CMA CGM reveals list of five start-ups it will support

French containerline CMA CGM has revealed the five start-ups it will invest in following a competition it has been running this year. The contest was run in conjuction with Le Carburateur, an entrepreneurial center in the northern districts of Marseilles, CMA CGM’s home city.

The five winners are businesses related to the sea, transport and logistics sectors. They are: Smart Sailors, a mobile app that allows remote management of ships and crew; Bépého, a software allowing automatic shooting and editing of videos during races at sea, Mon Dev, a software managing and optimising the carbon footprint of delivery vehicle fleets; MLS, a logistics company focusing on the supply of spare parts for ships of all sizes; and Azurea, a transport company dedicated to the transport of materials for the construction industry.

The jury was chaired by Rodolphe Saadé, CMA CGM’s CEO, who commented today: “Entrepreneurship is fundamental to the economic development of a territory. It creates jobs and competitiveness. As an example of an exceptional entrepreneurial success, I wanted CMA CGM to contribute to the fundamental work carried out by Le Carburateur and to encourage these young entrepreneurs to undertake ambitious projects whose development I will follow.”

The financial support provided by CMA CGM will allow the contest winners to benefit from the hosting of their business in Le Carburateur, as well as getting advice from the French line.

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.
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