lawrence

Advisory Panel, ARENA
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Megan Fisher

Advisor, EnergyLab
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Melissa Chan

Investor, Family Office
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Peter Lightbody

Startup Lawyer, Aperion Law
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Renate Egan

Chair and Co-Founder, Solar Analytics
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Solai Valliappan

Investor, Family Office
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Stuart Allinson

Chair, Pontem Solutions
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Terry Woodcroft

COO and Co-Founder, Aurtra
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Wendy Kozica

Investor, Scale Investors
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Zivit Inbar

CEO and Founder, DifferenThinking
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Zoe von Batenburg

Business Development and Transactions, ARENA
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Program timing

Week 1 - Orientation

Wednesday 14 April

Meet the cohort, get to know each other, set goals and unpack what it means to be an entrepreneur.

Week 2 - Energy Industry

Wednesday 21 April

Learn more about the Australian energy industry, the major players and how it all works.

Week 3 - Opportunities for Climate and Energy Startups

Wednesday 28 April

Begin the ideation process by learning more about emerging climate and energy solutions and areas that are ripe for disruption.

Week 4 - Ideation

Wednesday 5 May

Continue the ideation process! In this session, we'll use frameworks and tools to help you generate startup ideas.

Week 5 - Value Proposition and Customer Discovery

Wednesday 12 May

Learn how to craft a value proposition and start to validate your startup idea through customer discovery.

Week 6 - Founder Fireside Chat

Wednesday 19 May

Hear her story, ask for advice and learn tips, tools and tricks from a successful female founder who has gone before you!

Week 7 - Founder Fireside Chat

Wednesday 26 May

Our second fireside with a successful female entrepreneur in the climate and energy sector.

Week 8 - Pitch Preparation

Wednesday 2 June

Learn the art of the pitch: how to prepare, what to include in your pitch deck and get some practice to deliver a killer pitch.

Week 9 - Speed Networking

Wednesday 9 June

Meet one-on-one with our fellowship mentors who can offer suport, advice and introductions to help you on your journey.

Week 10 - Startup Legals and Capital Raising

Wednesday 16 June

Understand startup legal 101 and learn more about the capital raising journey of a startup.

Week 11 - Meet the Investors

Wednesday 23 June

Meet active cleantech and climate angel and venture capital investors to understand more about what they look for in early stage startups.

Week 12 - Graduation

Wednesday 1 July

Congratulations, that's a wrap! In our final session, we'll be joined by fellowship mentors and supporters to hear your pitches (if you'd like to pitch, that is). We'll also take the time to reflect on how far we've come and make goals for future progress.

Cost

It cost $550 per person (including GST) to participate, charged upon acceptance into the program. We're a non-profit organisation and your contribution goes towards program delivery costs. The price includes:

  • 12 weekly workshops
  • Frameworks and course content you can keep and use again
  • Individual fornightly check-ins to help you work through challenges
  • 3 months of EnergyLab Virtual Membership

If you're not happy with the program, email us within a month of graduating and we'll give you your money back, no questions asked.

What our alumni have to say

For me, the WICEF Program was transformative. I had always been interested in innovation and start-ups, but lacked the courage and knowledge to contemplate going out on my own. After it, I am wiser, more open to the vulnerability of the process, and am clear in what methods I need to take to test my ideas. Plus, I now have an instant network of supporters to help me through it!

The WICEF experience is not a superficial networking opportunity. It's not reserved for clean energy experts. It's a community of passionate women who want to go against the grain, pursue entrepreneurship, inspire, and be inspired. This experience has not only exposed me to the initial steps for developing a startup but has empowered me with the confidence to actively pursue my idea and support the global transition to a zero-carbon world.

The WICEF Program has helped me gather the answers I needed to get going on my clean energy start up - and most importantly confirmed that I can take on the climate change challenge. Full of impressive guest speakers and sound advice - what was most memorable was the energy this program has given me to keep moving forward. If you're looking for key insights into clean energy disruption, entrepreneurial skills and understanding the startup journey - this is the program for you.

EnergyLab have thoughtfully curated an experience for women interested in clean energy entrepreneurship. This program covers key topics every up and coming start-up should be aware of and provides tools and resources for taking the first steps. It also offers unique opportunities to meet founders of some of the most successful start-ups in the clean energy space in a setting that is relaxing and fosters genuine collaboration.

WICEF has been a very enticing journey. I went into the fellowship without an idea or expectation and came out of it with a co-founder and a startup idea. A wide range of topics and speakers provided a good platform for learning the unknown. Highly recommended!! To future WICEF-ers, go with an open mind and be ready to have fun!

Thanks EnergyLab for creating such a safe, inclusive, and positive environment for our diverse group to push our understanding of who we are and what we're capable of. I came into this experience not sure whether or not I was smart enough/capable enough/resilient enough to found a company and 3 months later I've been taught some amazing techniques to overcome imposter syndrome, round out my skills in entrepreneurship and build an amazing network of like-minded women. Killing it!!!

How to apply

Applications for our 2021 intake are opening soon - fill in an expression-of-interest form and we'll let you know as soon as they do.

Apply

Due 1 March 2021

The first step in the process is to fill in a short online application form.

Interview

17 - 26 March 2021

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview with the Program Manager, Milly Young. Interviews will be 15 minutes long and held online via a Zoom video call.

Offer

Late March

We'll aim to send out offers to join the program shortly after the interviews are complete.

Selection criteria

Climate focus

You must have an interest in climate mitigation.

Innovative drive

The ideal candidate is interested in launching their own startups, but we're also happy to receive applications from individuals interested in applying more innovative thinking to their existing organisations.

Valuable experience

We aim to bring together a diverse group of participants who each have valuable experience and expertise to contribute to group discussions.

FAQs

The fellowship will run completely online via video conference.

A series of evening events will take place over 12 weeks in early 2021. The events will run one evening per week for 12 weeks between 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm AEST.

The fellowship cost is $550 per participant, including GST.

No - we encourage diversity of experience. All you need is an interest in climate and energy entrepreneurship!

No. The aim of this fellowship is to give you the know-how, tools and confidence to step down the entrepreneurial path. If you already have a startup idea, that's a bonus!

Between 15 and 25 women will be invited to join the fellowship. We keep the group small so we can create an open, safe environment and provide personalised attention to each participant.

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