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The maritime sector is on the verge of technology disruption. Israel - the Startup Nation - has a lot to offer; Innovation is what the local vibrant hi-tech ecosystem is all about. Startups, universities, investors, venture capital and supportive government - all join forces to create the most innovative environment next to the Silicon Valley.

theDOCK, founded by veteran Israeli hi-tech leaders, is a venture capital fund and accelerator focused on ports, shipping and maritime logistics technologies which, together with leading industry experts, harnesses Israel's technology innovation assets to deliver practical innovation to the sector. Founded 3 years ago, theDOCK is today a world-renowned thought leader in the sector, and a critical factor in the evolution of the local deal-flow from a few only back in early 2017, to close to 70 startups today, which have strategic and compelling offerings relevant to the maritime sector.

If you are a Rhode Island company, institution, or organization interested in connecting and collaborating with theDOCK and the companies in their network, please let us know by sending an email to, and we will connect you with the right person at theDOCK.

Located in the heart of downtown Haifa, next to the port infrastructure, theDOCK serves as a meeting place for global maritime corporates, entrepreneurs and investors. Leading corporate partners provide valuable market guidance and know-how to the emerging startups, while at the same time they (the global corporates) benefit from access and exposure to the latest cutting-edge technology and creativity the Israeli innovation ecosystem is known to deliver. This “open innovation” style collaboration, backed by financial investment, ensures a win-win-win outcome to all stakeholders. Among theDOCK's strategic partners are: Kirby Corp., Maersk, Wartsila, thyssenkrupp, Cargotec, Port of Singapore, DSV and Lloyd's Register.

Today theDOCK's portfolio includes 10 startups with creative solutions aiming to disrupt the sector. Benefiting from theDOCK's domain expertise, four of these startups have already conducted advanced rounds of raising additional capital (post seed and round A), and some of them are engaged with pilot projects coordinated by theDOCK (most notably DockTech with a leading barge operator in the Mississippi basin, and for Orca AI with a few leading US-based shipping operations).

We look forward to collaborating with relevant stakeholders in Rhode Island, a state with vast marine ecosystem. These could be maritime corporates to host pilot projects with our startups, provide data and share their knowledge; investors seeking to benefit from being a front runner in a sector going through digital transformation; and of course, bold entrepreneurs looking to shape the future of maritime by answering unsolved challenges.

For more information or to be connected with theDOCK, email us at:,

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