Open Innovation for Blue Leisure & Tourism

This open innovation from the Port of Lisbon ignited by Portugal Blue Digital Hub drives maritime innovation in Leisure & Tourism aiming to address real-world innovation challenges through pilot projects and collaborations.

Work with a major player in the Portuguese market to shape the sector’s future through four different challenges in Leisure & Tourism in marinas.

Challenges

1. Waste Management & Pollution

Looking for answers in waste recycling, implementing real-time pollution monitoring, enhancing barrier systems at marinas, educating boaters, and designing efficient marina infrastructure to promote zero-waste nautical activities and minimize environmental impact. These efforts aim to create a more sustainable and eco-friendly boating environment by reducing the amount of waste generated and ensuring proper disposal.

Additionally, fostering a community of environmentally conscious boaters through educational programs can significantly contribute to the preservation of marine ecosystems.

2. Safety & Security Management

By integrating both safety and security dimensions into our management practices, we aim to create a comprehensive framework that prevents accidents and injuries while protecting against intentional threats. This holistic approach ensures a robust environment, safeguarding all operational aspects and promoting organizational resilience and stakeholder confidence. The safety dimension focuses on designing and maintaining actions, equipment, infrastructure, and services to prevent harm through proactive risk mitigation. The security dimension aims to protect physical assets, infrastructure, and people from threats like theft, vandalism, or terrorism, ensuring the integrity and confidentiality of critical resources and the safety of employees, customers, and visitors.
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3. Communication for Nautical Tourism

This challenge aims to find solutions that allow easy access to maritime regulations through user-friendly interfaces, help create feedback mechanisms that enable tourists and operators to provide input on bureaucratic processes for continuous improvement, and reduce bureaucratic delays to enhance customer experiences in nautical services. By incorporating advanced digital tools, these solutions can streamline communication and ensure that all stakeholders are well-informed. Furthermore, fostering collaboration between regulatory bodies and maritime service providers can lead to more efficient and responsive regulatory frameworks.

4. Simplified Bureaucracy

This challenge aims to design flexible and secure partition systems, implement multi-layered security solutions, use technologies to build physical barriers to enhance the aesthetic and biodiversity of waterfront areas, and create smart access systems that adjust permissions based on real-time threat assessments and individual access histories. By leveraging advanced technologies, these systems can respond dynamically to changing security landscapes, ensuring robust protection at all times. Additionally, integrating environmental sustainability into the design will promote a harmonious coexistence between human activity and natural ecosystems.

What Startups can expect from Bluetech:

Pilot Testing

Develop pilot projects and test your solutions directly with the port of Lisbon and ecosystem.

 

Direct Access

Access to Dealroom, a blue technology network where ports and other industry players can contact you directly for your services.

Networking Opportunities

Access a unique network of maritime industry leaders, connecting with both experts and startups with exclusive first-hand knowledge of the sector.

Expert Guidance

Guided by both industry professionals and expert program facilitators, your startup will count on a network of seasoned authorities to support the growth of your technology.

Startups we are looking for:

WITH HEADQUARTERS IN AN EU COUNTRY OR NORWAY

WITH AN MVP OR PROTOTYPE TECHNOLOGY READY TO TEST

Timeline

2024

1ST PHASE

open call

June 4 – June 24, 2024

Tell us how your technology will boost Leisure & Tourism in marinas. If we see you’re fit and ready, you’ll go ahead to the next step, which is…

2ND PHASE

online pitch

July 12, 2024

Here, the selected startups from the open applications will have to defend their case in an online pitching session. Show us all the key features of your product, how it works and present your unique value proposition. The final startups will be ready to join the bootcamp!

3RD PHASE

bootcamp

september 24 & 25, 2024

Get ready to bring your project to the next level. An intensive bootcamp will connect you directly with the opportunity to advance your project and bring it face to face with industry professionals and exclusive insights.

4TH PHASE

Show case DAY

December, 2025

It’s time for you to boast the results of the co-creation process with the program pilot partner. The fruits of your labor are now ready to see the light, or more accurately, the open ocean!

Program Partners

The Port of Lisbon, strategically positioned as a gateway to the Iberian market and the largest national consumption center, plays a crucial role in international trade logistics and major cruise lines. Operating 24/7 with 15 terminals for various cargo types and one dedicated to cruise passengers, it is a multifunctional hub.

Its four recreational docks—Alcântara, Santo Amaro, Belém, and Bom Sucesso—comprise the Marina of Lisbon, a key tourist attraction.
With integrated management, Marina de Lisboa emphasizes nautical activities, highlighting its importance for future development and tourism.

Fórum Oceano is the managing entity of the Portuguese Sea Cluster, certified and recognized by the Ministry of Economy and the Sea, the Ministry of National Defense, and the Ministry of Planning and Infrastructure, counting with more than 150 associates from a diverse range of sectors.

The cluster aims to promote the sustainable development of the maritime economy by fostering collaboration and innovation among its members. It also plays a crucial role in advocating for policies that support the growth and sustainability of the maritime industry. Through various initiatives, Fórum Oceano seeks to enhance the global competitiveness of Portugal’s maritime sector and contribute to the nation’s economic prosperity.
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Beta-i is a collaborative innovation consultancy with a global reach.
A team of experts in managing corporate open innovation, pilot-oriented projects with highly-curated startups, and designing products and services alongside in-company teams. They work across various industries, leveraging their extensive network to drive impactful solutions and foster innovation ecosystems.

Additionally, Beta-i provides strategic guidance and mentorship to startups, helping them scale and succeed in competitive markets. Their approach ensures that both corporations and startups benefit from synergies, leading to groundbreaking advancements and sustainable growth.

The Portugal Blue Digital Hub, led by Forum Oceano, aims to establish a strategic, competitive, and sustainable digital blue industry in Portugal. Its goal is to accelerate the digital and green transformation of SMEs and public sector organizations in the Blue Economy, contributing to the EU’s climate goals and digital sovereignty.

The Hub focuses on fostering innovation through collaboration with academic institutions, industry experts, and governmental bodies. Additionally, it seeks to enhance the global competitiveness of Portuguese enterprises by integrating cutting-edge technologies and promoting sustainable practices across the maritime sector.

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