The Ministry of Awesome and Canterbury electricity lines company, Orion, today launched a
national competition calling for new ideas to reduce New Zealand’s carbon emissions.
The Orion Energy Accelerator offers two Start-up Grants worth a combined $25,000 for people
and start-up companies with ground-breaking energy innovations to be guided through a
programme to validate and commercialise their idea.
Orion General Manager, Customer and Stakeholder, Paul Deavoll said, “The energy sector has a
big role to play in addressing the climate crisis.
“It’s vital we explore how we can do things smarter and innovate faster.
“This country has a history of innovation in technology, and this is a call to action for our
innovators to lend their thinking to solve the biggest issue threatening the future of the planet.
“We’re looking for leading-edge energy solutions that will help us move urgently towards a
Marian Johnson of Ministry of Awesome said, “We’re delighted to work with Orion on this
programme, to tap into their broad energy sector knowledge and experience.
“The accelerator will be a game-changer for all participants as they’ll be surrounded with support
and guidance from some of the brightest minds in energy, technology and start-ups.
“Our goal is to ensure these teams step out of the programme having made progress with their
start-up and ready to commercialise their solutions.”
The Orion Energy Accelerator competition is open to individuals and start-up companies with
innovations across a range of energy sectors, including smart grids, e mobility, EV charging and
energy storage, and affordable energy solutions.
Applications open today and close 30 April 2021. Eleven start-ups will be selected for the
accelerator programme on 31 May, all will get the opportunity to pitch at a Demo Evening on 5
August. Applications are open now at www.orionaccelerator.nz