The timeline below shows the milestones of the New Energy Challenge’s 2024 edition.

  • Recruitment Phase

  • 29APR

    Start New Energy Challenge

    The initial registration period ends on May 17, 2024, granting ample opportunity for startups and scaleups to sign up and participate. Following this, we will carefully review the submissions and select those that meet the criteria to move on to the second round. 

  • 17MAY

    End of signup phase

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

  • 24MAY

    Deadline second submission

    After the initial registration, we'll review and select qualifying submissions for the second round, where additional information will be required.

  • Selection Phase

  • 4JUN

    Selection of the participants

    On this day, the best entries are 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 2024.

  • 15JUN

    Start deep-dive interviews

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


    Announcement of the finalists

    The ten finalists are announced and invited for the Finals Phase, taking place late September, October and November 2024.

    Meet our finalists
  • Finals Phase

  • 25SEP

    Kick-off finals phase

    The finals phase officially starts with a kick-off meeting, planned for September 25, 2024 (Date subject to change). All finalists will be invited as this will be 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 coaches the finalists to validate their business proposal, find their product-market fit and prepare to pitch for an expert jury during the Finals Event later in 2024. The coaching and expert sessions are provided by Rockstart, YES!Delft and/or Shell and take place in October/November.


    Finals Event

    The Finals Event is planned for mid November, 2024. During this event, the most promising companies pitch in front of a jury of experts, and then again to a wider audience. It will be an event also filled with networking opportunities and celebration. The winners of the 2024 edition of the New Energy Challenge will be announced at the end of the event.


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