Startups: Port Innovation Lab AccessDay 2016

Startups: Port Innovation Lab AccessDay 2016

Do you have an innovative and technical idea to make the port safer, more efficient and sustainable?
Pitch your idea to innovation managers and directors of various port companies: the smartest port is looking for you! 

Rotterdam. A city known for its pioneering spirit and generations of entrepreneurs and innovators. This boundless ambition has shaped the city and its port. Port of Rotterdam is  front runner when it comes to innovation. Port of Rotterdam strongly believes in cooperating with startups to ensure this position in the future, they activilescout startups and match them both internally to Port of Rotterdam authority as well as externally to corporates in the port. Aside from this, Port of Rotterdam supports startups with incubator and accelerator programmes, in obtaining licenses, finding workspace, shared facilities, etc.  

Port of Rotterdam and YES!Delft join their forces and ambitions in Port Innovation LabPort of Rotterdam and its wide range of companies are looking for entrepreneurs with smart solutions for the port. Ideas that make the port safer, more efficient and sustainable.  

Port Innovation Lab AccessDay
Port Innovation Lab attracts and accelerates new and relevant port ideas into successful startups that can conquer the world from the Port of Rotterdam. The program offers the best of two worlds: the proven approach of one of Europe’s most successful incubator YES!Delft and the network of Europe's largest port company Port of Rotterdam Authority. 

During AccessDay (20 September) innovation managers and directors representing different companies from the port(-industrial complex) of Rotterdam will be at YES!Delft to hear about your idea. Do you have a business idea or startup with massive potential impact on the port of Rotterdam? This audience is willing to hear your idea and support your entrepreneurial efforts by exploring a possible partnership.

Who are we looking for? 
This event is for everyone with an idea for the port. From early stage startups, PhD'ers, students, corporate teams with a good idea that has yet to be validated and developed into a viable and scalable business model. But also for (almost) market ready ideas -  with a defined proposition and business model, which (with minor modifications) are already workable and scalable and almost ready for a (commercial) pilot, launching customer and/or investor. 
Preferable within the sectors:
- Transport & logistics
- Energy
- Chemicals & Refinery
- Maritime

The ten best ideas will be offered a pitch training and time to pitch during AccessDay. Pitch and leave a lasting impression. The winner will be awarded with a networking lunch with Paul Smits (CFO Port of Rotterdam) € 2,500 and a free seat in the LaunchLab program (commercial value 15K, if the selection criteria are met).* The audience is ready to connectl, which will give you a chance to explore financing, launching customers and this powerful network.


Why and where do I sign up?
Participating is easy: submit your idea. The top 10 ideas will be invited to pitch their ideas during AccessDay. You will pitch in front of directors and innovators. 

Didn’t make it to the selection? Port Innovation Lab and the main partners (Port of Rotterdam, YES!Delft and Engie) will support you with possible next steps in the right areas, networks and community.

Apply before 8 September, 11.59 PM! Questions? Feel free to contact us.

On 15 September, (10 AM -1 PM), the 10 selected startups will receive a pitchworkshop, to prepare them for the AccessDay. 



*About LaunchLab
LaunchLab is a 3 month pressure cooker to explore the opportunities of your tech idea. The program helps you to discover and validate your idea, market potential, business model and launching customer. Resulting in a business model design that responds to the actual needs of the customer & market. 



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