Rockstart

Emerging Tech

We fund and empower founders with unique insights into cutting-edge technologies and the ability to develop solutions for universal problems.

Industry 4.0 & Analytics

We look for solutions that improve the use of our production facilities, enable faster and better decision making and provide for safer, cleaner and more efficient processes.

Smart Cities & Societies

We are interested in applications that positively influence how we live and interact, and that enable efficient institutions and a day-to-day, democratized functioning of our societies.

Digital Health Innovations

We seek technological innovations that vastly improve the quality, speed and precision in delivering healthcare - both at an institutional level and at the user level.

Data Privacy & Security

Data privacy and security solutions are paramount to protecting both the individual and the system as a whole. We support technologies that cater to a.o. data stewardship, democratized solutions, and information safety.

We invest in early stage startups applying emerging technologies to solve universal and urgent problems.

We shortcut founders financing journey through domain focused mentorship and market introductions, customised content with co-investments up to Series B.

We are especially interested in startups innovating in

  • ML / AI
  • Computer Vision
  • web3 & Blockchain
  • Biometrics
  • Geospatial Tech
  • IoT & Edge Computing
  • Additive Manufacturing

Timeline

Rolling applications throughout
  • February 5

    Spring program begins
  • June 7

    Spring program ends
  • August 2024

    Fall program begins

Calling all purpose-driven founders with a vision for a better future

Start making an impact today and join our international community of purpose driven founders.

Founder success stories

Our portfolio companies have made exceptional achievements both financially and in terms of positive impact.
Computational tools to accelerate the R&D pipelines across pharma, biotech, and the chemical industry. Raised €700k seed round to bridge the gap between labs and quantum chemistry.
Data-driven recommendations to improve the quality of life for people suffering from fatigue. Raised a seed round in 2022 to expand its platform and help more users manage chronic symptoms.
A 2012 Rockstart portfolio company aiming to democratize developer tooling for the modern cloud. They were acquired by Oracle in 2017.
Hubs is an online platform for custom part manufacturing, providing access to a global network of manufacturing services. Acquired by Protolabs in January 2021 for $280 million.
Wonderflow, a 2014 Rockstart portfolio company and VoC analytics platform, raised €16.5m in growth funding in 2021 to build their teams in Europe and North America.
General AI designed to reshape the landscape of scientific research and marketing. The startup is building a comprehensive, real-time understanding of the world of science, research, and the brilliant minds behind them.
AI solution for automatic product tagging. Secured €1M seed round in 2022 to help fashion e-commerce deliver better search experiences.
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Our Tech
Ecosystem

We’ve built an Emerging Tech ecosystem of mentors, investors, and corporates, providing founders with ample industry-specific expertise and a launching pad to take their solutions directly to the market. Our investors bring a wide range of expertise and experience, from industry leaders to corporate organizations, as well as institutional investors. Most of all, they have one thing in common: the drive to help entrepreneurs succeed.

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Investors

Our investors bring a wide range of expertise and experience, from industry leaders to corporate organizations, as well as institutional investors.

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Mentors

We work with select mentors who share our mission to empower purpose-driven founders. If you are interested in working with us, we are happy to explore the possibilities together.

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Corporate partners

Our ecosystem partners support founders in a number of ways, including specialized support and training, customer opportunities, pilot programs and financing.

A selection of our
main list of partners

Would you like to join our ecosystem?