A program for ambitious people who are determined to make the move into Climate Tech and help solve the most challenging and pressing issues of our time concerning climate change

Are you passionate about solving the climate crisis? Do you want to work on the greenside but don’t know how to leverage your skillset? Do you want to join a cutting-edge industry and work at the forefront of technology, or explore the possibility of founding your own climate tech startup?

The Climate Tech Fellowship is an 8-week program designed to help ambitious people take the leap into climate tech. Across the program, Fellows will learn from leading climate tech founders, operators and investors across ANZ and build a strong network of like-minded peers and experts who are all dedicated to being a part of the solution.

Find out Why Tech, Why Now, and Why You!

Proudly supported by Boundless Earth

Boundless Earth’s mission is to ensure Australia is on track to become a renewable energy superpower by 2030. Boundless Earth deploys philanthropy, investment and direct advocacy to achieve its goal. Boundless Earth is a non-profit organisation backed by Mike Cannon-Brookes as part of his $1.5B climate pledge committed in 2021.

"Boundless Earth backs Startmate to recruit the next wave of ambitious innovators into the climate tech sector" internal blog here.

Our inaugural cohort is underway and we will announce dates for the next cohort soon. Register your interest below.

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Learn from industry leaders

You’ll hear from climate tech leaders across Australia and New Zealand and learn how startups are using revolutionary technology to fight climate change.

Each week, you’ll gain knowledge and insights across the different climate tech sectors and dive into the opportunities and challenges within each sector to help you identify how you can take action.

Week 1 - Lay of the climate tech land 🌱
Week 2 - Tech & the Clean Energy Transition🔋
Week 3 - Agtech: Challenges & Opportunities 🚜
Week 4 - The Future of Food 🥩
Break week - Visit epic climate tech companies 👷
Week 5 - The Plastic Problem & Creating Value from Waste ♷
Week 6 - The Future of Transportation 🚙
Week 7 - Buildings & Cities 🏡
Week 8 - The Future of Climate Tech in ANZ 🌏

Build a powerful network

We’ll surround you with climate tech founders, operators and investors and, most importantly, a talented group of like-minded peers to help support you on your journey.

We've locked in some amazing Founding Advisors and Guest Speakers - think VOW, Climate Salad, Boundless, Investible, ReGen - the list goes on!

Find your best fit

You’ll gain access to some of the most iconic startups in Australia and New Zealand, be inspired and learn how to leverage your skillset to succeed in a climate tech startup (this could mean working in a climate tech startup or founding your own!).

The why

The climate tech sector is exploding.

With so much opportunity ahead, the industry is calling out for talented people with passion and drive to solve the world’s most complex challenges. To propel the climate tech sector forward, the biggest force multiplier will be access to a surge of exceptional talent.

People from Australia and New Zealand are definitely not lacking the breadth of skills to contribute, passion for climate, or a willingness to take the leap. In fact, Aussies and Kiwis from a range of industries are longing to actively solve the climate crisis and shift their careers to have greater impact.

But no clear pathway currently exists to turn this passion into action. How do we advance from caring deeply about the climate crisis to actively working to solve it?

The Climate Tech Fellowship exists to bridge this gap by equipping you with the knowledge, network and confidence to help you transition and thrive in the rapidly-growing climate tech sector.

The who

The Fellowship is open to individuals from all backgrounds and disciplines, including engineering, corporates, academia, research, big tech, policy, students and more. The most important thing we are looking for is a deep passion for climate action and a strong commitment to leveraging your skillset to make a difference.

The cohort size will be limited to 150 and is for people who intend to work in Australia or New Zealand in the near future (i.e. within the next 6-12 months).


The program fee is $1,650 including GST. Startmate offers full and half scholarships for the program in special circumstances. Read more about our scholarships here.

The fee will be invoiced after program acceptance and can be paid upfront or via 4 fortnightly instalments.

Time commitment

The 8 week program will be an intense learning and networking experience. To make the most out of the program, we recommend setting aside 4-5 hours per week to fully engage with the content and community. You’ll get out what you put in!

Sessions will generally take place on:

🌏 Monday 5.30-6.30pm AEST

✨ Tuesday 12.30-1.30pm AEST (bonus sessions, not every week)

🌱 Wednesday 5.30-6.30pm AEST

💬 Thursday 5.30-6.30pm AEST (small group Roundtables led by Advisors)

Plus additional networking opportunities across the program.

The Fellowship will be delivered remotely (with most sessions delivered outside of standard business hours) but there will be in-person offerings and opportunities in major cities (where will largely depend on where our Fellows are based).

What's included

🧠 Learning: Weekly sessions and workshops with industry leaders across the different sectors of climate tech plus workshops to help you land your dream job in climate or found your own startup

💬 Roundtables: Weekly small group Roundtables on a range of climate topics led by our Founding Advisors

👷 Site Visits: Visit companies and see firsthand what they are building

📚 Resource Bank: A comprehensive resource bank built in collaboration with our network

🤝 Network: You'll be surrounded by leading climate tech founders, operators and investors across ANZ

💚 Relationships: We’ll give you the support, guidance and resources you need, but at the end of the day the most powerful thing will be the lasting relationships you'll build with people on the same journey as you

🌱 Community for Life: Once you join the Startmate community, you are part of it, forever! You'll gain access to our events, Slack community, and more! 

Want to contribute to the program

If you are interested in contributing to the Climate Fellowship (e.g. expert advisor, guest speaker, sponsorship/partnership), we’d love to hear from you. Fill out this EOI form and we’ll be in touch.

Apply for the Startmate Climate Tech Fellowship