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Opening the doors of the Rising Stars Pavilion

The anticipated Europort week promises a blend of networking, innovation, and recognition, all encapsulated within the dynamic atmosphere of the Rising Stars Pavilion. At least that’s what MARPRO will try to achieve with the Rising Stars Pavilion in the upcoming exhibition week.


The anticipation is palpable as the inaugural day of the Rising Stars Exhibition unfolds, inviting visitors into an open space of innovation. The Rising Stars Pavilions stand as a testament to the cutting-edge ideas and ventures that promise to shape the future of the maritime industry.

MARPRO is the company behind the Rising Stars Pavilion, and as the doors to the exhibition swing open, MARPRO welcomes attendees to a week that not only showcases groundbreaking projects but also guarantees insightful discussions, dynamic pitches, and an awards ceremony honouring the brightest stars among them.

At the pavilion, the Rising Stars can invite you for a chat at the Lounge Area, a space designed to foster meaningful connections between visitors and the Rising Stars themselves.

Here are the 21 Rising Stars you can find in the pavilion. (Link)

The Rising Stars pitch on the Smart Stage and Green stage

The week is packed with plenty of relevant activities. One of the highlights of the week is the series of 15-minute pitches on both the Smart Stage and Green Stage. These stages will serve as platforms for the Rising Stars to articulate their visions, share their journeys, and demonstrate the unique value propositions that set them apart.

The Smart Stage promises insights into the latest advancements that are reshaping traditional methods, while the Green Stage showcases environmentally conscious startups dedicated to making a positive impact on the planet.

Check out the programme here.

The Rising Stars Award Show

The climax of the week arrives with the Rising Stars Award Show, where the achievements of startups are celebrated in four distinct categories:

  1. Strongest Market Potential:

Presented by Raymond Siliakus, Managing Director of Europort, this award acknowledges the startup that exhibits the most robust market potential.

  1. Most Promising Digital Start-Up:

Managing Director Christel Pullens from Port XL will present the startup that showcases the most promising digital innovations.

  1. Best Green Start-Up:

Managing Director, Jakob le Fevre, representing MARPRO, will honour the startup that stands out for its commitment to environmental sustainability and green practices.

  1. Rising Star of the Year 2023:

The grand finale of the evening, the Rising Star of the Year, will be awarded by Florian Visser from Hansa. This prestigious title recognizes the overall excellence and standout performance of a Rising Star, marking them as the shining beacon of innovation in the year 2023. As a supporting award partner, HANSA will provide a prize in the form of a media package for HANSA media worth 10,000 EUR for the winner of the Rising Stars of the year 2023.

The Rising Stars Pavilion is open, so join us in witnessing the birth of new innovations NOW! Get your free ticket here.


Article by Narjiss Ghajour, Global Event & Marketing Manager at MARPRO, shared by courtesy of MARPRO-Maritime Professionals

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