South Florida Tech Startup, Boatsetter, Is Top Finalist At eMerge Americas 2015

Written by Boatsetter Team
November 28, 2017

Last Updated on January 14, 2022 by Boatsetter Team

The 2015 eMerge Americas technology conference, held at the Miami Beach Convention Center, was a hugely successful event for the region, netting over 10,000 attendees representing 50 countries and 500 companies. The event was a hotspot for investors, entrepreneurs and celebrities alike. The chance for exposure amongst such a powerful group drew some of the most innovative and cutting-edge technology-related start ups across both North & Latin America as well as Europe.

An integral part of the event, held May 1st through May 5th, was the “Startup Showcase + Competition” whose lineup of entries was comprised of some the region’s best and brightest early and later-stage startups. Of the thousands of applicants from all around the world, 129 companies were selected as finalists. South Florida-based tech startup, Boatsetter (, was proud to be selected as one of only 10 companies to present on center stage in front of a packed house. The distinguished panel of judges all donned their Boatsetter sunglasses during the presentation to ensure they were at the right latitude. With fierce competition, a top 10 finish for Boatsetter, the marine industry startup poised to transform the $121 Billion boating industry by introducing the sharing economy to this unique market, is considered a huge success.

Boatsetter co-Founder and CEO, Andy Sturner, reflected on the 5-day event, “As we continue to innovate in the marine industry, it is a great honor to be recognized for our efforts in the setting of eMerge Americas.”

The event was packed with celebrities such as the Miami Heat’s Chris Bosch and
musical icon, Pitbull while Boatsetter’s on-the-ground Instagram marketing team created a buzz! View photos of the event.

Boatsetter utilizes technology to bring boat owners, boat captains and marinas together with boaters seeking a luxury boat experience, through an online boating community that is revolutionizing the marine industry. With Boatsetter’s unique mobile-enabled web platform, anyone can enjoy going boating without boat ownership and without any experience. Boat owners benefit as they are able to share their boats and earn revenue on the charter and qualified, licensed boat captains have found a new outlet for income through the Boatsetter program.

The Company acts a one-stop-shop for booking luxury boating experiences across Florida, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Rhode Island. Boatsetter clients book complete packages for cruising, dining, fishing, sailing, snorkeling, sightseeing and water-skiing.

Boatsetter has created the only trusted, innovative boat sharing platform for both prospective renters and boat owners in the hopes of introducing the sharing economy and, in turn, creating a new group of avid boaters. The team facilitates luxury boating experiences for any type of event, from corporate business meetings to the spectacular-never-forget bachelorette party, to private getaways for a special occasion.

About Boatsetter:

Boatsetter is one of the first P2P (Peer-to-Peer) marketplaces aimed at making luxury boat rentals readily available to consumers notwithstanding their prior boating experience. The Company is leading and reimagining the marine industry with the strongest sustaining model for the new “sharing economy” mindset. All boats are inspected prior to being listed and all captains are US Coast Guard licensed and pre-screened before joining the platform. The management team has a combined 100 years of experience in the marine industry, as well as extensive tech start up experience. To learn more about Boatsetter, please visit

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