By Oscar Michel, Masters in Journalism, DCU

Startupbootcamp, the first Australian startup accelerator programme has been launched on August 3.

Applications open now for 10 smart energy teams creating energy efficiencies and independence or innovating the market through digitisation and analytics. Apply here. Applications close in 84 days.

 The 10 successful applicants will then enter the three-month accelerator program in Melbourne starting January 2018.

Focusing on accelerating energy startups in smart grid; sustainable cities & living; smart buildings & infrastructure; IoT & connectivity; energy sharing & trading; big data & advanced analytics; blockchain and artificial intelligence & machine learning industries, the program has gained backing from companies including EnergyAustralia, Spotless Group, DiUS, KHQ Lawyers, Amazon Web Services, Cisco as well as the Victorian Government through LaunchVic.

“We’ve been working at getting a program going in Melbourne for over 12 months now and it’s been an amazing journey so far. When we met with the team at EnergyAustralia, it was obvious that we had found a launching partner intent on working with us to build a special Smart Energy ecosystem with global ambitions. This coupled with an amazing local team led by Trevor and Richard, and the supplementary corporate and government support, makes me extremely excited about this program and the impact it will have” said Ruud Hendriks, co-founder of Startupbootcamp.

Dr. Alan Finkel, nation’s Chief Scientist has released the Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market  and explains that innovations are essential for the future of the country. Australia’s National Electricity Market must innovate and evolve while reducing emissions and managing costs.

Melbourne startups have the ambition of disrupting the global industry. Statistics show that they have an average of 8.6 connections to the top global ecosystems compared with a global average of 6.0. 40% of these startups offer products never created in the world, on the other side 36% is the world average of new creations. Fresh thinking and innovation is essential to the market.

“People are reading and hearing about all the great changes sweeping through the energy sector but they want to see the benefits for themselves – they want to be part of it. There are startup businesses out there with great ideas that will make a difference to people’s everyday lives by putting them in control of the energy they use, even if it means they use less energy. The accelerator program is about helping those ideas get off the ground” said Andrew Pery, EnergyAustralia NextGen Executive.

Regarding to the partnerships created for the project, Hon Philip Dalidakis, Victorian Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade said: “Victorian startups will play a major role in building a renewable, affordable and reliable energy sector. This aligns very well with the Andrews Labor Government’s energy target which will create up to 11,000 jobs and drive an estimated $9 billion in investment.”


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