Earlier this month the Singapore backed Smart Port Challenge final took place. Brian Dixon delves into the winning start-ups.

Dravam, KoiReader Technologies and Teqplay have been named as the winning three startups at the 2019 Smart Port Challenge (SPC) Grand Final in Singapore on November 7th. Organised by Port Innovation Ecosystem Reimagined @ BLOCK71 (PIER71), itself a collaboration between the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and NUS Enterprise, the entrepreneurial arm of the National University of Singapore (NUS), the SPC seeks to foster “a vibrant maritime entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem in Singapore” by bringing together startups from across the globe with players from the maritime and allied sectors.

One of several PIER71 initiatives, the SPC follows a five-week market and business model validation programme called PIER71 Accelerate. This saw 24 startups from a total of 200 applicants being selected to develop solutions to meet 28 challenge statements identified by maritime companies in the areas of port operations, shipping and maritime services. After a closed-door pitching session, the judges then chose 10 startups to go through to the Grand Final, where they were each required to make a three-minute pitch to an audience of more than 300 investors, corporate partners, venture capitalists and maritime professionals.

Content retrieved from: https://fathom.world/who-are-the-singapore-winners/.