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.
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.
Launched in 2011, Rockstart has accelerated over 150 startups across four core domains that have raised a total of over €87 million and generated more than 700 jobs. Passionate about driving positive change with teams from all over the world, Rockstart plans to support and invest in more than 200 startups in its core domains over the next five years, providing follow-on capital and unparalleled access to the market along the way. To do that, the accelerator partners with large players in respective industries to connect startups to their first customers and foster collaborative innovation.