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The Energy Incubator will provide a variety of resources and services to member startups and businesses. These include:

  • Onboarding process: new entrants to the incubator will be taken through a process to identify gaps in governance, planning, marketing, funding, management expertise, systems and processes. Gaps and progress towards filling those gaps will be reviewed again at monthly meetings;
  • Space: office space – dedicated offices and open plan offices, meeting spaces, events space, collaboration space. Flexible spaces that members can grow in and expand into;
  • Laboratories: research and testing facilities both at the Energy Incubator and through associated facilities such as member University labs, CSIRO facilities;
  • Workshop: tools for prototyping, fabricating, building specialist test equipment either at the Energy Incubator or through associated facilities such as member University workshops, CSIRO facilities, 3rd party workshops;
  • Directory of laboratories and workshops;
  • Events: regular focussed events to bring together experts from outside the incubator, expose them to the incubator and incubator members to them;
  • Finance: access to a suite of finance options and opportunities, from venture capital, through angel investors, banks, superannuation funds. Guidance through the financing maze and assistance in matching startups with the right people, models and funds at the right time. Regular (typically bi-monthly) opportunity for financiers and startups to meet & plan progress to next funding round;
  • Expert advice and links: ready access to a network of technical and market experts in areas such as energy regulator, transmission and distribution, energy efficiency, energy productivity, fuels, as well as the University networks;
  • Governance: access to board members to advise and guide startups as they grow;
  • Transactional services such as accounts, IT, HR, legal, as well as assisting members with “what good looks like” in these spaces and transitioning to services that are appropriate for members’ scale;
  • Access to University Masters, PhD and Post doctoral students to conduct research on behalf of members, noting that in many cases, work on a Thesis or Paper can dovetail with work on behalf of a startup or member company;
  • Physical and virtual energy community; and
  • Links to national and international markets and finance opportunities through Government Landing Pads, international energy incubator communities and international contacts of the incubator community.

The value proposition of the Incubator from the perspective of member companies is that for the cost of space rental, they receive in addition:

  • Community, opportunities for collaboration and shared problem solving,
  • Governance and assistance in identifying needs, and in identifying services to fill those needs,
  • Shared core services at reduced rates compared with being alone,
  • Access to laboratories, workshops and research capabilities,
  • Access to key experts and relationships with regulators, Government bodies, and
  • Access to finance