METSTRADE launches Start-Up Pavilion for 2023


The 2023 METSTRADE marine trade exhibition will host a Start-Up Pavilion for the first time, providing a space for emerging start-ups to showcase their new products and technologies.

Taking place in Amsterdam from 15-17 November 2023, METSTRADE is the world’s largest trade exhibition of marine equipment, materials and systems. Organisers have confirmed the first edition of the brand new Start-Up Pavilion, launched in collaboration with start-up hub Yachting Ventures, will feature 15 start-up companies exhibiting for the duration of the three-day event.

Approximately 1,000 start-ups are launched in The Netherlands annually, putting The Netherlands fifth in the European Union and eighth Europe-wide in terms of the number of start-ups launched each year.

With a projected show attendance of over 17,000 leisure marine industry professionals in November, METSTRADE says the new pavilion provides an opportunity for start-ups to put themselves at the forefront of all major B2B players in the leisure marine space, and connect with potential customers, partners and investors.


Start-Up Pavilion in Hall 7

METSTRADE has allocated a large space for the Start-Up Pavilion in Hall 7, which will have the capacity for 15 start-ups and includes two terraces for meetings, networking and co-working. Yachting Ventures will source and invite the start-ups chosen to participate and will also organise start-up-focused panel discussions and a start-up pitching competition to take place in the METSTRADE Theatre (more details to be announced soon).

A start-up will be defined as an early-stage company which has an annual turnover of less than €500,000 and/or has been operating commercially for less than two years.

Yachting Ventures is a global start-up hub for the leisure marine and yachting industries, providing the network, education, and opportunities that founders need to scale and raise investment.

Commenting on the partnership, Gabbi Richardson, founder of Yachting Ventures says: “We’re very excited to be attending METSTRADE for the second year running and building upon last year’s success. METSTRADE is an important focal point in the industry’s calendar. Our collaboration on a Start-Up Pavilion offers a fantastic opportunity for start-ups to present themselves to key stakeholders interested in the technologies of tomorrow.”


Niels Klarenbeek, METSTRADE show director, adds: “By launching this brand new pavilion, we give start-up businesses the opportunity to pitch their ideas to the whole host of leisure marine industry players that make up the show’s 1,400+ exhibitors and 17,000+ attendees. In return, our audience gets to witness tomorrow’s inspiring innovation and meet the industry’s pioneers and thought leaders.”

Those interested to find out more or to exhibit as part of the Start-up Pavilion should send an email to Yachting Ventures.

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