PortXL Accelerator

Applications are now closed!
Stay tuned for batch 2018 applications


days of sprint development

15k €

compensation for housing and food



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PortXL is the world's unique accelerator program focusing on startups in port related industries. Its 100-day mentorship-driven program takes place in Rotterdam, the location of Europe's smartest port, and accelerates 10-12 exclusively selected international startups.

Experienced teams work with a proven and well-known startup acceleration formula based on more than ten years of global experience. Throughout the program startups receive accommodation support of 15k Euros, hands-on mentorship as well as the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to an extensive network of business angels, venture capitalists and corporate partners.

Transport and Logistics

Teams simplifying the communication between global and European supply chains, between maritime ports, and between ships and shores.


Startups focusing on everything from developing renewable energy solutions and handling non-renewable energy to improving the port's energy infrastructure.

Chemical and Refinery

Teams working on solutions implemented in oil refineries, biofuel and chemical feedstock production or the bio-based chemical industry.

Other Port-related Solutions

You have a disruptive solution that can be applied in the port industry? Apply now and join 2017's batch of PortXL's unique acceleration program!

Program Flow

31 January – Application Deadline

18 February – Selection days with 20 startups and 180 mentors

22 February – The final startups for the program are selected

20 March – Start of the program

22 June – Demo Day


How much time would we need to stay in Rotterdam?

You would have to be in Rotterdam at least for the 100-day mentorship-driven program. The bright side is that PortXL offers 15k compensation for housing and food.

Who will review the applications?

PortXL's team together with the advisory board, which includes local entrepreneurs and corporate partners.

What are the key benefits of PortXL's program?

The program gives startups the great opportunity to work with an ecosystem of founders, investors and partners like the Port of Rotterdam and Rabobank. Working at the most innovative and smartest port in the world will give your innovative idea the chance to grow and enter new markets.

Do you accept applications only from teams or individuals as well?

Both are accepted.

My company can't be included in any of the fields you mentioned. Can I still apply?

Sure! Anyone with a great and innovative idea which can be implemented in the port industry is welcome to apply.

How much equity do you take?

PortXL is offering two options from which startups can choose: either a 8% equity, or the convertible note. More information about both deals can be found here: http://portxl.org/program/

What is the program for the accelerator?

The program will consist of various workshops and will end with a shakedown on the 22nd of June. For more information, check out this article: http://magazine.startus.cc/worlds-first-port-accelerator-portxl-navigates-european-startups-toward-success/