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Applications for our 2023 cohort are now closed.

TechX is propelling start-ups to achieve more industry support, funding and growth.

We are currently reviewing submissions. 

TechX is NZTC’s entrepreneurship engine. The award-winning programmes provide clean energy start-ups and early-stage businesses with the tools, support and resources they need to grow, with the aim of accelerating the transition to an affordable net zero energy industry.

The programme is run over 15 weeks and is full time. It is delivered virtually and comprises an intensive yet well-balanced mix of activities. In-person attendance in Aberdeen, UK is expected for three weeks (first week, last week and week six).

Our award-winning programme has a range of benefits that can help start-ups evolve, grow and reach commercialisation and beyond.

Receive tuition and support from expert partners and mentors

Our expert partners and mentors provide tuition, advice and services to support start-ups. The carefully designed delivery sessions cover a wide range of skills and knowledge essential to founders, from legal issues to sustainability, from selling to potential customers to prototype development. With over 50 dedicated mentors, we match your start-up with the specialists who will benefit you the most.

Become investor ready

Our Professional Services Partner, Accenture, offers an investor readiness programme specifically designed for TechX start-ups. The programme includes group and individual sessions, workshops and tasks to complete individually.

You will build your investor pitch deck, refine your financials and metrics, and gain feedback from investors on how to pitch your start-up. By the end of the programme, you will be equipped with the confidence you need to take part in an intense few days of individual investor meetings arranged by TechX.

You will also be invited to present at our final showcase Demo Day, pitching your company and technology solutions to a room full of investors and potential customers, including our Strategic Partners bp, Equinor and ADNOC and our Professional Services Partner Accenture.

Shape your commercial strategy

From business storytelling, brand strategy and market insights, to protecting your IP and applying for patents, the programme offers a range of sessions which will help define and optimise your business model and shape your strategy for success. Mid-programme, you will meet individually with carefully selected industrial customers who will help you test your hypotheses and validate your technology against customer needs.

Accelerate your technology development

Through our global partners, TechX offers a wide range of expertise to help you develop your technology, complemented by tuition on product development, cost modelling, measuring carbon impact, building a sustainable product and more. You will also be matched with one of our own engineers to explore the potential for a field trial sponsored by the Net Zero Technology Centre.

Grow your team

Having the right team in place is crucial to any start-up’s growth. Sessions on how to grow your team in a diverse way, understanding personalities and developing your soft skills as a leader will help you achieve that. To support businesses in facilitating an inclusive culture, TechX offers a dedicated session on the benefits diversity can bring to start-ups.

Continue to scale up

The journey doesn’t finish at the end of the programme. After graduating you will receive two years of growth support to ensure your company’s growth trajectory continues towards successful commercialisation and beyond. This includes access to a fully-funded co-working space in Aberdeen, UK.