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Int'l - Seven start-ups with sights set on the seas

This week, we take a look start-ups that are creating marine-focused solutions.

The ocean economy, estimated to be worth $24trn, plays host to many processes that are essential to modern life, and which we often take for granted. Though the world’s oceans are at risk of overfishing, pollution and the effects of the climate crisis, they are still the backbone of countless industries.

This week, we take a look at seven start-ups that are working with the ocean economy in different ways. This includes companies focusing on renewable energy, making sea rescue safer and offering insights for logistics and shipping companies.


Econcrete is an Israeli start-up that offers a suite of environmentally sensitive concrete solutions that can be used to protect coastlines. Founded in 2012 by Ido Sella and Shimrit Perkol-Finkel, the start-up has developed a proprietary bio-enhanced concrete.

Econcrete’s solution induces the formation of bio-habitats, while preserving the functional and structural properties of coastal concrete. The start-up’s goal is to harness natural processes for ecological enhancement to bridge the gap between development and sustainability.

In the category of design, Econcrete was recognised as one of Time magazine’s best inventions of 2019. While still working primarily with coastal infrastructure, the company is also looking at the area of bio-active concrete walls for residential and commercial properties.


ioCurrents is a Seattle-based start-up that wants to bring big data to the high seas. Founded in 2015 by Cosmo King and Bhaskar Bhattacharyya, the company’s platform provides data analytics to maritime vessels through two main components.

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