The start of the 5th year of PortXL saw more than just the wind of change blow throughout Rotterdam, as the storm Ciara ravaged throughout the country with 120+ km/h gales.
Despite the adverse weather conditions, a record 40 innovative companies braved the elements and travelled to Rotterdam to showcase their solutions to the PortXL ecosystem of partners, mentors and other professionals from across the maritime, energy, logistics and refinery sectors.
Unfazed by the weather, PortXL – World’s 1st Port & Maritime Accelerator – kicks off the 5th edition of its yearly Rotterdam program with the conclusion of the selection days – the climax of a scouting process started in September.
The selection days consist of two intense days of pitches, Q&As, partner evaluations, technology scans and Industry interaction that saw the participants interact with about 200 valuable members of the port ecosystem, from Rotterdam and beyond. The 40 shortlisted start-ups & scale-ups were evaluated by an expert jury based on these interactions and impressions.
27 innovative companies from across the globe selected for the PortXL 2020 Rotterdam cohort
Out of these 27, 10 are start-ups & 17 are scale-ups. PortXL categorizes companies based on their growth stage, which ensures that early stage start-ups are not competing with the same criteria with companies that already have 2-3 customers and are looking to scale their business or for a soft landing in Rotterdam or the European Union.
The start-ups will now embark on an intense 3-months acceleration program, while the scale-ups will board the business fast track program over the same time period, starting on the 16th of March and ending with Shakedown – the maritime-themed version of Demo Day – on the 25th of June.
A massive thank you to all the attendees and the maritime ecosystem that made the event possible. They are the sustainable fuel to the PortXL innovation engine.
Congratulations to the selected members of the 2020 program, hailing from 15 different countries and bringing solutions for the maritime, energy, logistics & refinery sectors that improve sustainability, digitalisation, energy transition, make ports smarter and many more – see the short descriptions below.
PortXL is the World’s 1st Port & Maritime Accelerator and unique in its kind. We partner with leading companies, organisations and individuals around the globe, from Antwerp to Singapore.
Source: Maritime Shipping News