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New Energy Challenge 2018: looking for startups with innovative and breakthrough energy solutions

Rockstart, Shell Ventures and Yes!Delft have partnered together for the third edition of the New Energy Challenge, the competition for European and Israeli startups offering innovative and breakthrough energy solutions.

The third edition of the New Energy Challenge aims to speed up the development and roll-out of breakthrough technologies to help meet growing energy demand while emitting less CO2. This competition is tough, and pushes the boundaries of early stage startups active in the energy transition. The challenge offers participants credibility, recognition, an extensive network and – for the winning startup – a €100,000 convertible loan.

By applying for the New Energy Challenge a startup can generate new partnerships, as well as enable the exchange of knowledge and expertise. The intense finals, dubbed the “Raise the Bar Week,” will offer ten startups inspirational coaching, validation of their business proposals and connect them with inspiring experts, startups and scaleups. The Raise the Bar Week takes place mid-October in Amsterdam, leading up to the announcement of three finalists. The winner will be announced during the “Generation Discover” festival in October 2018.

Application process

Applications are open for entrepreneurs working in solar, wind, grid-connectivity, or something so out there that no-one’s ever heard of it! Startups can apply through New Energy Challenge website and the deadline is July 23, 2018.

The top-10 finalists will be invited to join the finals week from October 14 to October 18 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Finalists will get inspirational coaching, validation of business proposals and meetings with inspiring experts, startups and scaleups.

At the final event— on October 18 — the top-10 finalists will make their final pitches before a jury that will pick the winner of the New Energy Challenge 2018.


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