Bluegrowth Maritime Startups 2018

From this document’s pages you shall be introduced to this year’s maritime startups while also meeting our Alumni startups from previous years which are now established companies, together with a detailed agenda of “The Final Pitch – BG IV Emerging Piraeus Maritime Startups” and the members of the BG Project Team.

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BlueGrowth Piraeus event, Final Pitch – “BG IV Emerging Piraeus Maritime Startups” at Posidonia 2018.

A huge thank you to all for attending the BlueGrowth Piraeus event, Final Pitch – “BG IV Emerging Piraeus Maritime Startups” at Posidonia 2018.

The BlueGrowth Team is especially proud of all the Startups that presented their ideas and we strongly believe that the future holds many more great achievements for them….

We would like to congratulate all the teams:

  • Ferryhopper
  • Keeano
  • Mestor
  • Drop4Sea
  • FRP Recycling
  • Nereus
  • Trash Power
  • Envicraft
  • Routemar
  • Cyan Energy

for coming this far!

We would also like to thank all of you who attended,for creating such a warm atmosphere and filling the room with such vibrant energy!
Theattendance list is the strongest proof that the BlueGrowth Initiative has matured and evolved on every level.

Special thanks to our inspirational hosts George Alexandratos and Nikolas Theodorou for their uplifting presentations and for making us all feel so welcome!

Also, a big thanks to our Sponsors and Supporters, especially to ΔήμοςΠειραιά – Municipality of Piraeus  and Aephoria.net.  Without their support, none of the above would have been possible.

Congratulations to Mr Thodoris Vokos for organizing and executing Posidonia 2018, the most popular shipping event globally.

Last but definitely not least, we are ready to embark on yet another journey!
In a few days BlueGrowth Piraeus is pleased to announce our call for the 5thBlueGrowth Competition – BG V!

“The Connected Yacht” – IoT integration

Openichnos, focusing on the integration of IoT management, introduces “The Connected Yacht” approach.

Openichnos can now apply features and a group of sensors connected with the tracking device, aiming at providing a fully monitoring solution. The adoption of sensors which can provide information about battery, fuel and weather conditions are of great interest in all aspects of transportation sector. Moreover, our team can provide an extension specifically for the niche market, adopting underwater sensors which can detect collisions and can be a valuable information in case of damage disputes.

 

 

Blue Growth Strategy of the Municipality of Piraeus

 

The Blue Growth Strategy of the Municipality of Piraeus is a strategic document covering economic, social and environmental issues in relation to Blue Growth and the Blue Economy, while at the same time presenting an integrated planning and action plan for the development of the city of Piraeus as an innovative, competitive and resilient Blue Economy hub with an international focus and reach.

The Municipality of Piraeus is the first Municipality in Greece that has developed a Strategic Plan for Blue Development, based on the guidelines of the national and supranational framework.

The aim of the Strategy is to facilitate the further development of the Blue Economy in the city, reinforcing its role as a driving force for the growth of the Greek economy and contributing to the establishment of Piraeus and Greece among the world’s leading forces in the field of Blue Growth.

It is noted that in Europe, the importance of Blue Economy for economic growth and job creation is particularly important, while it is also recognized that seas and oceans are levers of the European economy with great potential for innovation and growth. In this context, the European Strategy for Blue Growth has set itself the objective of promoting smart, sustainable and integrated growth and employment opportunities in the European marine and maritime economy.

In this context, it should be noted that the growth potential of the Blue Economy is significantly affected by the performance of existing and emerging clusters operating in various marine sectors across Europe, a parameter which is particularly important for Piraeus, as it is:

  • A developed maritime economy cluster with global interconnections
    • Center of one of the most important shipping forces in the world
    • A place with numerous and vast opportunities, where two important points of the global value chain meet: Greek shipping and the new road of silk, One Belt-One Road (OBOR).

In this constantly evolving environment and by exploiting the development potential of Piraeus, the Municipality has developed the Strategy for Blue Growth, with the hope of offering a useful tool and a common frame of reference for the business community and society of the city of Piraeus.

Therefore, we invite you to honor us with your presence at this event and we are look forward to discussing your views on the emerging prospects for Piraeus in relation to the Blue Economy.

