Last December, the AspBANproject (Atlantic Smart Ports Blue Acceleration Network) selected the 40 start-ups that would participate in the Bootcamp program. A program focused on the co-design of future pilot tests that will solve the business challenges posed by the Atlantic ports members of the consortium.
Among those selected are start-ups with solutions based on digital twins and advanced connectivity platforms for vessels, such as TechBinder, EyeGauge, Captain’s Eye, Sealution y Marine Digital. Solutions related to IoT devices for cargo traceability, Nuve y Shellock,as well as proposals in the field of video analytics and artificial intelligence, such as Isarsoft, CertiCon y Digital Engineering Solutions. Likewise, there were start-ups with comprehensive experience in the port logistics sector, and products validated in various ports around the world, this is the case of PortXchange, Navozyme, AllRead y Awake AI. On the other hand, the program counted with a large group of start-ups whose focus is on the generation of clean energy, the decarbonization of maritime transport and the increase in biodiversity, such as WindCredible, Eco Wave Power, Resen Waves, Clean Ocean Coatings or Reefy.
The set of start-ups, experts in the maritime sector and the blue economy, investment partners and partners, including the Port of Algeciras, as well as the Ports of Gijón, Vigo, Bilbao, Seville and other international ports such as Leixoes , Lisbon or Dunkirk; participated in a three-day program, with the purpose of finding solutions to turn ports into centers of blue innovation, with new business models and catalysts for environmental sustainability.
The meeting, held in Lisbon at the Navy Hydrographic Institute, took place on January 23 and 26, organized by the collaborative innovation consultancy company Beta-i, main coordinator of the AspBAN project, and with the support of Fórum Océano, the entity responsible for promoting the Portuguese Maritime Cluster.
The inaugural ceremony was chaired by the Secretary of State for the Sea, José Maria Costa, the General Director of the Hydrographic Institute, Admiral Ramalho Marreiros, the General Secretary of the Ocean Forum, Rubén Eiras, and by different members of the Portuguese Navy.
Throughout the three days, activities ranged from inspirational sessions, joint workshops in the field of the canvas concept for pilot project, exploratory and focus meetings with start-ups and investors, networking spaces, to workshops based on open collaborative ecosystems.
The objectives pursued by the program focused on co-developing pilot projects of potential solutions, working with a network of experts to develop collaborations and initiatives in the blue economy sector, and contributing to the promotion of the open collaborative innovation.
Once the Bootcamp is over, the program partners will continue working on the definition and alignment of the pilot tests, to give way later, to the turn for deployment and implementation in the corresponding ports.