BlueTech Accelerator is arriving

January 29, 2019

BlueTech Accelerator is opening up this Wednesday, 30th January. It’s an open innovation program connecting talented startups with key players in the sector to create a pioneering ecosystem of innovation and business acceleration for the Blue Economy sector. The first edition will focus on Ports and Shipping 4.0.

What is the Blue Economy?

Blue Economy relates to the exploitation and preservation of the marine environment – it aims for sustainable use of the ocean’s resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs, and the health of the maritime ecosystem.

The Blue Economy is reflected in several different activities: renewable energy, marine transport, fisheries, waste management, climate change, and tourism.

BlueTech aims to leverage new technologies to help impact positively in these activities, with new technology or new models.

Who’s behind the programme?

The BlueTech accelerator is an initiative by Ministério do Mar (the accelerator is part of its Ocean Portugal Programme) and FLAD – Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento and is powered by Direção Geral de Politíca do Mar and Beta-i.

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Technologies Focus

The first edition of the programme is focussed on Ports and Shipping 4.0, and looks for technologies that can be applied for solutions in the following areas:

  • Smart Shipping
  • E-navigation
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Undersea Cloud Computing
  • Nanotech
  • Sea Traffic Management
  • IT for Green shipping
  • Ocean IoT & Sensors
  • IT for Energy Efficiency
  • Ports Automation & Robotization
  • Autonomous Ships
  • IT for Propulsion and Power Generation
  • AI/Machine Learning
  • Robotics
  • Scuba Droids
  • Big Data & Analytics
  • IT for Green Ports
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Drones
  • Self-cleaning and Self-repairing Materials

Why should you apply?

A challenging industry

The maritime industry is a big and old one, which means that there are plenty of opportunities for innovation and digitization in all its activities. The focus of this edition in ports and shipping is also an opportunity: integrating the ocean and land logistics is a huge challenge and one that is relevant around the world.

An impact in the future

The ocean is a valuable resource for humanity and has invaluable importance to our ecosystem. Coming up and establishing new, more sustainable, ways of exploring our oceans can be your contribution towards a life-long positive impact on protecting our environment.

Opportunity to work with industry players

Portugal’s economy and history have always been intrinsically connected to the ocean: it’s a country with vast maritime resources, where the maritime economy has always been a political priority. Through BlueTech accelerator, startups will have the opportunity to work in a government-backed programme, and with the key players of the port industry.

Get to know more about the programme and the partners here.