 

Read the full Document here.

Piraeus Blue Growth Strategy 2018-2024

This specific Strategy aims at further developing Blue Economy in the city, strengthening its role as a driving keystone for the development of the Greek economy and contributing to the establishment of Piraeus and Greece as top forces in the world, in the area of Blue Growth. It exemplifies an integrated framework for planning and actions for the development of the city as an innovative, competitive and resilient node of the Blue Economy, with international orientation and range.

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Inspiration and innovation were the focus of the 4th “Blue Growth IV” Marine Economy Startup Competition was held on Wednesday, 4th of December 2017 at Destination Papastratos ,in an incentive environment thriving with innovative and brilliant ideas. Young entrepreneurs presented their concepts along with implementation ways that combine business growth with the promotion of our country’s blue economy.

Seven out of the sixteen participating teams which presented their blue economy ideas were awarded during the event which was jointly organized by sustainable-business education and incubation program aephoria.net Also , Apart from the 7 winning teams of BGIV there are still 9 winning teams of Piraeus Maritime Hackathon , BG Patras, Aegean BlueGrowth at Chios Island and BlueHackathon.

 

AWARDS: 

Fisrst Prize: Ferryhopper is a newly launched online ferry booking platform that brings island-hopping around Greece to your fingertips. Our modern and innovative platform presents you with every available direct and indirect connection to over 160 Greek islands and major ports. Through Ferryhopper, you can plan your ferry trip effortlessly, book your ticket quickly, compare prices instantly, secure the cheapest fare, and start hopping! Ferryhopper is the first –and only– booking platform that provides the user with indirect connections and routes to other destinations and makes ferry travelling in Greece easy and simple. Moreover, the island-hopping option allows the traveler to book multiple tickets in a single shot and plan their hopping around the islands without stress. Through novel ideas such as integration of e-ticket services and a simple and upgraded user experience Ferryhopper provides a complete and novel ferry traveling solution.

Second Prize: «MESTOR» MESTOR  is an integrated smart electronic system for ports, providing on-demand electric energy for ships, using lead-acid batteries. The major advance of MESTOR is the extended life-span of the batteries, reaching a 20-year life span, alongside an innovative rejuvenation system that can increase even more the life-span of the batteries. MESTOR can be combined with renewable energy sources, minimizing the environmental footprint, contributing to the EU target for greener and eco friendly urban landscapes.

Third Prize: «ELIMINATORE» ELIMINATORE We are the Eliminatore team. Our business idea is focused on the cleaning of the fish farm nets. More specific we aim to remove a microorganism called algae from the hole of the nets. Our company suggests a new cleaning method more autonomous. So our team is working on that, in order to make that happen. Due to the fact that the sector of aquaculture is on a high rise we are optimistic for the whole project.

 

 

Fourth pirize:«FRP RECYCLING» Recycling  yachts

Recycling yachts is an innovative process of collecting and changing plastic boats by recycling machines. Our mission is to offer a feasible and realistic solution to the end of life recreational craft. The goal is to create this company in the Greek market, where it is non-existent.

Fifth Prize: «keeano»  Keeano is the 1st search engine for coastlines and beaches around the globe and it provides personalized results for your preferences. It has the ability to characterize a beach with countless attributes and provide the best results depending on your profile and needs.

It is a crowdsourced application, so you can add beaches expanding keeano places and helping other users to find suitable coasts in their trips. Travellers like singles, explorers, families, boat keepers, PwDs, surfers, elderly, pet keepers, millennials, LGBT+, surfers and many more can enjoy a perfect day on a coast that fits them entirely.

Keeano is free to download for iOS and Android, and aims to become a global integrator for businesses with seaside activity.

Sixth Prize:«DR.OP4SE.A» Pirate attacks on merchant ships threaten the free and seamless conduct of international shipping and trade, both off the coast of Somalia and in the Guyane region of Guinea. Indicatively, according to a report from the Oceanic Overseas Organization, global economic damage from the cost of piracy in Guinea reached about $ 720 million in 2015

From statistical analyzes, it was initially found that ships sailing frequently or exclusively in High Risk Areas, may receive more frequent attacks, but they are not usually overtaken by pirates. The analyzes finally showed the obvious: the preparation of these vessels is clearly superior to that of ships that occasionally pass through the danger areas.

