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Disruptive innovation | START-UP ACCELERATOR

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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. 

Before you apply, make sure you’re eligible for the TechX Clean Energy Accelerator. The entry criteria are:


  • 1

    Technology readiness level is 2 to 6

    Start-ups’ technology solutions must be at a technology readiness level (TRL) of 2 to 6 inclusive in order to be eligible for the Accelerator. We will accept applications from start-ups that have developed other technologies at higher TRLs as long as the innovation they are applying with is TRL 2 to TRL 6.

  • 2

    Work to a GMT time zone

    Start-ups can be based anywhere as the programme is delivered virtually, but all participants must work to a GMT time zone. In-person attendance in Aberdeen UK is expected for 3 weeks (first week, last week and week 6).

  • 3

    Full-time availability for 15 weeks

    The TechX Clean Energy Accelerator is a 15-week full-time intensive programme. At a minimum one founder will need to be available full-time during the 15 weeks to take part in the programme. A maximum of two employees (including one founder) may participate in the programme.

  • 4

    Singular participation

    Start-ups may not participate in other accelerators during the TechX Clean Energy Accelerator programme.

  • 5

    Must be developing clean energy technology

    Start-ups will only be considered if they are developing clean energy technologies that fit one or more of our technology focus areas, set out below.

  • 6

    Adhere to UK requirements

    Start-ups located outside the UK must be able to communicate clearly how they plan to benefit the North East Scotland and UK economies. They will need to incorporate a UK company before the start of the programme.

Technology focus area 1

Renewable energy technologies, hydrogen, other clean fuels and green chemicals

  • Offshore wind – fixed-bottom, floating, airborne
  • Alternative renewable technologies – e.g. wave, tidal, geothermal, floating solar
  • Network infrastructure
  • Energy storage (large or inter-seasonal) – geological hydrogen, batteries, alternatives to batteries
  • Green and blue hydrogen production usage, transport and storage; natural hydrogen
  • Sustainable fuel production for aviation and maritime
  • Green chemical production
  • Low carbon sources of key metals and minerals for the transition, including deep sea mining

Technology focus area 2

Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage

  • Carbon capture – direct air, industrial, seawater
  • Carbon utilisation – synthetic fuels, green chemicals, food and drink, other industry
  • Carbon transport and storage

Technology focus area 3

Digitalisation (must contribute to a material reduction of greenhouse gas emissions)

  • Smart, digitised assets
  • Field automation and remote control – digital twins, AI
  • Robotics and autonomous systems

Technology focus area 4

Oil and gas emission reduction technologies

  • Flaring and venting mitigation
  • Methane leak detection and mitigation
  • Energy efficiency (gas turbine efficiency, waste heat recovery, peak shaving, etc.)
  • Offshore waste management (hydrocarbon waste, drilling waste, platform waste, etc.)
  • Reuse of assets
  • Other greenhouse gas reduction in exploration and production operations