Worley partners with start-up innovation platform Plug and Play

Source: press release, 3 December 2019

Worley’s presence in Silicon Valley will provide immediate access to the startup ecosystem
Worley’s presence in Silicon Valley will provide immediate access to the startup ecosystem (photo: Worley)

Australian engineering, procurement and construction company, Worley, has announced a new partnership with Silicon Valley start-up innovation platform, Plug and Play Energy & Sustainability, which will see the two companies work together to support high potential startup companies across the energy supply chain.

The aim of the partnership is to bring innovation to the energy sector as the industry shifts to more digitally-focused operations as well as address challenges and opportunities in new energy, construction, safety, automation, sustainability and the digitalisation of the value chain. As part of the work, Worley will have a remote office space in Silicon Valley that provides immediate access to the startup ecosystem, which includes over 300 corporate partners and 200 venture capitalists.

It will also sit on the Energy and Sustainability board to highlight industry challenges, engage with startup companies, and run pilot programs to validate the value of new technologies and their potential impact on the wider energy industry.

“Our partnership with Plug and Play gives us insight into emerging technologies and trends that we otherwise would not have access to,” says Roy Brown, Director of Emerging Technology at Worley. “Through this partnership, we can come together with the startup community to highlight our industry challenges and bring new technology solutions to market. We can also connect with our peers and customers to share our challenges and lessons learned around sourcing, piloting and scaling technologies, and most importantly, share our success stories.”

In total, the program will have access to over 15,000 startups across 28 locations around the world, covering 16 industries.

Bradley Andrews, Worley’s President of Digital, also commented on the announcement: “Plug and Play is a leading incubator of emerging technology and I’m already impressed by the caliber of solutions we now have access to through our partnership. And it’s not just solutions specific to the energy industry. We can now see what’s being developed in other industries and apply these learnings to identify practical solutions for our customers, ultimately helping us to better understand where shifts are occurring and stay at the forefront of technological innovation.”

Wade Bitaraf, Founder and Director of Energy & Sustainability division at Plug and Play says, “This partnership is incredibly exciting for the entire tech startup community. It will layer in many different areas they can immediately access and where new resources can be harnessed to test out products and services. We look forward to working with Worley and other leaders in the engineering, procurement and construction industry.”

Plug and Play Energy & Sustainability runs 12-week business acceleration programs twice per year in over 20 locations globally, including Silicon Valley and Houston. All programs are stage-agnostic and don’t require equity or fees from startups to participate. For more information contact wade@pnptc.com.