Unknown is an early-stage venture capital and business development firm, supporting founders and industry leaders to successfully bring innovations to the market: a “Venture Engine®”. With a fresh approach delivering venture success, lining up the industry and creating a pool of solutions ready to be adopted by the market.

Unknown is a merger between VenturesOne group and Unknown Group. Unknown’s experience in global startup scouting and corporate venturing, combined with the investment expertise of VenturesOne, strengthens the ambition to increase the success rate of innovations that address pressing local and global challenges.

Hendrik Halbe, CEO of Unknown Group & Get in the Ring: ‘We provide opportunities to startups and scaleups with daring solutions, and connect them to partners in all corners of the world to prove their solution and solve 21st century challenges. As partners of the New Energy Challenge, our mission is to scout for the best solutions worldwide and unlock their potential to shape the world of tomorrow. Working with Shell for the New Energy Challenge is always inspiring because we get to witness firsthand the innovations happening around the energy transition. Startups and scaleups should definitely take action and apply for this challenge’.


‘First of all, we will help you unlock your full potential. With expert mentors, validation sessions, network access and funding possibilities, we give you the tools you need to scale your solution.

Secondly, it’s now more important than ever to help support young innovative companies within the energy transition. We need to embrace innovation, find bold solutions for big problems. That’s why we want entrepreneurs with a passionate and daring team, big ideas, unconventional solutions, and dedication, to take action and shape the future of new energy’.

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