New project: Maritime Stars
Maritime Stars is the name of the new ambitious project created to help start up companies with developing new products and creating solutions for the maritime industry. The Danish private fund Industriens Fond is investing 2,6 million kroner in the project.
If you have the idea, we have the expertise. This is the best way to describe the Maritime Stars project- Over the next three years, 15 start up companies and entrepreneurs will get the chance to be part of the unique project, where the larger companies of the maritime industry will offer advise, sparring and help with concept development.
The project is supported by European Social fund as well as Industriens Fond.
”Denmark has been regarded as a maritime nation for a long time. At the same time we have a lot of entrepreneurs, and good ideas for innovative solutions. That is why Industriens Fond has chosen to get involved with this ambitious project, which will lead the maritime industry into the future”, says CEO of Industries Fond, Mads Lebach.
Danish Maritime center MARCOD which is based in Northern Jutland will be in charge of operating the project. The maritime center is already sensing a large interest in the project.
Wthe maritime industry has so much to offer. Maritime Stars is created to help entrepreneurs with great ideas get of on the right foot. We are convinced that we will create product and solutions over the course of the next three years which will strengthen Northern Jutland as well as Denmark as a maritime powerhouse”, says CEO of MARCOD, Christine Lunde.
The concept of Maritime Stars is that 5 startup companies are selected for the project based on a pitch where the companies present their maritime ideas in front of a panel consisting of experts from large maritime companies.
After this follows a 9-month training program where the start up companies will get to work with selected mentors from maritime companies to develop a concept, a business plan and a strategy. In the midst of this period, all participants will meet to fine-tune ideas and concepts – and in the end, the entrepreneurs will have developed a growth plan and possibly cooperation agreements with the mentors of the project. DFDS is one the companies participating in the project.
”DFDS thinks that Maritime Stars is particularly interesting because the project combines innovation from new business’ with our many years of experience as a shipping company. That is why it is a good fit for our strategy, where we would like to cooperate with exiting startup companies. At the same time, as one the larger companies we are helping promoting entrepreneurship the maritime industry”, says Senior Project Manager of DFDS, Mads Billesø Bentzen.
Maritime Stars also stands out by being free for the start up companies. The only price to pay is hard work and good ideas. The application deadline for the first round is March 1.
The following powerhouse shipping companies will be participating in Maritime Stars:
Alfa Laval, Danske Rederier, Danfoss, DESMI, DFDS, Fjordline, Gatehouse, Hoyer Motors, Logimatic, Maersk Tankers, MAN Energy Solutions, Terntank, Viking Life-Saving Equipment, Wrist Ship Supply, World Marine Offshore, Wärtsila Danmark.