project44, the leading supply chain visibility platform, today announced its new partnership with ZEBOX, the international accelerator and innovation hub for the supply chain, logistics and Industry 4.0 spaces. As a corporate partner, project44 will lend its talent, network and technology to startups participating in ZEBOX programs. The partnership signals project44’s commitment to collaborate with companies across the supply chain as they identify shared challenges, empower new entrepreneurs and build a corporate venture model for their industry.
ZEBOX was created in 2018 in Marseille by Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics. The incubator is now led by Massimo Magnifico, a supply chain engineer and expert in startup incubator management. ZEBOX has supported more than 55 startups and is backed by a network of academic and corporate partners that includes BNP Paribas, Centrimex, CEVA Logistics, EDF Archipel Guadeloupe, GTT, Infosys, and now project44.
In the U.S., ZEBOX is headquartered in Arlington, Va., at National Landing, the first 5G smart city at scale in the United States and a prime environment for startups on the cutting edge of robotics, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and autonomous mobility. ZEBOX also operates an incubation hub in the Caribbean area, in Guadeloupe.
Working with ZEBOX, project44 and fellow partners will collaborate to identify common challenges and support startups that offer the best potential solutions. By aligning the experience of established companies with the scrappiness of promising startups, ZEBOX aims to raise the odds of successful ventures and create value for the entire supply chain.
“At project44, we’re proud to help ZEBOX create the next generation of supply chain startups,” said Jett McCandless, Founder and CEO of project44. “We feel a responsibility to pay it forward to entrepreneurs and to represent our hometown of Chicago, a global center of innovation in the logistics industry. We look forward to welcoming ZEBOX founders to our extended team and introducing them to partners, advisors and investors who have been essential to our own journey.”
“With a strong interest for supply chain visibility optimization topics and as a long-time fan of project44, it’s an honor to welcome them to ZEBOX,” said Charley Dehoney, Vice President at ZEBOX AMERICA. “project44 is the connective tissue of the global supply chain and a tremendous source of know-how, insight and data for startups. They are the perfect partner for ZEBOX.”
With more locations soon to be announced, ZEBOX is building a truly global network of supply chain innovators.