Rockstart launched in 2011 in Amsterdam as one of Europe’s first startup accelerators. Today, Rockstart is an international company that supports and empowers the best startups on their way to success across four domains: Energy, Health, AgriFood, and Emerging technologies. We provide startups with access to the capital, market, community, and expertise by connecting them to partners, investors, mentors and the wider Rockstart network. Rockstart has invested in more than 150 startups and supported them in their journey to raise more than €87 million and hire more than 700 people. Rockstart is an international team of 35+ professionals dedicated to support and empower startups to become scalable and change their world for the better.


Since 2005, the tech incubator YES!Delft supports tech startups to bring their ideas to the market, validate their business assumptions, and grow teams. More than 170 active tech startups have access to the unique YES!Delft ecosystem which includes customized programs, services such as YES!Funded and YES!Talents, over 170 mentors, and more than 50 corporate partners. The tech incubator achieved second place in the world ranking of UBI Global. The ecosystem of YES!Delft is leading innovation in nine established focus areas: aviation, medtech, edtech, robotics, cleantech, biotech, complex tech, artificial intelligence, and blockchain. In 2019, a new location opened – YES!Delft The Hague – to become the home of software-related startups, in particular, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain.

Get in the Ring

Get in the Ring is a startup platform active in over 100 countries, connecting founders to opportunities that allow them to make deals and gain global exposure. Get in the Ring is part of Unknown Group, an innovation agency specialized in internal and external venturing. The group’s mission is to unlock the potential of those that will shape the world of tomorrow

Participating Shell partners

Shell Ventures

Exciting innovations that are relevant to oil, gas and new energies are taking place outside Shell, as digitalisation, electrification and decentralisation of energy systems increasingly impact our industry. Shell Ventures, Shell’s corporate venture capital team, targets startups and SMEs that are in the early stages of maturity, or are starting to scale and grow their business. We make minority investments in companies to find and develop leading technology and disruptive business models in areas of strategic interest to Shell.

Shell GameChanger 

Founded in 1996, Shell GameChanger provides start-ups and businesses with a quick and cost-efficient way to show the technical and commercial viability of their technology idea or business plan. Disruptive ideas can exist anywhere, so we continuously scout for start-ups with unproven and unusual technology ideas in their early stage of development. Shell GameChanger has interacted with more than 5,000 innovators around the world, helping them turn more than 150 ideas into reality. We are ready to take a chance on yours.