After a successful first year in which six of its twelve startups landed customer contracts, Rotterdam harbour’s own startup accelerator program PortXL is looking for ten new startups to coach throughout 2017.
“A Haven for Port-Lovers”
PortXL proudly describes itself as the only startup program with a focus on ports. Europe’s biggest harbour also intends to be the smartest port in the whole world, and it wants to be “a haven for port-lovers with innovative ideas and concepts”. For these reasons the World Port Accelerator Program that became PortXL was created. The first edition launched on October 29th 2015 with twelve start-ups who received intensive guiding and coaching throughout a hundred-day program. Over 180 mentors and prestigious partners like EY and Rabobank participated in the program. Obviously the Port of Rotterdam, South Holland’s InnovationQuarter and Rotterdam’s Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship are all partners as well.