ZEBOX launches Singapore hub to drive sustainable innovation in Asia Pacific


Startup accelerator ZEBOX has announced the launch of its Asia Pacific hub in Singapore. All set to tap the vibrant and fast-growing Asian markets from Singapore, ZEBOX Asia Pacific will address business and sustainability challenges across a range of sectors, including supply chains, logistics, transport and energy.

ZEBOX was founded in 2018 by Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group as a community of the most promising startups and large companies dedicated to accelerating decarbonisation and operational optimisation in the supply chain industry. Today, the ZEBOX portfolio spans more than 130 early-stage businesses and has helped raise over $235 million in venture funding for the next generation of solutions.

With innovation hubs in Europe, North America, the Caribbean and West Africa, this new 5th hub in the Asia Pacific region will uphold ZEBOX’s mission: connect startups and corporates to help them innovate together.

Home to over 4,000 startups and regional headquarters of global enterprises, Singapore is synonymous with pro-business policies, cutting-edge digital infrastructure, and robust pipeline of skilled talents.

With the support of Enterprise Singapore and the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore(MPA), ZEBOX Asia Pacific will identify startups in Asia, notably in Singapore, and match them to corporate partners so that together, they can embark on co-innovation projects locally and across markets in the Asia Pacific, spanning Australia in Oceania; to Indonesia and Vietnam in Southeast Asia; to Japan and Korea in North Asia.

ZEBOX’s community of partners add up to 20 with three new industry leaders

Bureau Veritas Marine and Offshore, one of the world’s leading ship classification societies; PSA unboXed, PSA International’s innovation and corporate venture capital arm; and Synergy Marine Group, a leading ship manager have become corporate partners of ZEBOX Asia Pacific.

They join ZEBOX’s founding partner, CMA CGM and its circle of 16 other major partner groups to co-develop with startups game-changing solutions across four key areas: operational efficiency, assets optimisation and decarbonisation, workflow automation, and future of work.

“ZEBOX’s goal is to connect the most promising startups with industry leaders looking at innovation as a means of progress and path toward a more sustainable economy,” said ZEBOX CEO Gwen Salley. “With Asia Pacific being one of the most, if not, the most, active region in the world, it simply made sense for ZEBOX to launch in Singapore.

“With this regional presence, we’ll have the ability to unite ambitious corporate partners, and connect them with our global ecosystem, thanks to Singapore’s pro-business government, local talents, and vibrant tech support system.”

“We are thrilled that ZEBOX has expanded to Asia Pacific; and taken off the ground with three new esteemed partners in Singapore,” said Laurent Olmeta, CEO of CMA CGM Asia Pacific. “We are grateful for the resounding support from MPA and Enterprise Singapore.

“From today, ZEBOX Asia Pacific will start initiating corporate-startup collaborations to future-proof tomorrow’s supply chain with resilience, agility and sustainability,”

Mr Teo Eng Dih, Chief Executive, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, said: “We welcome ZEBOX onboard Singapore’s vibrant maritime innovation ecosystem. Startups play a critical role in the transformation of the maritime sector by generating value through their innovative solutions. Through working with partners, MPA hopes to anchor more Marinetech startups in Singapore to develop, test and commercialise new products and services from Singapore to benefit the global maritime community.”

Matthieu de Tugny, President of Bureau Veritas Marine and Offshore, said: “I am proud to join the ZEBOX community and support green tech in developing clean solutions for today and tomorrow. We believe talent will be at the heart of shipping’s transition. Joining ZEBOX is about empowering visionaries and supporting them to address the industry’s pain points.”

Ong Kim Pong, Regional CEO Southeast Asia, PSA International, said: “PSA unboXed is delighted to team up with ZEBOX to co-innovate and co-create innovative and sustainable solutions for the maritime industry. Building on our collaborative success in different domains and with this significant expansion of our relationship, PSA unboXed and ZEBOX will further align our business ingenuity with a strong commitment to the energy transition, creating long-term value for our respective stakeholders.”

Capt. Rajesh Unni, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Synergy Marine, said: “The fastest way we can transform maritime supply chains into dynamic and resilient sustainable structures that meet the world’s pressing need for decarbonised trade, is by identifying, collaborating and creating world-class solutions to these challenges.

“ZEBOX brings together partners that understand where we are now and where we need to get to. With this cohort, we aim to supercharge freight and logistics technology innovations with transformative potential to accelerate industry adoption and drive impact where it’s most needed.”