Techstars accelerator announces new cohort of maritime start-ups

Following the conclusion of the first edition of its programme last year, the Techstars Eastern Pacific Accelerator, a collaboration between start-up accelerator Techstars and vessel operator Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS), has announced a new group of maritime technology firms to support for its second round.

The new class of nine start-ups have been selected to address the key challenges faced in the modern maritime industry, and come from all over the world with representatives from Belgium, Denmark, India, Israel, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, and the US.

Similar to the previous edition, the Techstars Eastern Pacific Accelerator aims to help these start-ups build large businesses in the maritime industry, focusing on proof-of-concept trials conducted onboard real shipping vessels backed by networking and mentoring from the shipping industry and the investor community.

Demo day for the successful applicants is scheduled for 23 February 2021, in Singapore. The chosen start-ups include:

Aliciabots – A robotics start-up building an autonomous robotic hull cleaning system for ocean-going vessels.

Captain’s Eye – A company using machine vision analytics to improve crew and vessel safety, as well as reduce the risk of maritime accidents and ocean pollution.

Cerekon – A provider of systems to support industrial inspections with handsfree technology, to make the process faster and safer for inspectors and auditors.

Kanda – A developer of virtual, augmented and mixed reality training for heavy industries, including maritime.

Mushroom Material – A producer of a sustainable mushroom-based alternatives to polystyrene Styrofoam and cardboard packaging.

Nido Robotics – A company building underwater robots for inspection, maintenance and research services.

SeaErra Vision – A provider of AI-based systems for real-time underwater vision.

Spoolify – Creator of an AI platform connecting the maritime service jobs industry to vetted personnel from around the world.

The Fuel Matrix – A system to help ocean-going vessels reduce fuel consumption and emissions by improving the combustion of conventional liquid fuels.

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