Startupbootcamp Energy Australia

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About the Program

Startupbootcamp Energy Australia is the leading global accelerator for innovative startups solving problems in Energy Efficiency, Energy Independence, Digitisation and Analytics.

“Smart Energy is about product, process and business model innovation in a rapidly changing marketplace. The energy industry, which hasn’t drastically innovated in the last two decades, is suddenly seeing 360 degree disruption that is going to change everything in the next 10 years. It’s one thing to know that change is coming and it’s another to know what to do and how to act to stay relevant. At Startupbootcamp, we help our 140 corporate partners around the globe think & act. Our partners here in Melbourne have a strong desire to work with startups locally on global solutions. During the 3 month program and beyond we will work closely alongside the program’s startups and partners to accelerate those kind of meaningful collaborations.”

– Trevor Townsend, Managing Director

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

Who Should Apply?

Startupbootcamp Energy Australia is looking for the best 10 startups in the world working on:

Energy Efficiency – Solutions supporting better energy use for homes, buildings, and cities, e.g. energy monitoring, smart buildings, device & demand management, etc.

Energy Independence – Solutions supporting energy access, clean energy and smart grid technologies, e.g. distributed and customer-owned generation, storage, new technologies, emerging marketplaces for trading, etc.

Digitisation & Analytics – Solutions driven by big data, blockchain and artificial intelligence to support energy optimisation and energy independence, e.g. business model innovation, customer experience improvements, cost efficiencies, etc


Melbourne’s Key Position in Asia-Pacific and the Rest of the World

As a key economy in the Asia Pacific region, Australia has strong relationships and easy access to the fastest growing countries in the World. Melbourne has a vibrant and rapidly evolving startup ecosystem supported by some of the world’s top universities and research laboratories giving it a number of advantages in the region. It’s ranked fourth globally as a knowledge hub and rapidly becoming the tech capital of Australia. Major U.S. tech companies like Zendesk, Slack, Square, Hired, Stripe and GoPro chose Melbourne to establish their Asia Pacific headquarters. 

Melbourne is also the GREATEST place to live and work. Did you know it’s been ranked as the world’s most liveable city for the past seven years running!  Melbourne is a city of art, music, technology, education, and ideas. It’s a city known for its sensational coffee, world class food, sports, laneways, and events.

Our Team

The program will be headed by local Managing Director, Trevor Townsend who has an extensive background in Melbourne as an Investor, Director, and Founder. He was the Managing Director, Australasia at TIBCO Software, a Silicon Valley startup, which listed on NASDAQ in 2004, and designed the first wholesale energy software trading system in Australia during this time. He also has over 15 years of angel investing experience with numerous exits including two ASX listings.

Program Director, Richard Celm has worked in and with startups in Australia & UK. Sold companies in Australia & USA including to NASDAQ listed. He set up an Innovation Centre in London and spent ten years delivering startup programs as head of Accelerator London in ‘Tech City’. Managed the Emerald Fund, established a charity in London for returned soldiers and has mentored on Cambridge University’s Queens Young Leaders program. He worked with Startupbootcamp’s 2nd program in Copenhagen, IoT & Data Tech program Barcelona and with Trevor has helped launch Startupbootcamp into Australia.

Want to meet us? Join us at one of our FastTrack or Office Hours events

From August through October 2017, we will be visiting startup ecosystems around the world to meet with startups and organize mentoring sessions with mentors and key partners in each city.  We encourage all startups to apply to attend.  The events are free of charge with no commitment to apply to our accelerator program.  Our goal is to meet you and support the best talent in Smart Energy through valuable mentoring and networking.  Our current world tour includes the following cities:

If you have any questions about the Startupbootcamp FastTracks and Office Hours, please email us at

Key Focus Areas

IoT & Connectivity

Big Data & Advanced Analytics


Sustainable Cities & Living

Energy Sharing & Trading

Smart Buildings & Infrastructure

Smart Grid


Why join the program?

3-Month Program

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


Expert-led sessions covering all scaling fundamentals - from business model canvas, lean methodology to fundraising

Corporate Partners

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

Global Network

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

Tailored Mentorship

Over 100 carefully selected mentors from Smart City industry who provide hands-on support and valuable introductions

Coworking Space

Free desks for your entire team in a dynamic coworking space for the duration of the 3-month program

Living Expenses

AUD $25K in cash per team to cover living expenses during the program

Perks & Discounts

More than €500K+ in exclusive partner deals from leading technology providers such as Amazon, HubSpot, SendGrid, and others

Alumni Growth Program

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

Industry Events

Exclusive opportunities to take part in leading Smart Energy conferences and events

Investor Access

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

Demo Day

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

Corporate Partners

Startups will have the opportunity to develop and scale technology, products, and services alongside our partners EnergyAustralia, Spotless Group, DiUS, KHQ Lawyers, Amazon Web Services, Cisco as well as the Victorian Government through LaunchVic.  


EnergyAustralia is one of Australia’s largest energy companies, servicing the energy needs of over 2.6 million accounts and approximately 1.7 million customers nationally. EnergyAustralia owns and operates a multibillion dollar energy generation portfolio, including coal, gas and wind assets.  


Spotless is the largest integrated facilities management services provider with clients across Australia and New Zealand with a revenue close to $3.2B in the period ending 30 June 2016. Spotless are focused on bringing innovative solutions to our customers by leveraging emerging technology and developing an entrepreneurial culture that results in new products, services, and an enhanced customer experience.  


DiUS is an Australian technology services company dedicated to helping companies of all sizes innovate through emerging technology and its intelligent business application. Specialists in engineering both software and hardware devices, we help our clients build the next generation of products and services that provide actionable insights from IoT sensors and networks.    


If you have any other questions, please get in touch at Please note that any information submitted in an application is completely confidential and will not be shared with anyone outside of our organisation.

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Startupbootcamp Energy Australia Team

Trevor Townsend

Trevor Townsend

Managing Director
Richard Celm

Richard Celm

Program Director
Denise Tambanis

Denise Tambanis

Lead Scout
Emily Whitehead

Emily Whitehead

Chief Operating Officer
Kym McCarthy

Kym McCarthy

Partner Success Manager
Allie Farmer

Allie Farmer

Startup Community Intern
Kendall Southerland

Kendall Southerland

Startup Finance Intern
Kevin Bohny

Kevin Bohny

Startup Scout
Daniel Kleiner

Daniel Kleiner

Business Intelligence Intern

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