We have 2 great news for you! First, we are happy to announce that Rockstart Accelerator became our special Prize Partner of EMERGE CHALLENGE: up to 2 teams will get a fully-paid trip to Selection Days in Amsterdam, Netherlands. That is why we decided to extend EMERGE CHALLENGE application deadline till 16 April Rockstart Accelerator is preferably looking for startups in the following domains: AgriFood, Digital Health, Smart Energy and Emerging technologies. So do not lose your chance and apply now.

Selection Days is the final step in the Selection process (there are 3 steps before that) for an Acceleration Program at Rockstart, where only 25 startups out of 500+ applications from the whole world get a chance to be invited.

At Selection Days, the winner(s) of this Prize will pitch their company in front of the Rockstart Investment Committee and meet a part of their network. Together with a group of investors & mentors (experienced entrepreneurs and industry specialists), legal team, HR and technical experts, the Rockstart team will do the due diligence of the participating projects to get a clear image of the team, product, and market. 10 startups will be selected to join an acceleration program either in the Netherlands or Denmark (depending on the startup's domain).

Rockstart will cover transportation and accommodation costs for the winners to participate at Selection Days.
  • Rune Theill
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    CEO of Rockstart
Rune Theill, CEO of Rockstart, is coming at EMERGE on 3–5 June and will give a speech on the GROWTH stage about the stop factors for founders from Eastern Europe on their way to scaling up globally. Additionally, he will participate in the mentorship program on Founders Day for startups.

Professional experience:
Rune has more than 8 years of experience in building ecosystems for entrepreneurs. In 2012, he moved to Amsterdam to co-found Rockstart. During his time at Rockstart, he had a leading role in sourcing, selecting, and accelerating startups across the domains of Emerging Tech, Energy, Health, and AgriFood. At Rockstart, Rune took the position as the CEO in 2016.

More about Rockstart:
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.

Since its inception, Rockstart has invested in more than 150 startups and supported them in their journey to raise more than €69 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.
Are you a startup exploring the opportunities at EMERGE? We extended the submission period at EMERGE CHALLENGE until 16 April.
Apply for Startup Pass below.
Still have some doubts about booking a ticket to EMERGE?
Subscribe to our weekly EMERGE newsletter where we share our updates, speaker announcements and info about promo campaigns.
By submitting this form you agree to receive email communications from EMERGE, including speakers announcements, upcoming promotions and discounted tickets, news about our conference, and access to exclusive invite-only events.
Want to partner with EMERGE?
Get in touch for more details at
Share this article