Australian Clean Technologies Competition

Get  into a cleantech business accelerator program


The Australian Clean Technologies (Cleantech) Competition was first run in 2011 as a way to identify the best ways of addressing the challenges of climate change and sustainability. The 2012 competition will be launched in May and will provide another opportunity for Australian cleantech companies to develop their businesses.

The clean technologies industry is worth $26 billion and employs over 45,000 people nationally. The Government’s goal is to ensure a sustainable and cohesive sector that helps Australia meet the growing needs of a green economy.

The competition will promote a uniquely Australian take on building the future of this high-tech, high-skill sector.

Ideas can be for technologies, services and policies that address pollution, waste treatment and energy storage, new ways of looking at energy efficiency, building materials, transportations systems, public utilities and much more.

2012 Competition Information Sessions

Come and hear about some of last year’s success stories and why this year the competition is bigger and better. Hear from last year’s finalists and about the Cleantech Business Accelerator Program and the Australian Cleantech Investment Showcase. Download flyer here

  • Melbourne – 14 May, 5pm-7pm.
  • Brisbane – 29 May, 6pm-9pm.
  • Sydney – 23 May, 3:45pm-6pm – Following on from the Eco Innovation Forum


Cleantech Business Accelerator Program

Competition entrants will compete to quality for an intensive mentoring package that will see them receive the best advice and to give their businesses the greatest chance to move towards success. This Cleantech Business Accelerator Program will be tailored to suit the diversity of needs reflected in growing businesses – be it access to venture capitalists, patent support, legal advice, research support or corporate assurance.

Up to 30 of the best companies will qualify as Competition Semi-Finalists and be eligible to take part in the Cleantech Business Accelerator Program. This Program will be delivered over two months and will culminate in the companies preparing a business plan that they will be able to use to expand their businesses.


Up to six companies will then be selected as Finalists and will receive additional advice and introductions.

The Australian Winner will be announced at an Investment Showcase and Gala Dinner in October. The Winner will be funded to represent Australia at the international GlobalCleantech Open Competition in the US in November 2012. All of the Finalists will be invited to join the Australian delegation attending this event.

The Australian competition is an initiative of the Gillard Government’s $8.2 million Supplier Advocate Program, and is supported by Enterprise Connect, Commercialisation Australia, CSIRO and Austrade.

More information is available at


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