CMA CGM debuts startup incubator Ze Box

French liner giant CMA CGM has formed Ze Box, its first international startup incubator, based in Marseilles. Located in Le Castel building, it will cover a surface of 800 sq m and will house, starting June 2018, a dozen startups coming from all around the world to develop their potential. A call for applications will be launched shortly.

“The creation of Ze Box is part of CMA CGM’s strategy to make digitalization one of the pillars of its development,” the company said in a release.

Ze Box is launched as part of a partnership with the Aix-Marseilles University and the Aix-Marseille Provence Métropole.

Rodolphe Saadé, chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM, stated: “With Ze Box, CMA CGM is accelerating its digital strategy and is developing the means to become the transportation industry’s leader in innovation. By combining our expertise with the one of the startups that will be hosted within Ze Box, we will develop global innovations that create value for our customers and for CMA CGM. Thanks to Ze box, our ambition is to attract to France the best startups from all around the world. Its creation in Marseilles also shows our strong will to contribute to the economic development of this territory.”


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. Great news! Reinforcing the innovation trend within the maritime sector! Maritime innovation happens in Israel as well. The first maritime startups accelerator in Israel – theDOCK Innovation Hub – partnered with leading global maritime corporations scouting for innovation, and has just launched its first CALL FOR APPLICATIONS:

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