Our vision

We are creating the world’s largest community and news outlet for startups, scaleups and investors in the ocean economy sector, to enable synergies and investments.


Marine Startups aims to offer a platform for ocean economy stakeholders to showcase their businesses, achievements and targets. We offer the platform and marketing of your piece in exchange for content.

The content you create is always yours, you can post it in other outlets or your website and we are happy to link to it. We only require that you link back.

Who we are

Marine Startups started by Dimitris Servis: closely related to the shipping industry and startup scene, the market gap in providing information on maritime startups was apparent, in particular within the rising digitalization wave. So Dimitris thought, if I don’t do it, who’s gonna do it?

Over time it became apparent that the market need is substantial but one person alone cannot cope. However, the magic of Marine Startups had brought me close to Rahul Damodaran and Chris Clott, two amazing professionals. We decided to join forces and share our passion for the ocean economy and the startup scene through Marine Startups.

Christopher (Chris) has worked in the Maritime logistics field for shipping companies and universities for 40 years. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the Center for Advances in Port Management at Lamar University and Co-Founder of Marine Startups, an innovation center. Previous roles have been at SUNY Maritime in New York where he founded the New York Maritime Innovation Center (NYMIC), California Maritime Academy in the Bay Area, and the University of St. Francis, Elmhurst University, and St. Xavier University in metropolitan Chicago. Chris worked for OOCL (USA) and Lykes Lines in the shipping industry prior to academia. Chris has published research and worked with firms seeking to introduce new maritime technologies. Chris has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois-Chicago, an MBA from St. Xavier University, and a BA from Fordham University.

Dimitris is a product and software architect with extensive experience in technical software. Dimitris has worked in shipping and shipbuilding, automotive and industrial production roles. A Naval Architect and Marine Engineer, holds a diploma and PhD from the National Technical University of Athens and an MBA from Warwick Business School.

Capt. Rahul Damodaran is a Technologist, Entrepreneur and Qualified Ship Captain. Based between Mumbai, Dubai & Tel Aviv, Rahul focuses on Security, Data & HighTech applications the various industries.

Having successfully carried out digital transformation in various sectors traditionally not linked to technology from Dairy, Agriculture, water to Maritime, Rahul has multiple G level recognitions from the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India and the Israel Innovation Authority of Israel’s Ministry of Economy.

Between 2000 and 2011, Rahul sailed onboard Merchant Foreign Going Vessels (Oil Tankers, LPG, LNG & Bulk Carriers) and since 2011 across multiple functions in the maritime sector.

Recently Rahul acted as:
• Interim-CEO of a Maritime Data Science company based in San Jose, USA
• Founder & Director of an edu tech start-ups based in Cochin, India.
• Co-Founder of a Blockchain platform in Dubai & London, to use NFT’s for Global Social Good.
• Consultant / Subject Matter Expert for various advisory and management consulting firms, especially BCG (Greece & US) & KPMG(Dubai / Singapore).