With the strong focus on supply chain robustness and the Port of Savannah being the fourth busiest in the U.S., a new accelerator in the Hostess City of the South makes a great deal of sense.
The Savannah Logistics Innovation Center (SLIC), a public-private partnership led by Georgia Southern University and the Savannah Economic Development Authority, has joined forces with Silicon Valley-based Plug and Play to launch the new, unnamed program focused on freight, warehouse operations, labor, and supply chain optimization.
As noted in this news release, 12 start-ups comprise the inaugural cohort. The overall goal is to: (1) establish Savannah as an innovation leader in the supply chain and logistics technology industries; (2) create a supply chain and logistics accelerator program in the Savannah region to support and cater to the needs and demands of the local and regional logistics community; and (3) drive business and growth opportunities for the local corporate ecosystem in supply chain and logistics start-ups.
“The last few years have brought a lot of attention to ports and the importance they play in our global supply chains and economy at large,” said Saeed Amidi, Plug and Play’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “Our collaboration with the SLIC is an incredible opportunity to drive forward technology and innovation that can benefit all of us. We’re excited to work with the first batch of startups and our engaged partners to make Plug and Play Savannah one of the premier hubs of supply chain innovation in the world.”