Maersk is partnering with Silicon Valley-based Plug and Play, an accelerator that helps connect start-up companies with corporations, to help find and develop innovative ideas in transport and logistics.
Start-ups considered for the transport and logistics vertical will be innovating in areas such as disruptive business models, improved customer experience, application of IoT devices, advanced analytics, and future technologies connecting multiple parties, such as blockchain.
The companies accepted into the program have the opportunity to receive funding from Plug and Play Ventures, weekly mentor sessions with industry thought leaders, entry to 22 international locations, opportunities for potential pilot projects, and access to the founding Anchor Partners, Maersk and Ericsson.
Applications for the program are now open.
Ibrahim Gokcen, Chief Digital Officer for A.P. Moller – Maersk, Transport & Logistics division, said: “We intend to be the leading integrator of container logistics, providing simple solutions to complex supply chain problems. Digital innovation plays a key role in delivering that ambition.
“We are excited about this new platform and its capability to bring the digital ecosystem together to create innovative digital solutions for the shipping and logistics industry.”
Saeed Amidi, Founder and CEO of Plug and Play, said: “It is with great excitement we announce the launch of our Supply Chain & Logistics Innovation Platform with Maersk and Ericsson.
“In this globally connected world, commerce and trade makes our world a better place; and without efficient shipping and logistics, this would not be possible.
“We look forward to working with Global 100 companies that ship their products and goods worldwide to do this more efficiently, more cost effectively, and more sustainably for years to come.”