We’re looking for the most-promising, early-stage startups addressing billion-dollar markets in the areas of hard science, hardware, software, and business model innovation. If accepted, you’ll take part in a virtual, 18-month-long program.
Our experience shows that a diverse ecosystem of stakeholders is important to fast-charge big solutions and get them to market—which is why we're excited to tell our game-changing startups to go for Third Derivative.
Piers Grove, Cofounder, EnergyLab Australia
Third Derivative is just the kind of ecosystem approach to startup support I feel we need as a game-changing, young company. When you have a new tech that makes the incumbency better, it can be hard to know how to scale, how to go to market, and who to work with. Third Derivative's accelerator design solves for that. We can't wait to go for it.
Rajesh Lakhiani, CEO, Athena Power
If we're going to achieve the speed and scale of change that the world needs to tackle the climate crisis, we have to take startups with the most-promising no-carbon solutions—and then immerse them in a new kind of innovation ecosystem that gives them their best shot at succeeding. That's what Third Derivative will do for dozens of companies at a time. It's a thrill to be building it.
Danny Kennedy, CEO, New Energy Nexus
Startups from our innovation ecosystem could benefit from the global exposure and corporate partnering that is part of the Third Derivative approach. This and the partners driving it will bring major benefits that we think we need for our founders. The Energy Internet Research Institute of Tsinghua University will be happy to send the best and brightest from our programs across China to apply.
Liu Yi, Vice President, Energy Internet Research Institute
Our company is breaking diesel dependency in Nigeria, one of the most-populous countries and fastest-growing economies in the world. Positively disruptive companies like ours need accelerators that can connect them to capital, corporate partners, and game-changing networks all over the world. I'm excited to see Third Derivative help startups with this new approach.
Ugwem Eneyo, CEO and Cofounder, Shyft Power
Our innovation engine = your best chance of success
Addressing market ‘blind spots’
We’re set up to address critical climate innovation market gaps overlooked by others, including hardware and hard-science innovation. We’re building a global ecosystem to accept startups from around the world and deploy with corporate partners across markets.
Providing early & follow-on investment
Each startup selected for the accelerator receives an optional $100k convertible note. We also bring $880M+ of follow-on funding available from VC partners interested in software as well as hardware, hard-science, and business model innovation. Partner funds help select and coach startups, getting to know companies much better than a 5-minute demo day pitch.
Flexible and tailored coaching
With an annual cohort of 30–50 startups from around the world, we coach startups on investability, business models, and monetization pathways in a bespoke environment during the accelerator program. Startups work with our corporate and investor partners to guide a curriculum focused on investability at the end of the program.
Strategic corporate partnerships
Our network with global reach can serve as customers; development, manufacturing, and sales partners; investors; and potential acquirers.
Be part of our next cohort.
Because together, we can accelerate the rate of climate innovation.