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Eastern Pacific invests in 9 more next-gen startups

Singapore-based shipping company Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) has invested in nine more startups in an effort to encourage change in the maritime industry by using a green and technology-driven approach.

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In 2019, EPS partnered with Techstars to create the Eastern Pacific Accelerator, a mentorship-based programme that has invested in 18 maritime startups to date.

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On 10 February 2022, EPS said it has invested in an additional seven startups through its partnership with Techstars and another two startups outside of the programme.

The startups in question are Graphite Innovation & TechnologIes (GIT), Marine Edge, Marlo, Seabound, Sanchip, qualiTEAS, Sealution, Swiss Ocean Tech and i4sea.

The startup accelerator attracted hundreds of applicants from across the world. All applicants went through a rigorous and proven evaluation process that resulted in seven founders accepting an invitation to join the accelerator along with receiving a financial investment.

EPS also invested in two other startups outside its traditional accelerator this year.

All nine companies will benefit from the decades of experience within the EPS organisation, including access to mentors, industry experts, potential customers, and additional funding opportunities. Each company that received an investment provides potentially game-changing innovations in their respective areas.

“Our platform is designed to help entrepreneurs connect with internal and external mentors, customers and investors. The technology only plays one part in our investment decisions,” Gil Ofer, EPS Special Advisor for Innovation, explained.

“The people behind the tech are more important. We want to see a strong team with visionary, resilient, and passionate founders. We like to invest in the people because even if the tech doesn’t work out as a business, we know we have bright individuals who will use that as a stepping stone for the next venture – and we want to be part of that journey.”

Dhritiman Hui, who manages the EPS Techstars partnership, feels optimistic about an array of opportunities that exist in the maritime tech space:

“Decarbonisation is the shipping industry’s electric vehicle moment. Just like a Tesla came out of left field and outmaneuvered most of the auto industry, we feel similar opportunities will emerge in the shipping industry.”

“We are also pleased to have invested in the shipping industry’s first neo-bank. Neo-banks have created tens of billions of dollars of value in the traditional banking industry, and – given the gaps that exist – it’s inevitable that something similar will happen in this industry. Parallel to this, we have invested in companies whose IP is just exceptional.”

The seven startups that are part of the EPS and Techstars partnership aim to share their progress during a virtual Demo Day on 17 Feb.

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