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Climate tech startup accelerator EnergyLab Announces 2023 Scaleup Program

Australian climate tech accelerator EnergyLab has selected ten startups to collaborate with Australian energy companies on innovative renewable solutions.

The program offers a unique opportunity for startups to collaborate with Australia and New Zealand’s most innovative energy companies; alongside investors and mentors the program will support the ten startups to unlock their next wave of growth.

EnergyLab’s Scaleup Program was launched in 2020 after being built collaboratively with Australian utilities and startups. The program is industry led, and 2023’s cohort will be connected with leading energy companies looking to drive their innovation strategies by partnering with innovative startups.

EnergyLab’s CEO, Megan Fisher, said collaboration was a critical piece of the global energy transition. 

“The energy transition needs global collaboration to succeed and with startups as far away as Spain, London and San Francisco joining this program, we can’t wait to see the local and global projects that result,” she said.

 “This program’s secret sauce is the chance for the startups to build relationships with each other, with industry partners, with investors and mentors in an intimate and collaborative setting.”

Over the course of the program, the selected startups will deepen their relationships with Endeavour Energy and Amber, as well as other innovative energy companies in Australia and New Zealand. Additionally, they’ll have opportunities to learn from EnergyLab’s vast network of alumni, mentors and experts and meet some of the regions most active climate tech investors

Leanne Pickering, Endeavour Energy’s Chief Customer & Strategy Officer said: “As a partner for the third consecutive year in Energy Lab’s Scaleup Program, Endeavour Energy is committed to supporting innovation and embracing new ideas and technology. As leaders of the energy transition, this work is critical.”

“This dynamic partnership will help challenge us to keep thinking outside the box so we can

deliver affordable and reliable energy solutions for our customers. This year we’ll be focusing on initiatives to help decarbonise the grid and we can’t wait to see the great ideas generated from this collaboration.”

Amber’s Chief Strategy & Sustainability Officer, Sarah Russell-Smith, said “As an alumni of EnergyLab ourselves, Amber is keen to support the program, meet and mentor the emerging disruptors, and explore potential partnerships. We’re excited to see what comes out of this year’s program.”

The 2023 Scaleup Program cohort represents a diverse global mix of startups that work with companies driving the energy transition to unlock opportunities and technical challenges across all areas of their business. From autonomous grid-monitoring robotics and advanced materials to software solutions that can improve grid efficiencies, reduce grid bottlenecks, and enable personalised energy purchasing, these startups represent the best in innovative technologies across the energy sector.

EnergyLab’s 2023 Scaleup Program cohort:

Accurassi – Accurassi is the leading acquisition toolset for the new net-zero energy market.

“Accurassi is delighted to be part of the latest Energy Lab accelerator, the opportunity to learn and network with the best is second to none.” 

Ross Sharman, Executive Chair, Accurassi

ALD Technical Solutions – Empowering Grid through Advanced Composite Material and Solutions.

“We are thrilled to join this cohort at Energy Lab, the largest climate tech startup accelerator and network in Australia and New Zealand, dedicated to clean energy transition. Through the Energy Lab program, we hope to establish connections with utilities in Australia and New Zealand and organize pilot demonstrations with them.” 

Davoud Zamani, CEO & Co-Founder, ALD Technical Solutions

Alternative Energy Innovations – Providing intelligent behind the meter solutions for that automate, optimise, and integrate process operations with energy cost dynamics.

“AEI is excited to connect with key industry stakeholders and investors to fast-track and maximise our behind the meter technology’s impact on both our customer and the broader energy network.”
Devon Soutar, Co-founder, AEI

Energy Synapse – Energy Synapse provide a SaaS platform that makes it easy for project developers and investors to understand wholesale electricity markets and to find the best spots in the grid for utility-scale renewables and storage.

“Australia needs huge investment in large-scale renewables and storage to fill the gaps that will be left by retiring coal and to meet new demand from electrification and green hydrogen. Energy Synapse is thrilled to be working with EnergyLab to scale our analytics platform to help more energy companies make faster and more profitable investment decisions.” 

Marija Petkovic, Managing Director, Energy Synapse

Enerza – Enerza is the first in the world to provide a conditional risk assessment tool to electrical utility providers through autonomous on-wire robotic monitoring.

“Enerza, is brimming with exhilaration as we embark on a thrilling journey with EnergyLab. This partnership not only provides us with access to an extraordinary community of visionaries, entrepreneurs, and experts, but it also fosters an environment of personal and professional growth. Engaging with EnergyLab’s ScaleUp program, we are invigorated by the prospect of collaborating with like-minded individuals who share our unwavering dedication to driving innovation in the energy sector.” 

James Aein, CEO, ENERZA Inc.  

IND Technology – IND Technology revolutionises power transmission and distribution network maintenance with cutting-edge proven predictive systems.

“IND Technology is excited to be part of the EnergyLab program as it opens doors to new possibilities and visibility within the industry, and opportunities to interact with other start-up companies. We are eager to leverage this platform to showcase our innovative EFD solutions and contribute to the sustainable energy and grid modernisation landscape.”

Alan Wong, CEO, IND Technology

My Solar Manager – AI and IoT powered Management System for Solar PV Projects, Battery Systems, VPP and Microgrids

“As a Tech Startup for the utilities and large energy sector companies, it is a real challenge to get the access and opportunities to showcase our offerings at scale. Learnings and relationships forged during this program have been timely for us and will continue to propel us forward as we navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. We are immensely grateful for being chosen to be a part of such a dynamic and supportive program.”

Aridaman Walia, Cofounder & CTO, My Solar Manager

Plexigrid – Plexigrid provide game changing software solutions that enable operators of electricity distribution grids to run their grid more efficiently, solve capacity bottlenecks, integrate more renewables and reduce grid costs for consumers.

“Joining the EnergyLab scaleup program will enable us to start working with the right ecosystem players on one of the boldest and most challenging transformations in the world: Australia’s energy transition. We couldn’t be more excited.”
Alberto Méndez Rebollo, CEO, Plexigrid

PowerPlay – Delivering the benefits of the cheap renewable energy in the grid each day to homes that cannot install solar panels.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the prestigious EnergyLab program. We are excited by all the exciting new contacts we will make and to be given the chance to amplify our message of not ‘if’ but ‘when’ you use energy that matters in energy transition.”

Aaron Hilton, CEO and Founder, PowerPlay

Oaktree Power – A leading climate tech startup headquartered in London, OakTree Power partners with global grid operators to enable the ongoing transition towards the fully sustainable electricity system of the future. Our mission leads us to collaboratively empower our clients to reduce their CO2 emissions while earning significant annual recurring revenues and benefitting from a wide array of net-zero opportunities.

“At OakTree we are committed to establishing an open collaborative working approach with industry, policymakers, and co-opetition. The EnergyLab Scaleup Program will help us to expand our footprint to Australia and dovetails perfectly with our values. It is such an exciting time to be in climate tech and we can’t wait to empower companies through Sustainable Energy Management Systems (SEMS) to lead the way towards a sustainable world.” 

Chantel Scheepers, CEO, Oaktree Power

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