Preparing, as in the war, plays a crucial role in dealing with any threat. The preparation of merchant vessels is divided into two categories: The first category belongs to the equipment and tools available to the ship. The second category includes procedures and personnel.

Our idea is to create a different ship preparation condition through drone equipment that will conduct a long-range inspection round the ship. As long as armed guards are on board, the proposal is intended to give room for the preparation of armed guards, which somehow cover the two ends of the range of violence. The simple presence for deterrence and the (deadly) fire to intercept.

 

The use of closed-circuit surveillance CCTV Drones with motion sensors and monitors will certainly not discourage any pirate, but they can provide information long before we reach the critical moment when pirates will be hauled or not.
But the innovation of this service lies in the fact that the drone coverage range is so large that it can cover and relay a signal to stakeholders and patrol forces in the region to provide immediate relief and assistance of pirates, without being exposed to fire.

Also important, is that the particular drone, in fact, is an integral part of the ship, since it is connected to it by means of a special wire. This, helps us on the following issues.

Direct retransmission of data via wired interface, resulting in no loss due to high altitude or electronic interference

There is no problem with flight legislation, because tethering drones, constitute a single piece of the ship.

Eliminating the risk of losing the drone

Continuous 24/7 operations due to its continuous wired power supply.

Seventh Prize: «NESER ENGINEERING» .The System provides a solution for the reduction of fuel consumption and of 5 emission of gaseous pollutants from internal combustion engines. More specifically, the System describes a device and method of converting any internal combustion engine, for both diesel and gas engines, which enables a huge reduction in gas emissions pollutants and also a very large reduction in fuel consumption.

Aegean BlueGrowth Compettiton

Cyan Energy : Cyan Energy is a novel group which combines Green Energy from Renewable Energy Sources with Blue Economy. Its mission is to design and manage a network of offshore wind farms to provide autonomy of Energy to the islands of North Aegean. Furthermore, the group will use Computational Intelligent Systems to process the Energy Portfolio of this Wind Farm Network.

 

 

Patras BlueGrowth Competition

Envicraft : Maritime areas often come across with pollution problems created by crossing and berthing ships that concern the sea surface and underwater conditions. EnviCraft is an autonomous and innovative vehicle, designed to monitorthe quality

 

of the sea-surface and underwater environment. EnviCraft provides the collection of information about the sea quality and the underwater conditions in real time transmission via 2D and 3D representation and notifies the control center for any infection elements.

Envicraft has both the abilities of autonomous navigation and remote control, featuring a collection of sensors that provides obstacle avoidance on a maritime area with increased traffic. The analysis of the collected data is made onboard and then uploaded on a cloud service. When the upload is completed, a graphic depiction is created with the geographical map of the maritime area, the underwater conditions, the depth and the output of the data pollution analysis.

EnviCraft benefits the service users with the environmental protection of the surrounding area of marinas and ports, the localization of pollutants on the sea-surface and seabeb and real-time supervision of the specified area .

Destination Challenge: The objective of the “Destination Challenge” is to enhance cruise passengers’ onshore experience through providing a blending of cultural activities and local production consumption activities, linked through a treasure hunt game.

A simple map-based app will challenge cruise visitors to experience the destination while benefited by the special offers and discounts -called “crusemons”

Piraeus Maritime Hackathon

Nereus Team : Nereus builds autonomous control system to upgrade the operation of existing or new build marine vessels. Our system improves productivity, efficiency, and safety in hazardous environments.

Nas Team :  e log-books :Functional management and automated log-books fill-in.

Seagulls Team/ RouteMar Our idea, RouteMar is based on Data gathering and Analysis of information that already exists on a ship, such as way points, weather forecasts, contact details, obligational reporting to specific stations, sensor indications, navigational warnings and navtex, in order to better monitor and understand the performance of the engine of the ship, as well as its characteristics and its overall condition. Information will be gathered in high frequency, so Analysis will be a dynamical process, available on board and on shore. Parameters will be monitored in real time and as a result, they will be adjusted accordingly.

With this idea, the performance of a ship will be monitored daily and monthly. Expected results will be compared to actual ones and the Company will be able to

 

achieve better energy and operational management. There is going to be a full statistical analysis of a ship, which can also be available to charterers.

