The University of Plymouth is among the founding partners of a major new initiative designed to support some of the enterprising SMEs working to benefit our ocean.
The Blue Economy Ocean Accelerator Programme, conceived by social enterprise and sustainability training outfit Bright Tide, is looking to recruit 10 companies in sectors including food production, sustainable fisheries, aquaculture, shipping and offshore wind.
Over a period of eight weeks, the successful businesses will be offered dedicated support including tailored mentorships and access to professional networks.
They will also be given technical support to scale up their commercial aims providing access to legal, investment readiness, tax, scientific advice and impact measurement.
Applications for the programme are free and open now, with shortlisted businesses being invited to take part in exclusive in-person industry meet-ups with the programme’s corporate and blue economy partners.
Researchers in related fields from the University will provide expert academic advice, with the companies also able to benefit from professional networks, peer-to-peer circles, and the opportunity to pitch at its Meet-The-Buyers event in London.
This community and ecosystem building element will be a key part of the programme, which is geared towards building game-changing contacts in the industry for all finalists.
The Blue Economy Ocean Accelerator Programme is being supported by the University and Investec, as well as a number of in-kind supporters.