The Idea Village Teams Up With Shell For Energy Accelerator

New Orleans-based entrepreneurial support organization The Idea Village has partnered with Shell for their latest accelerator for local energy entrepreneurs, ENERGYx. The 16-week program is designed to support innovators with the potential to impact the future of energy.

The program begins in December with a weeklong boot camp for participants from Shell’s Challenge Calls program. The entrepreneurs will go through an intensive customer development and business model validation process. From there, select companies will move into the full accelerator.

From January 14 through April 26, the cohort of highly scalable startups will participate in ENERGYx, and will receive mentorship, connections, skill development, and more. All of the startups selected will have innovative, technology-enabled business models.

“In April, a specified number of companies will be invited to the Shell GameChanger program, and those ventures will be eligible to receive up to $400,000 over two years to move their technology from proof of concept to a commercial product option,” shared The Idea Village.

“Our region has a long history with energy, and we are proud to continue to build upon that trend by supporting and encouraging new energy innovations,” said Jon Atkinson, CEO of The Idea Village. “By leveraging Shell’s extensive network and industry expertise, companies going through the program will be able to take their business to the next level and compete on a more national scale.”

The deadline to apply is November 2. To learn more and apply, visit