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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14 Startups Each Year

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

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8 Seed Stage

Companies earlier in their trajectory are honing their value proposition and go-to-market strategy. We help build commercial solutions around innovative technologies. To seed-stage startups we provide $30K to $100K each.


6 Growth Stage

Innovative companies with strong business models have enormous potential. We help startups showcase their solutions and build relationships with strategic customers and partners in ideal test markets: Hawaii and the Asia Pacific. To growth-stage 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 its energy challenges.

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Top 3 Takeaways from Hawai’i Clean Energy Day

Yesterday’s Hawai’i Clean Energy Day brought together stakeholders from every sector—from utilities to policy makers—to discuss the future of energy in Hawai’i. Just in case you missed it, here are our top 3 takeaways: 1: Consumer choice. President of Hawaiian Electric Light Company Jay Ignacio stated that energy is now a two-way street. “We need […]

A Place for Energy Innovation

Hawaii is a leader in energy innovation, but where do you go to see it? And where can innovators come together and collaborate? This need for collaboration, especially in an energy system so dependent on its individual components, is the ethos behind our new digs. It is a place to nurture existing relationships and cultivate […]

Energy Excelerator Interactive

On June 26, 2014, we held our inaugural Energy Excelerator Interactive at Google. An audience of over 40 active investors and strategic partners in clean energy watched our newest cohort share their visions and solutions before engaging in deep conversation with the ones they found most interesting. A large part of our program is helping […]

Applications Open June 1

Calling all energy startups! Applications for the Energy Excelerator’s 2015 cohort open on June 1. As Katie Fehrenbacher from GigaOm puts it, “When it comes to clean power and energy grid innovation, Hawaii is becoming ground zero” (Check out her full article here). We are looking for 14 startups, 8 seed stage and 6 growth stage, […]