Ocean
Portugal

Start-Up
Program

Ports & Shipping 4.0

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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 Sea, Republic of Portugal

What is Bluetech

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 focuses on Ports and Shipping 4.0.

Our Focus
Key Trends & technologies

E-platforms

Advanced analytics

Internet of Things

AI

Shipping energy and propulsion systems

Autonomous vessels and robotics

Blockchain

Cyber-security

Solutions enabling change in
Ports and Shipping 4.0
we are looking for

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

The sea is a strategic asset for the country, especially in this fast-changing scenario that we are witnessing in international politics.

Vasco Rato, President of the Luso-American Development Foundation

STARTUPS WE ARE LOOKING FOR

PRODUCT WORKING PROTOTYPE OR MVP

ESTABLISHED
FOUNDING TEAMS

PRODUCT TESTING
PHASE

Whose solutions match the Partner’s need & how both can provide and retrieve value.
Growth potential and scalability & how solid the business model is,
and also the complementarity of skills within the team.

PROGRAM PHASES

1ST PHASE

APPLICATIONS (2 Months)

It all starts with your online application and at each phase, we will assess the fit between the startups and the program in order to invite those that can clearly benefit the most from collaborating with the Bluetech Partners.
The top 40 scores will enter into an online pitch session and the best 20 startups will move forward.

2ND PHASE

BOOTCAMP (1 Week)

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)

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

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.

WHO IS BACKING ME UP

Bluetech Pioneers

Main Partners

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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 challenges.

YEAR 1

Ports & Shipping 4.0

YEAR 2

Aquaculture & Fishing

YEAR 3

Energy & Sustainability

The Bluetech accelerator’s focus is to motivate startup talent to create innovative solutions alongside blue economy companies.

Rúben Eiras, Director-General for Maritime Policy, Ministry of Sea

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