Amsterdam, November 1, 2021 – Rockstart, global accelerator-VC, announces the investment of €3.75m into its Energy fund by Eneco. The Rockstart Energy fund was launched in 2020 and is targeting startups that drive the energy transition forward. Eneco will also take a seat on the fund’s advisory board.
In the last quarter of 2020, Rockstart has launched its 22M+ Energy venture capital fund, backed by institutional investors, European family offices, informal investors and the government. Through its Energy fund, Rockstart invests in seed-stage startups contributing to the energy transition. Since it was first set up a year ago, the Energy Fund has already made 12 investments: Klimate, Technology Catalogue, Fibersail, Advanced Infrastructure, Bia, eDRV, Helio, Okto, Soolutions, Starke, Lanterne and Sympheny.
We are pleased to welcome Eneco as our partner in the Energy Fund. Besides being one of the most sustainability-focused energy companies in the Netherlands, Eneco also has extensive experience investing in startups and an impressive track record. We believe that having Eneco as the Energy Fund’s newest partner will add substantial value to our startups and to Rockstart.Don Ritzen ,Rockstart co-founder and Interim Managing Partner
comments: Investing in the Rockstart Energy Fund will give Eneco early access to the 50 startups in Rockstart’s Energy Accelerator Program and create opportunities for Eneco to form potential partnerships and investigate possibilities for further investments.Robert Blom , Senior Investment Manager, Eneco
Rockstart helps to launch purpose-driven companies on the road to success in three domains: AgriFood, Energy and Emerging Technologies. Rockstart offers an accelerator programme with a proven track record to empower startups early in their existence. It also provides further backing as an investor in subsequent rounds of fundraising up to Series B funding.
Eneco invests in startups and scaleups that help to promote the energy transition in Eneco’s principal markets. Startups are a key source of innovation in moving the energy transition forwards. By investing in them, Eneco stays up-to-date on the latest developments and innovations. Following an earlier series of successful investments, in 2021 Eneco has started to build a new portfolio. Recent investments include EnergyWorx, which specialises in cloud-based data management solutions for energy companies, and the German commercial installation platform Installion.