Better monitoring of ship’s performance can lead to more effective analysis and planning which can conclude to better exploitation of the fleet!  At least that’s what we are beginning with!

Dockers Team:  Our solution is a predictive analytics platform for machinery failures. Gathers several vessel performance related data as well as machinery data from spare parts and/or sensors and predicts when a machinery will fail. It is a web based decision making tool for companies that manage vessels.

Blue Hackathon

Trash Power:  Trash power, which has provided a solution to marine transportation of waste from islands in specially designed containers and has been touted as a means of balancing ship capacity coverage while facing asymmetrical demand.

Enaleia, the first fishing school in Greece

Enaleia, the first fishing school in Greece, has made some crucial steps during the past year by introducing a breakthrough in the training of fishermen in Greece. After opening its gates inFebruary the 6th of 2017 it has managed to train over 20 people on professional fishing and helped them enter this sector. Additionally to that ,  Enaleia formed the first e-learning platform for professional fishing so that it can reach even more people from all over Greece. To conclude with, Enaleia also managed to train 30 fishermen in Greek islands on sustainable ways of fishing. All of these were made on the first year of running and there is more to come!

THE BLUE GROWTH INNOVATION COMPETITION FOR THE BLUE ECONOMY

Interview by Petros Kokkalis head of BlueGrowth Piraeus Initiative.

 

 

THE BLUE GROWTH INNOVATION COMPETITION
FOR THE BLUE ECONOMY

 

What is «Blue Growth» at first glance?

BlueGrowth is the first innovation contest for blue economy that began in 2014 with a vision for innovative business ideas to strengthen traditional economic activities related to the blue economy. This will be accomplished by creating new jobs alongside with a new business ecosystem and initiatives, by setting the sea again under a new perspective in the forefront of

the regional economic development. The process is undertaken by the BlueGrowth competition, which has been held for the third consecutive year and is one of the most successful initiatives to promote start-ups not only locally but also with international appeal.

This is also confirmed by our distinction in the European URBACT III program entitled Good Practice Call. The proposal of Piraeus Municipality for the BlueGrowth Initiative competition was chosen among the 270 proposals and Piraeus was awarded the title “URBACT Good Practice City “.

The fact that results have started to become measurable, is one of paramount importance for the BlueGrowth initiative. The competition was the springboard for 20 companies, which in turn created 60 new jobs. It is also very important that more than 35 events in this community have been held in the last two years, involving more specified audiences such as “open data and maritime economy”, tourism and innovation. All these events have contributed towards strengthening this relationship.

“Blue Growth” represents for us, everything that we envision for the development of Piraeus: Innovation, Extraversion, Entrepreneurship centered on the sea, with a steady look towards the sea. This is where the development abilities are, with shipping and tourism as their main axes.

This year, BlueGrowth is evolving and maturing even further, ensuring quality in both the selection of the submitted proposals, as well as the interactivity and directness of the candidates’ communication with the mentors and board members of initiative.

I would urge anyone who has an innovative idea on the marine economy or is in the scale up stage to take part in the 5th BlueGrowth Piraeus competition which will open on June after Posidonia 2018 exhibition on our website: http://www.bluegrowth.gr/register/

Our aim is to make the day after the competition, the beginning for a new concept, which could encapsulate the essence and true meaning of Blue Growth: originality, creativity, innovation, and collaboration. Blue Growth, among the Aephoria team and the pool of Mentors will be available for addressing the needs and challenges of our participants. We are committed to be present and supportive until the transformation of the “seed-idea” into an established, future, strong stakeholder of the Blue Economy.

Our vision is Piraeus to become a modern shipping cluster where shipping companies, start-up innovative companies, academic community, research institutions and the whole commercial, craft and industrial world of the city will interact and cooperate.

 

Teams of BG IV Competition

Inspiration and innovation were the focus of the 4th “Blue Growth IV” Marine Economy Startup Competition was held on Wednesday, 4th of December 2017 at Destination Papastratos ,in an incentive environment thriving with innovative and brilliant ideas. Young entrepreneurs presented their concepts along with implementation ways that combine business growth with the promotion of our country’s blue economy.

