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timo haaker

founder starboard boats

the netherlands

11 February 2021

Timo shares his entrepreneurial journey from starting the tourism portal, We Are Amsterdam, which eventually triggered the founding of the tour boat operator – Starboard Boats. We discuss how this passion for tourism started through his own traveling, and how the Corona Crisis has impacted the industry.  His team has most recently started a concept Stroomboot, which is part of the Startup in Residence programme with the city of Amsterdam.

bio

I am the co-founder of two Amsterdam based (tourism) companies We Are Amsterdam & Starboard Boats. Recently we teamed up with the local government to create smart charging solutions for electric boats in Amsterdam.

Starboard Boats is a company that offers high end canal cruises in Amsterdam. We do this on eco friendly, 100% electric boats. The city of Amsterdam aims to have an emission-free city centre by 2025. This means thousands of recreational boats need to switch to electric engines and a suitable charging infrastructure needs to be created.
We will create charging points by using existing power infrastructure leading to houseboats located on the cities waterways.

This way the iconic Amsterdam houseboats can contribute to a sustainable and efficient charging system in the city centre.

tips

Learn more about the plastic clean-up partnership between WeWork and Starboard Boats: https://starboardboats.nl/canal-cleanups/

This episode is part of the Startup in Residence series.

Startup in Residence is a six-month training programme for startups and entrepreneurs. Participants work together with clients from municipal organizations who deal with the social challenges on a daily basis.

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