September 26, 2022

INNOPORT – Dedicated Venture Capital for Maritime Launched

We want to see founders, who actively challenge the status quo of how the maritime industry works, to make it better, safer and more efficient.

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The Schulte Group has launched INNOPORT, a dedicated venture capital unit which identifies investment opportunities in the global maritime startup ecosystem to equip entrepreneurs with smart capital.

The Schulte Group is a world-leading family-owned ship owner and ship manager with over 135 years of expertise in the maritime industry. Overall, the group employs 18,000 seafarers and 2,000 people on shore, owns 90 vessels and manages over 600 vessels globally.

“At INNOPORT, we want to build bridges and open doors wherever possible. In essence, INNOPORT provides startups with the right network and the right capital, to scale up their business and to bring their ideas into fruition”, said Yiannis Sykas, Director of Strategy and Product Development at Bernhard Schulte Ship management (BSM).

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The Innoport Team Niklas Koerner, Yiannis Sykas and Haymon Sinapius (R)

“INNOPORT was founded to support early-stage ventures, typically pre-revenue companies at the idea or prototype stage. We invest in breakthrough technology and disruptive business models that address a real pain and have the potential to define new standards in their respective industries. We want to see founders, who actively challenge the status quo of how the maritime industry works, to make it better, safer and more efficient”, said Haymon Sinapius, INNOPORT’s Investment Manager for Asia.

INNOPORT differentiates itself from conventional venture capitalists in terms of its investment mandate and its in-house expertise. “Typically, venture capital funds operate on a broader investment remit and they often lack intimate knowledge of the industries.  At INNOPORT, we see ourselves as a provider of capital with industry domain knowledge coupled with access to the right people within our organization and our network to support the portfolio companies we invest in”, said Niklas Koerner, INNOPORT’s Investment Manager for Europe.

INNOPORT based in Hamburg, Limassol and Singapore inherit the technology innovation, the global mindset and the Hanseatic handshake of a maritime innovator and operator since its own beginnings in 1883. The INNOPORT team works globally, consisting of complementary and fast-interacting agents, who are particularly perceptive to the signals of newly emerging opportunities in the maritime ecosystem, recognizing trends and opportunities and supporting founders from discovery to successful exit.

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