Propel your business with Ørsted

Are you looking to revolutionize the energy industry?

About Ørsted Propel

At Ørsted,  we’re committed to working with innovative start-ups that are ready to tackle the challenges the energy industry faces. Therefore, we’ve officially launched a four-month open innovation programme with Rockstart – a leading early stage VC-accelerator – to find the best solutions for a more sustainable future.

The purpose of the programme is to support up to ten start-ups with their commercialisation and growth through Ørsted’s vast network, capabilities, and resources. Through this development, there’s potential to develop pilot projects, funding opportunities, and other long-term engagements with Ørsted. Ørsted Propel selected its first start-ups in December 2022. Stay tuned for our new call for applications!

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Why Apply?

Commercialize with Ørsted

Meet with Ørsted’s team to validate a potential collaboration with their onshore and offshore global portfolio.

Access to Funding Opportunities

Explore opportunities with Ørsted and Rockstart, as well as their respective networks of international investors.

Industry and Strategic Expertise

Gain access to a network of experts tailor-made to your needs that will support you throughout the programme and beyond.

Who were we looking for in Ørsted Propel 1.0?

Ørsted looked for European-based start-ups with promising hardware and software solutions that could revolutionize the entire energy industry, and who are looking for a partner to help validate their technology on the market. We were looking for startups that focused on integration of renewable electricity in the energy system (‘system integration’) and fit one or more of the following solution themes:

Conversion and storage of surplus renewable electricity

Technologies that enable the best use of energy surpluses in the electricity system, for example technologies that aid the commercialisation of Power-to-X (e.g. hydrogen-based green feedstock or synthetic fuels) or long-duration energy storage.

Enabling flexible and efficient usage of energy

Technologies that enable or accelerate the deployment of demand response in energy-intensive applications, such as sector coupling (power, heat, transportation, heavy industry) or through scalable aggregation of decentralised energy usage.

Ensuring the stability of the electricity grid

Technologies that enable fast regulation of electricity supply and/or demand, for example technologies that could aid the provision of ancillary services to the TSOs (transmission system operators), advanced dispatching algorithms, low-cost short-duration energystorage, or other enablers for system-friendly wind/solar farms.

Aggregating and orchestrating data to better understand energy supply and demand

Technologies that focus on digitalisation and access to macro/microdata for market synchronisation and transparency. An example could be using algorithms to provide energy demand forecasting or accurate weather forecasting for renewable energy production..

Shortening the geographical proximity of energy production and consumption

Technologies that can overcome electricity transportation bottlenecks, for example by avoiding intermediaries or by increasing co-location of electricity consumption and production.

Ørsted Propel 2023 Startup Cohort

Think RE GmbH

Ocean Swell Energy

Cactos Oy


Suena GmbH

Geyser Batteries

Real Carbon Tech

RFC Power Ltd.

Key Dates

February 22nd - 24th

Ørsted Propel Kick-Off

February 28th - March 3rd

Deep dive week one

March 20th - 24th

Deep dive week two

April 10th - 14th

Deep dive week three

May 9th - 12th

Deep dive week four

May 23 - 26th

Final days

May 25th

Finals event

Ørsted Propel partners with four energy storage ventures

The Netherlands, May 31, 2023

Ørsted announces that it will partner with four ventures from the Ørsted Propel acceleration programme. Ørsted and Rockstart teamed up and launched Ørsted Propel in 2023 to accelerate startups with the potential to revolutionize the energy sector as part of Ørsted’s new Innovation Hub in the Netherlands.

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About Ørsted

More than 80 % of the world’s total energy consumption still comes from fossil fuels. The resulting pollution is harmful to our planet. We want to change that. And our vision is clear: Let’s create a world that runs entirely on green energy.


Ørsted is the world leader in offshore wind. Ørsted develops, constructs, and operates offshore and onshore wind farms, solar farms, energy storage facilities, renewable hydrogen and green fuels facilities, and bioenergy plants. Ørsted is recognised on the CDP Climate Change A List as a global leader on climate action and was the first energy company in the world to have its science-based net-zero emissions target validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Headquartered in Denmark, Ørsted employs approx. 8,000 people.


Do you have any other suggestions on how to accelerate the energy transition?


You can reach out to Ørsted here and to Rockstart at


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