BHP Xplor, an accelerator program introduced by BHP in August 2022, has announced its first cohort. The first cohort of seven has been selected out of hundreds of applications received from all around the world, all focused on discovering the copper, nickel and other critical minerals needed to support the energy transition. The seven companies have been selected to receive funding and support under the BHP Xplor accelerator program, which is designed to help provide participants with the opportunity to accelerate their growth and the potential to establish a long-term partnership with BHP and our global network of partners. The program will offer candidates funding, in-kind services, mentorship and coaching, and opportunities with BHP’s network of suppliers and service providers.The seven companies selected to join the BHP Xplor accelerator program are:Tutume Metals – a private, junior exploration company with secured ground searching for critical minerals in Botswana.Impact Minerals – a junior explorer listed on the Australian Stock Exchange with a variety of battery metals projects across Australia.Asian Battery Minerals – a junior exploration company focused on finding economic deposits of critical minerals in the Asia Pacific region.Red Ox Copper – a private minerals exploration group in Australia, specialising in generating grassroots, greenfield conceptual plays with potential for tier 1 ore deposits.Bronzite Exploration Corp - an early-stage exploration for copper in northern Canada. It is spearheaded by Prof James Mungall, experienced field and economic geologist at Carleton University, Ottawa.Nordic Nickel – a brand new nickel sulphide explorer, listed on the Australia Stock Exchange and focused on two projects in Northern Finland, in the Central Lapland Greenstone Belt.Kingsrose Mining – a junior exploration company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange with regional projects in Norway and Finland targeting nickel, copper and platinum group elements.