MA - SeaAhead and New England Aquarium announce launch of BlueSwell Incubator Program
Applications now open for innovators looking to bring ocean sustainability solutions out of the lab
SeaAhead, Inc. and the New England Aquarium have announced the launch of the BlueSwell Incubator Program (BlueSwell), New England's first dedicated, comprehensive early-stage bluetech incubator. BlueSwell is designed to support the creation and growth of startups with solutions that have the potential for significant impact on ocean sustainability and global resilience.
BlueSwell will catalyze new business creation by providing a direct (non-dilutive) grant of $35,000 to founders with a new ocean-related technology or business model innovation. Areas of particular opportunity for entrepreneurs include offshore renewable energy, sustainable seafood, maritime decarbonization, marine pollution, and resilient waterfronts. The program builds on New England's diverse and unique ocean-related capabilities to provide a support infrastructure for new businesses, including direct access to leaders and experts from industry, academia, government, and ocean conservation. The BlueSwell program includes a tailored 20-week curriculum, mentorship from SeaAhead and the Aquarium's research arm, the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life, an extended network of advisors, and coworking for the length of the program.
The BlueSwell Program will be located at the SeaAhead Bluetech Innovation Hub at CIC (Cambridge Innovation Center) Boston. The Bluetech Innovation Hub opened in 2019 as the first ocean-focused coworking space in Boston, with the goal of connecting the venture ecosystem in Boston's urban core with relevant industry and ocean-related research institutions throughout New England. CIC has a strong track record of helping to grow new economic clusters in Greater Boston and recognized early the potential this sector has to drive economic growth in the region.