Project Partners

SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth

The SUBMARINER Network is a non-profit European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG) and a flagship of the EU Baltic Sea Strategy, bringing together actors from the whole Baltic Sea Region to actively promote innovative and sustainable uses of marine resources. It operates across the entire knowledge and innovation triangle, including the private sector, research, and education institutions, and integrates perspectives from local to international scale, different scientific disciplines, as well as policy and economic stakeholders. It comprises a network of over 40 institutions, from universities to SMEs, NGOs and start-ups across the Baltic Sea Region.

Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique

Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique is an economic development cluster created in 2005. PMBA manages a network of more than 400 organisations with a triple helix approach in which industries (SMEs, start-ups, major companies), research centres, and academia work together to develop innovative projects around maritime innovation. The PMBA cluster aims to enhance the capacity of companies to innovate, stimulate growth and increase employment in promising markets. Its expertise is based on 6 main topics: maritime safety and security, marine energy and mining resources, shipbuilding and leisure boatbuilding, marine biological resources, coastal and environmental planning and management, as well as maritime ports, infrastructure and transport. As economic development cluster, PMBA facilitates the emergence of collaborative research and development projects and supports the growth of member companies, particularly by placing new products, services and processes resulting from research on the market.

Tartu Biotechnology Park

Tartu Biotechnology Park provides excellent physical infrastructure as well as business development and consultancy services to companies and R&D institutions in the fields of biotechnology, medicine and veterinary medicine. It supports companies in finding cooperation partners and is active in the establishment process of new companies. From the 2005 we are running BioMed business incubator with a mission to create favorable environment for start-up enterprises. TBP collaborates closely with biotechnology parks and IRCs in Europe and USA. They are a member and Estonian contact point of ScanBalt fmba.

Klaipeda University

Klaipeda University is represented by the subdivision Marine Research Institute (MRI). Marine Research Institute is unique centre of fundamental and applied marine research in Lithuania. Being equipped with modern research infrastructure MRI is providing high level scientific and technological research services for maritime business and national environmental authorities. Established fleet and modern laboratories allows carrying out the oceanographic research and complex analytical investigations of marine environment.

University of Tartu

University of Tartu is the biggest and most prestigious classical university in Estonia. It was established by King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden in 1632, thus being one of the oldest universities in Northern Europe. The Estonian Marine Institute of the university has a mission to enhance the knowledge and understanding on the functioning of the Baltic Sea ecosystem and to seek scientific and management solutions in order to improve environmental quality and the sustainability of ecosystem services. Research is focusing on marine biology and biodiversity, sustainable use of marine ecosystem services including the fishery resources, environmental safety of maritime transport, maritime spatial planning as a tool for practical implementation of the ecosystem-based approach.

De Blauwe Cluster

The De Blauwe or Blue Cluster works towards stimulating blue growth in Flanders and creating maximum positive impact for its members and partners. This is achieved through building cross-sectoral networks, stimulating innovation and drawing up a joint blue strategy. Key areas of interest include coastal protection and use of mineral resources, renewable energy and freshwater production, maritime connection, sustainable seafood and marine biotechnology, blue tourism, ocean health and waste solutions, ecosystem approach and smart sea.

Iceland Ocean Cluster (Sjavarklasinn)

The Iceland Ocean Cluster’s mission is to create value by connecting together entrepreneurs, businesses and knowledge in the marine industries. To serve this mission they provide a range of services and invest their resources in new marine spin-offs and projects. They operate a business cluster of 68 companies in the Icelandic Fisheries sector and a business incubator (entrepreneurs, start-ups and investors) which over the last decade has fostered the development of close to 20 fishery-residue companies in Iceland. The IOC has also founded several startups itself in the field of full utilisation. The best known are codland and Marinecollagen.


The BLUEBIO ALLIANCE is a national network that includes all subsectors of the marine bioresources value chain in Portugal. It ranges from raw material producers and R&D units to biotech SMEs, transforming centers and manufacturers, public sector entities and support companies, up to the final consumer product developers.

BBA aims at collectively organizing this value chain, to foster its relations and dynamics, leveraging its SMEs’ growth and accelerating their internationalization by increasing their outreach and exportations, leading to more jobs and value creation for Portugal.

Association Klaipėda Region

The Association “Klaipėda Region” (AKR) is the association uniting seven municipalities of Klaipėda Region, that has been operating since 2012. AKR’s activities aim to represent the interests of its members, and seek to unite the municipalities of the Klaipėda Region to work together towards a more efficient implementation of tasks that require joint effort. Additionally, the AKR activity aims to contribute to the attraction of European Union support investments to the region, strengthen regional policy, and promote balanced social and economic development in the Klaipėda Region.

Innovatum AB

Innovatum is a Science Park for the development of knowledge, entrepreneurship and innovation. It is a nonprofit, independent player with commitment to the development of others by: testing ideas, allow them to grow and become reality, aiming to benefit small and medium-sized businesses, focusing on innovation, growth, sustainability and social benefits, collaborating with important players – companies, academia, institutes etc. Innovatum runs an incubator program with about 30 companies on an ongoing basis and helped more than 100 startups to develop, find investments, scale up and internationalize. The focus areas are sustainable transports, renewable energy, maritime industries, sustainable production.

NCE Blue Legasea

NCE Blue Legasea is a bio marine cluster consisting of 37 regional industrial partners, academia and R&D partners with end-to-end competence across the complete bio-marine value chain. The principal strategy is to utilize 100 % of wild-caught marine biomass to meet the demand for high-value products such as functional foods or nutraceuticals that improve quality of life or reduce the incidence of lifestyle diseases. The vision of the NCE Blue Legasea cluster project is to become a pioneer through establishing a global standard for sustainable, environmentally friendly and valuable processing of healthy products from wild-caught marine biomass. They aim at creating a multi-billion Norwegian industry based on the sustainable production of marine ingredients for the global health and nutrition marked.

The Scottish Association for Marine Science

The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) is Europe’s oldest independent marine science organisation, dedicated to delivering marine science for a healthy and sustainable marine environment through research, education and engagement with society. SAMS has expertise in marine and coastal ecosystem ecology, ecosystem functioning, biodiversity and conservation. This is coupled with an ongoing research base in marine industries and the blue economy. This includes experience in the development of sustainable aquaculture, marine biotechnology, marine renewables, environmental ‘omics , the use of remote sensing including new platforms such as remotely piloted Aircraft and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles.