World's largest container shipping company based out of Denmark, Maersk, has announced the launch of 'OceanPro', a tech accelerator programme in Bengaluru to support Indian startups in supply chain solutions space by offering them to partner with Maersk to bring innovative technology solutions to ease global supply chain for customers.

The India-focused OceanPro is an intensive 120-day accelerator programme offering startups the opportunity to partner with Maersk to bring innovative technology solutions to ease the global supply chain for customers, a release said.

OceanPro by Maersk focuses on innovations that will benefit the transport and logistics sector like Blockchain, Internet of Things, Advance Text Analytics (machine learning/Artificial Intelligence), AR/VR including Advanced Learning, Image Analytics, and Fintech.

The company said it has already identified 7 external startups and one internal startup to collaborate with to develop solutions for customer engagement and operations management. These startups include - Unido Labs, La Vela Pictures, Zasti, Inatrix, MintM, LinkedDots, KrypC and Dhruv.

OceanPro by Maersk is a program where start-ups can showcase their products and capabilities and receive support from the market leader in transport and logistics.

Benefits of the start-ups who will join the OceanPro by Maersk include:

  • Leverage on Maersk’s mentors, connect with customers, and co-develop solutions using Maersk’s data

  • Start-ups will have an opportunity to pitch to Maersk, and other potential investors after the program. Maersk may provide funding during the program.

  • Co-location space in Maersk’s Digital Center in Bangalore, India for 12 – 16 weeks

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The OceanPro team in Bangalore will also focus on building partnerships with other accelerators, universities, venture capital partners and the broader startup ecosystem.

Maersk has also collaborated with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore, sponsoring two fellows for Masters in Technology with the vision to promote research and exchange of ideas in developing industry leading digital solutions.

“We recognize the immense potential of India’s technology and digital talent and are looking to capitalize on these capabilities to help the logistics industry worldwide, to reinvent itself,” said Søren Skou, CEO, A.P. Moller - Maersk, during his visit to Maersk’s Global Service Centers in Bangalore this week.

“With Maersk leading the technological transformation of the shipping and logistics Industry which has traditionally been driven by manual processes, OceanPro is yet another effort by us to promote the creation of innovative solutions that meet evolving business needs,” Skou added.

Source - Business Standard, Projects Today, Marinelink

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