Cargotec’s help for startups now open for business

Malcolm Latarche
Malcolm Latarche
ShipInsight

06 December 2018


Entrepreneurs with ambitions in the maritime cargo and logistics sectors are now able to seek advice and assistance from a project started earlier this year by technology and equipment specialist Cargotec.

Cargotec partnered with Rainmaking an entrepreneur consultant specialist in September this year to establish a startup collaboration programme called Trade & Transport Impact. The programme connects world leading corporations and innovative startups to address the biggest challenges in maritime, cargo transport and logistics. The programme is now up and running and Cargotec has invited startups worldwide to join with it and submit applications.

Rainmaker

The Rainmaking Trade & Transport Impact programme is the first of its kind in terms of scale and global scope to be launched within the maritime, cargo transport and logistics sectors. The programme was initiated by Rainmaking and is scheduled to last three years, of which this is the first wave.

The key themes related to solving the inefficiencies in cargo flow include intelligent on-board cargo and load handling; optimised terminal operations; and efficient and sustainable cargo flow. Startup solutions can be related to artificial intelligence, IoT, big data or drone applications, to name just some examples.

Cargotec is one of the key partners driving the programme. Through its businesses Kalmar, MacGregor and Navis, Cargotec connects to the whole cargo flow chain. Hence, the programme offers a unique opportunity for startups to gain market insights, access and relevant information from a global leader.

"Maritime logistics is full of inefficiencies throughout the value chain, and we at Cargotec want to change that. However, we cannot do it by ourselves - to change the world you need collaboration. I am excited that we can now launch the concrete part of the programme to find potential partners," said Tero Hottinen, Director Emerging Digital Business, Cargotec.

"MacGregor aims to be recognised as the leader in intelligent maritime cargo and load handling. I am delighted that we are participating, as part of Cargotec, in the Rainmaking programme and look forward to working with innovative startups around the world who can support and, through collaboration, accelerate our ability to make an impact in this vital area of vessel efficiency improvements and payload optimisation," said Dennis Mol, Vice President Digital and New Business Transformation, MacGregor.

"Rainmaking will leverage the experience built from having run over 60 similar programmes across industries. We're excited about the impact we can create with the industry leading partner Cargotec