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            january 20, 2019

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The first five teams have joined startport, the innovation platform of Duisburger Hafen AG


The five logistics teams Aindex.Ruhr, Cargo-Bay, DepotCity, freight pilot and Shippion joined the start-up platform program in March. The young companies have approximately one year to turn their innovative ideas into market-ready logistics products or services. Soon, employees of the Klöckner & Co spin-off XOM will also be using the co-working workstations at startport.
Erich Staake, Chief Executive Officer of Duisburger Hafen AG and initiator of the project, said: “We are taking an important step towards digitization. The demand proves that our concept is paying off. At the same time, we also need persistence and patience, because this project is not a sprint but rather a marathon.”  
The founder teams have moved into one of the floors of the Werhahnmühle in the Duisburg interior port for a period of 12 months (with support from a team of Duisburger Hafen AG). Now the teams submit regular reports about their results - and receive extensive coaching services from partner companies and mentors.  
Using this approach, the start-ups are supposed to develop their ideas into market-ready products in Duisburg. Additional teams are expected to join them in the Werhahnmühle  by  the  end  of  2018.  “We  expect  a  strong commitment and a success-oriented approach. Our support is based on the performance principle. It is not enough to have a good idea; one must also work to implement the idea. So far, we are very satisfied, because our teams are highly motivated,” says Staake.
The innovation platform startport also targets postsecondary students and graduates interested in starting their own companies. The founder teams receive advice from duisport and the logistics professionals at the exclusive startport partners Evonik, Klöckner & Co and Initiativkreis Ruhr.  
Cisco, the world's market leader for IT and networks, and IT system vendor Bechtle have joined startport as technology partners. “The strong support from well-known companies in industry confirms that the idea behind startport, namely to bring together start-ups and industry, is the right way to go,” says Staake.
Additional assistance is provided by network/workshop partners such as Fraunhofer IML, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Zentrum für Logistik und Verkehr, Netzwerk DIALogistik Duisburg, consulting company Roland Berger, advertising agency dws, auditors from Ernst & Young, tax advisors from PKF, Deutsche Bank, IDE (Competence Center for Innovation and Start-ups at Universität Duisburg Essen), Instafreight, Digital Hub Logistics, lawyers from Taylor Wessing and Hochschule Rhein-Waal.

Expertise for Big Data and algorithms
The first start-ups at startport are experts for digital Big Data applications. These young companies are at different stages of development. They utilize the attractive work environment in the Werhahnmühle and the free IT infrastructure, and maintain close contacts with the managers, developers and logistics experts at Duisburger Hafen AG. Additional partners are expected to join. The initial discussions are very promising.  The support that is offered is continuously optimized through closer relationships with the start-up scene and regional logistics companies, and the provision of additional consultative personnel support for issues such as apartment searches, customer acquisition and public relations activities.  

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