New innovation programme MATCH by PortXL commences
COVID-19 has led to increased pressure on innovation budgets in the maritime industry. This caused many innovation projects involving start-ups and scale-up to come to a hold or full stop. Drastically decreasing innovation opportunities that could contribute to solving important challenges such as digitalisation and the energy transition in the port of Rotterdam. That is why PortXL launched their new innovation programme: MATCH by PortXL.
Barbara Kathmann, Vice-mayor City of Rotterdam: "The MATCH programme once again shows that Rotterdam is the breeding ground for maritime innovation and this will continue during Corona. By bringing international innovations to Rotterdam and working together with entrepreneurs in the maritime cluster here, we are stimulating the innovations that the city and port desperately need. Therefore I call on companies in the region to submit their innovation challenge to PortXL. If they meet the 100 challenges, which are part of their recovery plan, we will also strengthen our position as Maritime Capital of Europe."
Since 2015 PortXL helps entrepreneurs in the port area bring new innovations to market. Having already built up a worldwide network of over 4,000 innovative entrepreneurs, PortXL can find a solution to virtually every problem. PortXL helps innovative entrepreneurs and start-ups ‘get on the radar’ of companies that want to improve their processes. For start-ups, finding the right opening at a potential client and starting up novel projects can be a time-consuming and often expensive undertaking. And established firms in turn can benefit from the swift inception of innovative projects, since this allows them to increase the efficiency of their operations and save costs.