National Energy Transition Accelerator

The National Energy Transition Accelerator is an 8-week program designed to launch early-stage Australian startups and founders with high-growth potential developing solutions to support the resources technology and critical minerals sectors in the global energy transition.

Program Objective

The National Energy Transition Accelerator has been developed by the Trailblazer team to fill a capability gap in two key sectors essential for the energy transition efforts globally. Participants will learn how to commercialise their energy transition innovation into a thriving business in 8-short weeks. 

Program Benefits

A $10,000 equity-free grant, fuelling your initial development phase.

Connection to local, national, and global energy transition leaders.

Introductions to potential customers and partners including resource corporate venture arms.

Immersion in a vibrant ecosystem of mentors, experts, and investors.

Access to investment through Curtin University’s Venture Studio and Kickstart+ program.

Subsidised travel costs to attend program in person in both Western Australia and Queensland.

Lead Facilitator

Matt Macfarlane (GAICD CA) is the Chair of icetana (ASX:ICE) – an AI-video analytics company and of PetRescue a pet rehoming charity; he is also a non-executive director of AgriFutures a statutory body that helps to fund research and development in Australian rural industries and AEGIC an export grains research organisation.

Matt is an active angel investor in early stage tech startups, and has been contributing to the startup eco-system in Perth for over 18 years. Matt works hands-on with technology-led companies to assist in building teams, accelerating growth, achieving milestones and securing additional financing. He is a judge for the WA Innovator of the Year Awards and the AIM Pinnacle Awards.

Information Seminar

Join Matt Macfarlane for an online information seminar in which he will outline the purpose of the National Energy Transition Accelerator, details of the program’s content, schedule, and key outcomes. 

Date: Tuesday 16 April 2024

Time: 11:00am – 11:30am AWST

Key Dates

  • Expressions of Interest Open

    Wednesday 13 March 2024

  • Expressions of Interest Close

    Sunday 12 May 2024

  • Shortlisted Teams Notified

    Friday 17 May 2024

  • Shortlisted Teams Pitch

    Friday 24 May 2024

  • Final Teams Selected

    Monday 27 May 2024

  • Program Commences

    Wednesday 17 July 2024

  • Program Concludes

    Thursday 29 August 2024

  • Industry Demo Night

    Thursday 12 September 2024

How to apply?

Expressions of interest for this exciting new program are now open. To apply, click the link below and register your team’s details.

A collaborative partnership between

Curtin University

The Resources Technology and Critical Minerals Trailblazer is supported by the Australian Government Department of Education through the Trailblazer Universities Program.

The Resources Technology and Critical Minerals Trailblazer acknowledges all First Nations people of the ancestral lands on which we operate. We pay our respects to all First Nations people, and to Elders past, present and emerging. We recognise their deep knowledge and their cultural, spiritual and educational practices, and aspire to learn and teach in partnership with them. We are committed to working in partnership with all Custodians and Owners to strengthen and embed First Nations’ voices and perspectives in our decision-making, now and into the future.

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