why collaborate in energy?

Rockstart corporate programs are customized to boost collaboration between startups and corporates, driving faster access to co-creation, commercial partnerships and investment. Rockstart has experience in designing and executing programs for giants in the energy industry, such as Shell. Our modular approach means we can move from design to kick-off within 3 months.



Roy de Weerd

Ecosystems Director


case studies

Shell New Energy Challenge

Years Active: 2017 – present


The New Energy Challenge is a startup competition that calls for game-changing solutions shaping the energy transition. From more than 250 applicants, the best 10 startups are thoroughly screened, selected and invited for the “Raise the Bar” week to compete for the first place. The winning startup receives €100K grant and warrant, and year long business advice from Shell Ventures. And that is only the start of a longer term partnership: Previous winners BrillPower and Asperitas work closely together with Shell to co-develop solutions driving the energy transition.


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“After a thorough review of the European accelerator landscape, we have concluded that Rockstart very much stands out amongst their peers.”


Geert de Wouw
Managing Director of Shell Technology Ventures

Green Challenge DeepDive

Years Active: 2013 – present


The Green Challenge is one of the world’s largest competitions in the field of sustainable entrepreneurship. Each year the Postcode Lotteries seeks the 5 most green startups who receive prices ranging from €100,000 – €500,000. No shares, no returns, just support. Yet, to create impact, you need more than money alone. In 2013, DOEN Foundation and Postcode Lotteries therefore asked Rockstart to design a tailored support program for the finalists starting right after the award ceremony and continuing for 6 months, with the ultimate goal for the DOEN Foundation to invest in the startups afterwards. The support program entails mentorship for the startups to grow their business, develop their go-to-market strategies, and building a solid team. The highlight of the program is the DeepDive week: an intensive week full of workshops and events.


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“We have been working with Rockstart for several years now. Rockstart’s expertise, network and passion for entrepreneurs took the challenge to the next level and provided our finalists with great value.”


David van der Leij
Program Director of Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge

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