Seven out of the sixteen participating teams which presented their blue economy ideas were awarded during the event which was jointly organized by sustainable-business education and incubation program aephoria.net Also , Apart from the 7 winning teams of BGIV there are still 9 winning teams of Piraeus Maritime Hackathon , BG Patras, Aegean BlueGrowth at Chios Island and BlueHackathon.

 

AWARDS: 

Fisrst Prize: Ferryhopper is a newly launched online ferry booking platform that brings island-hopping around Greece to your fingertips. Our modern and innovative platform presents you with every available direct and indirect connection to over 160 Greek islands and major ports. Through Ferryhopper, you can plan your ferry trip effortlessly, book your ticket quickly, compare prices instantly, secure the cheapest fare, and start hopping! Ferryhopper is the first –and only– booking platform that provides the user with indirect connections and routes to other destinations and makes ferry travelling in Greece easy and simple. Moreover, the island-hopping option allows the traveler to book multiple tickets in a single shot and plan their hopping around the islands without stress. Through novel ideas such as integration of e-ticket services and a simple and upgraded user experience Ferryhopper provides a complete and novel ferry traveling solution.

Second Prize: «MESTOR» MESTOR  is an integrated smart electronic system for ports, providing on-demand electric energy for ships, using lead-acid batteries. The major advance of MESTOR is the extended life-span of the batteries, reaching a 20-year life span, alongside an innovative rejuvenation system that can increase even more the life-span of the batteries. MESTOR can be combined with renewable energy sources, minimizing the environmental footprint, contributing to the EU target for greener and eco friendly urban landscapes.

Third Prize: «ELIMINATORE» ELIMINATORE We are the Eliminatore team. Our business idea is focused on the cleaning of the fish farm nets. More specific we aim to remove a microorganism called algae from the hole of the nets. Our company suggests a new cleaning method more autonomous. So our team is working on that, in order to make that happen. Due to the fact that the sector of aquaculture is on a high rise we are optimistic for the whole project.

 

 

Fourth pirize:«FRP RECYCLING» Recycling  yachts

Recycling yachts is an innovative process of collecting and changing plastic boats by recycling machines. Our mission is to offer a feasible and realistic solution to the end of life recreational craft. The goal is to create this company in the Greek market, where it is non-existent.

Fifth Prize: «keeano»  Keeano is the 1st search engine for coastlines and beaches around the globe and it provides personalized results for your preferences. It has the ability to characterize a beach with countless attributes and provide the best results depending on your profile and needs.

It is a crowdsourced application, so you can add beaches expanding keeano places and helping other users to find suitable coasts in their trips. Travellers like singles, explorers, families, boat keepers, PwDs, surfers, elderly, pet keepers, millennials, LGBT+, surfers and many more can enjoy a perfect day on a coast that fits them entirely.

Keeano is free to download for iOS and Android, and aims to become a global integrator for businesses with seaside activity.

Sixth Prize:«DR.OP4SE.A» Pirate attacks on merchant ships threaten the free and seamless conduct of international shipping and trade, both off the coast of Somalia and in the Guyane region of Guinea. Indicatively, according to a report from the Oceanic Overseas Organization, global economic damage from the cost of piracy in Guinea reached about $ 720 million in 2015

From statistical analyzes, it was initially found that ships sailing frequently or exclusively in High Risk Areas, may receive more frequent attacks, but they are not usually overtaken by pirates. The analyzes finally showed the obvious: the preparation of these vessels is clearly superior to that of ships that occasionally pass through the danger areas.

Preparing, as in the war, plays a crucial role in dealing with any threat. The preparation of merchant vessels is divided into two categories: The first category belongs to the equipment and tools available to the ship. The second category includes procedures and personnel.

Our idea is to create a different ship preparation condition through drone equipment that will conduct a long-range inspection round the ship. As long as armed guards are on board, the proposal is intended to give room for the preparation of armed guards, which somehow cover the two ends of the range of violence. The simple presence for deterrence and the (deadly) fire to intercept.

