Get to know the innovative disruptors on the launchpad towards great opportunities in the port, maritime, logistics and energy sectors

PortXL – World’s 1st Port & Maritime Accelerator – kickstarts the 4th yearly edition of its Rotterdam program with the conclusion of the selection days – the climax of a year-long scouting process. After two intense days of pitches, Q&As and Industry interaction, 28 shortlisted start-ups & scale-ups were evaluated by an expert jury, leading to 21 of those getting selected!

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 25th of March and ending with Shakedown on the 20th of June.

A massive thank you to all the attendees and the maritime ecosystem that made the event possible. Congratulations to the selected members of the 2019 program:

7 Start-Ups

Big Yellow Fish Technologies – India

Eco Wave Power – Israel

Flower Turbines – USA

League Geophysics – The Netherlands

Shipin Systems – USA

sHYp – USA

Subsea Mechatronics – Spain

14 Scale-Ups

andSafety – The Netherlands

Buffalo Automation – USA

Forward Water Technologies – Canada

Hydromea – Switzerland

Keyou – Germany

Ladar Ltd. – United Kingdom

Planys Tech – India

Railapp – The Netherlands

Richtlijn Geodesie – The Netherlands

SecureSystem – USA/Germany

Semiotic Labs – The Netherlands

Sensar – The Netherlands

Shipamax – United Kingdom

Verton Technologies – Australia

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. Our aim is to accelerate innovative companies in ports all over the world.

PortXL focuses on building an ecosystem that creates value for all stakeholders. We aim to accelerate start-ups & scale-ups in a time frame of 3 months. How we accomplish this? With an intense mentorship driven program focusing on port related industries. Our ecosystem consists of founders, investors and corporate partners (Van Oord, Port of Rotterdam, EY, Royal IHC, Mammoet, Vopak, Boskalis, Shell, Rabobank, City of Rotterdam, Rotterdam The Hague Airport, InnovationQuarter and ECE) that support and accelerate the entrepreneurial journey. Everything we do is aimed at growing and disrupting the maritime, logistics, energy and chemical & refinery markets.

Want to know more about PortXL? Visit the website at or follow PortXL on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook to stay informed of the progress of the start-ups and scale-ups.

Photography: Marc Nolte