Women in Clean Energy Fellowship
A program designed to inspire, educate and support women to start clean energy startups
What the Women in Clean Energy Fellowship involves
The Women in Clean Energy Fellowship equips you with the skills, know-how and network to take the first steps in entrepreneurship.

Over a twelve week period, you'll be joined by a diverse group of future female entrepreneurs, mentors and role models to give you the knowledge and confidence to start your own clean energy startup.
Be inspired by other female founders
Learn from those who have gone before you. Successful female entrepreneurs will share their founding stories, challenges they've faced and other advice and insights from the arena!
Learn the foundations of entrepreneruship
What does it take to start a startup? In a series of discussions and workshops, you'll be joined by experts to help you understand the steps involved to start your own company. We'll cover everything from how to hatch an idea and find co-founders to how to pitch your idea and gain investment.
Build a solid support network
Surround yourself with people who'll cheer you on! Over the course of the program you will build a strong tight-knit community of fellow female founders, experts and mentors to support your journey.
Have the confidence to take the leap!
It's our mission to set you up for success. At the end of the fellowship, you'll have the knowledge, skills and support to take the leap and start your own thing. If you hatch a great startup idea, the fellowship is designed to feed directly into EnergyLab Pre-Acceleration Program and Acceleration Program. These programs will give you all the support you need to grow your idea into profitable business.
Join our growing network of women in clean energy innovation
Emma Jenkin
Fellowship Mentor & CFO, DC Power Co.
"Energylab has created a fantastic program that is inspiring, thought provoking and equips entrepreneurs to take their business ideas and disrupt the energy sector. A mixture of practical and inspirational, it helps participants build their start up tool kit and offers a network of collaborators and supporters. I was lucky enough to meet the inaugural participants and I wish I could have been an attendee!"
Megan Wheatley
Fellowship Presenter
"The Women in Clean Energy Fellowship is a timely initiative that builds the capacity of clever and passionate women to deliver the innovation needed to shift to a lower carbon future. The well-designed course creates a safe space for participants to develop and test their ideas, while developing the practical skills needed to translate ideas into meaningful action."
Rosetta Mills
Fellowship Participant
"Thanks EnergyLab for creating such a safe, inclusive, and positive environment for our diverse group to push our understanding of who we are and what we're capable of. I came into this experience not sure whether or not I was smart enough/capable enough/resilient enough to found a company and 3 months later I've been taught some amazing techniques to overcome imposter syndrome, round out my skills in entrepreneurship and build an amazing network of like-minded women. Killing it!!!"
Kate Osaze
Fellowship Participant
"EnergyLab have thoughtfully curated an experience for women interested in clean energy entrepreneurship. This program covers key topics every up and coming start-up should be aware of and provides tools and resources for taking the first steps. It also offers unique opportunities to meet founders of some of the most successful start-ups in the clean energy space in a setting that is relaxing and fosters genuine collaboration; providing great insights into the doubts, fears and hurdles faced on their road to success."
Monishka Narayan
Fellowship Participant
"WICEF has been a very enticing journey. I went into the fellowship without an idea or expectation and came out of it with a co-founder and a startup idea.
A wide range of topics and speakers provided a good platform for learning the unknown. Highly recommended!!
To future WICEF-ers, go with an open mind and be ready to have fun!"
More details about the fellowship
The Women in Clean Energy Fellowship runs in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane over three months between March and May each year. During the program, weekly evening events will deliver inspirational group mentoring, educational discussions and workshops on startup fundamentals. Each fellowship evening event will run for 1-2 hours and there will never be more than one event per week!
How to apply
Applications are currently closed but feel free to fill in an expression-of-interest form. We'll let you know as soon as applications to join our 2021 intake open.
Here are some of the questions we're commonly asked. If there is anything else you would like to know please email [email protected].
Where will the fellowship take place?
The fellowship will run out of the EnergyLab office in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
When will the fellowship take place?
A series of evening events will take place between March and May 2020.
Can I participate remotely?
No sorry; we require in-person attendance for all fellowship events.
How much does it cost?
Nothing! The fellowship program is completely free.
Do I need industry experience to apply?
No - we encourage diversity of experience. All you need is an interest in clean energy entrepreneurship!
Do I need a startup idea to apply?
No. The aim of this fellowship is to give you the know-how, tools and confidence to step down the entrepreneurial path. If you already have a startup idea, that's a bonus!
How many spots are there in the fellowship?
8-12 women will be invited to join the fellowship in each location (Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane). We keep the fellowship small so we can create an open, safe environment and provide personalised attention to each participant.