The Atlantic Smart Ports Blue Acceleration Network (AspBAN) Bootcamp took place from January 23rd to 25th of 2023 at Instituto Hidrográfico – Marinha Portuguesa in Lisbon.
This event brought together startups, ports, corporates, investors, mentors, and entrepreneurs to foster collaboration within the Blue Economy ecosystem.
The AspBAN BOOTCAMP has 10 Innovation Challenges, 40 Top Startups and more than 147 multi-ports pilots among the 4 countries of the European Commission’s Atlantic Strategy Committee (Portugal, Spain, France and Ireland) to provide a more sustainable future.
The selection of startups was based on a combination of scoring and comments provided through the evaluation form after each session by jury panels made up of key industry players and experts.
Among those selected were start-ups with solutions based on digital twins and advanced connectivity platforms for ships, such as TechBinder, EyeGauge, Captain’s Eye, Sealution and Marine Digital, solutions related to IoT devices for the traceability of goods, such as Nuve and Shellock, as well as proposals in the field of video analytics and artificial intelligence, such as Isarsoft, CertiCon and Digital Engineering Solutions.
Also present were start-ups with extensive experience in the port-logistics sector and products validated in various ports around the world, such as PortXchange, Navozyme, AllRead and Awake AI. On the other hand, a large group of start-ups focused on the generation of clean energy, the decarbonization of maritime transport and the increase of biodiversity, such as WindCredible, Eco Wave Power, Resen Waves, Clean Ocean Coatings or Reefy.
The opening ceremony was presided over by the Secretary of State for the Sea, José Maria Costa, the Director General of the Hydrographic Institute, Admiral Ramalho Marreiros, the Secretary General of Fórum Océano, Rubén Eiras, and various members of the Portuguese Navy.
AspBAN BOOTCAMP ignites Blue Innovation for EU Atlantic
The Atlantic Smart Ports Blue Acceleration Network Bootcamp was a resounding success, generating enthusiasm and paving the way for a more sustainable and innovative future in the Blue Economy.
Throughout the three days, activities ranged from inspirational sessions, joint workshops in the field of the concept canvas of pilot projects, exploratory and focus meetings with start-ups and investors, networking spaces, and workshops based on open collaboration ecosystems.
The amazing ASPBAN consortium were able to deliver a significant number of new pilot projects on green energy, ocean health and digitalization with startups and ports.
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST…
Navigate through this small collection of moments for a deep dive into the Aspban program and a brief example of all the Blue Positive Energy around this successful bootcamp!
In this section we are going to introduce various partners of the AspBAN consortium in each issue of the newsletter.
Fórum Oceano Association of Maritime Economy is a private non-profit corporate body created in 2009 and since then formally recognised by the Portuguese Government as the Nacional Maritime Cluster. It has 110 members representing all sectors of the blue economy, including companies and business associations, RTD centres, higher-education institutions, local authorities and other associative organisations. The cluster strengthens the dynamics of strategic cooperation between the members and other relevant stakeholders, whilst promoting the competitiveness of the main value chains that use the sea and marine resources as the central elements of their activities. As its final mission, the Cluster wants to contribute to sustainable economic growth and the growth of exports and employment as well as incresing the maritime economy’s importance to the national economy. Fórum Oceano will be leading the business plan tasks, under WP7, and the management of the Strategic Partners Network.
Magellan is a non-profit private law association for the representation of Portuguese interests abroad. Magellan is engaged in the promotion and advocacy of entities abroad, namely near the European Union institutions, providing advice to companies, business associations and other entities, aiming to assist them in maintaining a strong presence within the European Union. Magellan is aware that much of the legislation governing the Portuguese and European business structure originates within the European Union. That is why, from Brussels, Magellan cultivates a close contact with the most relevant actors within the European institutions and other correlated entities. The main lines of action include the identification of opportunities, support for the preparation of applications, management and coordination of proposals and projects retained for funding, as well as representation and policy advocacy with European institutions. In addition to supporting other entities applications, Magellan has a broad experience participating either as beneficiary or as subcontractor in large European consortia since 2014. Magellan is also a member of the WATERBORNE Technology Platform, which is an initiative that promotes the establishment of a continuous dialogue between all stakeholders in the waterborne transport sector and in other waterborne-related sectors on R&D. The main areas of Magellan’s work and specialisation are Transport, Environment and Circular Economy, which translate into large involvement in the deployment of a series of activities and projects in their realm: advocacy, consultancy, project management, access to funds and event organisation. Magellan will be co-leading WP1, together with Beta-i.
Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) is the government agency responsible for providing policy analysis and advice on the Ports and Maritime sector to the Department of Transport in Ireland. IMDO undertakes economic analysis on the maritime sector, socio-economic analysis of the ocean economy and it is currently engaged in research on port performance metrics, working with the Irish ports on the TEN-T core network corridor as well as its comprehensive ports. The networks and industrial links that the IMDO has established in Ireland and internationally, along with experience from collaboration with other agencies with the goal of doubling the size of Ireland’s ocean economy, will provide valuable knowledge and expertise to the development of the blue accelerator network. The IMDO’s capabilities and experience will be focused on leading WP2 and dissemination activities in WP8. The role of the IMDO as a national promotion centre will enhance the exploitation and dissemination activities from the ASPBAN project. The goals to increase the level of startups and scale ups for the Blue Economy, through a new smart-ports blue accelerator network, are perfectly aligned to the IMDO’s mandate and its role in the development of Ireland’s Ocean Economy.
NOAH Blue Consortium is driving a holistic approach to structure the Global Regenerative Blue Growth, aiming to bring innovative solutions for coastal regions and cities using ocean resources in a regenerative way, respecting the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and empowering regional circular economies. To structure such a global blue revolution, NOAH is deploying four pillars: 1) Networking Platform – Blue International Federation (BIF); 2) Financial Platform – NOAH Blue Economy Blended Investment Platform (BEBIP); 3) Physical Platforms – NOAH’s Arks Series: Regional Floating Blue headquarters infrastructures hubs in Ports, meeting points of the Blue value chain to physically connect the Global BEBIP funds to regional Blue accelerators; 4) Digital Platform – NOAH Blue Digital Platform (Blue Digital). NOAH will be actively participating in WP4.
YOU WILL GET TO GOOD PORT!
The Atlantic Smart Ports Blue Acceleration Network (AspBAN) project is co-funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund of the European Union (EMFF), falling under Pillar 1: Ports as Gateways and Hubs for the Blue Economy of the Atlantic Action Plan 2.0.
We have several ways available for you to follow AspBAN’s progress. On the web you will find all the most relevant project information such as our objectives; who are the full partners and strategic partners; calls; workshops; database; news and deliverables.
Twitter and LinkedIn allow us to have a live and direct communication channel where we can answer questions; share activities and opinions; and get to know better all those who are interested in the Atlantic Action Plan 2.0 and the Atlantic ports as a key for the Blue Growth.
In our social networks you can find from time to time links to interesting articles related to our topic, but which have been discarded from appearing on the AspBAN website.
We take this opportunity to inform you that on the AspBAN YouTube channel you can find videos of our webinars, participation in events, etc.
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