Start your entrepreneurial journey with WICEF
The Women in Climate and Energy Fellowship (WICEF) helps ambitious women launch epic clean energy and climatetech startups. Over a three month period, you'll gain the skills, know-how and network to take the first steps in entrepreneurship. You'll gain access to weekly workshops and presentations, 1-1 mentoring and support from a diverse group of entrepreneurs, industry experts and changemakers to support you on your journey.
Program timing for 2023
- Applications Open: 18 September - 13 October 2023
- Interviews: 23 - 27 October 2023
- Onboarding: 30 October - 10 November 2023
- Program - Part 1: 13 November - 22 December 2023
- Program - Part 2: 15 January - 1 March 2024
Meet some of our alumni
Learn the foundations of entrepreneruship
What does it take to start a startup? We'll 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.
Thrive with dedicated mentorship
The program is supported by a group of dedicated mentors. You'll receive personalised support from your own mentor. You'll also have the opportunity to connect with EnergyLab's extensive mentor network during the program mentor evening.
Gain support from an experienced team
EnergyLab has supported more clean energy and climate tech founders than anyone else in Australia. During the program, you will receive one-on-one support from the WICEF Program Lead, and touch base with our team.
Pitch to climatetech investors
At the end of the program, you will have the opportunity to showcase your startup progress to program mentors and climatetech 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 and presenters
Advice and support from successful entrepreneurs, investors and sector experts
Director and Co-Founder, BOOMPower
Business Development and Transactions, ARENA
CEO and Founder, Whirl
Principal, Greenblue Consulting
Chief Strategy Officer, UPowr
CEO and Managing Director, Evergen
Operator in Residence, Grok Ventures
Product Development, Simply Energy
Founder and CEO, Bloom Impact Investing
CEO and Founder, Everty
Co-CEO and Co-Founder, Amber Electric
Daniella Aburto Valle
Head of Business Consulting and Advisory Partnerships, Amazon ANZ
CEO and Founder, Waste Ninja
Managing Director, Prestige Business Consulting
Investment Director, Kilara Capital
Senior Commercial Manager, KPMG High Growth Ventures
Executive Director, Clean Energy Finance Corporation
General Manager, Energy Services, Mondo
Startup Lawyer and Advisor, LUNA
Advisory Panel, ARENA
Director, Innovation Fund, CEFC
CTO, Allume Energy
Director of Private Investments, Grok Ventures
Co-Founder and Director, Jaunt Motors
Investor, Family Office
CEO, Redback Technologies
Co-Founder and Climate Investor, Assembly Climate Capital
Special Counsel, FCW Lawyers
Chair and Co-Founder, Solar Analytics
Tech Investor, Tiger Financial Group
Managing Director, Creating Value Group
Chair, Pontem Solutions
CEO and Co-Founder, Aurtra
Investor, Scale Investors
CEO and Founder, DifferenThinking
Zoe von Batenburg
Business Development and Transactions, ARENA
Three 4-week modules to help you succeed
Module 1 - Ideate
Week 1 - 4
- Meet the cohort, get to know each other, set goals and unpack what it means to be an entrepreneur
- Learn about emerging climate and energy solutions, sector trends and areas ripe for disruption
- Dive into the entrepreneurial process and the clean energy and climatetech startup ecosystem
- Learn and practice the fundamentals of customer discovery to understand your problem and ideate solutions
- Hear origin stories from other founders
Module 2 - Validate
Week 5 - 8
- Learn how to craft a value proposition and continue to validate your startup idea through customer discovery
- Conduct customer interviews, gather data and iterate
- Learn how to develop an MVP and how to test your riskiest assumptions
- Learn about your market
- Hear stories from other women founders about their validation process
Module 3 - Build
Weeks 9 - 12
- Learn the art of the pitch: how to prepare, what to include in your pitch deck and get some practice and feedback to deliver a killer pitch
- Learn the fundamentals of startup legal and financials
- Learn the foundations of tech and product management
- Learn more about the capital raising journey of a startup and meet active cleantech and climate angel and venture capital investors
- Hear about the capital raising process from other founders
It costs $1200 per person (including GST) to participate. This fee is charged upon acceptance into the program or in three monthly instalments.
We're a non-profit organisation and your contribution goes towards program delivery costs. The price includes:
- 12 weeks of workshops, presentations and Q&As
- Frameworks and course content you can keep and use again
- 1-1 startup mentoring from one of our exceptional WICEF mentors
- Individual check-ins with our Fellowship Manager to help you work through challenges
- Access to EnergyLab's extensive mentor network
- 4 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 alumna have to say
“ There is no better way to gain the confidence and skills you need to be a climate entrepreneur than the WICEF programme. Surrounded by a selection of amazing women it was incredible how much growth and transformation this programme can give to you. ”
“ The WICEF program is unique in the way it creates a truly supportive environment. Not only did the women in my cohort have amazing credentials and backgrounds, they were also so generous in their willingness to help me with my journey. It’s wonderful to be part of a group of women championing women! ”
“ WICEF has given me the tools to ideate, test, and fund whatever climate-tech ideas I want to pursue. It's taught me to arm myself against imposter syndrome, to fail successfully, and to find helpers along the way. The team have cultivated a supportive and self-driven environment to learn among a group of women I know I'll stay in touch with long after this program has ended. Take the leap! You won't regret it. ”
“ Whether your goal is to develop an existing idea, formulate an idea or bring design thinking and entrepreneurship to your existing role, the fellowship will have you thinking beyond what you thought you were capable of and will connect you with the most supportive powerhouse network you can imagine. Warning - not encouraged for people wanting to stay on a predictable career trajectory, but, if you’re ready to really explore what you are capable of, jump at any chance to be in this program! ”
“ The WICEF program has helped me gather the answers I needed and the confidence required to start testing my ideas for my clean energy startup - and most importantly confirmed that I can take on the climate change challenge. If you're looking for key insights into clean energy disruption, entrepreneurial skills and understanding the startup journey - this is the program for you. ”
“ 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 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. ”
“ 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. To future WICEF-ers, go with an open mind and be ready to have fun! ”
“ 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 2022 cohort have closed. Submit an expression of interest to be notified when applications for our next cohort open!
Sept 18 - Oct 13 2023
The first step in the process is to fill in a short online application form.
23-27 October 2023
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview. Interviews will be 15 minutes long and held online via a Zoom video call.
30 - 3 November 2023
We'll aim to send out offers to join the program shortly after the interviews are complete.
You must have an interest in climate change mitigation.
The ideal candidate is interested in launching their own startup, but we're also happy to receive applications from individuals interested in applying more innovative thinking to their existing organisations.
We aim to bring together a diverse group of participants who each have valuable experience and expertise to contribute to group discussions.
The fellowship will run completely online via video conference.
A series of events will take place over approximately 16 weeks. The sessions will run for 1-2 hours each and there will be 1-2 sessions per week.
The fellowship cost is $1200 per participant, including GST. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us via email if the cost of the program is prohibitive. We don't want money to be the reason you can't take the first step toward your entrepreneurial dreams.
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.