Start-Up Pavilion returns to METSTRADE

Following a successful debut last year, METSTRADE will host its second Start-Up Pavilion in November, in collaboration with Yachting Ventures. Last year’s event featured 15 startups showcasing their products and technologies, garnering attention from industry experts and attendees.

The METSTRADE Start-Up Pavilion offers a platform for emerging companies to showcase ideas, including propulsion systems, apps, platforms and sustainability solutions. Last year’s participants included Metarina, Open Water Solo, Pascal Technologies and SaMMY.

METSTRADE 2024 will run from 19-21 November in the RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam.

Marine startups pitch

This year, the Start-Up Pavilion will accommodate 15 startups and again feature two terraces. Curated by Yachting Ventures, the selected startups will not only showcase their innovations but also engage in thought-provoking panel discussions and the return of the popular pitching competition. 

The pitching competition, taking place on the last day of METSTRADE, will involve four to five startups showcasing their products and solutions to a panel of investors and industry leaders. The event will be judged by national and international investors, that are experts in the sector and actively seeking investment opportunities in this space.

Last year, Yachting Ventures brought along a full lineup of startups with a focus on digitalisation and sustainability, each showcasing products and services ranging from SaaS platforms to solar panels.

Gabbi Richardson, Founder of Yachting Ventures, says: “The inaugural METSTRADE Start-Up Pavilion in 2023 was wildly successful and we are eagerly anticipating our return to the show this year. The organisers of METSTRADE see the importance of supporting emerging new businesses and the Start-Up Pavilion, alongside adjacent events including panel discussions and a pitching competition, raises the profile of startups and gives them the platform they need to kick start their journey.”

Niels Klarenbeek, director of METSTRADE, says: “We are absolutely thrilled to announce the return of the Start-Up Pavilion at METSTRADE, in collaboration with Yachting Ventures, after its triumphant debut in 2023. Our partnership is dedicated to advancing accessibility and inclusion in the marine industry. Noteworthy is the transition of several startups from the prior edition into regular exhibitors at METSTRADE this year. So METSTRADE visitors can again anticipate the exciting introduction of a fresh cohort of ambitious young marine entrepreneurs, thoughtfully chosen and guided by Yachting Ventures.”

Interested startups can find more information on the METSTRADE Start-Up Pavilion and the application form online.

METSTRADE startups

METSTRADE is the premier global trade exhibition for the leisure marine industry, offering a comprehensive platform for professionals to explore the latest innovations, trends, and solutions in marine equipment, materials, and systems.

Held annually in Amsterdam, METSTRADE attracts thousands of industry experts, exhibitors, and visitors from around the world. In addition to an expansive equipment showcase, attendees benefit from networking opportunities and educational sessions.

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