At the end of June 2023, we shared in Brussels the results and conclusions of Atlantic Smart Ports Blue Acceleration Network (AspBAN), to European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) and the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries from the European Commission (DG MARE).
AspBAN delivered successful solutions that enabled EU Atlantic ports to diversify revenue streams while working towards a sustainable maritime economy, through an impressive collaborative effort:
170 Strategic Partners
⛴️49 Ports & 147 challenges
2 Innovation programs targeting 122 startups
1 Open innovation program enabling 21 pilot projects in negotiations
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This event was organised in the framework of the Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup (SEArica) of the European Parliament, co-organised by The AspBAN project and The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR).
The seminar was hosted and moderated by MEP Deirdre Clune, SEArica Vice-Chair for the Atlantic. She emphasized the significance of the Blue Economy for the Green Deal and highlighted the pivotal role of ports in achieving a carbon-free economy across various blue sectors.
Ana Pinela, Coordinator of the AspBAN project, shared the impressive results achieved by the project since its launch in 2021. The innovative approach and collaborative efforts of AspBAN have showcased the potential for driving sustainable practices and fostering continuous support and innovation in the Blue Economy.
Leading experts from various sectors including port authorities, startups, and regional governments came together for a panel discussion on shaping the future of ports and the Blue Economy. The discussion emphasized the importance of cross-collaboration, open innovation, and pilot initiatives in driving sustainable and competitive change.
Jesús Medina Blanco, General Director of Information and Innovation at the Port Authority of Algeciras, stated the benefits of participating in AspBAN.
Marta Marin from The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR), emphasized the importance of replicating AspBAN and continuing with similar projects that involve the collaboration of governments, startups, ports, SMEs, corporates, etc.
Julia Coppla, from Bilbao Port Lab, believes AspBAN has raised awareness around innovation. At the port of Bilbao, there is already a new pilot on the table.
AllRead, one of the selected startups during the Open Innovation program, told us about the status of their pilot in the Port of Algeciras and the opportunity to implement their solution in other sports through AspBAN.
As EU institutions, we had the intervention of: Christos Economou, Head of Unit for Sea Basin Strategies, Maritime Regional Cooperation and Maritime Security (DG MARE); Eddy Liegeois, Head of Unit for Transport Networks (DG MOVE) and Josianne Cutajar, SEArica Vice-Chair for SMEs and Digitalisation. They foresee ports as potential hubs for economic growth, highlighting the importance of rethinking their infrastructure and business models.
On June 7th, the “Sharing Day” event of the European project AspBAN took place.
The project consortium shared the progress made in the development of pilot projects in their respective port ecosystems.
This event highlighted key factors that lead ports to adopt a mindset change, including promoting collaboration and partnerships with the startup ecosystem, openness and flexibility towards new ideas and market demands, as well as the ability to monitor and evaluate the impact of innovation.
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Events we have done so far!
Throughout the month of June 2023 our coordinator Ana Pinela has shared the results of the project at the meeting of the Third Meeting of the Subgroup ”Ports as Hubs for a Sustainable Blue Economy” in the framework of experts of the Comission European Ports Forum.
At the previous meeting of members of Docks the Future – Network of Excellence, our coordinator, Ana Pinela highlighted the AspBAN project emphasizing the importance of achieving a sustainable future for the Maritime Industry.
BUILDING THE PORTS OF THE FUTURE TOGETHER!
The European Commission showcases the activity and achievements of AspBAN on its website, underscoring its significance and innovation.
In this section we will continue to introduce various partners of the AspBAN consortium.
The Canary Islands Maritime Cluster (CMC) is a non-profit business association of the regional marine-maritime sector of the Canary Islands. Its main objective is to promote the development and international competitiveness of the Canary Islands maritime sector through the integration, creation, strengthening and sustainability of companies and agents that are within the value chain of the maritime sector, promoting their international presence and increase its technological and innovative level. CMC have around 95 members, divided into: public administrations, R&D&I agents, business associations, consultants, banks, universities, training centres and companies. CMC’s business areas integrate agents of the maritime value chain such as: ship repair, maritime transport, port services, marine biotechnology, recreational and sports boating, fishing and aquaculture, tourism, marine renewable energies and auxiliary maritime services. CMC will be in charge of dissemination and communication under WP8.
Eurotran is a public affairs agency based in Strasbourg and Brussels. It is specialised in EU public affairs and EU funding. Eurotran’s main goal is to promote their clients’ interest in the EU legislative process. Eurotran is also building long-term relationships based on attention, tailor-made advice and trust with its clients: it provides clients with all the tools to promote their positions towards European institutions, such as monitoring and intelligence, lobbying, strategy, training and EU funding. Eurotran will be actively participating and leading WP4.
Global Accelerator Network (GAN) is a highly experienced community of the world’s top startup accelerators, investors and corporate partners. It was launched to align the accelerator industry around globally accepted best practices and to create a standardized model for their success. GAN Accelerators have launched more than 13,000 startups in the last decade, and their network data shows that 86% are still in business today. GAN Accelerators provide strategic support, human and financial capital, and unparalleled connections to startup founders at the earliest stages of their companies, to ensure they have the human and financial capital they need to build powerful businesses and make meaningful impacts. GAN’s role within ASPBAN ensures participating members can create and sustain the most effective support for entrepreneurs developing technologies for climate, clean energy, marine, and related spaces. When the startup companies led by these entrepreneurs require the support they need, the collaboration will work better towards Sustainable Development Goals. Create new jobs, and foster an innovation ecosystem that sustains a blue economy in line with the European Green Deal. More specifically, GAN provides accelerator members with the following support: 1) A hub of the world’s top accelerators and peers working in similar collaboratives, with whom they can exchange best practices, data for benchmarking, playbooks, templates, and knowledge for operating exceptional accelerator programs; 2) Connections to corporate partners, investors, and mentors who belong to GAN’s global community and are focused on Blue Economy topics; 3) Promotion of the participants’ programs through GAN’s social media and email platform, in order to attract novel technologies and talent to help them innovate. GAN will provide an invaluable support in the implementation of tasks under WP5 and WP8.
PortXL was founded in Rotterdam in 2015 with the vision of cultivating a spirit of innovation within the global maritime and port industry. This is why PortXL is an ecosystem of startups, scaleups, corporate partners and mentors – all change makers, creative thinkers and problem solvers who work collaboratively to disrupt the status quo. PortXL is a typical startup accelerator with experience running programs in Rotterdam, Singapore and Antwerp. It is PortXL’s mission to innovate ports for sustainable growth. Being part of ASPBAN consortium overlaps with PortXL’s mission and international growth ambition and will lead to more cooperation between ports, accelerators and other partners in European maritime ecosystem. PortXL will be leading WP6.
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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