Together with Van Oord and YES!Delft we’re looking for startups active in marine infrastructure and offshore energy projects. Towards a more sustainable future, the need for enhanced coastal protection and sustainable energy is on the rise. We take an active stance in the energy transition, in order to meet the growing demand and enable a decent quality of life for people living in coastal regions and beyond.

The Marine industry must play a crucial role in powering progress. That’s why we are looking for innovations and new technologies that are effective, profitable, and globally scalable. These solutions should address the challenges in climate change and energy transition. Who dares to contribute to this; are you a scale up, startup, or an early stage organization ready to pave the way?

 

The Challenge

Van Oord strongly beliefs in cooperation when aiming for new technologies and innovations that tackle the challenges in climate change and empower the progress in energy transition. We aim to select ten teams/startups to work towards a solution that will be pitched in November 2018.

Based on our Vision, Mission, and the approach of our Corporate Innovation, Research and Development team, we have formulated the following Main Challenge:
When carrying out Marine Infrastructure and Energy projects (outside in), how can Van Oord create added value on SDG Themes 7 (sustainable and affordable energy) and 13 (combat climate change)?
How can Van Oord use its Equipment, Engineering and Estimating tools (inside out) to create added value on SDG Theme 9 (innovation and sustainable infrastructure)?
We have listed several themes / ambitions:

Make our societal added value obvious.

Make smarter use of raw materials

(Think about materials such as sand, silt, steel.)

Accelerate the transition to generating less CO2 during our operations

(Use renewables, reduce emissions, increase biodiversity, use space more efficiently, new concepts of energy storage, transport of energy.)

Make smarter use of digitalisation and data

(e.g., to improve energy management on board vessels)

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU

  • Professional support from Van Oord for setting up a mature business case for your proposal

  • Assistance in preparing a mind blowing pitch for the business case at an international Conference in Rotterdam (Netherlands)

  • Two winning teams will work with Van Oord in 2019 on their proposed solutions

  • Exclusive coaching from Van Oord experts during 2019

  • Access to Van Oord’s global network

Additional Criteria

Your solution should

  • accelerate the energy transition

  • provide - game changing - solutions for climate change / climate adaptation

  • be globally deployable by Van Oord within the next 2 years

Timeline

JUNE 10TH

APPLICATION DEADLINE


The deadline for the applications is June 10th.
JUNE 26TH

FOLLOWUP CALLS FOR NOMINEES


Nominees will be invited for a video call to discuss their application further.
JULY

ANNOUNCEMENT SELECTED STARTUPS


The announcement of the 10 selected startups will be done in the first weeks of July.
JULY - NOVEMBER

INITIAL COLLABORATION PHASE


If you get selected, an initial collaboration phase wil start in which you'll work together with van Oord to refine your pitch and proposal.
NOVEMBER 20TH - 23TH

FINAL CHALLENGE EVENT


The ten finalists will be invited to come to the Netherlands to participate in the finals week. The most relevant startup(s) will be awarded with a pilot project.
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