energy programs

The worldwide transition to sustainable energy would not be possible without innovative startups that are working towards making buildings, cities, mobility, or grids smarter. From energy-efficient houses to AI-powered smart meters to enterprise-grade solutions for solar and wind power, the industry is teeming with exciting opportunities. We have been working in the energy ecosystem since 2014, leveraging its network of mentors and investors to bring the best support for the most promising startups.

Rockstart Energy

Rockstart Energy empowers you to scale your business and to drive the transformation towards renewable energy solutions. We shortcut your entrepreneurial journey through domain focused mentorship, market introductions and customized content while investing from seed to series B.

STATUS: Applications Open


Finture Solutions

Enter the Finture Solutions challenge to receive development capital of up to €125,000 and access to FMO’s wealth of experience for your startup.

STATUS: Program over


Shell New Energy Challenge

We’re looking for European and Israeli startups and scaleups to join the 2021 New Energy Challenge whose product or service can make a lasting impact on the energy system. The winning startup will receive €100,000 towards a proof of concept and the winning scaleup will have the chance to execute a pilot.

STATUS: Top 10 finalists announced


Green Challenge DeepDive

The Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge is one of the largest annual sustainability competitions in the world, with a total of €1 million in combined prize money for the five best start-ups, who also receive over six months of expert coaching by Rockstart to optimize their business opportunities.

STATUS: Program ended



Two leading accelerator and incubator programs in the Netherlands (Rockstart and InnoEnergy) teamed up again for EnergyXL, a joint initiative with a goal to provide the most relevant support to the best energy startups out there.

STATUS: Finalists announced




Graduated Rockstart Smart Energy 2016


Sympower is a demand response aggregator that enables smarter energy use for a carbon-free future. They aim to provide a sustainable solution to fluctuations in energy supply and demand, by aggregating energy consuming systems and appliances onto their cloud-based platform. During moments of stress on the grid, Sympower can temporarily switch on or off the devices locally, without impairing the functionality of the appliances.


In September 2017, Sympower raised one million euros from angel investors and investment fund Enfuro Ventures. At the beginning of 2018 Simon Bushell, Co-Founder of Sympower, has been named as both one of the “Forbes 30 under 30” in Europe and as one of the “50 talents under 35” in the Netherlands by the Financieele Dagblad.




Graduated Rockstart Smart Energy 2017


SolarCreed empowers farming communities in Africa to use the most of the sun to grow, preserve, package and distribute food in a sustainable way. SolarCreed achieves this mission by providing next generation solar systems ensuring long-life and usage. Adopting a subscription based business model, SolarCreed is able to remove the upfront cost barrier and provide longer term guarantee of support and performance.


SolarCreed was accelerated in Amsterdam at RockStart Smart Energy Accelerator 2017, and has raised €250k in funding. They have made over 220 installations in South Western Nigeria and continue to expand in other territories




Graduated Green Challenge DeepDive 2017


Lightyear: the electric car that charges itself. The mission of Lightyear is to accelerate the introduction of electric cars around the globe. Having closed a Series A round soon after having participated in the Green Challenge DeepDive program, Lightyear is well on its way building the Lightyear One: the company’s first solar electric car that can drive for months without grid-charging or CO2 emissions.


The partnership with LeasePlan Netherlands brings the Lightyear One closer to the market and accessible for consumers. Visitors can already discover a real size model of the Lightyear One and experience driving the car through virtual reality.



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