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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2 Tracks

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.

The Latest

Startup Paradise Demo Day – May 2015

On May 29th, companies from three of Hawaii’s accelerator programs pitched at Startup Paradise Demo Day. Nineteen companies presented to an audience of investors, entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts. The accelerator programs are different in their sector-focus and stage of company they work with, but they all have one thing in common: a desire to advance […]

Reboot the Commute

On May 22 -23, Energy Excelerator hosted it’s first ever hackathon, Reboot the Commute. Reboot the Commute brought together developers and designers to solve some of Honolulu’s most pressing transportation challenges. Why a hackathon? Because we take a place-based approach to innovation. This means we screen companies for potential to succeed AND potential to help […]

TerViva Wins Maui Tech Night

In dramatic fashion, TerViva takes the cake at MaiTai’s Maui Tech Night. Congrats to Will Kusch and the TerViva team! The sequence of events went something like this: 5:00 PM Pitches 6:30 PM Judges announce a TIE between TerViva and Flywire 6:32 PM The final judge breaks the tie with a vote for TerViva, stating their potential […]

What do Startups & the Best Sports Teams have in Common

Last week we chatted with Kathryn Mykleseth of the Star Advertiser about building a successful startup (check out her article in the Star Advertiser). Below we’ve taken the conversation a bit further, adding an analogy to one of our favorite sports teams (sorry Laker fans!): Over the past 3 years, we have analyzed over 400 […]