We Help Startups Solve the World’s Energy Challenges – Starting in Hawaii

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Hawaii is Startup Paradise
for Energy Innovation

Hawaii offers the best conditions on the planet to build an energy startup.

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What We Offer

The Energy Excelerator provides customized resources to help energy innovators.


Funding That Works For You

Backed by the US Department of Energy and US Navy, we provide
funding up to$1M for energy startups.


Powerful Relationships

Our network of experts in energy, business, startups, and policy have deep
local roots and strong connections to U.S. and Asia-Pacific markets.


A Place to Grow

Ideal economic conditions and strong energy policy make Hawaii the
best place in the world to launch an energy startup.

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Our program is designed to support startups at two different stages of life.



Companies honing their value proposition and vetting their go-to-market strategy. We help build commercial solutions around innovative technologies. To these startups we provide $75K each.



Innovative companies with strong business models have enormous potential. We help startups demonstrate their solutions and connect with strategic customers & partners in ideal test markets: Hawaii and the Asia Pacific. To these startups we provide up to $1M each.

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Partnerships to Support Our Startups

We partner with organizations that can provide value to our program and our startups. The Energy Excelerator is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Naval Research, our corporate partners, and our successful startups.

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We also collaborate with other organizations and mentors to help Hawaii and the world solve critical energy challenges.

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Galls Gone Wild

Last month, members of our team travelled to Okinawa with a group from Hawaii to attend the 1st Renewable Energy Workshop. Joining us was Will Kusch, TerViva‘s Manager of Downstream Products, and member of the Energy Excelerator’s 2014 cohort. He recently published a blog post in Agriculture 2.0. Here are 3 of his most memorable moments: 1. “After hearing my […]

Aloha Ya’ll | SXSW Eco Recap

The Energy Excelerator was in full force at last week’s SXSW Eco in Austin, Texas. We met great startups, entrepreneurs, and partners all on a mission to change the world. Here are some of our favorite moments: “Meeting the entrepreneurs and learning about their solutions that could have a huge impact in Hawaii and the […]

Meet Our 2015 Cohort

We are excited to announce our 2015 cohort! This year we selected 17 startups from a pool of high quality energy entrepreneurs to invest $5M in. We are extremely excited about the caliber of entrepreneurs and their startups we are adding to our portfolio. These statistics blew our mind: 50% of the startups in our new cohort have team […]

Welcome to the Energy Excelerator HQ

Welcome to the Energy Excelerator HQ! This innovation, collaboration, demonstration, and gathering space will host our entrepreneurs for Seed and Growth programs, house our team and our startups, and serve as event space for our community. As an extension of our core mission, our new HQ will be a gathering place for Hawaii’s energy system and support […]