Is your organisation facing a major innovation challenge too?

Innovation is key to the ongoing evolutions within the maritime sector. It's facing major challenges in areas such as sustainability and cost reduction. New insights and ideas from other industries can serve as a catalyst for innovation. KVK has joined forces with Europort in an effort to speed up the process, facilitating collaboration between large and small businesses, Dutch and international enterprises, shipbuilding companies and companies from other industries. We do this through KVK Business Challenge Europort, a shipbuilding-themed edition of our successful open innovation platform that brings together larger companies and innovative SMEs and startups in the online and physical realms.

KVK Business Challenge Europort

Europort, the leading business-networking event for the maritime sector, will take place in Rotterdam between 5-8 November 2019. Visit the trade fair to discover the smart solutions of the future and meet thousands of decision-makers and influencers.

KVK Business Challenge was first launched 2.5 years ago. The event offers businesses real solutions to their innovation challenges. The e-magazine features various stories on previous matches. Companies like  IHC, Marflex and Maersk have already successfully taken part in the challenge.

KVK Business Challenge Europort is a special edition of KVK Business Challenge for the shipbuilding industry. The event officially kicks off on the trade fair floor on 7 November. Pitch your innovation challenge and immediately connect with the innovative power of start-ups, scale-ups, independent entrepreneurs and SMEs from the Netherlands, Europe and the wider world.

Want to take part?

Are you on board with open innovation and seeking partnerships with creative and solution-oriented entrepreneurs from the Netherlands and abroad? For more information, get in touch with one of our account managers on +31 (0)88 585 36 36 or by sending an email to

A video pitch will be recorded for each challenge. Click the following link to watch an example by Maersk. We will be starting soon. See below for the timetable.


  • Till 11 October: signing up, defining challenge and recording videopitches for every challenge.
  • 21 October 2019: Challenges published, ask your questions.
  • 7 November 2019: Challenge pitching / encounter during Europort and start interaction.
  • 5 December 2019: Closing platform.
  • 9 - 13 December 2019: Selection parties with best ideas and solutions.
  • 2 - 17 Januari 2020: Corportates engage in discussions with selected parties.

At the end of September videopitches of the challenges must be ready. So don’t hesitate and sign up your challenge.