Paving the way for purpose driven founders

We invest in ambitious founders with groundbreaking visions for a regenerative and sustainable future.

Build on a solid foundation

We are here to empower you along your founder journey, through investment from start to series B. We show you how to plan and strategize the next steps for your business, preparing you for fundraising and introducing you to the right co-investors.

Streamline your vision

We won’t waste your time with lecture-style presentations, but we will focus on matching you with relevant experts and mentors to support you with your most important challenges.

Get relevant connections

The success of your founder journey lies with you, but joining our global community of ambitious founders will get you on the radar of top investors and industry players, helping drive exposure for your startup at the right time and place.

Founder success stories

Our portfolio companies have made exceptional achievements both financially and in terms of positive impact.
"From the coaching sessions to mentor meetings, ecosystem events to investor dinners, Rockstart has a good structure for getting you introduced to people who can make a difference. It helped mould our business and raise a round in the process."

Keenan Pinto – CEO, Nordetect

Raised a €1.2m seed round to help farmers optimize the use of chemistry
"Rockstart stands out because there is a connecting theme for startups, huge support, validation to other investors and potential co-investment."

Solveig Felbo – CEO, Pantrii

Raised €1.4m to facilitate small food producers and retailers trading
"It was great to have Rockstart as an investor, we also stayed part of the community for several years, that meant we could continue to access the Rockstart experience and the mentors for the first three years."

Bram de Zwart & Brian Garret  – Co-founders, HUBS

Acquired by Protolabs in January 2021 for $280 million
"Rockstart has been and remains to be very helpful in fundraising. Their wide network in energy venturing has helped us find the right investors and ensured setting up a deal structure that was right for everyone."

Hubert Penn – CCO, Dexter

Raised a €2 million Series A round to accelerate the energy transition
“Being part of Rockstart was a gaming-changing moment for iClinic and the first inflexion point in our history. It provided us for the first time the ways to achieve our big vision and showed how far we would be able to go.”

Felipe Lourenço – CEO iClinic

Acquired by Afya Limited for €27.9m in 2020
"When joining Rockstart what we really needed was  structure and guidance on how on earth you start a startup. Then a network: we met our first investors at Rockstart. In fact our lead investment for our first round was our mentor."

Simon Bushell – CEO and Founder, Sympower

Raised a €5.2m Series B round to accelerate the energy transition
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We are Rockstart

With a global network and offices in Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Bogotá, we’re on a mission to empower founders to drive positive change on a global scale. We know from experience that most early-stage founders face challenges in several key areas when growing their startups. Our team of commercially seasoned entrepreneurs guides you on how to optimize your time and resources to achieve the highest possible output. 

 

We provide proven fast-track scaling solutions for purpose-driven founders operating in Energy, AgriFood and Emerging Technology – through domain-focused, tailor-made, mentor-driven programs, market introductions and investments from pre-seed to series B.

260+

Startups invested in

€750m

Alumni value

€140m+

Raised by startups

66%

Follow-on rate

Our Global Ecosystem

We believe that the fastest route to a sustainable future is by building partnerships that last, and our global community of mentors, investors and corporate partners is the driving force behind everything we do. We’ve built a diverse ecosystem of professionals around the globe, providing founders with industry-specific expertise and a launching pad to take solutions directly to the market.

Our corporate programs have allowed our founders to work with some of the world’s leading companies, resulting in faster routes to commercial partnerships and investment. Some of our notable corporate initiatives include the Feed the FutureShell New Energy Challenge or the Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank’s (FMO) Finture Solutions.

Are you interested in joining us
as a corporate partner?

We work with companies who want to join our mission to drive faster co-creation and innovation.