The New Energy Challenge is a start-up competition, jointly organized by Shell, Rockstart, YES!Delft and Get in the Ring. The competition is designed for entrepreneurs in Europe and Israel who are developing advanced technologies and disruptive solutions that could be vital in accelerating the energy transition.
Collaborations between start-ups and industry leaders create the opportunity to fast-track the development and introduction of breakthrough technologies. In order to challenge the status quo and bring innovation forward, the New Energy Challenge calls for European and Israeli start-ups and scale-ups to come forward and propose game-changing solutions that will shape the low-carbon energy infrastructure of the future.
The New Energy Challenge consists of two distinct tracks: a track for start-ups in TRL 2-5 stage, up until and including seed stage and a track for scale-ups in TRL 6-9 stage with early revenues, market validation by pilot(s), Series A and higher.
Track 1 – Start-ups
Track One offers early-stage start-ups an intensive programme designed by YES!Delft for finalists to validate their business plans and exchange ideas with coaches and experts. The winning finalist will receive €100.000 towards a proof of concept within the Shell GameChanger programme, giving them a quick and cost-effective way to test the technical and commercial viability of their solution.
Track 2 – Scale-ups
Track Two offers scale-ups the opportunity to engage with experts from Rockstart and exchange knowledge and ideas as well the opportunity to design a pilot proposal. The winner will further develop and potentially execute the pilot, together with Shell Ventures and Shell’s Hydrogen, New Fuels or Chemicals business.
Criteria to join the programme
Start-ups must be in TRL 2-5 stage, up until and including seed stage.
Scale-ups must be in TRL 6-9 stage with early revenues, market validation by pilot(s), Series A and higher.
Have a solution that is focused on the transition to a sustainable energy future, with an explanation on how Shell connects to this solution.
Have a unique scalable product or service.
Be a registered company in Europe or Israel (equivalent to the Dutch B.V. (eg UK – Ltd., Germany – GmbH).
CleanTech startups in Delft are taking over the country, if we look at Kitepower, aQysta, and Physee Technologies. And this is even with three months less until we round up 2019. One could think there would be fewer awards granted, but check out all the achievements from this month’s startup success of our tech incubator in Delft.
The Accelerator alumnus is implementing their dynamic blinds at Rotterdam The Hague Airport. Concretely, from now on, the passengers can see the transformation of glass into media content at the departure hall between the gates seven and eight. Hopefully, all airports will have VideowindoW instead of regular glass in the future!
The CleanTech startup competed in the Social Impact Lab 2019 organised by PwC Nederlands. Over 125 startups and scale-ups applied with a social mission! 13 finalists got selected and aQysta is one of the four winners! They presented their sustainable hydro-powered pump that uses juust water to create an alternative energy source. Yes, you read that well, this means it works without the use of fuel or electricity!
The Accelerator alumnus just got featured in the AD newspaper. PATS is creating small indoor drones that can fight against vermin in greenhouses. Farmers can stop using pesticides and eliminate pests in a sustainable manner.
This MedTech startup won the Smart Solution Award 2019 organised by World of Health Care 2019. Their innovation BedSense can detect a person’s movement and send signals to the caregiver when no movement is detected. The award is granting them to join any international trade mission organised by Task Force Health Care.
During the Dutch Design Week 2019, Braindrop will be present. How? One might wonder, since they’re no design company. Their chemical fire protection, TNF, is used on one the showcased building – The Growing Pavilion! This is a pilot cooperation with Stichting Nieuwe Helden (Company New Heroes). You can visit The Growing Pavillion from the 19th to the 27th of October in Eindhoven!
To support the transition to a low-carbon future, Shell, Rockstart, YES!Delft and Get in the Ring launched the fouurth edition of their signature startup challenge. The New Energy Challenge is designed for European and Israeli startups and scale-ups to tackle the future of energy. Are you ready for a challenge? Deadline for applications is 24th of May!
