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Van Oord to focus on sustainability and digitisation during PortXL 2018

Rotterdam, 14 February 2018 – For a third year, Van Oord will be the main sponsor of the PortXL innovation platform. This year, in order to strengthen the parties’ cooperation, the focus will be on two innovation-related themes: sustainability and digitisation.

The names of the 14 start-ups that will participate in this year’s PortXL programme, which serves as a proving ground for young entrepreneurs, were announced yesterday. Together with a network of Rotterdam-based companies, including port-services companies, Van Oord will offer intense guidance to help these start-ups get their ideas ready for the market within 100 days.

During this period, Van Oord will focus on sustainability and digitisation to guide the start-ups and identify new opportunities for cooperation. These themes were chosen based on Van Oord’s objective of combining external knowledge with internal innovations. The cooperation also promotes innovation outside the field of marine contracting.

PortXL is a proving ground for new entrepreneurs to translate their ideas into practical solutions. The intensive cooperation generates valuable new insights for everyone involved.

Paul Verheul, COO
Paul Verheul, COO

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