Fast-tracking 10 sustainability-driven business ideas toward launching a startup. Book a 15 min call with us, we’d love to hear more about you and your big idea! This program is designed for first time entrepreneurs with no previous startup experience.

Applications closed on Monday, 16 May 2022 UTC

About Startupbootcamp EnergyInc

Elevating Big Ideas in Sustainable Innovation

Join Australia's only free pre-accelerator focussed on clean-tech, energy, decarbonisation and circular economy. We work with individuals and teams who apply with nothing more than a big idea, translating your aspirations into acceleration-ready startups.

Specifically tailored for early-stage founders, EnergyInc’s curriculum is designed to refine your ideas, validate your business concepts and build the partnerships and capabilities required to kickstart your startup journey. 

Through our program, we will connect you with mentors, industry leaders, and investors to help see your ideas change the world. We'll build your capability to pitch yourself and your business to the market in this transformational 10 week journey, streamlining entry into the startup world and working together towards a net zero future.

Program Focus Areas

If you have the drive and passion to develop a business idea relating to the following fields, we invite you to apply:

  • Energy Efficiency & Management
  • Renewables & Alternative Fuels
  • Electrification of Everything
  • Circular Economy
  • Decarbonization
  • Sustainability
  • Smart Buildings & Infrastructure
  • Data & Analytics
  • Customer Experience & Engagement
  • Asset & Facilities Management

The climate decade is underway, and it’s time to take action. Reimagine the status quo and join us today.

Managing Director - Energy

Richard Simpson

Richard Simpson

Managing Director - Energy

Richard has an extensive background in innovation with Australian corporates and the startup community. When he was not riding one of his multiple bikes (you can never have too many) Richard managed three Startups in Fintech, Proptech and export sectors. His strong connections with corporate Australia have included executive roles in leading ASX and private companies in strategy, innovation, and technology roles. Whilst running a corporate incubator Richard first started working with SBC as a mentor on one of the first EnergyNext programs several years ago whilst looking into investable opportunities in solar installations and renewable energy, which has led to his current role in running the program.


Meet the 2021 Alumni

"I didn't know what to expect of a free program, but it blew me away from the value of the online content to the great network of other startups and most importantly, the incredible support and insightful input and mentorship of the team"

Sara Redmond-Neal

Founder, Small Mighty CRM

"I got so much value out of this program, from the content to the people I met"

Amber Truong

Founder, SolarMuster

"I feel a foot taller as an entrepreneur, I learnt things I didn't even realise I needed"

Jon Knight

Founder, Solarsync

"SBC EnergyInc has proven to be an exceptional program to help us to take first steps in launching our startups. The team has been extremely supportive to help us to validate our ideas, as well as to develop our pitching skills"

Bob Weihai He

Founder, VERITAS

Program Timeline

  • April

    Applications Open

    Apply and join us for a 15 minute chat

  • 16 May

    Applications Close

    Applications are assessed for suitable candidates

  • 1 June

    Program Starts

    Startups begin their 10 week part-time program

  • August


    A celebration and Showcase Day for our EI22 participants to an audience of corporate partners, investors and industry participants

About the program

Learn how to accelerate your business with industry-leading best practices

During our energetic 10 week pre-accelerator program, 10 individuals and teams will receive hands-on mentorship from industry professionals and opportunities to build a team and connect with mentors and investors.

We know new founders balance work, life and startups: EnergyInc is designed to accommodate your existing commitments. Our hybrid curriculum requires 3 hours per week and is delivered online, with in-person networking and collaboration opportunities.

Structured around three pillars: Ideate, Validate, Build; we help you test your idea for robustness, customer validation and dynamic business model design. We put emphasis on identifying the needs of all participants and providing tailored support.

By the end of the program, you’ll have validated your businesses with real-world customers, established a network of industry professionals and developed both personal and professional skills, launching you, as a founder, into the world of startups. Graduates will present their startup journeys at the Showcase Event attended by industry leaders, potential investors and our network. Check our our alumni in action at the EnergyInc 2021 Showcase event: Here


  • You and/or your team are based in Australia in 2022
  • You have a business idea relevant to the program themes
  • You are yet to raise external capital

A few statistics

  • 950+

    Startups have completed an SBC program.

  • 76%

    Of our alumni are still active.

  • $1.25B

    Total funding raised by our program alumni.

  • $1.6M

    Average funding by our program alumni.

  • 72%

    Of our alumni have received funding.

Meet our partners

Backed by industry-leading companies

  • LaunchVic

    LaunchVic is leading the development of a globally-connected startup ecosystem by supporting startups and investors to sustainably grow and deliver economic and cultural benefits in Victoria and nationwide.

KHQ Lawyers
Pitcher Partners
Amazon Web Services

Startup benefits

Why join the program?

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Zero Fee or Equity Stake

This program is delivered at no cost, you graduate retaining sole ownership of your business.

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10 Week Program

A high paced, flexible 10 week program designed to provide participants with the resources, capabilities and networks required to get their startup off the ground.

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Hybrid Delivery

A hybrid, virtual and in-person flexible program: join our sessions from anywhere in Australia. We tailor our program to fit into your existing schedule.

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A day to celebrate your achievements during the program with investors, corporates, mentors and industry professionals in attendance.

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Expert-led sessions covering all startup fundamentals - from ideation & validation to lean methodology, customer development and prototyping.

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Global Network

Unmatched access to a global network of mentors, corporate partners, industry experts, and alumni across 40+ countries.

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Perks & Discounts

Access to over $250,000 AUD in exclusive partner deals from leading technology providers.

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Alumni Growth Program

Continued post-program support far after the 10 week program through annual events, deals and tailored introductions.

Meet our leadership

Our combined experience in the energy industry from policy to accelerating startups and corporate ventures is world class and positioned to set you up for success.

Frequently Asked Questions

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