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M3 joins forces with Yachting Ventures to scout for innovative and sustainable solutions

The goal is to showcase innovations in four main categories; R&D and engineering, retrofit and disassembly, construction and use. The deadline to apply is 29th January 2024.

Organised by M3 - Monaco Marina Management, the 2nd Edition of the Monaco Smart Yacht Rendezvous will be held from 21-22 March 2024. This annual gathering, during Monaco Ocean Week, aims to spotlight innovative solutions in the +24m category, and foster sustainable collaborations with a positive impact on the yachting industry.

The event brings together key stakeholders for 2-days of networking, round tables and workshops at the Yacht Club de Monaco. Naval architects, designers, building & refit shipyards, engineering firms and brokers attend, with the 2023 edition seeing participation from +200 attendees. The calibre of attendees provides an incredible opportunity for startups to get in front of the right audience and to promote their technologies amongst key decision makers.

Scouting for the best technologies

To enhance the search for groundbreaking technologies, M3 has partnered with Yachting Ventures on the 2nd Edition of the Smart Yacht Rendezvous. Yachting Ventures is a global hub for startups and scaleups in the leisure marine industry, offering the network, support and opportunities that high-potential companies need to succeed in this space.

Collaborating alongside other experts including Blumorpho, the Yachting Ventures team will identify and introduce innovations in four main categories:

  • R&D and engineering; including propulsion systems, new materials, energy, AI and waste management.

  • Retrofit and disassembly; including reuse and recycling.

  • Construction; including design, 3D printing, paints and robotics.

  • Use; including security and safety, maintenance, data management and insurance.

“Recognising the challenges ahead, it's crucial for our industry to unite in addressing pressing issues. Through collaborative knowledge-sharing and the adoption of cross-industry technologies, we can collectively innovate and minimise our environmental impact. Let's work together towards a sustainable future on the seas.”- Avv. José Marco Casellini, CEO of Monaco Marina Management

“Participating in this event offers an opportunity for startups to showcase their products and technologies amongst a very high quality audience that is genuinely interested in supporting new technologies and innovations. We would encourage any startup that is working on a sustainable solution to apply.” - Gabbi Richardson, Founder of Yachting Ventures.

Participating in the event

Interested companies have until the 29th January 2024 to apply. All applications will then be reviewed by a committee and the highest potential solutions will be selected to pitch their products to a panel of jury members composed of investors, yachting professionals and industrial experts. On 11th March 2024, all jury members will gather to review the shortlisted solutions and to decide the overall winners of the Smart Yacht Innovation Awards. The winners will be announced in an award ceremony during the event on 22nd March.

Interested startups should apply via this link by no later than 29th January 2024.


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