The timeline below shows the New Energy Challenge milestones and where we are currently.

  • Recruitment Phase

  • 1MAR

    Start New Energy Challenge

    This year's challenge began in March 2022. The registration phase ended May 1st, 2022. Start-ups and scale-ups were able to sign up until then to participate.

  • 1MAY

    End of signup phase

    After closing of the registration phase, the process of selecting the top 20 candidates begins.

  • Selection Phase


    Selection of the participants

    During this period, the best entries were selected on the basis of the quality and potential of their business model, innovative technologies and digital solutions. The twenty best entries are the participants of the New Energy Challenge 2022.


    Deep-dive interviews

    All twenty participants were invited for deep-dive interviews. The interviews were conducted by Rockstart, Shell and YES!Delft experts in June to select the ten finalists.


    Announcement of the finalists

    The ten finalists were announced and invited for the Finals Phase, taking place late September, October and the first week of November.

    Meet our finalists
  • Finals Phase

  • 28SEP

    Kick-off Finals Phase

    The Finals Phase officially started with a kick-off meeting on September 28. All finalists were invited as this was the official welcome to the finals programme and at the same time an opportunity for the finalists to meet alumni of the New Energy Challenge.


    Coaching & expert sessions

    An extensive network of experts will coach the finalists for multiple days to validate their business proposal, find their product-market fit, and prepare to pitch for an expert jury during the Finals Event in November 2022. The coaching and expert sessions will be provided by Rockstart, YES!Delft and/or Shell and will take place in (late) September and in October.

  • 3NOV

    Finals Day

    On November 2, all finalists will pitch face-to-face before a jury of experts. November 3 is Finals Day, the day on which the finalists can present themselves to a wider audience, after which the jury will select the winners of the New Energy Challenge 2022. The Finals Event will take place at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal.


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