You can read about why we selected each individual company below, but looking at the cohort as a whole is equally important.
The Energy Excelerator approach is to think in systems. This means we look for ways to connect the right people, companies and solutions to accelerate our path to 100% clean energy, not just in Hawaii, but across the world.
What does our selection process look like? Well, it includes a whole lot of listening. We listen to the needs of our Global and Local Partners — the organizations that will be deploying technologies alongside us and our companies. We listen to the market — gauging the impact policy and regulation can have on innovation, and we listen to our companies — some of the most innovative minds in energy, water, transportation, agriculture, and cybersecurity. In fact, 2 of the 12 companies in our 2017 cohort came from direct referrals from companies in our portfolio.