 

The use of closed-circuit surveillance CCTV Drones with motion sensors and monitors will certainly not discourage any pirate, but they can provide information long before we reach the critical moment when pirates will be hauled or not.
But the innovation of this service lies in the fact that the drone coverage range is so large that it can cover and relay a signal to stakeholders and patrol forces in the region to provide immediate relief and assistance of pirates, without being exposed to fire.

Also important, is that the particular drone, in fact, is an integral part of the ship, since it is connected to it by means of a special wire. This, helps us on the following issues.

Direct retransmission of data via wired interface, resulting in no loss due to high altitude or electronic interference

There is no problem with flight legislation, because tethering drones, constitute a single piece of the ship.

Eliminating the risk of losing the drone

Continuous 24/7 operations due to its continuous wired power supply.

Seventh Prize: «NESER ENGINEERING» .The System provides a solution for the reduction of fuel consumption and of 5 emission of gaseous pollutants from internal combustion engines. More specifically, the System describes a device and method of converting any internal combustion engine, for both diesel and gas engines, which enables a huge reduction in gas emissions pollutants and also a very large reduction in fuel consumption.

Aegean BlueGrowth Compettiton

Cyan Energy : Cyan Energy is a novel group which combines Green Energy from Renewable Energy Sources with Blue Economy. Its mission is to design and manage a network of offshore wind farms to provide autonomy of Energy to the islands of North Aegean. Furthermore, the group will use Computational Intelligent Systems to process the Energy Portfolio of this Wind Farm Network.

 

 

Patras BlueGrowth Competition

Envicraft : Maritime areas often come across with pollution problems created by crossing and berthing ships that concern the sea surface and underwater conditions. EnviCraft is an autonomous and innovative vehicle, designed to monitorthe quality

 

of the sea-surface and underwater environment. EnviCraft provides the collection of information about the sea quality and the underwater conditions in real time transmission via 2D and 3D representation and notifies the control center for any infection elements.

Envicraft has both the abilities of autonomous navigation and remote control, featuring a collection of sensors that provides obstacle avoidance on a maritime area with increased traffic. The analysis of the collected data is made onboard and then uploaded on a cloud service. When the upload is completed, a graphic depiction is created with the geographical map of the maritime area, the underwater conditions, the depth and the output of the data pollution analysis.

EnviCraft benefits the service users with the environmental protection of the surrounding area of marinas and ports, the localization of pollutants on the sea-surface and seabeb and real-time supervision of the specified area .

Destination Challenge: The objective of the “Destination Challenge” is to enhance cruise passengers’ onshore experience through providing a blending of cultural activities and local production consumption activities, linked through a treasure hunt game.

A simple map-based app will challenge cruise visitors to experience the destination while benefited by the special offers and discounts -called “crusemons”

Piraeus Maritime Hackathon

Nereus Team : Nereus builds autonomous control system to upgrade the operation of existing or new build marine vessels. Our system improves productivity, efficiency, and safety in hazardous environments.

Nas Team :  e log-books :Functional management and automated log-books fill-in.

Seagulls Team/ RouteMar Our idea, RouteMar is based on Data gathering and Analysis of information that already exists on a ship, such as way points, weather forecasts, contact details, obligational reporting to specific stations, sensor indications, navigational warnings and navtex, in order to better monitor and understand the performance of the engine of the ship, as well as its characteristics and its overall condition. Information will be gathered in high frequency, so Analysis will be a dynamical process, available on board and on shore. Parameters will be monitored in real time and as a result, they will be adjusted accordingly.

With this idea, the performance of a ship will be monitored daily and monthly. Expected results will be compared to actual ones and the Company will be able to

 

achieve better energy and operational management. There is going to be a full statistical analysis of a ship, which can also be available to charterers.

Better monitoring of ship’s performance can lead to more effective analysis and planning which can conclude to better exploitation of the fleet!  At least that’s what we are beginning with!

Dockers Team:  Our solution is a predictive analytics platform for machinery failures. Gathers several vessel performance related data as well as machinery data from spare parts and/or sensors and predicts when a machinery will fail. It is a web based decision making tool for companies that manage vessels.

Blue Hackathon

Trash Power:  Trash power, which has provided a solution to marine transportation of waste from islands in specially designed containers and has been touted as a means of balancing ship capacity coverage while facing asymmetrical demand.

3rd Bluegrowth Demo Day – Photo Gallery