For the past few years EnergyAustralia’s proud partnership with the Startupbootcamp program has seen selected startup companies pitch game-changing ideas about energy.
The 2020 event, themed ‘Empowering Customers’, is the third time we’ve been involved in Startupbootcamp.
This year, the coronavirus situation meant our much-anticipated Demo Day took place online, covering many different time zones and continents.
More than 1000 applicants
This year we had a record-breaking 1007 applicants, whittled down to a top nine. Hailing from all corners of the world - South Africa to Columbia, Australia to India, the UK to Hong Kong – they shared a common theme: make energy easier and prioritise customers.
A glimpse of the future
In her keynote address, EnergyAustralia Managing Director Cath Tanna congratulated the shortlist.
“The ideas we’ll see today prioritise customers, making them more informed about their energy, more in control, more sustainable and more efficient,” Ms Tanna said.
“Those things mean resilience, and resilience will be highly prized in a post-corona world.”
Acknowledging it would have been ideal to see all the pitches up close and in one place, Ms Tanna said the Demo Day couldn’t have come at a better time, as a timely reminder that “the future is still out there and it’s exciting.”
After an intense three month accelerator and mentoring program, these nine startups finally shared their ideas to the world.
The nine startups
Austin, Texas, United States
17TeraWatts has created a digital assistant allowing energy companies to cultivate and own the experience between their residential solar customers and the energy powering their lives.
This software is geared towards replacing manual asset inspection with robotic inspection, to spot defects in infrastructure faster.
Leicester, United Kingdom
GenGame builds mobile applications that focus on making energy usage easier to understand, and engage households with their energy use.
BEAD is an artificial intelligence software and hardware system that measures a building’s real-time occupancy date, to optimise operations, including a battery-operated sensor that measures temperature, light and more.
Sandton, South Africa
Designed to give consumers control of their data (and incentivise them to share it), ELDO MeterStack creates a consumer-centric energy data marketplace.
Mumbai & Palo Alto, India & United States
Energos develops hardware, software and behavioural AI to manage distributed
energy resources on both sides of the meter, with minimal human interference.
Energy Master creates business intelligence software to empower corporations to make the best decisions on their utility consumption.
liquidstar uses a mobile application and portable batteries to circumvent traditional grid infrastructure, allowing increased energy access and reliability, particularly for the world’s poorer areas.
RenBloc allows conscientious consumers to control what type of energy they consume by providing transparency from source to consumption.
The future looks bright
Startupbootcamp was an amazing day of collaboration and innovation with some brilliant ideas to make energy usage easier for us all.
If you would like to watch this year’s Demo Day you can here.
You can also connect with the startups through this site.
Please note: the main image was taken during the selection period which was in December 2019 - prior to social distancing.