The search has begun for our 2018 cohort! Applications are open April 10 - May 25.

We fund cleantech startups.

Can we accelerate you? Applications open April 10.

Meet our Two Tracks


Who should apply?

Companies with an innovative technology (working prototype) and an excellent team (2 or more people) that need to validate and vet their business model with customers in Hawaii and Asia Pacific markets

How do we support you?

We help you find customers. We provide:
+ Up to $75K grant funding
+ Introductions to investors, corporates, and customers
+ Mentorship

What companies give back:

1. Contribute 1-6% equity
2. Share their networks
3. Help us recruit great companies


Who should apply?

Companies with an innovative technology, excellent team, customer traction, and the resources to scale in Hawaii or Asia Pacific

How do we support you?

We help you scale. We provide:
+ Up to $1M grant funding
+ Introductions to investors, corporates, and customers
+ Project design and local stakeholder engagement

What companies give back:

1. Contribute 1-6% equity
2. Share their networks
3. Help us recruit great companies

What Are Our Companies Saying?

Energy Excelerator


“A key benefit of the Excelerator program is face time. In one intensive week, Geli, a San Francisco energy storage software company, got meetings with the CEO of HEI (Hawaiian Electric Industries), the chair of the public utilities commission, several local solar rooftop installers and the heads of energy procurement for several military offices.”
Andrew Krulewitz, Marketing Director at Geli (Demonstration 2016)

Energy Excelerator


“Energy Excelerator has been, and continues to be, a keystone in Go Electric’s growth. Go Electric developed its business strategy through Energy Excelerator’s Go-to-market cohort, and subsequently closed a $4 million Series A that was secured through Energy Excelerator introductions. Their introductions to Hawaiian Electric lead us to be invited to bid on Hawaiian Electric’s demand response RFP, and we are currently shortlisted for a major multi-million dollar award.”
Lisa Laughner, CEO of Go Electric

Energy Excelerator


“Energy Excelerator Interactive brought together an important group of Silicon Valley’s sustainability leaders, from both the investment and startup worlds. As the energy industry becomes increasingly focused on software, data and analytics, opportunities continue to expand in new directions. Energy Excelerator artfully distilled key themes and showcased companies that have truly differentiating approaches.”
John Carrington, CEO of Stem

Key Program Dates

October 15-20, 2017 | Go-to-Market Kickoff Week
October 16-20, 2017 | Demonstration Kickoff Week
October 2017 - January 2018 | Final development of demonstration project scopes, budgets, and partnerships
January 2018 | 2018 Cohort Announced!
March 2018 | Funding awarded (estimated timeline)
April 2018 | Interactive Week

Got Questions?

How do I apply?

Get started by submitting some simple information at . We'll keep you in the loop regarding key dates and information needed to submit a strong application.

How does the funding work?

We award up to $75K on our Go-to-market Track and up to $1M on our Demonstration Track in the form of grants to your company. Read the 2018 Cohort Applicant Package for all the details.

How does the Hawaii part work?

Every company we work with travels to Hawaii at least 3-4 times throughout the program. Additionally, we help you navigate the Hawaii and Asia Pacific markets by connecting you with customers and partners. You do not need to be based in Hawaii or have any current relationships in Hawaii to apply. We can provide the most value when applicants see strategic value in acquiring new customers in Hawaii or Asia Pacific.

What type of organization is Energy Excelerator?

Energy Excelerator is a non-profit program of the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research (PICHTR). We are funded by the Department of Energy, the U.S. Office of Naval Research, the State of Hawaii, General Electric, Hawaiian Electric Industries, and more.

What are my chances of being accepted into the EEx program?

The companies in our portfolio are the most innovative startups that align with our mission of changing the world, starting in Hawaii. We accept only 5% of applicants into our program.

What is expected of me if I am accepted?

We offer a long-term commitment to helping our portfolio companies succeed. In return, we expect a high level of participation and collaboration. Specifically, we expect our portfolio companies to: 1) participate in all program activities with at least two team members, 2) donate 1-6% equity to Energy Excelerator for the services our team and program contributes to the success of your company, and 3) a program fee. This relationship ensures that our interests and commitments are aligned.

I have more questions!

The best way to learn everything about the Energy Excelerator program is by submitting your email below and reading the Applicant Package. If you have more questions, contact us at hello(at)

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