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BlueInvest aims to boost innovation and investment in sustainable technologies for the blue economy, by supporting readiness and access to finance for early-stage businesses, SMEs and scale-ups. It is enabled by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

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BlueInvest Community

Join the community to meet potential partners and investors, gain access to exclusive events, market intelligence and learning opportunities.

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.


BlueInvest Pipeline

See our showcase of innovative projects and entrepreneurs who are shaping the Blue Economy.

Projects consist of innovative, scalable and sustainable business ventures from traditional and emerging sectors of the maritime economy.

Once you submit your application, the BlueInvest Team will assess your eligibility and set-up a dedicated profile on the European Maritime Forum.  The team will also contact you to share insight on how to enhance your project's profile and make the most out of your showcase page. 



BlueInvest Readiness Assistance

Over 200 companies are receiving tailored Readiness Assistance. Applications are currently closed. BlueInvest Readiness Assistance is 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

BlueInvest events are aimed at business impact. Events feature learning opportunities, knowledge exchange, networking and B2B matchmaking, in formats designed to transform business.

Click on the Events Calendar to view our upcoming events.



BlueInvest Academy

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.


BlueInvest Grants

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.

Between 2016 and 2021 the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) awarded over EUR 65 million to projects with SMEs to develop innovative products, technologies and services for the blue economy. Close to 60 projects were funded. In the last two years alone, we have allocated support to 24 market- and investment-ready SMEs.


For more information on these projects:

As of 2021, rather than continuing with its grants scheme, the European Commission is blending EMFAF contributions from InvestEU and EIF/EIB aiming to leverage upwards of €100 million  a year in the period 2021-2027. Matched by other funds from intermediaries such as Venture Capital Funds this could result in up to EUR 2,7 billion of risk finance to be offered to the market and to be invested in into innovative and sustainable blue economy companies.


BlueInvest Fund

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. The BlueInvest Fund is structured as an EFSI Equity Product to provide finance to funds that are wholly or partly targeting the blue economy or to individual enterprises backed by more general funds.

In 2020 the BlueInvest fund successfully deployed €75 million EFSI contribution plus €15 million from InnovFin Equity to a number of Venture Capital Funds, who will use these guarantees to invest up €300 million in the blue economy in the next 5 years, most of it in the EU.

These funds are:

Contact us if you would like to get in touch.


Become a BlueInvest Coach

BlueInvest Coaches are experienced, talented business coaches who are committed to helping maritime businesses get their most important work done to achieve their goals.

Applications to join the network of BlueInvest Coaches are now closed, but you can contact us to find out more.




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BlueInvest 2020 - photo gallery

the event brought venture capitalists, banks, entrepreneurs, corporates, small businesses together to look at opportunities in the blue economy

Start date: 04/02/2020 - 00:00
Last update: 26/02/20

BlueInvest Events

The annual BlueInvest Day will bring together innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and enablers in the Blue Economy, with the objective of generating concrete business opportunities and visibility for your business.

Last update: 04/09/19

BlueInvest Readiness Assistance

The BlueInvest Readiness Assistance is for high potential start-ups and SMEs with innovative and sustainable products and solutions for the Blue Economy.

Last update: 30/08/19

Become a BlueInvest Coach

The applications to join the network of BlueInvest Coaches are currently closed. If you feel your profile is of key relevance, please do not hesitate to contact us at:

Last update: 29/08/19

Data Protection Notice for BlueInvest

BlueInvest is committed to user privacy.

Last update: 29/08/19


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