The Australia and New Zealand Climate Tech 100 is HolonIQ's inaugural list of the 100 most promising Climate Tech startups in the region from Energy and the Environment to Agri-Food and Mobility.
We are on a mission to map the future of Climate Technology. In partnership with Climate Salad, we’ve set out to map the most promising Climate Tech startups around the world in the lead up the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26).
HolonIQ’s inaugural ANZ Climate Tech 100 includes Climate Tech startups and companies headquartered in Australia and New Zealand that are making a substantial contribution to climate change mitigation, or adaptation through the application of new technology or scientific knowledge.
Companies are categorized by their main focus on an emerging taxonomy. Categories in the market map are not mutually exclusive.
100 Most Promising Climate Tech Startups in Australia and New Zealand
Using the HolonIQ platform, our Intelligence Unit and market experts selected these 100 Climate Technology companies out of 500+ Climate Tech startups in the region, based on HolonIQ’s scoring fingerprint that includes market, product, team (including diversity), capital and momentum.
The quality of Climate Tech companies in Australia and New Zealand is very high and this cohort of 100 companies is just the tip of the iceberg. We congratulate the 2021 ANZ Climate Tech 100 cohort and wish the entire ecosystem the very best on their respective missions to make a substantial contribution to climate change mitigation or adaptation.
Global Climate Tech Landscape
The Global Climate Tech Landscape 1.0 is an open-source taxonomy for climate innovation, providing a common structure and language for identifying, tracking and making sense of the breadth and depth of innovation happening in climate technology globally.
13 of the 100 started since COVID hit. More than 50% started in the last 7 years. New Zealand's representation is slightly behind on GDP comparison, but only just.
'Technology' has a more expansive and sophisticated definition in Climate, than in peer 'Tech' sectors. Software or Digital based companies only represent 15% of the ANZ Climate Tech 100 while 63% take a physical form and apply scientific knowledge or new forms of applied technology through 'hardware' or physical products including food.
On an emerging taxonomy (beta_v1), we see a strong focus on nature based solutions, circular economy and national economic strengths in Australia and New Zealand's economies such as agriculture and food shining through.
Criteria & Methodology
The ANZ Climate Tech 100 is focused on identifying young, fast growing and innovative climate-focused companies headquartered in ANZ.
Age. The company is less than 10 years old, with few exceptions in circumstances such as bootstrapped or academic/philanthropic projects that have spun out to become commercial entities. The definition of ‘Startup’ in Climate Tech is problematic and requires further investigation.
Geography. Headquartered in Australia or New Zealand, or predominately focused on the region.
Status. Pre exit, ‘start-ups’, (not acquired or listed), not a subsidiary of a larger company or controlled by an investor group (e.g. via private equity buyout or controlling investment)
Scope. Intended to excluded project finance, large asset based companies (eg wind farms).
Standard Exclusions. (leading incredible innovation, but not eligible for this list).
Listed Companies / Private Equity Sponsors / Subsidiaries. Not eligible.
Mature Incumbents. The Climate Tech 100 is focused on young, fast-growing companies.