Since its founding in Rotterdam in 2015, this hub has operated with a “vision of cultivating a spirit of innovation within the global maritime industry.” PortXL is the first to strictly focus on accelerating serious startups and scale-ups in the maritime industry – energy, ports, shipping & logistics, and refinery. The aim of this accelerator is to “disrupt the status quo” and “change the way people think about the maritime industry.”

Mentoring, network, and pilot opportunities

Of the 1000+ start- and scale-ups that get scouted by PortXL every year, only 15-20 actually make it into each of PortXL’s exclusive acceleration programs in Rotterdam and Singapore. These are 3-month programs, either focused on scaling up your maritime startup; or facilitating client relationships for your scale-up and validating your use-cases so that you can expand your business.

During PortXL’s acceleration program, you get entry into masterclass workshops taught by entrepreneurs and top professionals - all geared toward improving your business propositions. In addition, you get a mentor with expert insight into the maritime business who can translate problems that you encounter into actionable feedback. Finally, you get connected to a global network of corporate partners that you can join for pilot projects, R&D collaborations, and business partnerships.

Connecting Startups to Corporations

Besides accelerating, PortXL also acts as a matchmaker between corporations and startups by way of innovative challenges. In this, maritime corporations can submit innovation challenges that they’re dealing with, and startups can apply for solving any of the challenges published on the PortXL website. For the corporations, this saves investing in huge in-house R&D projects, and for startuppers, this is a chance to present themselves and build a portfolio in the business world.

So, do you want to become part of the PortXL community and benefit from the largest maritime startup network in the world? Apply for their program, take a shot at one of the corporate challenges, or simply dip your toes in by attending an (online) event.