Maritime Forum

Maritime Forum Themes



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.


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 will consist of innovative and scalable business ventures from traditional and emerging sectors of the maritime economy.


BlueInvest Readiness Assistance

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 will feature learning opportunities, knowledge exchange, networking and B2B matchmaking, in formats designed to transform business. Join us at:

Past events

Upcoming events: 

A call for corporates: become a BlueInvest Corporate Day host:

A call to host BlueInvest Corporate Days is now open.



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. 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)

Blue Economy Call (2020) 


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. 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.


Become a BlueInvest Coach

We are always looking for experienced, talented coaches who share our commitment to helping businesses get their most important work done and achieve their goals. 




How you can benefit




Access expertise, coaching,
relevant contacts, international
business networks and investors.

Get the right connections to the market
and move from strategy to execution.



Become a member of the Club of
Investors, access a tailored deal flow,
exclusive events and market intelligence.

Enhance your visibility through the
platform’s official channels.

Stakeholders & Coaches


Connect to business, markets and investors, exchange knowledge and support ecosystem building.

Plug in to the community.

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 (All day)
Last 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 - 15:30
Last update: 28/08/20

BlueInvest inuaugural e-pitching session in the time of coronavirus

allows investors to question the pitchers

Start date: 26/05/2020 - 17:00
Last update: 02/06/20

The BlueInvest Fund - webinar

Introducing the BlueInvest Fund: Sustainable financing for the Blue Economy

Start date: 14/05/2020 (All day)
Last update: 04/06/20

BlueInvest for national promotional banks and institutions

to discuss new opportunities for investment in the blue economy

Start date: 07/04/2020 - 10:30
Last update: 04/04/20

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 (All day)
Last update: 26/02/20