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Smartport Lab
A place to co-create the port of the future

Welcome to Smartport Lab!

We are the open innovation area of the Port of Bahia Blanca. In cooperation with entrepreneurs, SMEs, and the scientific-technological system, we are looking forward to building a harbour ecosystem that is smarter, more efficient, sustainable and integrated with its community.

What We are Looking For

We are looking for Argentinian Startups and SMEs that may have a product or service with a great innovative component, a scalable business model, and a strong and committed team. Applicants must have a functional prototype and add value to any of our vertical integrations.


Smartport Lab Net-Zero Challenge

Closing date: 25/09/2022

Carbon footprint reduction

Provision of eco-efficient port and commercial services. Particularly, projects that involve port operations with zero emissions. Measurement of variables and indicators to assess the impact of the decarbonization policies.

Clean energy

Innovative forms of energy generation through clean sources (biomass, solar, wind, marine, etc.). Use of Alternative fuels (electricity from clean sources, LNG, hydrogen, etc.).

Energy efficiency

Reduction of energy consumption and efficient management of energy in general in ports, logistics terminals and in other port services.

Circular economy

Innovatory projects for the recycling of waste, the treatment of material from dredging, wastewater, the industry, and all port operations in general. Alternatives for the reuse of CO2.

Any other innovatory product, service or process with an impact on the decarbonization of the port industry.

If you have a different solution for our challenge, please apply! We are interested in meeting you!

Apply Terms and Conditions

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What do we offer?

The projects that get selected will participate in an acceleration program and will be able to validate their product or service, obtain clients and launch themselves into the international market with the support of one of the most important deepwater ports in Latin America.

The program includes a working place, weekly follow-up by our team, specialized mentoring, customized training, participation in exclusive events, international access and an initial financing of up to $1,500,000.


  • Applications

    Through our online application form
    Closing date: 25 September 2022

  • Selection

    Our team together with port authorities and specialists will evaluate the potential of the project.

  • Acceleration

    Intensive program to rethink the business model, validation and financing strategy, more training, mentoring and specific advice for each project.

  • Pilot

    Implementation of a pilot test in the Port of Bahía Blanca and continuing mentorships, advice and special activities.

  • Expansion

    We will guide the company’s process of growth and internationalization.

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We Need You!

We are convinced that the co-creation with agile and innovative start-ups and companies is essential to transform the Port and, in turn, make a positive impact on the country’s economic development.


Port of Bahia Blanca

The Port of Bahia Blanca is the main port complex of Argentina. It operates numerous loads from 14 terminals. It is placed on the principal transport hub of the gas and oil pipeline network. This allows the port to be the most important port and petrochemical complex of the country and the fifth of South America.