We push the energy industry into transition


By boosting talent

This is the time for energy entrepreneurs and innovative businesses. We support and foster creative and forward-thinking innovations that meet current energy challenges and contribute positively to a sustainable future. We do so, by shortening lab-to-market cycles, and helping not only the business, but also the entrepreneur. Our facilities and partner network allow us to connect industry demand with the new developments, and boost young entrepreneurs with the specific set of skills needed to break through market barriers.

In a perfect place

Local governments, corporates and knowledge institutes of The Northern Netherlands have created a climate of cooperation, allowing energy startups to excell. Energy Innovation thrives in this smart ecosystem. The region also has built a culture of sustainability. Cooperation and co-creation, even between competitors, are at the heart of our state-of-the-art testing facilities. Funding opportunities are plenty, distances near, as well as affordable and inspiring office space. Most important, knowledge and energy has strongly developed last years.

Start-ups add value to the energy transition. ENGIE and Energy Academy have created Energy Venture Lab/Startup Fast Track to assist startups in their development. The programme gives us first critical access to talented innovators.

Pieter de Jong

Manager Operations, ENGIE

This region is full of smart talent! The old city of Groningen has the youngest average population in the country – and you can tell: it is bursting with clever and motivated young people, it has a great nightlife, culture & rising entrepreneurship ecosystem. Combining all these facts in one place is for sure the recipe for amazing innovation and great new startups.

Faris Nizamic

CEO & Founder, Sustainable Buildings

We are an engine for co-creation of talent, products and services in the energy sector, and we are always open to regional, national and international partnerships with companies. This is where they all have the chance to develop new products and bring them to the market in a shorter time.

Henk Pijlman

Chairman of the Executive Board, Hanze (UAS)

From acceleration to office space

Interested in what the Northern Netherlands has to offer? Find out more about business acceleration programs, testing facilities, funding, patents, and office space.


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Together, we shape the energy transition


The energy transition affects us all. That is why we continuously seek cooperation with research and educational institututions, industries, governmental parties, entrepreneurs and societal organisations and networks.