RAI AMSTERDAM | 19 - 20 - 21 NOV

Start-Up Pavilion

Start-up Pavilion logo

In collaboration with Yachting Ventures logo

In an unprecedented collaboration, METSTRADE and Yachting Ventures have joined forces to unveil the Start-Up Pavilion—a visionary platform designed to showcase the latest innovations and products from startups. This pioneering initiative marks METSTRADE's debut in hosting such a spectacular event, reaffirming our unwavering commitment to nurturing entrepreneurship within the industry.

Yachting Ventures, the global epicentre for startups in the leisure marine and yachting sectors, had the task of identifying and extending invitations to startups that embody the essence of this groundbreaking event. Additionally, Yachting Ventures has organized two panel discussions, focusing on the art of fundraising for founders and celebrating the role of female founders in this dynamic field. To cap off an exhilarating Friday, the METSTRADE Theatre in hall 13 will play host to a captivating pitching competition. This visionary initiative has garnered the generous support of Fort Insurance, a leading independent superyacht insurance broker committed to championing all stakeholders in the marine industry.

The Start-Up Pavilion, nestled within the confines of hall 7, has witnessed a resounding success, with all available stands completely filled. This exclusive space will feature 15 carefully chosen companies, each to unveil their cutting-edge ideas throughout the three-day.

Lineup for start-up pavilion at METSTRADE


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.