Applications Open for Upcoming Blue Economy Accelerator Program

Entrepreneurs with startups that are tackling an ocean-related challenge with a science-and- engineering-based solution now have a new opportunity to gain knowledge and support.

Applications are currently being accepted for free participation in the upcoming cohort of StartBlue, a blue-tech-focused program that’s offered by a University of California, San Diego accelerator program, in partnership with Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Rady School of Management.

Applications for the upcoming cohort opened Sept.1 and are being accepted through Oct. 31.

The program is scheduled to run January-June 2024.

StartBlue focuses on company formation, bringing Scripps science and Rady entrepreneurship curriculum to teams that are in the midst of developing a new business around a science and engineering solution to an ocean challenge.

The upcoming January-through-June program is expected to feature classes with expert guest speakers, and teams can get to know the San Diego Blue Economy through site visits and workshops.

The workshops are set to focus on skill development core to garnering funds such as grant writing and pitching. Also available to participants: conferences, pitch competitions and industry association memberships that offer teams visibility and connections.

Additionally, one-on-one industry mentorship provides custom guidance throughout the program. Also, access to scientific expertise and technical resources will be available to help teams.

StartBlue is offered at no cost to participants.

“Each team’s time and active participation are its most valuable assets and required,” according to the program.

More information about StartBlue and applications for the upcoming cohort are available at

By Mark Edward Nero