Rockstart Smart Energy Accelerator 2015 opens applications

Startups in the intersection of IT, energy and sustainability are invited to apply before October 12. The program kicks off on January 2015.

After a successful first edition, we open applications for our second Smart Energy Accelerator that will kick off in January 2015. Rockstart Smart Energy Accelerator is a program designed to support startups. Help them create, develop and market their innovative products better, faster and more successfully, allowing them to navigate the challenging and difficult early stages of starting up. The Rockstart Smart Energy accelerator was launched in January 2014 in Amsterdam and it was the first program in Europe to apply acceleration principles for startups in the intersection of IT and energy.

This year Rockstart is looking for top-notch teams with a global ambition that build innovative solutions in, for example, the areas of smart homes, meters & grids, collective and decentralized energy generation and distribution, energy usage awareness and behavior.

Apply here

What the program looks like
The program runs for an intensive six month period, packed with workshops and sessions (group, team and one-to-one) from over 80 expert mentors and several of our partners. During the first three months the program is focused on challenging founders’ assumptions, building the product and prepping their business pitch for Demo Day. Demo Day is the first milestone of the program, where startups showcase their business to more than 250 investors, executives and press.

After Demo Day, the program focuses on fundraising, closing partner deals and PR. Throughout the whole program, the CEOs of the 10 startups go on tour abroad to break through into international markets. Read more about the program here.

Why Rockstart Accelerator Smart Energy?

>> We invest in you with €20,000 in cash so you can focus on building your business while you are getting started.

>> We also offer you in kind investment of €55,000, which includes the cost of office space, legal and fiscal support for six months, software, international trip costs etc.

>> We get 8% equity
>> You will get an office for 6 months in the heart of Amsterdam next to 50 international startups. Take a peek at your second home.

>> You will receive intensive coaching from over 80 expert mentors: successful entrepreneurs, industry executives & specialists. In many cases, mentors have joined our startups’ board, become their clients or even investors after the program. See full list of mentors here.

>> We’ve got the best people to support you through the legal & fiscal hassle so you can focus building your business.

>> With a great mix of industry program partners you have access to the right knowledge and networks.

>> We connect you to the right investors through several investor and pitching events, including our highlight inhouse Demo Day where you will pitch in front of more than 250 investors & VIPs.

>> We take you to an international roadshow to smart energy hot spots to meet potential investors, customers, startups & partners. We will make sure you get to the industry events you should be going to. Read more on the program page.

Trips confirmed so far:
World Smart Energy Week in Tokyo, February 25-27th 2015
Cleantech Forum in San Francisco, March 16-18th 2015
EcoSummit in Berlin, June 16-17th 2015

Got a question about the Smart Energy Accelerator Program?
Please visit the FAQ section on our website or contact our Smart Energy Associate Karin van Soest at karin@rockstart.com. You can also request a call with Smart Energy Program Director Yme Bosma. Click here to fill in the form, or

Upcoming events we’re attending
In the upcoming weeks we will be organizing or participating in different events. Feel free to step by if you’d like us to tell you more about our Smart Energy program:
– September 3: Open Evening: Meet the mentors, partners and alumni – Rockstart HQ
– September 13-14: #Hack4Good – Rockstart HQ
– September 14: Amsterdam Solar Boat Parade – Amsterdam Canals & Westergasfabriek
– September 18: Cleandrinks – Pakhuis de Zwijger
– October 5-6: EcoSummit London – London

Apply before October 7

More about Rockstart
Rockstart helps startups to be more successful in their first 1.000 days. Rockstart runs 2 vertical Accelerator Programs (6 months pressure cooker) in the Web/Mobile and Smart Energy field, Rockstart Answers (smart Q&A for entrepreneurs), Rockstart Spaces (workplaces), Rockstart Academy (education) and Rockstart Campus (students). Since 2011 Rockstart has supported over 1.000 entrepreneurs spread over 36 nationalities.

The first Rockstart Accelerator launched in 2012 and has accelerated 40 startups in four programs in the Web/Mobile and the Smart Energy space. The earlier two Web/Mobile Accelerators have shown good results: 70% of the two batches of startups have been funded by investors like Greylock Partners, Balderton Capital, Noro Capital, Vitulum Ventures and other renowned European and American angels.

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