The program is focused on real engagement, designed to help you get traction in collaboration with industry leaders. Join us, for an opportunity to make an impact on maritime, transportation, logistics & supply chain industry.

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About the program

Trade & Transport Impact is a program designed to address real challenges within maritime, transportation, logistics & supply chain industry by helping the best startups & scaleups to connect and collaborate with world-leading corporates in the industry to bring real impact.

15 startups/scaleups will be selected for the program that provides an opportunity to forge relationships & work with the biggest companies in the industry.

Health & Safety

Health and safety have always been a top priority in asset-intensive industries and will continue to be so in the future.
It is key for people on land and at sea to have a productive, safe and efficient workplace, and bring long-term results from accident prevention, training, and workforce satisfaction.


Cost remains a core value driver to beat the competition. Until now, the name of the game to win has been economy of scale.
This game is changing, with technology-driven solutions that will process data faster than any human, and empower people to make better decisions.


A strong sustainability focus is becoming a direct competitive factor mandated by investors, customers and regulators. IMO pushes stricter standards and the industry commits to ambitious decarbonization targets. Innovative startups can help us achieve these goals and make a sustainable impact.


Program cycle duration
Oct 2019 - Dec 2019

Program Cycle 2

In this cycle, we look for startups & scale-ups that focus on health & safety, operational efficiency, and sustainability.

Program timeline:

Application start

July 25 2019

Application end

Sep 8 2019

Selection days

Oct 21 - 24 2019

Launch Days

Dec 04 - 05 2019

Next steps


Focus areas include:

Intelligent on-board cargo and load handling

Use smart solutions to optimise the processes of cargo loading and handling on-board:

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  • Cargo planning and capacity optimization
  • Process optimisation for operational efficiency
  • Improve people & cargo safety

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Optimised terminal operations

Increase terminal efficiency, equipment availability & improve safety of cargo and people:

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  • Increase availability and performance of terminal equipment through condition monitoring and predictive analytics
  • Improve efficiency, sustainability and operations at terminals
  • Automation of task and processes

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Efficient & sustainable cargo flow

Improve cargo flow – both physical cargo and associated financial flow – within and between ports & connection to inland transport:

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  • Port call optimisationand coordination of related services
  • Inland and intermodal cargo flow management and optimization
  • Cargo flow end-to-end visibility, prediction and optimisation
  • Land, port and sea container level tracking & real time monitoring
  • Digitalisation of supply chain contracts

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Real time vessel operations & management

Use digital solutions to optimise the vessel operations:

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  • On-vessel optimisation applications and solutions
  • Fleet management
  • Sea traffic management
  • Risk management

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Health & safety

Increase safety and reduce risk of accidents:

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  • Incident analysis of vessel, equipment & machinery
  • Maintenance of equipment, vessel & machinery

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Great new solution

Do you have a promising solution outside the listed areas? We are all ears.


Who are you

We imagine you are working on a digital solution & already have something to show to the market.

Digital solution

You are working on a digital solution that solves problems, e.g. through AI, big data, IoT, automation, drone applications, AR/VR or machine vision.

Anywhere in the world

You can be anywhere in the world, as long as you have the time and capacity to fly to Hamburg for 5 days in total within the next 5 months.

You have a product to show

You’ve already tested your solution and you know your clients love it! Or you are in a late prototype stage but have identified a real need in the market.

Who we are and what we offer

The program is designed to help you grow and get real traction with our corporate partners Cargotec, Inmarsat & Wartsila.

Equity free

Our corporate partners seek mutually beneficial collaborations, and don’t take any equity from you to engage.

Get real traction

Industry access

You have access to corporate leaders & mentors from around the world to help you get the best from the industry.

Accross borders

You can grow in the industry and worldwide. Our partners are international players and can help you enter desired markets.


Mentors & advisors

Access to world-class insight

The average Trade & Transport Impact program includes industry experts using what they’ve learned from years, and often decades of experience to tackle multi-million and billion dollar maritime problems.

Coming from diverse backgrounds, they are joining the program as founding partners, advisors, and mentors.


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Who can submit to the program?

We believe that you can best benefit from this program if you have a product in the market and are ready to take it to a next level. As the program was designed to help you grow, get real traction & expand, ideally your product is in a stage where it has customers. Alternatively,  it can be a very late prototype that can be implemented and tested.

When can we submit?

You can submit today, the latest until Februrary 25th 2019.

How do we submit?

By filling out a short form to answer a few questions here. If you need any help, just ping us at hello@tradewithimpact.com

What happens after we apply?

Our experienced scouting team will screen all submissions continuously and invite high-potential solutions for a 20-min online chat to mutually explore a collaboration potential.

Are there any restrictions in terms of geography?

No, we value diversity and are open to solutions worldwide. Our corporate partners are international companies and operate worldwide.

How was the program designed?

We select a max of 15 startups to join us in Hamburg on March 19 – 21 for selection days & meeting with our corporate partners. During these three days, we will make a further selection and match you with your corporate partner. In the 6 weeks that follow after, you’ll be working remotely with your corporate partner with Rainmaking assisting as needed. We will then meet again on May 9-10th to discuss outcomes and the partnerships going forward.

How can we increase our chances of selection?

Be honest with yourself. We believe in mutual valuable collaborations, and this is only possible to identify by having an honest conversation around goals, challenges, etc.

We recommend to especially reflect on:
Why this opportunity? What do you hope to achieve? How does your solution solve corporate partner challenges? What are your superpowers and the main challenges where you need support?

Other questions?

Feel free to write to us at hello@tradewithimpact.com.

About us

Introducing Rainmaking

Rainmaking is a global cooperative of entrepreneurs running startups and innovation programs in more than 40 countries. We bring extensive success from Startupbootcamp, Rainmaking Innovation and our own startup experience to move the transport, maritime and logistics industries forward.

The Rainmaking family

The Rainmaking Transport vertical was founded by experienced maritime professionals. We are specialized in maritime, logistics and transport, and continuously work with leading corporates and talented startups in these industries. We have a deep understanding of the leading corporations in maritime, how they invest & how they think about new technologies and innovation.

By joining one of our programs, you become part of an ecosystem of startups, maritime institutions, mentors and investors that will keep accelerating you in the future. We have a global network of partners, mentors, experts & investors.

We know startups

We have collaborated with successful startups around the world. We screen +10,000 per year and have invested in 600 so far alongside corporate partners. We have experience running pilots with corporates successfully; making us the right person to help you make the best out of it.

And we are still founders at heart. To date, we have found 30+ companies based on our own ideas and seed funded them ourselves. Followed up with 20m+ EUR from external investors.