Who are we looking for?

We are looking for early-stage impact ventures from around the world with projects that represent a business opportunity along the value chain of marine bioresources, including, but not limited to, biotechnology-based projects that tackle one of the following challenges:

Feeding a growing population & ensuring sustainable food systems

Enhancing health & well-being

Mitigation and adaptation to climate change

Addressing resource scarcity & preserving natural ecosystems and biodiversity

Empowering a circular bioeconomy growth model

Reducing plastic production & pollution

Blue Bio Value Acceleration program looks for aspiring and committed entrepreneurs that are able to develop commercially viable projects along the value chain of marine bioresources that comply with the following criteria:

    • Intentionally aiming to create positive impact in the marine world through the usage of sustainable and responsible sourcing and/or production methods; 
    • Established company prepared to enter the market or already in the market;
    • Having a fulltime team, with at least one of the co-founders working full time; 
    • Projects with TRL 5 or superior that can demonstrate high potential to rapidly scale up to viable market applications. [TRL: Technology Readiness Level, read more about it here.]

5th edition winners

Exogenus Therapeutics aims to transform waste materials from the microalgae industry into nanovesicle-based healthcare solutions. These derive from recovering extracellular vesicles of wastewater to be used for commercialization, whilst the “purified” water returns back to the system, tackling the reduction of wastewater.

Proteon Pharmaceuticals develops solutions to modulate the microbiome and improve animal and human health. The company is removing antibiotics from the food chain by developing a bacteriophage-based feed additive cocktail for aquaculture.

Sophie’s BioNutrients uses industrial food waste for the production of plant-based protein out of microalgae to be used on alternative food products.

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