Maritime Blue Innovation Accelerator

Supporting Entrepreneurship and Investment for a Growing Blue Economy

Applications for the Fourth Wave are NOW OPEN! Applications are accepted through 11:59pm PST on Friday, December 16th. Apply to accelerate your impact below.

The Maritime Blue Innovation Accelerator is an immersive, four-month, mentor-based program focused on helping maritime industry startups learn how to scale and grow. Startups receive access to Washington Maritime Blue’s global network of industry and ocean leaders, mentors, and advisors. This is a powerful opportunity for impact-driven startups to secure funding and define a clear path to success in a sector where capital is often scarce.

30+ startups graduated since 2018

$450M raised in total funding

500+ jobs created

…and immeasurable impact to the Blue Economy.

Who should apply? 

This program is open to early-stage, North American startups looking to drive early traction and growth in the maritime industry and the Blue Economy.  Individuals from all cultures and communities are encouraged to apply.

Accelerator details

  • Founder-built and led
  • 4-weeks of 1:1 and small group programming
  • Hybrid structure — join in-person or virtually
  • Mentor-based
  • Funding 

Custom-built curriculum based on individual startup needs

No two Blue Accelerator programs look alike. In advance of the program’s start, our team conducts a needs assessment for each participating company, then curates the curriculum around their needs.

Potential curriculum topics include: 

  • Storytelling for Impact
  • Financial modeling
  • Fundraising
  • Go-to-Market strategy
  • Hiring
  • Business Development

Submission process

Applications for the Fourth Wave are accepted through 11:59pm PT on Friday, December 16th, 2022 and will be considered on a rolling basis. Submission in advance of the final deadline is highly encouraged. 

The program will begin in late February 2023. 

Want to become a program mentor? 

Reach out to learn more about opportunities to get involved in this next wave of programming.

Interested in investing? 

From digital solutions to large infrastructure – innovation in the Blue Economy will need a diverse and varied financing approach; from public funding to equity stakes. We seek investments from Angel groups, Venture Capital, Impact, and Corporate investors. There is a need and opportunity for philanthropy, debt financing, and coordination of public dollars to fill gaps and buy-down risk.

Washington Maritime Blue is working to direct capital towards maritime innovation and entrepreneurs.

We act as a resource and pipeline to projects, start-ups, and investments that lead towards our vision for a sustainable, innovative and growing blue economy in Washington State.

 

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