Shipping Solutions in Singapore: Applications are Now Open for the World’s First Global MaritimeTech Accelerator

In Singapore, the port and the thousands of ships that pass through it are the everyday background of life. The island city-state is one of the world’s leading maritime hubs, and every large actor in the maritime community must have a presence. It’s also a Techstars hub with extensive VC activity and a diverse and multicultural population that share English as a common language.

That’s why Singapore was the clear choice for the world’s first global MaritimeTech accelerator: EPS MaritimeTech Accelerator powered by Techstars.

“It’s the perfect place for entrepreneurs in maritime tech to base themselves for a few months to build out their network and realize new business partnerships,” says Dhritiman Hui, the new managing director of the mentorship-driven accelerator program. Applications for the program are open now, and are due by July 7, 2019.

Shipping is one of the oldest industries in the world, yet it has significant progress to make in terms of technological advancements in order to bring it on par with other mature industries.

“The maritime world has traditionally lagged behind other sectors when it comes to embracing and leveraging the power of digital solutions and new technology,” Hui says. “Now, the confluence of new regulation, an influx of tech-savvy entrepreneurs interested in the space, and large, deep-pocketed VC funds, intrigued by the size and the possibilities of the maritime sector, are threatening to shift that paradigm.”

Through this accelerator, Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and EPS, a global leader in maritime tech, will provide tools, access, and mentorship to the next generation of entrepreneurs in the shipping and maritime industry. These entrepreneurs have the opportunity to drive dramatic impact in this $183 billion global industry. Costs involved in global shipping are currently so large that new efficiencies and technologies could save millions of dollars industry-wide—and positively impact climate change.

Having spent several years in the maritime sector, Hui has deep familiarity with the countless technological opportunities in the space. Hui also serves as managing director of Techstars other accelerator based in Singapore, Rakuten Accelerator, powered by Techstars. “I’m excited to be a shoulder to lean on for founders building businesses in Singapore,” he says.

While the accelerator is open to any startup with technology applicable to the maritime industry, the following themes will be especially considered: Fuel efficiency, vessel and commercial optimisation (including AI/IoT), shore-side technology, safety, cybersecurity, 3D printing and advanced materials, immersive technologies (AR/VR), and environmental preservation.

Does EPS MaritimeTech Accelerator powered by Techstars sound like a good fit for your company? If so, we want to hear from you! Request more information about the program, schedule one-on-one office hours, or apply now through July 7, 2019.








Global Applications for the Techstars Worldwide Network are Now Open!

There’s an often-repeated stat that 90 percent of startups fail. Not sure the source is, but no doubt that it scares entrepreneurs. At Techstars, we see the reverse in our accelerator portfolio – 90 percent of our startups are active or have successfully exited. Which statistic reflects your business? If you’re ready to succeed, take the next step and apply now to the Techstars worldwide network with more than 10,000 mentors, partners, investors and founders.

At Techstars, we are on a mission to help entrepreneurs succeed. Our mentorship-driven accelerator programs invest in founders to help them do more faster. Over the past 10 years we have helped over 1,274 companies grow and raise over $4.4 billion in funding, with a market cap of $11.4 billion. Now, we are excited to start the search for the next wave of companies to join our worldwide network!

We are reaching new regions and verticals around the world with our newest mentorship-driven accelerator programs. Applications are opening for five new programs:

Take the next step in your journey and apply to join the Techstars worldwide network with more than 10,000 mentors, partners, investors and founders.

This is more than a three month program, the Techstars worldwide network is for life. Listen to stories about our founders from Techstars alumni companies like SendGrid, ClassPass, and DigitalOcean.

Application deadline is April 8, 2018 for most programs. We will be announcing details for information sessions and online events where you can connect with Techstars founders and team, as well as mentors who have the experience and proven track record to help you succeed. Be on the lookout for more details soon!

When you apply, you can choose from any of the following locations and verticals:

For tips and resources on the application process, check out our Application Toolkit.








Five Global Techstars Programs Open Applications

Now Accepting Applications to Five Techstars Accelerator Programs Around the World

Techstars has opened applications for five more mentorship-driven accelerator programs in Berlin, New York City, Oslo, Paris and Toronto. Don’t miss your opportunity to grow your business– join the Techstars worldwide network with more than 10,000 mentors, partners, investors and founders. Take the next step and apply now.

The following programs are now accepting applications:  

Three Months, 1,500+ Mentors and a Network That Lasts a Lifetime

The Schedule:

  • Applications Open: February 19, 2018
  • Application Deadline: May 13, 2018
  • Programs Start: September 10, 2018
  • Demo Days: December 5, 2018

Applications are still open for 17 other Techstars global accelerator programs. See the full list here.

Have More Questions? Meet the People who Make it Happen.

Techstars managing directors want to meet you. They’re on the road hosting information sessions and office hours. Here’s a list of all the stops on the Techstars Roadshow where you can sign up for in-person meetings and interactive, online Q&A programming to learn more about specific programs.