Mare Straetmans - Founder  - Platform Zero

Mare Straetmans

Platform Zero

Mare Straetmans has been activite in the sectors of maritime, energy and ports for more than a decade and focuses on making impact with entrepreneurship, corporate innovation and venturing. He is currently founder of the Platform Zero Climate & Energy Campus in Rotterdam (, where acceleration of innovation with corporates, startups and research happens in the field of hydrogen, emissions reduction, energy storage and ocean health. In the past he has been responsible for setting up both the Ocean Health business unit ( and the Digital Transformation at Van Oord (maritime, offshore wind corporate:, setting up innovation at the Port of Rotterdam Authority ( setting up a maritime ventures fund. Mare also was the founder and managing director of PortXL (, the first maritime startup accelerator worldwide, building the company in Rotterdam, Singapore and Antwerp.

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