Clean Tech challenges are myriad, but in essence, Clean Tech is about increasing productivity while decreasing energy use, pollution, the overall impact on the environment and cost. In our tech incubator, we learned from our beginning in 2005 how challenging it is to operate a Clean Tech startup. What it comes down to, is that if a startup wants to have impact on a global scale, they will always encounter large corporates, governments, infrastructure organisations, and more.
The New Energy Challenge is open to young entrepreneurs in Europe and Israel who are developing advanced technologies and disruptive solutions that could be vital to meeting future energy needs worldwide. This is the perfect opportunity to overcome challenges in the roadmap of the CleanTech industry!
“Innovation is key in the energy transition and CleanTech startups play an essential role in transforming the energy business. The Shell New Energy Challenge is a great opportunity for you as a startup to boost your network and collaborate with the industry to create a lasting impact together. You will be able to implement your rapid innovation skills on a global scale and create impact with large industry players. With this program Shell, YES!Delft, Rockstart and Get in the Ring open the doors for you to meet the right people at the right time. This is your chance to make a difference!” – Maureen Gribnau, Innovation Manager, YES!Delft
The winning finalist receives at least €100,000 towards a proof of concept within the Shell GameChanger programme, giving them a quick and cost-effective way to test the technical and commercial viability of their solution.
Last year the New Energy Challenge welcomed 300 applicants from 49 countries. The top ten finalists were invited to Amsterdam. In the aftermovie from last year’s edition, you can hear from the finalists, winners, and runner-ups to inspire you further!
With this program, YES!Delft, Shell & Rockstart open doors to the industry and enable you to meet the right people at the right time. The focus is on startups and scale-ups that offer innovative, low-carbon energy solutions related to the future of mobility, energy management, energy storage, hydrogen, and the retail station of the future.
YES!Delft is involved in Track One, which offers early-stage startups a specially designed Validation Lab. In the intensive program, finalists validate their business plans and exchange ideas with coaches and experts. This is an actual pressure cooker program, a three-day sprint within the Finals Week. The finalists will get access to YES!Delft’s extensive network of coaches and experts, which will help them validate their business proposals, find their product-market fit and prepare to pitch for an expert jury during the Finals Day event.
Shell, Rockstart, YES!Delft and Get in the Ring believe a meaningful energy transition can only be realized with breakthrough innovation and integrated technologies that are effective, scalable and profitable.
To make the fourth edition of the New Energy Challenge even more impactful, this edition has two distinct tracks: a track for start-ups (Seed phase) and a track for scale-ups (Series A). In doing so, the challenge will offer companies with different levels of maturity business value that suits their specific needs.
Track One offers early-stage start-ups an intensive programme designed by YES!Delft for finalists to validate their business plans and exchange ideas with coaches and experts. The winning finalist receives at least €100,000 towards a proof of concept within the Shell GameChanger programme, giving them a quick and cost-effective way to test the technical and commercial viability of their solution.
Track Two is all about the retail station of the future. The track offers the opportunity to design a pilot, as well as the opportunity to engage with experts from Rockstart. The winner will further develop the pilot together with Shell’s Retail business, ultimately launching it at a Shell retail site!
Additionally, the New Energy Challenge generates new partnerships and enables the exchange of knowledge and expertise, offering multiple paths to benefit start-ups and scale-ups:
Access to Shell’s extensive network as well as coaching and advice from experts.
Tailored mentoring and training by the experts of Rockstart and YES!Delft.
The chance to pitch in front of the Shell Ventures and Shell GameChanger investment committee.
The New Energy Challenge is open to European and Israeli start-ups and scale-ups with innovative technologies and solutions for the energy transition. Deadline for completed entries is 24 May 2019.
Congratulations to YES!Delft startup QLayers! At the Metropoolregio Rotterdam Den Haag-event 2018, it was announced that investment fund UNIIQ will support the further development of QLayer’s coating print head to the tune of € 300,000.
QLayer’s print head, the Slash100, enables fully the automated and controlled application of paint to large, industrial surfaces, while minimizing paint loss through mist. This makes the Slash100 an efficient and environmentally friendly solution, without compromising the quality of the finished product.
The full press release (in Dutch) can found on the UNIIQ website.
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