Rockstart

Rockstart

Rockstart supports startups in becoming scalable by providing them with access to the market, capital, expertise, and community.

Since its founding in 2011, Rockstart has invested in more than 200 startups, which have gone on to raise more than €89 million and hire more than 700 people.

Rockstart is an accelerator in Amsterdam that focuses on helping entrepreneurs take their companies from early traction to the global market in six months. Founded 2011 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands by Bjorn Brekel, Don Ritzen, James Digby, Koen Wagemakers, Oscar Kneppers, and Rune Theill, it invests in seed, series A, angel, and pre-seed rounds. Its portfolio companies include Whatagraph, Unless, Sympower, Tractor Junction, and Fibersail. As of March 2020, Rockstart Accelerator has made 128 investments. Their most recent investment was on September 16, 2019 with Tractor Junction. Rockstart Accelerator has had nine exits, the most notable of which include Wercker, Syndy, and Codeplace. The company has raised a single venture fund, Fund I. This fund was announced on January 15, 2020 and raised a total of €18M.

Portfolio companies

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Cohort
Founders

3Dhubs

Rockstart Accelerator 03/01/13

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Rockstart Accelerator 03/01/13

Rockstart Accelerator 05/01/12

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Gibbon

Rockstart Accelerator 03/01/13

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Rockstart Accelerator 05/01/12

Rockstart Accelerator 05/01/12

Rockstart Accelerator 03/01/14

Rockstart Accelerator 03/01/13

Rockstart Accelerator 03/01/14

Rockstart Accelerator 05/01/12

Rockstart Accelerator 03/01/13

Rockstart Accelerator 05/01/12

Rockstart Accelerator 05/01/12

Rockstart Accelerator 05/01/12

Rockstart Accelerator 01/01/14

Rockstart Accelerator 01/01/14

Rockstart Accelerator 01/01/14

Rockstart Accelerator 01/01/14

Rockstart Accelerator 03/01/14

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Timeline

Funded Companies

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Description
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Website
Location
HealthyRoad

HealthyRoad is a company established in 2013 that has developed biometric software intended to improve driving safety.

Sympower is an Amsterdam-based provider of software solutions for the energy industry to increase energy efficiency of renewable energy.

Postcron is a company founded by Alejandro Rigatuso.

Hyko is a company founded by Andriy Shmyhelskyy, Thomas de Cicco and Philipp Mahr.

VIRIDOM is a company founded by Vasos Vassiliou, Pavlos Antoniou and Zinon Zinonos.

Fibersail is a Eindhoven-based renewable energy company founded in 2015 by Carlos Oliveira, Hugo Rocha and Pedro Pinto.

Dajie is a company founded by Alex D'Elia, Donald Harper, Fausto Bernardini and Marco Sachy.

Efficiator is a Netherlands-based company founded by Richard van Ravenstein.

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Funding rounds

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Description
Funding type
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Funding round date
Investment
Rockstart, Venture Round, January 2020

Fund I

20,200,000
January 2020
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Accelerator batches

Accelerator Batch
Accelerator batch companies
Rockstart Accelerator Mar 2013
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People

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Role
LinkedIn

Aad 't Hart

Mentor

Alex Barrera

Mentor

Amy Woolley

Head of Relations

Andries Voskamp

Mentor

Annemarie Lootsma

Mentor

Arash Aazami

Mentor

Ariel Poler

Mentor

Arnoud Haverlag

Mentor

Artem Galchenko

Venture Analytics Lead

Arthur van Hoff

Mentor

Ash Maurya

Mentor

Aukje Metz

Mentor

Boudewijn Zeijlmans

Mentor

Christiaan van Nispen

Mentor

Coenraad de Vries

Mentor

Damian Bradfield

Mentor

Daria Reutovich

Operations Director

Diane (Bisgeier) Tate

Mentor

Dirk Dekker

Mentor

Don Ginsel

Mentor

Don Ritzen

Employee

Edmond Hilhorst

Investor

Elmar Pigeaud

Investor

Eloi Burdorf

Mentor

Esther Gons

Mentor

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