Maritime Accelerator is an innovation platform for corporations and startups.

We are bringing together maritime corporations with great impact and fast moving startups with momentum. In our three month accelerator program the best will join together concrete ventures.

Our goal is to create an innovation ecosystem that generates new business, speeds up heavy industry development and strengthen Finland becoming the leading European maritime hub.

Main partners:



Ecosystem partners:



What’s in for partners:

  • access to the maritime ecosystem with the key partners
  • concrete business ventures & pilots
  • hand picked startup partners and concrete venture pilots

What’s in it for startups: 

  • access and visibility within the maritime ecosystem
  • opportunity to co-create with the corporate for 3 months to get new venture clients
  • access to the global customer base of the accelerator partners


Maritime Accelerator growth companies





From the total 500 startups screened by Avanto Ventures, the partner corporations have now interviewed the best 40 and and invited the 10 most interesting growth companies to the 1st boot camp to validate potential for partnerships. 

Timetable and main events


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At Turku Business Region we offer local business and innovation services and networks in spearhead fields throughout the life cycle of a company. We can help with starting a business and expanding the operations both locally and to new markets.


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At Avanto we build bridges between corporations and startups by creating fertile ecosystems and sustainable businesses. We have proven record on helping both corporations and startups discovering, shaping and scaling new businesses.


Partners of Maritime Accelerator

Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. The company has approximately 18,000 employees and operations in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries around the world.


Royal Caribbean is known for driving innovation at sea and has continuously redefined cruise vacationing since its launch in 1969. The six companies of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. employ 65,000 people from over 120 countries.


Meyer Turku Oy employs 1,900 persons and specializes in building highly complex, innovative and environmentally friendly cruise ships, car-passenger ferries and special vessels. Together with two sister shipyards in Germany, Meyer Werft in Papenburg and Neptun Werft in Rostock, Meyer Turku is one of the world’s leading cruise ship builders.


Foreships is a company with 80 professionals engineering and designing ships for over 70 customers globally. Foreship works with world’s largest cruise lines as well as passenger, cargo and offshore shipowners, leading shipyards and maritime suppliers.


NAPA Group is a world leading software house providing solutions for ship design and operation with the mission to improve safety and eco-efficiency of the global maritime industry. Headquartered in Finland, NAPA employs 170 people in the fields of naval architecture, shipping and information technology.


Cadmatic is globally 2nd biggest developer of digital and intelligent 3D-based design, engineering and information management software solutions for the marine and plant industries. For four years Cadmatic have had 20 % organic annual growth rate. The company has 950 customers in 57 countries.

We would like to work with you!
Jukka Laiterä
Senior Advisor
Maritime Accelerator
+358 400 523 173
Sofia Tuominen
Account Manager,
Turku Future Technologies
+358 44 295 7767
Avanto Ventures
Juha Saarinen
Avanto Ventures
+358 40 513 9473
Camilla Karhukorpi
Avanto Ventures
+358 40 867 4383