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The community is open to entrepreneurs, investors, corporates and innovation stakeholders interested in the Blue Economy. Our content and activities are designed to help start-ups and SMEs with investment and growth prospects.
An exclusive coaching programme for high potential start-ups and SMEs with innovative and sustainable products and solutions for the Blue Economy.
Businesses and projects selected for Investment Readiness Assistance will receive coaching packages tailored specifically to their readiness levels and business objectives. The programme is impact-driven, with a clear focus on providing business support to help startups and SMEs build capacities for growth and attract investment.
BlueInvest events are aimed at business impact. Events will feature learning opportunities, knowledge exchange, networking and B2B matchmaking, in formats designed to transform business.
A call for corporates: become a BlueInvest Corporate Day host:
A call to host BlueInvest Corporate Days is now open.
The academy offers capacity-building courses, training events and exclusive webinars to accelerate businesses for investment, market access and international expansion.
BlueInvest Academy is open to members of the BlueInvest Community. Features include seminars on the latest industry developments and trends, sessions with market experts, talks and speed mentoring to help you with your go-to-market approach.
The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) supports the development of innovative services and technologies and awards grants to market- and investment-ready SMEs with innovative products, technologies and services for the blue economy. The 2019 call (EUR 22,5 Mio) was published on 21 November 2019 and was open until 27 February 2020. 104 proposals were submitted. 29 SMEs were invited to pitch their proposals to an Investor Jury. 10 high-profile company projects were retained for funding. The next BlueInvest call 2020 (EUR 20 Mio) is planned to be published in November with a deadline mid-January. An Info Day is planned for 24 November.
Blue Economy Window Call (2019)
The European Investment Fund, backed by the European Strategic Investment Fund, has earmarked finance for enterprises with innovative products and services that can help the blue economy deliver the EU's Green Deal priorities. From late January 2020, the new fund will be able to provide finance to funds that are wholly or partly targeting the blue economy or to individual enterprises backed by more general funds. More information here
Update: Call for Expressions of Interest to the BlueInvest Fund is now published. Investors & Fund Managers have until 31 December 2020 to apply.
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Financing Healthy Oceans and Waters: A Consultation on a Mission Approach
Blue Economy Window 2019
The EASME-MARE virtual kick-off meeting for the winning projects of the 2019 EMFF Blue Economy Window (“BlueInvest grants”) call took place. 9 grants had been awarded
Start date: 27/10/2020 - 00:00Last update: 28/10/20
BlueInvest grants - information day and opening of call
The aim is to bring to market new products, services and business models in blue economy value chains and develop sustainable and innovative blue growth in Europe's sea basins.
Start date: 24/11/2020 - 00:00Last update: 10/09/20
Black Sea BlueInvest workshop 2 September 15:30
Virtual Regional Workshops aim to engage maritime stakeholders and organisations working in the areas of innovation, investment and entrepreneurship.
Start date: 02/09/2020 - 15:30Last update: 28/08/20
BlueInvest Fund FAQs
The BlueInvest Fund - webinar
Introducing the BlueInvest Fund: Sustainable financing for the Blue Economy
Start date: 14/05/2020 - 00:00Last update: 04/06/20
BlueInvest inuaugural e-pitching session in the time of coronavirus
allows investors to question the pitchers
Start date: 26/05/2020 - 17:00Last update: 02/06/20
BlueInvest for national promotional banks and institutions
to discuss new opportunities for investment in the blue economy
Start date: 07/04/2020 - 10:30Last update: 04/04/20
Applying for finance from BlueInvest Fund
Fund managers who are able to invest an amount at least equal to the amount drawn from the European Investment Fund in the blue economy may be eligible
BlueInvest Corporate Days
BlueInvest Corporate Days Bridging the gap between SMEs and large companies can prove to be a vital strategy for business acceleration and growth and for the development of mutually beneficial partnerships between innovative SMEs and corporates.