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On the 29th of October, the Port of Rotterdam Authority launched, together with its internationally recognised partners, the startup accelerator program PortXL. The port of Rotterdam and the city of Rotterdam form a magnet for people with innovative ideas and concepts. Rotterdam further steps up its ambition to be the smartest port in the world. An exclusive: never before has a startup program focused specifically on the port and its related industries.

Rotterdamse haven lanceert start-up accelerator PortXL

“With PortXL we further strengthen the innovation ecosystem in our port and enable ourselves to scout startups. By connecting the startups with reputable companies, we introduce them to a vast network of industry experts. With this project we draw more innovative activity into the region and show what our world-class port has to offer. After all, innovation is crucial. We want to be the smartest and most innovative port in the world”, says Paul Smits, CFO Port of Rotterdam.

Rotterdamse haven lanceert start-up accelerator PortXL

From idea to flying start

For this unique project, internationally recognized companies like EY, Cambridge Innovation Center / Venture Cafe, Van Oord, Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, Heineken, InnovationQuarter, Rabobank, Count. / First Dutch, Vopak, Damen, E.ON, Boskalis and the Port of Rotterdam have joined forces. Together they offer port-related startups a chance to kickstart their ideas during an intensive three months program.

PortXL is an open innovation program in which ten exclusively selected startups are intensively coached to get their companies off the ground. They have access to a network of more than 150 mentors, more than 200 investors, corporate partners and sponsors. The accelerator is focused on the port-related industry.

Jan Peter Balkenende, EY Partner Corporate Responsibility:

Startups have the unique ability to respond to markets and disruptive technologies with great passion and energy. This mentality is essential for sustainable growth of the Rotterdam port economy.


Are you an entrepreneur or a port-innovator? Are you looking to shape the future of our industry? Are you ready to take the leap and conquer the world? Don't lose any time.

Get in touch and get enrolled here

Bron: Portxl.org / portofrotterdam.nl