Blue Bio Bootcamps 2024

Dive into the Future: Unlock the Potential of the Blue Bioeconomy with Us!

Join the Blue Bio Bootcamps 2024: expand your network, gain expert mentorship, and spotlight your innovations in the blue bioeconomy. Apply now to make it happen!

Deadline June 21, 2024!

Unlock the Potential of the Blue Bioeconomy

As part of BlueBioClusters, we’re catalysing the growth of the blue bioeconomy across EU coastal regions. This year, we introduce the Blue Bio Bootcamps – a series of one-day dynamic events designed specifically for innovators like you, who are ready to tackle the unique challenges of our industry and propel us into a sustainable future!

Why You Can't Miss This

Drawing on insights from a comprehensive study conducted by our partners across the Baltic, Nordic, and Atlantic basins, we have pinpointed a range of challenges that startups and SMEs like you face. From navigating market access complexities for your innovative food products to pioneering new technologies for marine biomass, these challenges are a call to action.

Are You a Startup or SME with a Blue Solution?

The Bootcamps are specifically designed for you who have a business idea that can help solve a regional blue challenge – and need support to grow your business! The Bootcamps are open to entrepreneurs, startups, and SMEs with verified and scalable business ideas and with growth potential. Coastal communities need solutions like yours to achieve a sustainable blue bioeconomy.
  • Legal & Regulatory
  • Science
  • Technological Needs
  • Cooperation & Partnership
  • Communication & Marketing
  • Market & Consumer Demand
  • Funding & Investment
  • Cost of Operations & Infrastructures
  • Skills & Labour
  • Environmental

Belgium foodies are looking at blue bio producers for fresh and healthy menu items and sometimes have difficulty to convince the food market. In addition, other industries, such as agriculture, chemistry, textile and pharmacies, see opportunities within the Blue Bio to help their sectors forward in the transition to a more sustainable Flemish economy. However, Flemish startups and SMEs within the blue bioeconomy encounter problems with scaling their solutions to match the needed quantity. Clarity from public authorities, trust from investment companies, and investment risk reduction could facilitate the development of the Flemish Blue Bioeconomy further. Integrating side streams from other industries in the production of aquaculture biomass can be one of the solutions for Blue Bio Startups and SMEs not only as producers but also as technology providers.

Blue Cluster

The coastline of Metropolitan France spans 4853 kilometers and includes 3 important littoral areas: the Mediterranean Sea, the English Channel and the Atlantic Ocean. Due to this key location, the country prioritizes the sustainable, resilient and profitable use of marine resources. The blue bioeconomy in France covers different sectors, such as fisheries, shellfish farming, marine biotechnologies and seaweed farming. However, there is a need for improved collaboration among stakeholders to increase the positive impact on marine resources management. Some examples of the value chains are: Microalgae for feed in aquaculture hatcheries and for use in cosmetics, food, nutraceuticals, wastewater treatment, biofertilisers, bioplastics and biofuels. Still, producers are facing challenges in scaling-up cultivation technologies and identifying potential markets to ensure the return of investment. Macroalgae for extraction of alginate for food, feed, cosmetics & nutraceuticals. Also, to produce vegan leather and textiles. Producers are working to improve product attractiveness and set competitive prices to validate the market. For fish & shellfish, the main challenge is to valorise co-products and use 80-100% of the resources, reduce waste, promote circular economy and develop new value chains.

Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique

Evolving to a more sustainable and valuable sector with more efficient processing technologies and deliver of high value products is a trend nowadays in blue bio sector’s in Portugal. Historically, the region embraces the fish sector at different levels. However, discards and byproducts are undervaluated. Companies working on harvesting and cultivating seaweed and microalgae experience uncertain market dynamics (B2B and B2C) and unpredictable preferences for food, cosmetics and nutraceuticals’ novel applications. Some challenges are related to the difficulty of penetrating existing value chains, creating new ones, and communicating the added value of the product to clients. Startups also struggle to scale up and often operate in a regulatory grey area that can hinder or slow growth and make businesses highly risky, with longer timeframes for returns that make them less attractive to investors. BlueBio Alliance (BBA)

Dive into the Blue Bioeconomy Community

The Blue Bio Bootcamps aren’t just events; they’re catalysts for change.

Whether it’s breaking into new markets with your sustainable seafood innovations, finding novel uses for marine by-products, or leading the charge in technological advancements for the blue bioeconomy, these bootcamps are your arena, and your chance to rub shoulders with other startups and SMEs that are working to develop this sector.

What to Expect from a Blue Bio Bootcamp

During these one-day events you will get the opportunity to meet experts in business, finance, marketing and research from the BlueBioClusters project, along with coaches and mentors that understand the regional challenges and can offer you support in developing your business idea further.

What’s In It For You?

Expand Your Network

Rub shoulders with other startups and SMEs that are working to develop this sector. Gain unparalleled access to a network of Europe’s blue clusters, potential investors, and media exposure to spotlight your innovations.

Expert Mentorship

You will have the chance of winning a paid mentorship that can help your company take the next step forward, thanks to expert guidance and support.

Visiblity & Feedback

Enjoy a platform where your ideas are not only heard but celebrated. Receive invaluable feedback, attract investor interest, and make headlines in the blue bioeconomy space.

The application process:

Discover our Regional Bootcamps

Bootcamp #1 – April 24, Riga

Our first Bootcamp was hosted by the project partners from the Baltic regions of Estonia and Lithuania and took place in Riga – the day before the 2nd Mission Arena!

Nordic Bootcamp

Bootcamp #2 – May 29, 2024

Our second Bootcamp will be a hybrid event with regional presences in Oban (Scotland), Reykjavík (Iceland), Ålesund (Norway), and Gothenburg (Sweden). The event will seek to address regional and transregional chalenges faced by startups and SMEs across these regions operating in blue value chains.

THUMBNAIL Atlantic Bootcamp

Bootcamp #3 – July 2, 2024

Our third Bootcamp will discuss Atlantic Challenges, and will be a hybrid event with regional presences in Brest (France), Peniche (Portugal), and Ostend (Belgium). The event will seek to address regional and transregional chalenges faced by startups and SMEs across these regions operating in blue value chains.


Deadline June 21, 2024!

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the Bootcamp, your business must be a Startup or an SME, and have a verified idea for a solution that addresses one of the challenges identified within our BlueBioClusters partner regions.

While startups and SMEs from any location can participate in the bootcamps, it’s important to note that paid mentorship is exclusively available for companies situated within the project partner regions. However, we can still extend our support to those located outside the region by facilitating matchmaking with mentors through the BlueBioMatch platform.

Ready to join us?

The Blue Bio Bootcamps are your launchpad to visibility, feedback, and a professional network. Participation is free, with flexible privacy options for your business ideas.