Studio 30 50 launches first European start-up cohort in Copenhagen

Maritime start-up programme Studio 30 50 reports that it has launched its first European cohort in Copenhagen, welcoming back previous cohort-founded start-ups Orbital Wave and Vanguard alongside emerging maritime entrepreneurs and start-ups.

Previous cohorts of the venture scaling studio were based in Singapore, providing selected firms with mentorship, access to corporate partners and investors, and real-world data and assets.

“With maritime’s global value chain, running cohorts internationally offers innovators unrivalled access to key industry stakeholders and leaders. Copenhagen is the strategic choice for our first European cohort – not only is it an existing startup hub but many industry leaders are located either in Copenhagen or within a short distance,” said Shanker Pillai, Head of Studio 30 50.

“This cohort will further benefit from hands-on access to real-world assets and data to develop better products, complemented by the commercial expertise of mentorship from prospective future customers.”

“Our previous cohorts have proven our end-to-end venture studio model is bringing maritime tech to life in a new way – connecting founders, creating spaces for experimentation and development, and accelerating the iteration cycle, which is driving startup formation.”

Each Studio 30 50 cohort is made up of pre-idea founders and early-stage startups, as well as returning entrepreneurs from previous cohorts, whose equity commitments reduce with each cohort they participate in.

Since launching in Singapore in 2023, Studio 30 50 has worked with 19 pre-idea founders and six pre-revenue startups, developing tech focused on crew training, safety and engagement; predictive vessel maintenance; marine insurance and circular economy in maritime operations.

More than 40 entrepreneurs and start-ups have applied to be a part of the selection process for the May 2024 cohort sprint in Copenhagen, the organisation says.

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