Maritime Blue Innovation Accelerator
These 7 startups were selected for the Third Wave cohort of the Maritime Blue Innovation Accelerator and receive intensive programming over a 4-month period. These startups will participate in global networking events, mentorship opportunities, and programming to evolve business development initiatives, messaging and communications, legal considerations, investments, financing, and other opportunities for growth. Startups receive access to Washington Maritime Blue industry and ocean leaders alongside a global network of startup mentors and advisors.
Once again, Maritime Blue welcomes a diverse group of startup founders, including veterans, two female founders and two founding teams led by people of color. In an industry historically led by white males, Maritime Blue is committed to centering equity so that women, people of color and other underrepresented groups can all share in the benefits of investments made into this region.
Meet the Fourth Wave!
These new ventures are passionate about finding innovative solutions to benefit the maritime and ocean economies, healthy marine and ocean ecosystems, and equitable & resilient communities. Click on the images below to visit their website…
Berkeley Marine Robotics (Oakland, CA) – Berkeley Marine Robotics is developing an autonomous underwater swarm laser system for fast real-time data and ML predictions towards decreasing ship emissions and increasing port security.
Selected startups benefit from intensive programming provided by our staff and mentors over an accelerated four-month period. In addition to being housed at the Maritime Blue Hub, startups received access to ours global network of mentors and advisors, be a part of unique programming, and have the opportunity to connect with the larger Blue Economy ecosystem. In addition, the cohort will have additional mentorship opportunities, drawing on Maritime Blue’s coalition of industry experts, as well as “pilots with enterprises” demonstration and sales opportunities, and vast connections to the global maritime industry.
Innovation across Washington’s maritime sector is critical for a thriving economy and in the fight to protect our planet and ocean life. These challenges loom large and demand more intentional efforts to ensure solutions are sought by a broader cross-section of companies and individuals, utilizing innovative approaches, such as a maritime accelerator.