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Maritime Accelerator


May 22
  Call start 
July 31
  Call end 


Maritime Accelerator is an innovation ecosystem for corporations and startups.

We are bringing together maritime corporations with great impact and fast moving startups with momentum. In our three month accelerator program the best will join together for concrete ventures.

Our goal is to create an innovation ecosystem that generates new business, speeds up heavy industry development and strengthen Finland becoming the leading European maritime hub.

How it Works

Maritime Accelerator is all about accelerating cross-company collaboration projects. We are looking for innovative global growth companies to partner up and to scale together with our partner corporations.
The goal of the Maritime Accelerator is to help growth companies to enter new markets and to get new venture clients from our partner corporations. Correspondingly we are supporting the partner corporations to utilise already existing new innovative solutions and technologies to be taken into use in agile environment.

Selected growth companies will be invited to a 3-month accelerator program. Each partner corporation will invite 3 to 5 growth companies to Turku, Finland to the 1st bootcamp to draft vision and feasibility of a joint goal. The best matches will continue to 2nd bootcamp to brighten the joint goals and to set milestones with their dedicated partner corporation with support from Avanto Ventures. The 3rd bootcamp will be held during Slush 2018 where the teams can present the joint projects to the audience.

Application Period and Selection Process

Submit your application by July 31st in order to be selected to the first Maritime Accelerator program where the selected startups will have chance to work closely with top corporates and maritime experts. Applications will be evaluated by end of August and the best growth companies will be invited to Skype interviews in early September to explore the potential for collaboration.

Focus Area

#route optimisation #predictive maintenance #sensors #3D capture #logistics #Work planning#asset tracking#people flow #Smart materials #Robotics #energy solutions #safety #security #sustainability

Why Take Part


  • access and visibility within the maritime ecosystem
  • opportunity to co-create with the corporate for 3 months to get new venture clients
  • access to the global customer base of the accelerator partners


  • access to the maritime ecosystem together with the key partners
  • concrete business ventures & pilots
  • hand picked startup partners and concrete venture pilots

Turku Business Region

At Turku Business Region we offer local business and innovation services and networks in spearhead fields throughout the life cycle of a company. We can help with starting a business and expanding the operations both locally and to new markets.

Avanto Ventures

At Avanto we build bridges between corporations and startups by creating fertile ecosystems and sustainable businesses. We have proven record on helping both corporations and startups discovering, shaping and scaling new businesses.

About The Sponsor

Challenge Owner


  • Danone
  • - 150 Boulevard Victor Hugo, 93400 Saint-Ouen
Danone, groupe agroalimentaire fran├žais, leader mondial dans la production/commercialisation de produits laitiers frais, eaux, nutrition infantile et nutrition


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