Join the movement to accelerate clean energy transition and sustainable practices in our world with EnergyNext.

Applications closed on Friday, 8 July 2022 UTC

About Startupbootcamp

Accelerating Clean Energy Transition & Sustainability

Our EnergyNext accelerator program looks toward a better tomorrow that brings innovation and passion. This opportunity strives to make an active change by reimagining and advancing clean energy transition and sustainability through an innovative startup engagement process.

If you lead an energy startup that challenges the status quo, shows passion about your innovation/technology, looks to scale, needing to raise capital/partner with corporates to build, and test and validate your hypothesis, then this program is for you.

The broad themes of the program are:

  • Energy Efficiency & Management
  • Customer Experience & Engagement
  • Data & Analytics
  • Customer Operations Improvements
  • Renewables & Alternative Fuels
  • Electrification of Transport
  • Electrification of Premises
  • Circular Economy
  • Sustainability

Through our program, we will connect you with mentors, industry leaders, and investors to help see your ideas change the world. We will build your capability to pitch yourself and your business to the market well beyond the program.

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.

Program Timeline

  • 6th December 2021

    Program Launch

  • 6th December 2021 - 8th July 2022

    Applications Open

    Applications are assessed for suitable startups.

  • 8th-12th August

    Selection Days

    20 Startups pitch to our mentor network and 10 startups are selected for the program.

  • 29th August

    Program Starts

    Startups begin their 3-month program working with our partners.

  • 1st December

    Demo Day

    We host a celebration and pitch day for startups to a big crowd of corporate partners, investors and industry participants.

About the program

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

During our intense 3-month accelerator program, selected startups receive hands-on mentorship from over 100 industry experts, seed funding and access to a global network of investors with the ultimate goal of scaling their businesses and becoming industry-leading companies.

The program is structured around three pillars of growth: Pitch Readiness, Commercial Readiness and Investment Readiness. There is a high focus on business development and proof of value (POV) or proof of concept (POC) projects with EnergyAustralia.

Each month we put emphasis on identifying the needs of each startup and providing tailored support. By the end of the program, we want your startup to be in a position to scale globally.

A few statistics

  • 1,000+

    Startups have completed an SBC program.

  • 76%

    Of our alumni are still active.

  • $2.18B

    Total funding raised by our program alumni.

  • 72%

    Of our alumni have received funding.

Meet our partners

Backed by industry-leading companies

Victorian Clean Technology Fund
KHQ Lawyers
Pitcher Partners
Amazon Web Services

Startup benefits

Why join the program?

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3-Month Program

An intense 3-month program designed to support entrepreneurs scale their industry-changing technology businesses.

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Expert-led sessions covering all scaling fundamentals - from lean methodology, growth hacking to fundraising.

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Corporate Partners

Connections to the leading corporates in your industry for pilot projects, partnership opportunities, and as customers.

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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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Tailored Mentorship

Over 100 carefully selected mentors from the energy industry who provide hands-on support and valuable introductions.

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Perks & Discounts

More than $500,000 AUD in exclusive partner deals from leading technology providers such as Amazon, Stripe, F6S and others.

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Alumni Growth Program

Continued post-program support far after the 3-month program through annual alumni-only events, deals and tailored introductions.

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Demo Day

A day to celebrate your achievements during the program with 400+ investors, corporates, mentors and press attendees.

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Investor Access

Meet most active VCs and Angel investors in your industry from around the world.

Meet our leadership

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