20 February 2020 – The continuous and rapid development of the maritime sector and the challenges it faces on a global level, were the central themes of the interactive workshop “Accelerating innovation for sustainable growth”, which took place at ARIS (A Really Inspiring Space) on February 19th. The event took place under the auspices of the Deputy Minister of Shipping and the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It was organised in collaboration with PortXL, the global hub for entrepreneurship in the maritime industry, and the Cyprus Marine & Maritime Institute (CMMI).
The workshop gathered several stakeholders and corporates from the maritime sector, who are interested in innovation processes, to identify the collective needs and respective opportunities for innovation. The main objective is to build bridges with entrepreneurs and startups to support their business development in order to help drive global innovation in maritime.
The workshop’s moderator and Director International of PortXL, Cees-Willem Koorneef, stressed the importance of open innovation in the maritime sector and forming regional coalitions between different stakeholders to encourage smart and fast innovation.
ARIS Manager and Director at Deloitte Cyprus’ Innovation & Entrepreneurship Centre, Eliza Loucaidou, mentioned: “This is a great opportunity for local start-ups and new entrepreneurs to be inspired and encouraged to develop innovative solutions for sustainable growth in shipping.”