Australian energy sector accelerator EnergyLab is launching a women in clean energy fellowship in Melbourne to inspire and support more women to found energy startups.
The free program runs over nine evenings between August and November 2019, and is looking for 8-12 women wanting to develop a range of entrepreneurial skills, from how to hatch an idea and find co-founders, how to pitch their startup, and legal and accounting fundamentals.
Milly Young, EnergyLab programs manager, said her organisation’s goal is parity in female entrepreneurs.
“The fellowship will be piloted in Melbourne to learn and gather insights from our participants, with the hope to expand to other cities in 2020,” she said.
“While the representation of women in the startup ecosystem continues to increase, currently only 25% of founders in Victoria are female, and the numbers of female founders in energy-related startups is even lower. 36% of startups accepted into our Acceleration Program have a female co-founder and 17% are female-led.”
The fellowship is designed to feed directly into EnergyLab Pre-Acceleration Program and Acceleration Program, to support the entrepreneurs from the idea stage to running an early-stage startup.
The program will also run alongside a series of EnergyLab public networking events, panel discussions, and a hackathon.
To enter the fellowship program, budding female entrepreneurs need to submit an application on EnergyLab’s website before Tuesday, July 9.