The global efforts of PortXL

The maritime industry is ripe for a revolution, but it’s a tough, deep industry to penetrate. Count on our expertise and network to make foray into ports around the globe.

Current Endeavours

Feasibility Studies

Wish to bring the PortXL accelerator model to your own port ecosystem? Let us conduct a feasibility study to see what the potential for your area is. Through interviews, questionnaires and workshops, we look into the alignment and support of the ecosystem essential to the success of accelerator, determining the impact by fit of the accelerator with the local ecosystem.

Items of interest:

  • Innovation maturity
  • Innovation ambition
  • Topics and challenges
  • Willingness to support

Final result: report with implementation roadmap


Digital Workshops

We offer a variety of digital workshops for port ecosystems:

  • Innovation Awareness: Learn about how corporates make impact with start-ups, see new innovations through start-up pitches, inspire all layers of the organisation and work on idea generation & use-cases
  • Innovation Challenges: The focus is on defining and formulating concrete innovation challenges for your company. It enables you to pitch and present your challenge the way start-ups normally pitch a solution.
  • International Challenges: Showcase the challenges affecting your ecosystem to an international audience and discover which matched solutions the start-ups scouted by PortXL have to offer.


Our international team will be happy to provide more information and help you start on your innovation journey!

Past Endeavours

SPEED Project

SPEED is a European Interreg project aiming to build an ecosystem for smart port app development in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and the UK, bridging the gap between the worlds of European ports and the nascent data science – IoT market.

We are a proud partner of SPEED and have been participating in workshops and events organised so far. More to come!


AspBAN will support Atlantic Ports to act as ecosystems to foster innovation in the blue economy. PortXL is proud to be a founding partner of the consortium.

AspBAN aims to have a final pool of innovative startup solutions developed as pilots in Atlantic ports, attracting 6M€ in direct private investment, mobilizing 4,5billion€ of potential private investment and making a reduction of at least 100.000 tons of CO2 emissions in ports operations.

Panama Workshop

On the 4th of December 2020 we held a digital workshop on International Maritime Challenges in Panama in cooperation with the embassy of the kingdom of the Netherlands in Panama, the Panama Maritime Chamber and the City of Knowledge. During the event, three challenges were presented and various solutions discussed.

Taranto Workshop

In 2019 we conducted various workshops with the Taranto Port Authority on location in Italy, working together to assist them in establishing an Innovation Hub in the southern Italian port city. Through innovation awareness and innovation challenge sessions, we laid the groundwork for the growth of innovation in the local ecosystem.

Antwerp Scale-up Program

From 2018 – 2019 we ran two programs focused on helping scale-ups grow their business within the Antwerp port ecosystem.

Together with partners EY, Port of Antwerp, DEME and MSC Belgium we selected 12 scale-ups over two years. 92% of the Antwerp alumni are still operational to this day. You can discover them via the link below.

Singapore Start-up Program

In 2018 we ran an acceleration program in Singapore focused on helping start-ups scale their business in the Singapore port ecosystem, bringing along lessons learned in Rotterdam.

Together with local partners IMC and Vopak Singapore, we selected 7 start-ups. You can discover them via the link below.