Announcing the CivVic Labs EnergyTech cohort  - LaunchVic

Announcing the CivVic Labs EnergyTech cohort 


2 Feb 2023 by LaunchVic News

Emerging EnergyTech startups will put their ideas to the test in the next round of CivVic Labs, LaunchVic’s program bringing startup innovation to government challenges. 

Ten startups will spend the next six weeks co-designing and testing their solutions in partnership with the Victorian Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action supported by $15,000 funding.   

At the end of the program, two startups will secure a further $35,000 in seed funding to continue to develop their solutions.  


How might we improve energy consumption for Victorian households and businesses so they can better access reliable, sustainable, and affordable energy?

It’s an important time for EnergyTech innovation, with 70% of Australian energy suppliers actively engaged in implementing a digital transformation strategy to help achieve net-zero emissions. 

LaunchVic CEO Dr Kate Cornick said CivVic Labs hopes to bring the next wave of ideas to market.  

“Victoria is home to some of the brightest EnergyTech minds, and the upcoming CivVic program will harness their talent and develop progressive solutions to enable sustainable energy solutions,” she said. 

Read more about the selected teams below*, and catch them at their final pitch showcase on Thursday 23 March.



Environmint is an innovative digital twin of any household, accessible on web and mobile with an intuitive and playful experience, enabling people to make informed and data-driven energy-related decisions based on their actual energy usage data. 


Billed as “what’s next for rooftop electricity producers and consumers,” Reswitch brings new social dimensions to your energy trading interactions. This makes switching between energy retailers seamless while helping retailers improve customer retention. 

Deepwater by Shrunk Labs 

Shrunk Labs is an R&D and innovation startup aiming to solve the complex and systemic challenges facing our society and environment. Shrunk is developing Deepwater to empower consumers to better manage their solar PV and energy storage infrastructure. Deepwater learns the consumer’s energy use habits and selectively makes use of energy storage and demand shifting to reduce cost and emissions. 

NetZero Enterprises 

NetZero Enterprises is working to change the way that Australian’s use energy. The team is empowering consumers to lower consumption, costs and emissions, for a better future.

 Nature Electric 

Nature Electric aims to give power to customers in their environmental journey by offering a platform where renewable they can transact directly with renewable energy generators (B2C) or prosumers that can share or sell their electricity (C2C) over the grid.

 Volta Rocks 

Volta Rocks is a mobile app that allows users to set achievable goals and a web app aggregates them for the council to make better sustainability decisions based on the people who live within their locations. 


n0de helps building owners, managers and developers turn net zero emissions ambition into action. They do this through activating real time data and AI to demystify energy and carbon, match upgrade solutions and investment opportunities to business needs and match energy demand to renewable generation to enable them to become 100% renewable powered.  

Hal Systems 

Hal Systems is an early-stage climate-tech startup working in building energy efficiency.  The team has developed a predictive energy efficient climate control system for the commercial property market. The solution is set to help building owners and operators save energy, save operational costs, and make progress towards their sustainability goals.   

Top Property  

Top Property are building a platform that can calculate how to best understand the right products and choices for your home, based on data and analytics, that’s customised to your home. The data can show you in dollars, carbon dioxide or water saved, how you can maximise your sustainability goals and running costs, all within your budget limitations. 


BuzzBay’s mission is simple:  make great value EV charging convenient in workplaces and public spaces around Australia.


*Some startups may not have a website active yet.