Portuguese government launches maritime start-up accelerator

The Portuguese government, which has latterly been upping its shipping game, has launched a program to accelerate maritime-related start-ups.

Bluetech Accelerator – Ports & Shipping 4.0 is led by the minister of the sea of Portugal, Ana Paula Vitorino.

Bluetech Accelerator has taken on six business partners, including the nation’s top two lines and top two ports, to help select and finance the first batch of winning start-ups, who will be chosen in the last quarter of 2019.

“The Portuguese port system must be seen as the front line of the implementation of the blue economy based on the operational, energy and environmental innovation of maritime industries, promoting the emergence of new companies”, said the Vitorino yesterday, adding how the aim was to create a “port tech cluster 4.0”.

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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