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Call for Startups


Maritime Autonomous Systems Challenge

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thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (tkMS) and ATLAS ELEKTRONIK (a maritime technology company of tkMS) are looking for innovative technologies and solutions in the area of maritime unmanned and autonomous systems. Apply for the opportunity to pilot your solution with one of the world's market leaders in naval systems! 


Selected startups will have a 1x1 call with tkMS and ATLAS challenge owners, with the opportunity to be invited to their headquarters in Germany to engage in a pilot project.  Finalists startups will showcase their solutions in a virtual event open for theDOCK’s entire ecosystem of global maritime organizations, investors, industry experts and startups. During the event, tkMS & ATLAS will announce the winning startups that will be invited to their headquarters in Germany for pilot project evaluation.


applications Open

June 11

Calls with Shortlist

July 13

All shortlisted applicants will be invited to 1x1 calls with tkMS & ATLAS to allow challenge owners to clearly understand the startup's solution and its potential use case. Based on these calls, the finalists will be selected

Announcement of Finalists

End of August

We will announce the 8 finalists of the Autonomous Challenge and invite them to the final event


Virtual Event

September 17

The final event gives the finalists the opportunity to present their companies in front of theDOCK ecosystem of investors and corporate executives from maritime organizations. tkMS & ATLAS will announce the 2-3 selected startups that will be invited to their headquarters in Germany for pilot project evaluation


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