Decarbonizing Shipping   

Climate change is a global issue, and shipping - which underpins over 80% of world trade - must do its part to reduce emissions. The industry and its customers demand new solutions to achieve green shipping faster.

Spring 2021 Cycle


Open for application - Apply before April 7th.

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Decarbonizing Shipping

Four areas of innovation, targeting the entire shipping value chain of land logistics around ports, port operations and vessels themselves. Together with you and our corporate partners, we want to tackle decarbonizing shipping in the following areas.

Fuel & Energy


  • Main Engine Solutions
  • Auxiliary Machinery Solutions
  • Hull Solutions
  • Non-Vessel Solutions (Port/Land Operations)

Carbon Emissions


  • Carbon Capture, Utilization & Storage
  • Carbon Footprint Tracking, Tracing and Provenance
  • CO2 Trading, Offsetting & Monetization

Operational Efficiency

  • Trade Analytics & Fleet Optimization
  • Voyage Optimization
  • Port Orchestration
  • Freight Orchestration
  • Workflow Optimization



  • Fuel Additives
  • Alternative Fuel
  • Renewable Sources
  • Electrification


Spring 2021 Cycle Timeline



Rainmaking - Who are you


Who are you

You are working on an innovative solution (digital, hardware, chemical or otherwise) – and your clients love it!

You’re working on the future

Are you working on the next big thing? You might have used existing technologies, but you are definitely working on a solution that solves real problems in a new way. Perhaps through AI, big data, IoT, automation, drone applications, AR/VR, machine vision, or something else entirely?

You’re a global citizen

We invite companies from all over the world to join, and you can apply from anywhere, as long as you have the time and capacity to engage with our corporate partners across the next 5 months: up to 5 days in the selection stage, then a few hours each week in collaboration stage.

You’re ready to show and tell

You’ve already tested your solution, have developed a track record, and are ready to take it to a bigger audience. We may select a few wildcards -- highly promising companies in the late prototype stage -- but only for the most groundbreaking technology.


What we offer

The program is designed to help you grow and get real traction with our corporate partners.

Fee & equity free

We nor our partners ask for any fees or equity to participate in the program. Equity comes into play only if/when someone decides to invest.

Get real traction

The program is focused on delivering tangible impact; partners have joined to help you land and scale pilots.

Industry access

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

Across borders

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


Rainmaking - What we offer

About the program

Trade and Transport Impact Intro

Dravam on their partnerships

Dravam partnership

Cargotec, i4sea & Teqplay on their partnership

HHLA & KoiReader on their partnership

Frequently asked questions

  • 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 the 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.
  • What happens after we apply?                                      
    Our experienced scouting team will screen all submissions continuously and invite high-potential startups for a 30-45 min online video call to explore collaboration potential. After this introductory call, the most promising program candidates will be invited to deeper due diligence -- which may or may not be attended by a corporate partner.
  • Are there any restrictions in terms of geography?
    No, we value diversity and are open to solutions worldwide; our corporate partners are multinationals looking to implement pilots around the globe. That said, most of our partners are based in Europe and Asia, so meetings tend to be scheduled in favor of these timezones. Startups based in North America have faced some rough hours on calls, but they tell us it's worth it for all the exposure they get to these mega corporations!
  • What can I expect if I participate in the program?                                  
    After rigorous problem scoping and due diligence, we choose a select few startups each cycle to meet with our corporate partners at Kick-Off Days. Over the next 2-3 weeks, you have a series of Group Q&As and 1-on-1 virtual meetings to determine where there might be a strong fit, after which -- if at least one corporate partner chooses to go ahead with you -- you commence a 6 to 8 week collaboration design sprint to flesh out your potential partnership. Rainmaking supports both startups and corporate partners along the way, playing the role of moderator / facilitator / advisor / mediator as needed to get the job done and bring value to all parties. After the design sprint, we all meet again on Launch / Capstone Days to discuss outcomes and the partnership plans going forward.

    Not all startups make it to the design sprint phase, but even those who don't last long after Kick-Off Days gain immense insight from the closed door meetings with our corporate partners, who are all captains of industry. Those who make it to the end of the program have a wide range of successful outcomes -- from pilots to new enterprise clients, strategic partnerships, and even joint venture opportunities.
  • How can we increase our chances of selection?
    Apply as early as possible. This will ensure that your profile is seen by us, and by the corporate partners should you pass our initial due diligence, with enough time to process it and ask questions, or hold preliminary meetings ahead of the selection.

    Once in the discussion, be honest, attentive, and prepared. We believe in mutually valuable collaborations, which are only possible when both sides can (a) have a no-BS conversation around capabilities, goals, challenges, etc. and (b) truly listen to one another and adapt to each other's needs. Coming prepared also ensures nobody is wasting their time, which everyone appreciates!

    We recommend you reflect on:
    Why this opportunity? What do you hope to achieve? How does your solution solve corporate partner challenges? What can you do better than anyone else / why would they pick you above all the other alternatives? What are the possible risks of working with you, and the main challenges where you need support?
  • Other questions?                                                            
    Feel free to write to us at -- someone will get back to you within 2 business days.
About Rainmaking

This program is powered by Rainmaking.

We are a team of 200+ entrepreneurs, strategists, product experts, developers, designers and investors. We treasure diversity in people and in thinking - with    35 nationalities in 13 offices on 4 continents.


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Ready to scale up and impact  global trade and transport?

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