Savvy Navvy founder named Great British Entrepreneur Awards finalist

THE founder of the company behind “Google Maps for Boats” has been named one of the best entrepreneurs in the industry.

Poole-based Jelte Liebrand, founder of marine technology company Savvy Navvy, is a finalist in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

Around half a million people use the product in over 100 countries.

Mr. Liebrand said, “Being shortlisted in the Scale-Up Entrepreneur of the Year category is a big boost for me and my team as we work hard to achieve our vision of getting more people on the water.

“Savvy Navvy really is as easy as Google Maps for boats. Over the past five years, we’ve worked hard to constantly develop our app with unique, user-friendly features based on user feedback.

“As part of our continued growth, we now support more than boaters – empowering anyone on the water, whether a paddleboarder, kayaker, jet skier or a 50ft yacht, access to our platform We are definitely scaling up, having already more than doubled in the past 12 months.

Mr Liebrand quit his job as a Google software engineer to start the company, launching the navigation app in 2018. Since its first crowdfunding campaign in 2019, it has raised more than £3million during three other campaigns.

Twelve Great British Entrepreneur Awards will be presented in each region for the categories, with the winners being announced at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on November 21.