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Investments

188

Portfolio Exits

13

Funds

2

Partners & Customers

8

About Rockstart

Rockstart is an international company that supports and empowers startups on their way to success across four domains: Energy, Health, AgriFood, and Emerging technologies. The firm provides startups with access to capital, market, community, and expertise by connecting them to partners, investors, mentors and the wider Rockstart network.

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Rigakade 10

Amsterdam, 1013 BC,

Netherlands

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Hydrologiq Raises £630k Seed Funding

Jul 27, 2022

Off-grid hydrogen startup Hydrologiq secures £630,000 investment to replace diesel generators with clean hydrogen power. Ben Lindley Off-grid hydrogen startup closes £630,000 investment funding from venture capital and angels. Hydrologiq is replacing dirty diesel generators with clean hydrogen-powered generators, making construction sites, festivals, and filmsets cleaner, quieter places to work and play. The company’s vision of an emissions-free future now has the backing of four venture capital firms and a group of strategic and industry angels. This investment acts as a solid foundation from which the company will build out the Hydrologiq Platform – the planning and management platform for off-grid hydrogen deployments. Through the platform Hydrologiq simplifies the complex supply chain, processes, and business decisions that must be brought together to run hydrogen assets. The investment will also enable Hydrologiq to bring on new talent: an experienced Head of Product has already been found. SFC Capital, Britbots, Rockstart, Antler Round lead SFC Capital is the most active seed investor in the UK, providing capital and support to startups across the nation. Investor Adam Beveridge , said: “From a market perspective, SFC’s investment rationale was driven by the hard government drive in the area of Net-Zero and Hydrologiq providing an elegant solution to tackle the complexity around supplying and using hydrogen generators – a genuine answer to clean, silent, and portable off grid power. From a commercial perspective, if by 2030 just 50% of the 20,000 diesel generators sold each year are hydrogen generators, and 25% of those in operation consume hydrogen fuel, then this equates to £4.5bn in assets and fuel sales. Once paired with the ongoing interest in CleanTech investment at Series A and beyond, this made Hydrologiq an attractive investment proposition.” UK fund Britbots invests in autonomous technologies at the intersection of the digital and physical world. Dominic Keen , Managing Partner at Britbots, commented: “We are extremely excited to have become shareholders in Hydrologiq. The transformation of our economy away from fossil fuels is this generation’s industrial revolution and we are convinced that the pioneering approach taken by the Hydrologiq team will act as a guiding beacon for those that follow them in the energy transition towards hydrogen.” Early stage investor Rockstart has recently closed their EUR27m Energy Fund, and Hydrologiq is one of the first investments it has made in 2022. Max ter Horst , Managing Partner Energy, Rockstart, said: “We have invested in Hydrologiq, which is providing clean, silent and reliable energy for off-grid sites using hydrogen generators. This is a very valuable service for customers such as construction companies, who need to deal with increasingly stringent regulations on noise and emissions. Hydrologiq has a strong team which is uniquely positioned to address this opportunity with their in-depth market and regulatory understanding, superior supply chain access and powerful software platform.” Startup builder Antler has a combined global portfolio value of $1.8bn+. Antler Partner Antoine Poirson , said: “We are thrilled to join the Hydrologiq journey. We see a convergence of technical maturity and customer demand for H2 powered systems. Aran & Ben have been able to demonstrate this through customer demand, and are building a company that will grow the market rapidly.” Funding from strategic Angels and Advisors Hydrologiq is thrilled to have the support of renewable energy industry expert and angel investor Ranjit Mene . Alongside professional investors Vladimir Bondarenko and Kabir Chanrai , company advisor Tim Lawrence continues to support Hydrologiq through his expertise in setting up new supply chains and a further investment in this round. The round has also been generously supported by a number of other angel investors. Hydrologiq’s Next Steps Starting May 2022, Hydrologiq will be deploying a hydrogen-fuelled generator with deployment partners at a number of off-grid locations around the UK. Deployment partners include tier 1 construction contractors and a top-ten UK festival, alongside businesses in mining, film and TV. These deployments are supported by a grant project awarded to Hydrologiq by the UK government department BEIS. Read more and get involved here. Author Benjamin Lindley Ben is a serial entrepreneur with a specialism in operations and marketing. He entered the clean tech industry in 2018 to lead retail operations in a solar and energy startup, building processes to control the company’s rapid growth and managing an international team with offices in New Zealand and Fiji. PREVIOUSNEXT

Rockstart Investments

188 Investments

Rockstart has made 188 investments. Their latest investment was in Sympower as part of their Series C on July 7, 2022.

