Ausnet and Origin start world-first global accelerator program

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AusNet Services and Origin Energy are founding members of a new global consortium searching for energy start-ups to participate in an unprecedented business mentoring and development program.

The Free Electrons global accelerator program, which includes three fully funded week-long workshops in Europe, Silicon Valley and Asia, is seeking the next generation of ideas in energy innovation, and will connect the people with these ideas to major utilities currently serving more than 70 million customers in 40 countries.

“Australians are innovative and resourceful, and we want to see the best local ideas and entrepreneurs get a global kick start,” said AusNet Services’ executive general manager for commercial energy services Chad Hymas.

Origin Energy’s Anthony Lucas said the program was a world-first opportunity for start-ups to work with utilities from across the globe.

“By leveraging the expertise of partners involved, we are confident great outcomes can be achieved for the industry and for our customers,” Mr Lucas said.

The call for energy start-ups gets underway today, with the launch of the Free Electrons website ( ).

Energy start-ups with a working prototype can apply to join the program through the website from now until the end of February, with the successful applicants to be announced in April.

Twelve energy start-ups around the world will be selected by consortium members to participate in the six-month accelerator program.

Workshops will provide access to skills, knowledge, investment, and markets around the world, and will also facilitate discussions about possible opportunities for pilot projects and the testing of products with utilities.