UPCOMING EVENTS

6.7.2022

The Future of Ocean Sensors

The Future of Ocean Sensors, Opportunities, Obstacles, and Innovations.  Virtual and face-to-face at Innovate Newport. 

June 7th, 3:30-5:00PM. Reception to follow.

Join the Blue Venture Forum for a panel discussion about leading edge innovations, challenges, and opportunities in oceanographic sensor development. During this year’s Blue Innovation Symposium we had a lively discussion about the future of sensing and this panel will expand on that topic. Panelists include Mike Wardlaw, Office of Naval Research (ONR), and Vic Ricci, Naval Undersea Warfare Center.

The Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia in partnership with the Government of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia and the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship is pleased to present the H2O: Home to Overseas Conference on Monday, June 13 to Thursday, June 16, 2022 at the Halifax Convention Centre.

9.20 - 9.22.2022

Discover Global Markets: The Blue Economy

Discover Global Markets business development forum is the U.S. Department of Commerce’s flagship event series for U.S. exporters. The forum features a dynamic mix of plenary sessions, topical round-tables, prescheduled one-on-one meetings with U.S. commercial diplomats, buyers and ministry officials from key markets around the globe, and plenty of networking!

1.24 - 1.26.2023

The Blue Innovation Symposium

The Blue Innovation Symposium is the premier event in New England for connecting the marine technology industry for education, networking and facilitating partnering opportunities. The conference brings together a broad spectrum of representatives of the marine technology industry from the US and beyond.  Each year, the program has welcomed more than 270 attendees and nearly 40 sponsors for the three-day event, which included keynote addresses, panel discussions and a unique series of five-minute flash talks.  

SAVE THE DATE: Next year we will be holding the Blue Innovation Symposium from January 24-26, 2023.

PAST EVENTS

Blue Innovation Symposium

2.23.2022

Blue Innovation Symposium

The Blue Innovation Symposium is the premier event in New England for connecting the marine technology industry for education, networking and facilitating partnering opportunities. The conference brings together a broad spectrum of representatives of the marine technology industry from the US and beyond.  Each year, the program has welcomed more than 270 attendees and nearly 40 sponsors for the three-day event, which included keynote addresses, panel discussions and a unique series of five-minute flash talks.  

11.17.2021

Climate Change, Weather Modeling, and Ocean Observation

Join The Blue Venture Forum, virtually, from 5:00-6:30PM (Eastern), on November 17th, as we discuss “Climate Change, Weather Modeling, and Ocean Observation: Implications for Blue Technology”.

Learn what technologies are needed to help us better understand how the oceans impact and are impacted by climate change, develop accurate weather models for forecasting, and enhance and improve our ocean observation capabilities. 

We’ll hear from the companies, who are at the forefront of developing the technologies to address these areas, to get an understanding of what opportunities they’re pursuing, how they’ve raised funding to-date, and how they plan to scale their businesses.

Dive Technologies Vehicle

10.27.2021

Blue Venture Forum Launch

Join The Blue Innovation Symposium, virtually, from 5:00-6:30PM (Eastern), on October 27th, as we launch the Blue Venture Forum and hold our inaugural event, Venture Capital and Blue Technology, a case study featuring Dive Technologies.

Over the last 6 years, driven by the need to better understand our oceans, there has been an increase in the number of blue technology startups, successful blue technology “exits”, and investors who are now considering “blue” investments. The Blue Venture Forum will serve as a platform to connect this ecosystem through targeted programming, matchmaking, and partnering opportunities. The BVF wants to particularly thank the van Beuren Charitable Foundation (vBCF), the Greater Newport Area Chamber of Commerce, DTN Ventures, and the City of Newport for their support.

Until recently, Blue Tech startups typically grew through bootstrapping and non-dilutive funding, such as SBIRs, and it was almost unheard of to have an outside investor involved. Today, however, the industry is witnessing a wave of interest and investment activity from individual , Angel, and institutional investors, such as Venture Capital (VC) and Private Equity. Founders need help to better understand the nuances of when and how to work with an equity investor and investors need a better understanding of the scope and scale of this sector. Learn how, and why, Dive Technologies pursued Venture Capital Funding and successfully secured more than $7 million in funding.