The advisory committee is, together with the board of trustees, the strategic advisory body of the PortXL accelerator program.
PortXL is a mentorship driven open innovation program to accelerate tech startups from all over the world focusing on port related industries. The program wants to strengthen innovative activities into the ecosystem of Rotterdam and open the port of Rotterdam network to startups.
"We are proud to have such a broad mix of leaders from various markets and areas of expertise. With the knowledge and experience of the advisory committee we get the best advice on developments of markets and innovation challenges. With their encouragement we are assured of a team of fantastic experts!" says a company press release.
Jan Peter Balkenende – EY partner, former prime minister The Netherlands, Paul Verheul – COO Van Oord, Pim van Ballekom – Vice President European Investment Bank, Leo Brand – CIO Vopak, Peter Goedvolk – First Dutch Port Fund, former CEO Argos, Raymond Hannes – Serial entrepreneur, founder Vita.io, Justin Jansen – Professort RSM Erasmus University, Academic Director ECE, Sanne Manders – COO Flexport, Jan van der Tempel – Entrepreneur, founder Ampelmann and Paul Smits – CFO Port of Rotterdam.
PortXL recently expanded the collaboration with partner Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE) in Rotterdam. From March 2016 the ECE campus is to be the central office for the PortXL accelerator program and the participating port-related startups.