RAI AMSTERDAM | 19 - 20 - 21 NOV

Exhibit in our Start-Up Pavilion

 Start-Up Pavilion and Yachting Ventures logo
After a successful debut last year, METSTRADE will host its second Start-Up Pavilion this year in collaboration with Yachting Ventures. Last year’s event featured 15 startups showcasing their products and technologies, garnering attention from industry experts and attendees. Participants praised the valuable connections, media exposure, and business opportunities they've gained from their involvement in this pavilion.  

Are you an emerging startup eager to unveil your revolutionary new products or cutting-edge technologies to the global leisure marine industry?

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity and apply now for the 2024 Start-Up Pavilion!


METSTRADE has allocated a spacious area for the Start-Up Pavilion, accommodating up to 15 startups and featuring two terraces for networking and meetings.

Yachting Ventures, a global hub for startups in the marine and yachting sectors, will curate participants meeting specific criteria: early-stage companies with annual turnover under €500,000 or operating commercially for less than two years. Yachting Ventures provides founders with resources to grow and raise funds.

The METSTRADE Theatre will host a panel discussion and pitching competition. On the final day, 4-5 startups from the Pavilion will present to investors and industry leaders, showcasing pioneering ideas in the marine sector.

Participants in the Start-Up Pavilion at METSTRADE 2023 were


The leisure marine industry is beginning to embrace digitalisation, and these startups 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 startups 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.