5 Global Startups Launch From Seattle’s Maritime Blue Program

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Five global tech startups are taking part in Washington Maritime Blue’s One Ocean Innovation Accelerator program, which mentors maritime-focused companies and helps them scale their business model for the U.S. market.

Announced in April, the firms include battery and systems manufacturer CTNS as well as Conbo.ai, a company that creates computer vision software for marine terminal operations. Also included: Hiili, which develops shipboard-based carbon capture technology, Watchit, which creates software that improves navigation and collision avoidance and Zeabuz/Future Marine, which provides autonomous water-taxi software and operations, according to Maritime Blue.

The startups are expected to participate in eight weeks of virtual programming before coming to Seattle, where they are to be introduced to prospective clients, investors and strategic partners.

The visit ends with Maritime Blue’s Annual Blue Ventures Startup Showcase, set for June 7.

“We are excited to welcome this group of international startups to our ecosystem,” Maritime Blue President and CEO Joshua Berger said. “They’ve created technologies that solve local challenges in ripe markets for growth.”

By Karen Robes Meeks