Startupbootcamp is seeking smart energy startups

Angus Kidman 3 August 2017

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Startupbootcamp is a Melbourne-based program backed by EnergyAustralia, Amazon Web Services, Cisco and Spotless Group.

Startup accelerator Startupbootcamp has partnered with the Victorian government and EnergyAustralia to launch an accelerator program that is seeking smart energy startups.

The scheme will seek out 10 startup companies working in the areas of energy efficiency, smart grid technologies and analytics, specifically involving artificial intelligence, big data and blockchain. Aspiring participants will present their ideas at a series of seminars around Australia, with the chosen 10 then being incubated from January 2018.

"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," Startupbootcamp co-founder Ruud Hendriks said in a statement announcing the scheme. "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."

TIBCO founder Trevor Townsend will head up the local operation. Mentors will include Slade Sherman from Creator Global and Soozey Johnstone from Method9. Other sponsors of the program include Amazon Web Services, Spotless Group and Cisco.

Applications for the program can be made online and close on 27 October 2017.

Startup activity remains abuzz across Australia, with Sydney planning to launch the largest startup hub in the Southern Hemisphere and a national fintech festival hitting Melbourne in October.

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