Port Innovation Lab

Where startups have impact on the port.

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Port Innovation Lab: the program to give your technological ideas for the port a boost. Are you an innovator with ambition? Take advantage of this joint initiative of YES!Delft and the Port of Rotterdam Authority.

Do you wish to receive more information about Port Innovation Lab or register for this program? Please let us know by submitting this form. We will contact you about the possibilities.


The Port of Rotterdam is front runner when it comes to innovation and to ensure that remains true in the future, the port works with inspiring start-ups. YES!Delft’s core strength is attracting and accelerating start-ups. The two parties are combining their strengths and have come up with a joint program: Port Innovation Lab.

Port Innovation Lab brings together port industry, port start-ups, and knowledge institutes. We achieve that by organising activities that all revolve around creating new business ideas. We assess applications under market conditions and accelerate promising start-ups. That is how we are working towards one common goal: new start-ups with a scalable business model that work from the Port of Rotterdam to conquer the world.

The program offers the best of two worlds: the proven approach of a successful incubator and the network of Europe’s largest port company. Are you an innovative person with a strong idea? Then choose for this strong and joint booster program and transform your idea into a promising start-up!


Attract and accelerate new and relevant port ideas into successful start-ups: that is what Port Innovation Lab does. We offer activities, coaches, testing facilities, access to a launching customer network, investors, and more. With this program you move into the next phase. We validate your business plan and help you take the right steps on the road to a successful start-up. Even if you have already been up and running for some time: Port Innovation Lab is here to help you become the largest player in the port.

Port Innovation Lab is a program with a range of activities. Several of these have already shown their impact at YES!Delft, but we also offer several new initiatives. What is the status of your idea? There are three phases you can choose from:

  • Ideation & Scouting – topic-specific events

    During this phase, we work together with renowned partners to organise several events, such as theme sessions, pitch events, and ideation workshops. Examples are: World Port Hackaton, 1-2 Startup Event, CaseDay RDM Rotterdam, ‘Turning Technology Into Business’ with Delft University of Technology, workshop ‘Internet of Things’ with RDM Makerspace and more. On relevant themes, we attract new ideas. We also motivate existing businesses to start working on the innovative ideas. This way, we bring supply and demand together.

  • Idea Development – Discovery Day

    Be one of the participants of Discovery Day. This one-day crash course makes the first connection between a technology, its application and your potential customer. We will provide you with the tools to take the first steps to tech entrepreneurship. It brings together professionals from many and various backgrounds and it's possible to join with and without an idea! Are you entrepreneurially minded, do you have a good idea for a technical business, or do you just have to necessary skills to join a start-up team? Then be a part of it!

  • Idea Testing – Port Innovation LaunchLab

    Is your idea technologically innovative and scalable? Do you already have a proof of concept and an entrepreneurial spirit? Then it is time to shift everything into a higher gear with the LaunchLab. Build your network, validate your idea and business model, and find your launching customer. During this three-month long program (two days a week), you will discover whether your idea might become the port innovation of the future.


Keep an eye on the website for the upcoming acitivities. The following activities are already on the agenda.

  • 2 /3 September, World Port Hackaton
  • 20 September, AccessDay
  • 6 Oktober, Start LaunchLab - apply


So, you have a technological idea for the port and want to be an entrepreneur? Then the Port Innovation Lab is something for you! We look for ambition and potential everywhere. Among others, this includes:

  • (Almost) graduated talent who want to conquer the world in an innovative way.
  • A scientist with an idea: someone who wants to turn fundamental knowledge into applied knowledge (and be recognised in a broader context).
  • Someone from a corporate environment, looking for a new challenge or to add value to society.
  • The SME director who is looking for operational innovation and for once really wants to benefit from the momentum.
  • Entrepreneurs that already have an amazing, scalable idea, in search of the right gear.

Meet some startups

Teqplay uses available open data to create a real time data platform and Eventing Engine to establish a smarter port.
"In five years from now harbours will be smarter and people will work together on a whole new level. Our technology enables that synergy and will make the maritime industry more sustainable. You are never done learning and cooperating. That’s how you stay ahead of your competitors”. - read their story


We4Sea plans to lower CO2 emissions in the shipping sector. Read the Port of Rotterdam Authority article


A sponge that absorbs oil. Read the Port of Rotterdam Authority article


Do you wish to receive more information about Port Innovation Lab or register for this programme? Please let us know by submitting this form. We will contact you about the possibilities.


Please contact Tjarda Voorneman or Caitlin Stooker

Tjarda Voorneman
M: [email protected]

Caitlin Stooker
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