Record number of participants in PortXL innovation programme

After a year of scouting and two exciting pitch days, a total of 27 innovative projects were selected during the 5th edition of PortXL: the first innovation accelerator programme for the maritime sector. Over the next few months, 10 start-ups and 17 scale-ups will set to work on their products. An intensive 100-day coaching and support programme will help prepare them for market. The participants will be presenting their final results during the closing ‘Shakedown’ event on 25 June.

Pitch days

Forty innovative companies travelled from all over the world to the port of Rotterdam to present their innovative solutions to professionals from the maritime, energy, logistics and chemical sectors. During the pitch days, the candidates answered a range of questions about technology, finance and business development, among other matters – as well as how their solution will contribute to a more sustainable, safe and efficient port. Over 190 mentors and port and innovation experts were involved in this intensive process.

The participants

The following initiatives have been selected:

Ambisense – Ireland
eYard – Spain
F-drones – Singapore
Fishi Robotics – Denmark
Fuelsave – Germany
Hefring Marine – Iceland
Maindeck – Norway
Optimiz – Germany
SPC Biomicrogel – Russia
SoftRide Technologies – Israel

AAApropulsion – Netherlands
AI in Motion – Netherlands
Bionic Technology – Netherlands
Bio-Raiser – Finland
blkSAIL – United States
Delfos – Brazil
Evertracker – Germany
FishFlow Innovations – Netherlands
Foru Solution – Netherlands
InnoTractor – Netherlands
Macomi – Netherlands
Nido Robotics – Spain/Chile
Oculavis – Germany
T-mining – Belgium
Triogen – Netherlands
VRT – Finland
Water Lens – United States

Next steps
Over the next three months, the selected participants will complete a programme that helps them further develop their products and build their enterprise. They are supported in this process by mentors from the port business community. The scale-ups will be offered a special Business Fast Track programme that is adapted to their requirements. The candidates will present their progress and results during the closing ‘Shakedown’ event on 25 June.


About PortXL

PortXL is the world’s first Maritime Port Accelerator. The programme is unique in its class, with a global network of leading companies and experts. PortXL was set up to accelerate the development of innovative technologies for the maritime, logistics, energy and chemical sectors in port regions worldwide. The programme seeks to activate the largest possible ecosystem, in order to encourage a spirit of enterprise in all parties involved. PortXL’s ecosystem comprises start-ups and scale-ups, investors and partners and market leaders like Van Oord, Port of Rotterdam, EY, Royal IHC, Mammoet, Vopak, Boskalis, Shell, Rabobank, the City of Rotterdam, Oceanco, North Sea Port, Ampelmann, Deltaris, InnovationQuarter, Rabobank and ECE.