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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We’re Going On Tour

Join us at one of our upcoming info sessions. We are doing a multi-city info session tour and we would love to meet you.  Applications for our next cohort open on June 1. First stop is Boston! We’ll be doing a Lunch and Learn info session at Greentown Labs on Tuesday, April 8 at 12:00 Noon EST. RSVP […]

Let There Be Bright Light

Bright Light Systems, an Energy Excelerator 2013 company, is helping Marine Corp Base Hawaii (MCBH) save over 50% on their energy costs with highly efficient lighting. With annual energy costs approaching $45,000, the base’s senior resource efficiency manager, John Dunbar evaluated options to: 1) reduce operating costs; and 2) provide better quality light. They selected Bright […]

New Partnership & New Space

We are thrilled to announce our first public-private partnership with Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI)! As part of the partnership, HEI has contributed $250,000 to help us build out our new innovation space in downtown Honolulu. Our startups see the energy challenges Hawaii and the world faces as opportunities to help reduce costs and become less dependent […]

Startup 2020: Seed Week

Seed Week has ended and our 9 seed-stage startups have returned to home base. After an intense week of building relationships, dissecting business models, and having fun, Open Power Quality’s Philip Johnson took some time to reflect on his experience. Here are Philip’s 5 Seed Week take-aways: Take-away #1: You can learn a lot in […]