Twelve port-related startups from around the world settled in Rotterdam last year. Six of these have a customer contract. Through this, the port accelerator PortXL has clearly proven itself in its first year. As a result, PortXL, together with its internationally recognized partners, is launching a new startup accelerator program.
A successful first year
Rotterdam harbour is a haven for port-lovers with innovative ideas and concepts. And the ambition to be the smartest port in the world is of paramount importance. For this reason PortXL was launched on October 29, 2015, the only startup program with a focus on ports.
More than 180 mentors and highly involved partners including NCCC members EY, Damen, Boskalis and InnovationQuarter, offered twelve startups the opportunity to bring their technologies to a higher level. Out of the twelve startups, six have signed a customer contract. In addition, all startups have indicated that they have the intention to stay in Rotterdam. For them, Rotterdam is the place to bring their startup to a higher level.
PortXL is a hundred-day program where ten to twelve selected startups are intensively coached by mentors to jump start their concepts. Over three months, startups work on their business plan and have the opportunity to pitch their technologies to 250 port professionals and more than 20 CEO’s. Through this initiative, PortXL is creating a bridge between startups and large enterprises.
Currently PortXL is looking for the ten most promising port-related startups in the world for the 2017 program. The program selects teams with disruptive, scalable business propositions that can be launched within a year. PortXL focuses on Transport & Logistics, Energy, Chemical & Refining and Maritime sectors.
On June 22, 2017 these startups will present themselves at the final event; Shakedown.
Startups can apply via the website: www.portxl.org. Deadline for applications is January 31, 2017