The Maritime Matchmakers


  1. Startups need help to raise funding and accelerate growth
  2. Corporates need a framework to enable and manage innovation and to develop new services and technologies to grow revenues and improve efficiency
  3. Corporates and startups need a way to find more opportunities for collaboration and to work together towards a common goal smarter and faster once they do
  4. Investors need help identifying the 'hottest' sectors in the maritime ecosystem and finding high-growth startups and scaleups that match their criteria

For Startups and Scaleups


We have a growing network of venture capital and private equity firms that are interested in investing in high-growth maritime startups and scaleups – typically with a turnover of at least $200k and $10m respectively. Typical investment rounds can be anywhere from $200k to $20m+.

Pilots / Growth

We partner with corporates looking for innovative startups that can help them cut costs/increase operational efficiency or accelerate growth (via partnerships or re-seller agreements). In either case this can result in a pilot or contract. Typical contract value can be anywhere from $10k to $1m+.

Our Startups testimonials

Thanks to StartupWharf, we now have landed our first Norwegian customer, expanding our customer base to 5 countries.

Dan Veen, Co-Founder We4Sea

StartupWharf team is always there to support you and they go the extra mile to help startups achieve their best.

Tim Koroteev Senior Marketing Manager, Transmetrics

StartupWharf effort to connect us with potential partners and clients is very important for us in the early stage of our startup.

Dino Mandic, Founder & CEO SailRouter

For Corporates, Investors, Public


  • Partnership scouting
  • Investment scouting
  • Commercial due diligence
  • Match due diligence


  • Engagement planning
  • Onboarding
  • Pilot support
  • Post-acquisition integration


  • Ideation
  • Design
  • Build
  • Launch
  • Scale

Strategy &

  • Innovation strategy
  • Innovation program
  • Innovation enablers

Live Projects


Maritime Infographics

The state of Maritime Startups and Scaleups at a glance. Over 100 companies classified in 6 areas of application. Celebrating the companies which are bringing Maritime into the future! Published quarterly.

- edition Q4-2018 -

Frictionless Trade Report

The landmark report on Tech applied to Trade and Shipping, co-authored by StartupWharf founder Leonardo Zangrando. Despite recent advances, the international shipping industry has a long way to go in terms of fully leveraging the potential of new technologies...

- edition October 2018 -

Success Stories

Frictionless Trade Report

10/2018: At the House of Commons to present the Frictionless Trade report we co-wrote with Public, sponsored by the Mayor of Tees Valley ben Houton!

Korean Ocean Startup Competition

10/2018: We were in Korea to help the Ocean Startup competition at the World Ocean Forum select the most promising Korean maritime startups!