A fast-paced, 1-day program for established companies in the maritime, offshore and port industries.

Insights for innovators: How to organize innovation in your business

Most maritime, offshore and port-related companies innovate constantly. They are always on the lookout for new technological and operational solutions, which often also have a sustainability or digitalisation component. At the same time, many companies struggle to integrate ‘innovation’ into the structure of their organisation.

As an established player in the maritime sector, it’s essential for your business to be able to stay on top of market developments and take steps to innovate structurally. So, you’re looking to collaborate with or invest in start-ups or scale-ups, i.e. small, highly specialized companies with solutions that fit with your portfolio and can help your company grow.

If you are looking for ways to make this happen, then Innovator in a Day is ideal for you. Learn all about Open Innovation Management!


Working with start-ups or scale ups

It may sound easy, but only 1 out of every 3 collaborations between a starting and an established company is successful. You will learn about the critical success factors.

Strategic support

Setting up your innovation strategy is great, but you could use some guidance. Take your first steps in developing an innovation strategy and be inspired by your peers!

Missing internal structures

Not every company has the necessary internal structures to take a new product from concept to execution or indeed how to organize innovation. You will learn how to start building/influencing towards an internal structure that works.

No landing point

You have decided to work with a start-up or scale-up or you’re developing a groundbreaking product yourself. You have lots of ideas and even some initial proof and now it’s time to implement this product or method into your business processes. And now you’re stuck. Learn why you are stuck and what is required to prevent this from happening.

In short, if you are a shipowner, technical supplier, shipyard, port authority, terminal operator or maritime service provider, and struggling to get going with innovation or go to the next level, then PortXL can get you up to speed – in just one day.


Our mission is to create an innovation ecosystem by connecting big and small organizations operating within a port cluster.

We are known for scouting and coaching start-ups and scale-ups. This has led to many collaborations with established companies, experiments, business growth and a wealth of experience and knowledge.

Over the years we have identified many points of success and failure for companies wanting to innovate. Now we want to share these with the industry and help you prepare for starting and maintaining successful partnerships with start-ups and scale-ups.

Innovator in a Day is a one-day program to help drive industry growth and cultivate change in the maritime industry – and your company.


Veteran innovation consultants Joyce Oomen and Peter Stooker will immerse you in an interactive training in Open Innovation Management. You’ll learn to recognize the pain points that can come with organizing innovation and how to solve them.


Innovator in a Day is a mix between theory and practice. We expect you to do some homework in advance in order to get the best value in a day.

During Innovator in a Day you’ll gain knowledge about:

Part I: fundamentals of Innovation Management

  • Innovation Excellence
  • Innovation Strategy
  • Innovation Culture

Part II: organizing Innovation

  • Innovation Methods
  • Innovation Accounting
  • Innovation Governance

Part III: fundamentals of Open Innovation

  • Open Innovation


  • PortXL organizes this workshop once every quarter
  • Location: Innovation Dock, RDM Campus, Rotterdam
  • 695 eur p/p, min. 6 – max. 15 participants
  • Note that we’ll also give you a tour of the facilities! This space is reserved for all kinds of emerging technology companies to whom innovation is second nature.


Email Sabina Groenveld to enroll in a workshop or for more information.


  1. What are the most relevant trends (social, demographic, technological, legal and regulatory) for your company’s business/ business unit? (take with you)
  2. What is your organization’s/ business units innovation strategy? (take with you)
  3. What are examples of open innovation in your company working with startups/ scaleups. What went well and what proved to be difficult? (take with you)
  4. What are 5 active important innovation projects within your organization? (take with you)
  5. What is your assessment of your organization’s innovation culture? (we will supply a PDF, that needs to be handed in upfront)
  6. How does your organization cross the chasm from innovation and development to production and delivery at scale? (exploitation)

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