Innovation should be at the core of the sustainability transition in all the Blue Economy sectors. Entrepreneurs and start-ups play a key role in these innovation processes, exploring innovative business models which can address the current environmental threats such as climate change impacts, marine ecosystems degradation, loss of habitats, etc. Entrepreneurs can be the leading actors in transforming ecological challenges into economic opportunities while developing innovative and viable sustainable business models.
Either through direct investment or business programmes, these opportunities can help entrepreneurs to create commercially viable and sustainable businesses within the blue economy sectors.
The SwitchMed initiative is funded by the European Union and
implemented by UNIDO, UNEP, UNEP/MAP and SCP/RAC. How SwithMed can support entrepreneurs?
Sectors that will be eligible are: coastal tourism, extraction and commercialisation of marine living resources, shipbuilding and repair, blue energy and blue bio economy.
The Blue Bio Value Acceleration is an acceleration program promoted by the Oceano Azul Foundation and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Committed to accelerate the transition to a global and sustainable blue bioeconomy, the program will help entrepreneurs create commercially viable and sustainable businesses. Most specifically, the Blue Bio Value Acceleration seeks solutions in the marine bioresources value chain that can scale-up to market applications in different industries and help tackle global societal challenges.
Deadline: Apply by 30 May 2022.
The EmpleaVerde Programme of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge is the Biodiversity Foundation’s initiative to promote and improve employment, entrepreneurship and the environment.
If you want to start a green/blue business, the programme offers you a set of free actions and services aimed at helping entrepreneurs to create and consolidate green businesses. Services include: training, support, mentoring, labs, networking events, newsletter, showcase events of projects and advice for new entrepreneurial projects that contribute to green/blue recovery and biodiversity conservation stand out.
The Blue Economy Ocean Accelerator Programme helps ambitious founders rapidly build and develop their ocean impact startups. The programme helps startups to improve ocean health and achieve commercial success. The virtual programme provides the collegiality, resources, expertise and partnerships to accelerate participants’ path to success.
The Programme Structure:
More info at: https://www.bright-tide.co.uk/blueeconomy#:~:text=The%20Blue%20Economy%20Ocean%20Accelerator,develop%20their%20ocean%20impact%20startups.&text=The%20programme%20helps%20startups%20to%20improve%20ocean%20health%20and%20achieve%20commercial%20success.
Our entrepreneurship pipeline has shifted into multi-stakeholder and transformational programmes. The Climathon programme for citizen activation and ideation first plants the seeds of inspiration. Our incubator, ClimateLaunchpad, then helps innovators turn ideas into climate-positive businesses – we’ve supported over 3,000 of them! Finally, ClimAccelerator scales and accelerates these start-ups through radical collaboration and sharing resources.
The Maritime ClimAccelerator, supported by EIT Climate-KIC, through its vast network of collaborators, will offer participating start-ups funding, training, peer to peer coaching and theme-specific mentoring (both virtually and in-person). 30-40 start-ups will be accepted per year and will be asked to provide innovative solutions for the transition to sustainability of the maritime industry, both locally and globally, and will be given the opportunity to present their ideas in front of investors, port authorities and shipping companies. The Maritime ClimAccelerator will thus provide start-ups with a unique opportunity to test, demonstrate and validate their solution.
Services fro the Startups: mentoring and coaching, Extensive Training Program, Climate Impact Assessment, Co-working Spaces, Networking Events, Connection with Industry, Grants/Seed Capital, Facilitate Technology Demonstrations in a real-world test bed through leveraging our external partner network, Connection with the USA/Israeli innovation ecosystem (through KinisisVentures, Earth Fund and theDOCK).
More info at: http://maritime-accelerator.org/
GALATEA aims to support high impact projects led by SMEs through services provided by the participating clusters and/or through a voucher scheme which will allow beneficiaries to finance the development of their ideas/projects addressing the challenges in the Smart Port, Smart Ship, Smart Shipyard and Maritime Surveillance domains.
Deadline: Submit your proposal until the 30th of September
2022, 17:00 CET and get support by the GALATEA Blue Growth accelerator.
More info at: https://galateaproject.eu/innovation-support-call/
BlueInvest aims to boost innovation and investment in sustainable technologies for the blue economy, by supporting readiness and access to finance for early-stage businesses, SMEs and scale-ups. It is enabled by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. Services:
The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is a treaty-based international, inter-governmental organization dedicated to supporting and promoting strong, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in developing countries and emerging economies. Greenpreneurs is a free 12-week virtual incubator supporting young people to develop social enterprise solutions that address sustainability and climate change issues in their community. Developed in partnership with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and Youth Climate Lab (YCL), Greenpreneurs 2021 has selected 15 teams from around the world to participate in the third iteration of the program this summer, with weekly learning modules that include webinars and tasks, as well as weekly coaching from mentors and subject matter experts. At the end of the 12-week program, teams will compete for a chance to receive prize money to further expand their initiative.
Branson Centre caters to businesses from diverse industries, including manufacturing, agricultural, digital transformation, tourism and so many others. They are scaling for impact by offering a specialized component of our accelerator programme for blue economy entrepreneurs. Working with the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator and Ocean Unite, Branson Centre is committed to grow a cadre of blue entrepreneurs, ready to work with nature to fuel a sustainable blue economy in the Caribbean.
What makes this specialized component different is that at the end of the programme:
More info at: https://bransoncentre.co/blue-economy/
The Ocean Impact Accelerator Program helps ambitious founders rapidly build and develop their ocean impact startups. The program helps startups to improve ocean health and achieve commercial success. The virtual program provides the collegiality, resources, expertise and partnerships to accelerate participants’ path to success. Although the applications to the 2022 cohort are now closed, startups interested in participating in future cohorts are encouraged to express their interest to be notified of future programs.
More info at: https://www.ocean-impact.org/accelerator-program-2022