CREATING A NEW
OCEAN STARTUPS GENERATION

500 years ago, Portugal launched a quest to conquer the world’s oceans.

Today, the Portuguese Ministry of the Sea, alongside FLAD(Luso-American Development Foundation), proudly introduces the Bluetech Accelerator, a Startup Program inviting startups to bring innovation to the Ports & Shipping industry.

Bluetech is looking for bold and disruptive solutions to be developed and piloted alongside world-class partners and contribute to completely reshape the industry.

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Pilot groundbreaking solutions with:

The Port of Leixões is the largest port infrastructure in Northern Portugal and one of the most important in the country, equipped with modern facilities and advanced ship management systems.

The Port de Sines is the leading national port in volumes of cargo handled, being also the leading container port in the country.

Since 1936, ETE Group is the national leader in developing competitive services for the port, maritime and inland water transportation sectors.

Inmarsat is the pioneer and world leader in mobile satellite communications, powering global connectivity for nearly four decades.

With a deep focus on the international market, Portline Ocean has developed a remarkable expertise in the transport of dry bulks and containers, together with all the related shipping activities.

Tekever develops advanced technology and products in areas such as digital economy, aerial vehicles, and space industries, always with a mindset of Continuous Innovation.

What Startups can expect from Bluetech:

In a sea of accelerators (pun intended) we are all about tangible solutions and partnerships. Bluetech is focused in concrete industries – Ports & Shipping for the program’s 1st edition – and we have a B2B approach, connecting two Portuguese Ports and world leading companies with startups in order to bring value to the partners and business to the participating startups.
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This is a unique opportunity to sail towards growth and scale your business while disrupting the ports & shipping industry

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Access to world-class partners to develop and pilot groundbreaking solutions

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Access to the biggest industry event in Europe – European Maritime Day

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A team of experienced facilitators managing the programme

About the program
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Challenges

We need your solution to address these industry pain points:

1. Process Optimization in Port Hinterland

includes
  • The concept of extended gateways, rapid container release operations and efficient land-side intermodal forwarding of loading units.
  • Data analytics for complete vessel situational awareness and real-time information of all critical ships operations and cargo flow.
  • Security profiling illicit activity at sea, operational risk assessment and dynamic pricing insurance.

2. Cargo and Fleet Performance Management

includes
  • Use of historical data, statistical algorithms and machine learning techniques to avoid port congestions, delays, and other port operational inefficiencies. Use of historical data of vessel geolocation to drive product innovation.
  • Use of digital twin for ports and vessels allowing ports to create testing scenarios and producing valuable insights from data.

3. Future Shipping Connectivity

includes
  • Enabling ports and cargo to be “connected and linked”.
  • Ship chartering marketplace allowing shipowners, charterers and operators to choose best freight rates according to a placed position and cargo space availability.
  • Voyage optimization, situational awareness for the fleet operator, real-time scheduling and environmental compliance.

4. Environmental Sustainability

includes
  • Reducing port environmental footprint and monitoring air, water and noise pollution through smart technologies.
  • Reducing ship air pollution and, increasing efficiency of ship-generated waste.
  • Use of air drones and micro-satellites. Environmental compliance through early detection of potential hazards; offshore infrastructure maintenance, reducing downtime, repair needs, and required inspection.

Technologies ENABLING CHANGE IN PORTS AND SHIPPING 4.0 WE ARE LOOKING FOR

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

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With this initiative, we hope that we better prepare our Blue Economy to do a new globalization of knowledge and know-how.

Ana Paula Vitorino Minister of The Sea, Republic of Portugal

Startups we are looking for:

PRODUCT WORKING PROTOTYPE OR MVP

ESTABLISHED FOUNDING TEAMS

PRODUCT TESTING PHASE

We are looking for startups whose solutions match the Partners’ needs. We will select the best pool of startups based on a few criteria such as growth potential and scalability, solidness of business model; and complementarity of skills within the team.

BLUETECH ACCELERATOR WAS BUILT TO TACKLE BLUE ECONOMY INNOVATION GAPS

A program to set you up with industry incumbents aiming the development of joint pilot-projects tailored to target the industry’s most defying challenge

Ports & Shipping 4.0

Currently running

Aquaculture & Fishing

Coming next

Energy & Sustainability

Coming next

Timeline

1ST PHASE

APPLICATIONS

2 Months March 1 – April 19

It all starts with your online application. We will assess your fit with the program. The top 40 scores will enter into an online pitch session which will occur during the open door event European Maritime Day, held in Lisbon. The selected best 20 startups will move forward to the Bootcamp.

2ND PHASE

BOOTCAMP

1 Week June 24 – 28

The Top 20 startups will be invited to join the one-week Bootcamp benefiting from learning about business model innovation, startup methodologies and tools, get additional product validation, define the value proposition and a business case to present to the Partners. The best startups will have the opportunity to work together with one or more Partners in developing a pilot.

3RD PHASE

Pilot Development

10-14 Weeks June 28 – October 4

The 10 selected startups that are going to be part of the accelerator will enjoy 12-14 weeks of close collaboration with the Partners.
These startups will also benefit from the access to Partner’s collaborators and mentors in the program, together with Beta-i’s network.

4TH PHASE

DEMO DAY

To Be Confirmed

This is D Day. All the finalist startups will be presenting their solutions. It will be a public event where you will find potential investors, media, Partners and Beta-i representatives, among other invited guests from the Ports & Shipping industry.

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Startups at the bootcamp

Apellix

apellix.com

ARX maritime

arxmaritime.com

BIZCARGO

bizcargo.com

Bluecargo

bluecargo.io

Bound4blue

bound4blue.com

Breeze Technologies

breeze-technologies.de

Eco Wave Power

ecowavepower.com

Evertrace

evertrace.io

GeckoMatics

geckomatics.com

i4sea

i4sea.com

idatase

idatase.de

lexatexer

lexatexer.com

mariquant

mariquant.com

power fuel cells ou

powerup-tech.com

sensefinity

sensefinity.com

sevways

sevways.cloud

shipitwise

shipitwise.com

surclean

surclean.com

techworks marine

techworks.ie

t-mining

t-mining.be

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The Bluetech Accelerator enables startups to work alongside our stakeholders and find together innovative solutions to the current challenges.

Luís Marinho Dias, Innovation co-Director @APDL

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We want to connect with players that own new ways to approach this sector, and that can bring know-how and efficiency in the industry.

Andreia Ventura Grupo ETE

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We are irreverent in the way we relate to the maritime transport industry. Sharing this concept with startups that have the same philosophy is an opportunity that we definitely cannot miss.

Jorge Fernandes CEO @ Portline Ocean

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The transport maritime industry represents globalization’s main driver and generates many valuable opportunities for startups that want to disrupt the sector.

José Luis Cacho President @ APS

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Our goal is to create a new generation of ocean startups for the World.

Ruben Eiras General Director of Maritime Policy

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If we all work together, we believe we can accelerate the digitalization of the maritime industry, but it will take innovators around the globe to help us do that.

Alison Grey Senior Director @ Digital Incubation, Inmarsat

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We want innovators to play with our fantastic range of products, some already existing, some on the making and work together to deploy and create new connected digital solutions for the maritime industry.

Clara Wahnich Digital Innovation Partnerships Lead @ Digital Incubation, Inmarsat

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