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Rockstart Presents 2017 Batch of Smart Energy Startups

Amsterdam, The Netherlands


From Australia to Nigeria, the fresh Smart Energy startups in Rockstart's program are working on building a digital, decentralized, and decarbonized energy system.

Rockstart is happy to announce the startup participants for the 2017 Smart Energy accelerator program. We’ve selected teams from across the globe—from Australia to Uganda—that provide services and solutions for a digital, decentralized, and decarbonized energy system. The startups will spend the next five months in the Rockstart building in Amsterdam working hard on their ideas, supported by a stellar team of mentors, industry experts, and partners.

“It has been exciting to select this next batch of teams with a wide variety of technology, markets and solutions,” said Freerk Bisschop, Smart Energy program director. “We’re eager to engage our ecosystem of mentors, investors & industry partners with these startups to accelerate their growth and impact.”

This year marks the fourth Smart Energy program at Rockstart. Since 2014, the 28 companies that have gone through the accelerator have raised more than €4.5 million in follow-on funding and created more than 100 jobs.

Meet the startups

Some startups from the fresh batch serve energy customers directly, while others enable service providers to adopt clean energy in homes and communities.

Efficiator (The Netherlands) offers a one-stop solution to implement drastic energy efficiency measures to consumers and homes through one comprehensive app, while Fritts (The Netherlands) empowers people to easily go solar and benchmark their solar performance in order to secure their investment returns.

For off-grid communities, SolarCreed (Nigeria) provides pay-as-you-go energy solutions, while SolarPipo (Uganda) builds an online sales platform for solar systems. And Solar Captus (Australia) builds a radically different tool set for energy companies to sell solar energy, using machine learning on satellite imagery.

The other startups are working on management and optimization tools to make clean energy systems smarter, more reliable, and more efficient. Hero Balancer (Netherlands) is a self-learning building management system that takes care of heating and comfort by combining renewable energy sources. OneWatt (Philippines) is a smart energy and storage system for small and medium-sized businesses that can reduce electricity costs.

For industrial battery systems, Bamomas (Finland) provides a cloud-based, industry 4.0 monitoring and management solution. Sensfix (Germany) is the first of its kind—a fully automated online aggregator of IoT assets and marketplace for fast and low-cost maintenance and repair of smart city assets.


About Rockstart

Rockstart, one of Europe's first multi-vertical startup accelerators, was founded in Amsterdam in 2011 with a goal to support startups the first 1,000 days of existence. Since then Rockstart has become the specialist in developing entire innovation ecosystems around specific domains—such as Digital Health and Smart Energy. Rockstart is actively building up entrepreneurial infrastructures around the world with its acceleration verticals, as well as early-stage startup programs, Rockstart Impact and Rockstart Launchtrack. Since the inception, Rockstart has invested in 108 startups across 11 programs and supported them in their journey to raise more than €45 million and hire more than 600 people. Rockstart is an international team of 40+ professionals dedicated to support and empower startups to become scalable and change their world for the better.


About Rockstart

Rockstart is an early stage investor that empowers purpose-driven founders across three domains: Energy, AgriFood, and Emerging Technologies.

Rockstart invests in early-stage startups from each of the three funds and provides access to capital, market, and expertise by connecting founders with co-investors, mentors, partners, corporates, and the wider Rockstart network.

Rockstart has invested in more than 350 startups and its alumni value to date is more than €1.6bn. Rockstart is an international team of 45+ professionals dedicated to empowering purpose-driven founders to become scalable and drive positive change on a global scale. Rockstart has notable exits such asWercker, Dan.com, Hubs.Com, Bouw7, iClinic, and s and Brincr. The company has offices in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Bogota.

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