Origin launches Originate to hunt out Australia’s new energy ideas

Start-ups and small businesses will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas with a view to working with us to trial or launch their idea under our new innovation program, Originate. Every few months Origin will select the best ideas to pitch to our future energy team with potential to working with us on trialling or prototyping your idea.

With data and analytics increasingly driving energy (and empowering customers with cleaner and smarter solutions) and energy companies like Origin branching out into areas such as broadband and EVs, we’re encouraging start-ups and innovators from the energy sector, and beyond, to come forward with new ideas and solutions for customers.

As one of Australia’s leading energy companies, with 4.2 million customer accounts, working with us is a unique opportunity to launch your idea on a mass market scale.

Supporting Originate is a new partnership with Australian innovation hub Stone & Chalk, which brings start-ups together with potential corporate partners, investors and mentors and will allow us to look beyond energy and apply ideas from other verticals to our own use cases.

“We have a long track record working with startups both in Australia and internationally, helping to foster ideas that capitalise on growing trends including the convergence of data and energy, growth in renewables, storage and green fuels,”

Tony Lucas, Origin’s Executive General Manager, Future Energy & Technology.

“Over the past three years, we’ve reviewed more than 2,500 start-ups and ideas, and know what we are looking for in terms of ideas that we can nurture and help to take that crucial next step.

“We’re a founding member of the global Free Electrons start-up accelerator program and have already commercialised ideas such as Origin Spike – our gamified demand response program developed with US start-up OhmConnect.

“Australia has a rich heritage in innovation, producing world-changing technology such as Wi-Fi, ultrasound and cochlear implants – and more recently producing world leading innovators in software and fintech. We want to tap into the local tech community which we’re confident has ideas on how to make energy easier, smarter and cleaner for our customers.

“Originate and our collaboration with Stone & Chalk give start-ups the opportunity to tap into the knowledge of our senior executives and develop their ideas.”

Stone & Chalk General Manager for Sydney, Marie-Anne Lampotang said, “The partnership between Origin and Stone & Chalk is a fantastic opportunity for both organisations to help shape the future of energy delivery in Australia. We will be connecting our start-ups that offer a range of innovative solutions that can help innovate across Origin Energy’s technology stack.

“Stone & Chalk is focused on shaping the future of emerging tech sectors by catalysing the commercial success across our impact network and helping them on the next stage of their journey to scale their businesses. Origin’s Originate program may be the accelerator that boosts one of our start-ups into its next stage of growth and we are excited to be partnering with them.”

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