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Rockstart Investments Activity

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Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

7/19/2022

Series C

Sympower

$22.55M

No

4

6/10/2022

Series A

Reduced

$3.05M

No

1

6/3/2022

Pre-Seed

Lanterne

$0.43M

Yes

1

5/17/2022

Pre-Seed - II

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$99M

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10

4/28/2022

Seed VC

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$99M

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10

Date

7/19/2022

6/10/2022

6/3/2022

5/17/2022

4/28/2022

Round

Series C

Series A

Pre-Seed

Pre-Seed - II

Seed VC

Company

Sympower

Reduced

Lanterne

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Amount

$22.55M

$3.05M

$0.43M

$99M

$99M

New?

No

No

Yes

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Co-Investors

Sources

4

1

1

10

10

Rockstart Portfolio Exits

13 Portfolio Exits

Rockstart has 13 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was Vultus on May 20, 2022.

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Exit

Companies

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Acquirer

Sources

5/20/2022

IPO

$99M

Public

3

8/12/2021

Acquired

$99M

1

1/19/2021

Acquired

$99M

18

10/29/2020

Acquired

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$99M

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10

10/19/2020

Acquired

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$99M

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10

Date

5/20/2022

8/12/2021

1/19/2021

10/29/2020

10/19/2020

Exit

IPO

Acquired

Acquired

Acquired

Acquired

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Acquirer

Public

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Sources

3

1

18

10

10

Rockstart Fund History

2 Fund Histories

Rockstart has 2 funds, including Rockstart Energy Fund.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

3/10/2022

Rockstart Energy Fund

$29.73M

1

1/16/2020

AgriFood Fund

$99M

10

Closing Date

3/10/2022

1/16/2020

Fund

Rockstart Energy Fund

AgriFood Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

$29.73M

$99M

Sources

1

10

Rockstart Partners & Customers

8 Partners and customers

Rockstart has 8 strategic partners and customers. Rockstart recently partnered with Green For Growth Fund on March 3, 2022.

Date

Type

Business Partner

Country

News Snippet

Sources

3/8/2022

Partner

Luxembourg

GGF AND ROCKSTART LAUNCH CLIM@ SCALER TO DEVELOP GREEN VENTURES.

Luxembourg and Amsterdam , 08 March 2022 -- The Green for Growth Fund and Rockstart , a global early-stage investor , have joined forces to launch the first edition of Clim @ Scaler to develop the most innovative energy efficiency , circular economy , and sustainable energy solutions .

1

11/11/2019

Partner

Netherlands

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0

4/11/2018

Partner

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10

7/19/2017

Partner

United States

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10

7/19/2017

Partner

Australia

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10

Date

3/8/2022

11/11/2019

4/11/2018

7/19/2017

7/19/2017

Type

Partner

Partner

Partner

Partner

Partner

Business Partner

Country

Luxembourg

Netherlands

United States

Australia

News Snippet

GGF AND ROCKSTART LAUNCH CLIM@ SCALER TO DEVELOP GREEN VENTURES.

Luxembourg and Amsterdam , 08 March 2022 -- The Green for Growth Fund and Rockstart , a global early-stage investor , have joined forces to launch the first edition of Clim @ Scaler to develop the most innovative energy efficiency , circular economy , and sustainable energy solutions .

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10

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Rockstart Team

6 Team Members

Rockstart has 6 team members, including current Founder, Managing Director, Felipe Santamaria.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Don Ritzen

Founder

Current

Felipe Santamaria

Founder, Managing Director

Current

Rune Theill

Venture Cup

Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Current

Kelvin Aongola

TEDxAmsterdam, SLUSH, The SA Innovation Summit, ITU, and World Economic Forum

Founder

Former

Finn Hansen

Chief Operating Officer

Former

Name

Don Ritzen

Felipe Santamaria

Rune Theill

Kelvin Aongola

Finn Hansen

Work History

Venture Cup

TEDxAmsterdam, SLUSH, The SA Innovation Summit, ITU, and World Economic Forum

Title

Founder

Founder, Managing Director

Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Founder

Chief Operating Officer

Status

Current

Current

Current

Former

Former

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