RAI AMSTERDAM | 19 - 20 - 21 NOV

Start-Up Pavilion

Start-up Pavilion logo

In collaboration with Yachting Ventures logo

In a groundbreaking move, METSTRADE and Yachting Ventures will team up to introduce the Start-Up Pavilion, an innovative platform for emerging startups to showcase their latest products and technologies. This marks the first time ever that METSTRADE will host such an event, demonstrating their commitment to supporting entrepreneurs in the industry.

The Start-Up Pavilion will feature 15 carefully selected companies who will have the opportunity to exhibit their cutting-edge ideas throughout the 3-day event.

You can now join the waitlist to be notified about plans for the 2024 Start-Up Pavilion.


In Hall 7, METSTRADE has designated a spacious area for the Start-Up Pavilion that can accommodate up to 15 start-ups. The pavilion also features two terraces suitable for networking, meetings, and co-working activities. Yachting Ventures, a global hub for start-ups in the leisure marine and yachting sectors, will be responsible for identifying and inviting start-ups that meet the criteria for participation, as well as organizing a start-up focused panel discussion and a pitching competition to be held at the METSTRADE Theatre. A start-up, as defined for this event, is a company that is in its early stages of operation, with an annual turnover of less than €500,000 and/or has been operating commercially for less than two years. Yachting Ventures offers founders the necessary resources, education, and opportunities to expand their businesses and raise funds.

Participants in the start-up pavilion at METSTRADE 2023 were


The leisure marine industry is beginning to embrace digitalisation, and these start-ups are leading the charge. Their pioneering solutions are transforming the way yachts are managed, operated, and experienced, ushering in a new era of innovation and convenience:

  • SaMMY (07.220A) is an IOT, cloud-based platform, that allows skippers and sea travellers to easily search, compare, reserve and securely pay a berth space using on-demand services (web, widgets, mobile app).
  • Boatmate (07.220M) offers marine businesses a fast-growing global technology platform to digitise, streamline sales operations, and enhance customer experiences.
  • LJ eLogbooks (07.220B) is a 21st century solution for yacht data recording, providing paperless digital logbooks and allowing users to create, manage, edit and store all logbook data in the cloud and desktop app on one platform.
  • IQNautics (07.220G) is the first solution that introduces business process management in the industry, unlocking the power of digitization.
  • Metarina (07.220L) is building an intelligent marina management software that bridges the gap between boaters and marinas, streamlining communication and optimising operations to increase revenue and customer satisfaction.
  • K-REN (07.220D) is a family-owned Mediterranean business offering an eco-friendly, Made in France boat hull protection solution. Their innovative 2-year warranty cover saves you money and the environment.
  • Floatist (07.220O) is a game-changing fleet and charter operations management platform designed specifically for yacht charter companies.
  • Charter Itinerary (07.220E) is a sophisticated B2B SaaS solution centralising yacht charter booking and management processes for the luxury yacht and bareboat industries.


The following CleanTech start-ups represent the vanguard of a green revolution in the yachting industry. Their commitment to sustainability, environmental preservation, and technological ingenuity is driving the industry towards a more responsible and eco-conscious future.

  • Zparq (07.220J) provides electric motors and complete powertrains for leisure boats and commercial vessels, enabling an environmentally friendly, efficient, and quiet propulsion with minimal maintenance.
  • BatteryCheck (07.220C) provides continuous monitoring and predictive analytics to help companies safely operate batteries in their devices, increasing battery life, optimizing energy usage, and alerting potential battery issues before they occur.
  • Open Waters Solar (07.220N) has designed composite solar panels that are an order of magnitude stronger, lighter and more durable than any other panels.
  • Shapewave (07.220I) is building a complete system for calculating and manufacturing complex internal structures for inflatable parts, using proprietary robots.
  • Flag Turbines (07.220F) is building a new type of wind turbine using BLOwN technology, which adjusts the blades to the best angle in the wind and gives them the highest lift forces.
  • Hullbot (07.220K) designs, builds and deploys autonomous underwater robots that keep hulls that are in the water clean.
  • Pascal Technologies (07.220H) helps boat builders offer long-range electric boats and ferries. 

FORT Insurance: sponsor of the Start-Up Pavilion in 2023

Fort Insurance is an independent superyacht insurance broker dedicated to supporting all actors of the marine industry. Sponsoring the Start-Up pavilion at METSTRADE 2023 fits perfectly with Fort Insurance company ethos of assisting businesses that are bringing new technologies and ideas to the industry so they do not have to worry about insurance and can focus on innovation.