We are excited to announce our industry partnership with Startupbootcamp, the global industry-focused startup accelerator, for its new Energy Australia accelerator program opening in Melbourne today.

Image: Startupbootcamp Melbourne Energy Australia Program team; (Richard Celm, Startupbootcamp; Trevor Townsend, Startupbootcamp; Julian Fogarty, Spotless Group; Ruud Hendriks, Startupbootcamp; Joe Losinno, DiUS; Kate Cornick, LaunchVIC; Andrew Perry, Energy Australia). Photo credit: The Australian.

At the launch event held this morning at Alfred Place in Melbourne, we heard about the imperative for innovation in the energy sector and the opportunity that a vibrant startup ecosystem will bring to Australia.

Startupbootcamp is a global family of industry-focused programs that supports early-stage tech founders to rapidly scale their companies. The startup accelerator also focuses on growing startup ecosystems across the globe. So far, programs have run all over the world including: London, New York, Dubai, Cape Town, and Chengdu.

To kick off, startups from all over the world are invited to present their ideas in their nearest capital city to the Startupbootcamp Energy Australia team at a series of ‘FastTrack’ days. Ultimately, 10 startups will be selected to be part of a three-month Melbourne-based intensive accelerator program starting January 2018 that will help entrepreneurs to collaborate with mentors, partners, and investors to build, refine and scale their ideas.

DiUS has a strong focus on helping grow the startup scene in Australia. Joe Losinno, DiUS Co-founder and Principal said, “We know first hand how powerful collaboration is to driving innovation. DiUS has a lot of experience in the smart energy sector, both in helping the industry to deliver innovation to its customers and in developing our own products for the Australian and International marketplace . We’re looking forward to sharing these insights with the program’s entrepreneurs to help move their ideas forward, faster.”

As part of its support, DiUS will provide hands-on mentorship and deliver a series of workshops drawing on its delivery expertise. Whether you are a startup or a corporate, the same lean principles apply: develop with your customer in mind and understand how to scale.

The Energy Australia startupbootcamp program is focusing on accelerating energy startups in smart grid; sustainable cities and living; smart buildings and infrastructure; IoT and connectivity; energy sharing and trading; big data and advanced analytics; blockchain; and artificial intelligence and machine learning industries.

In addition to DiUS and headline sponsor Energy Australia, the Startupbootcamp program in Melbourne is also being supported by Spotless Group, KHQ Lawyers, Amazon Web Services, Cisco as well as the Victorian Government through LaunchVic.

If you are a startup focused on creating energy efficiencies and independence or innovating the market through digitisation and analytics, apply to be part of Energy Australia Startupbootcamp here.