Maritime Blue, a Washington state public-private coalition promoting marine-related technologies, has announced the 10 startups participating in its 2022 accelerator. Seven are from Washington or Oregon.
The cohort includes four founders and two teams led by people of color, supporting a deliberate effort by the Accelerator to bring diversity to the marine sector historically dominated by white and men.
“We are very keen to contribute to the momentum of this eclectic group of startups, each bringing unique value to our region’s blue economy ecosystem, from kelp to global supply chain solutions,” said Joshua Berger, Founder and CEO of Washington Maritime Blue.
This is the third year of the Maritime Blue innovation accelerator. The mentorship program lasts four months and ends with a startup showcase in May.
Past attendees include Discovery Health, a remote health care services company for marine vessel workers that employs more than 200 people, and Silverback Marine, a Seattle-based boat building and design company that won an award. grant with Pure Watercraft to build an all-electric vessel for the port of Lopez.
The Port of Seattle and the Washington Department of Commerce are supporting the program.
Here are the participating startups:
- Adhere Gear (Portland) – Construction of IoT devices for the monitoring of maritime transport cargoes.
- Algeon Materials (San Diego) – Creation of sustainable plastics from algae.
- Blue Dot Kitchen (Bainbridge Island, Washington) – Production of kelp-based snack foods.
- Carbon Orca (Seattle) – Development of electric foil boards.
- Duplex M (Anacortes, Wash.) – Offering software used to optimize battery performance on ships.
- Marine Safety Solutions (Poway, Calif.) – Manufacture of shields used on ships to prevent fires.
- Photon Marine (Portland) – Development of electric outboard motors for commercial fleets.
- Marine Potential (Seattle) – Promote and support indigenous black people of color in the maritime sector.
- Steamchain (Beaverton, Oregon) – Operating a platform for processing business-to-business payments.
- WeavAir (Singapore) – Sale of software and hardware to monitor and improve air quality.
The accelerator is part of Maritime Blue’s larger effort to support the maritime industry. In December, the coalition received $ 500,000 in the first phase of a federally funded cleantech challenge. He plans to use the money to help commercialize new technologies to decarbonize heavy transport and reduce carbon emissions.