Backing mission-driven entrepreneurs who combine ocean and technology to create and foster next-generation businesses.
Blue Pioneers invests in emerging tech-enabled blue ventures with high positive impact on ocean sustainability and climate change.
What we look for
Early stage startups primarily from Southern Europe using science and technology innovation to create sustainable businesses, in line with the United Nations sustainable development goals.
What we offer
Early stage funding, from pre-seed to series-A, combined with a unique way of working alongside founders from pilot to market together with our network of highly specialized scientific and industry experts.
We’re looking for passionate entrepreneurs using innovative technologies to meet the challenges of ocean sustainability.
We’re focused on the following areas of the new Blue Economy:
New tech solutions from sustainably sourced marine biological resources for applications in medical/pharma, cosmetics, nutraceuticals, packaging industries including bio-materials, bio-based and biodegradable plastics, antifouling and textiles.
Food & Feed
From the Ocean
Innovative new food and feed from aquaculture, including low-trophic level aquaculture, and renewable marine biological resources and related technologies.
Solutions towards the “greening” of traditional maritime industries, marine litter collection and management, circular economy, natural capital and ocean resource management.
Next generation of digital solutions in fields of robotics, smart ports, harbors and terminals, remote sensing and navigation, AI, to support emerging and established industries in their transition to sustainability.
& Fresh Water
Innovative, energy-efficient and decentralized technologies for desalination and freshwater generation, filtration, treatment, usage and cycling (in agriculture, consumer and commercial use).
From the Ocean
New technologies addressing the needs for higher efficiency, durability/longevity and lower environmental impact of offshore renewables and its infrastructures.
As Blue Pioneers has just been launched in 2020, we will be announcing first investments soon.
Blue Pioneers Fund was founded with the ambition of becoming the early stage VC of choice for entrepreneurs at the intersection of ocean & climate sustainability and science & technology, backed by Movendo Capital as key strategic investor and sustainability partner.
Our team combines investment management and blue entrepreneurial experience and works closely with a highly specialized network of expert advisors in ocean based industries.
Our Senior Strategic Advisor, a distinguished expert in this thematic field, will be supporting us and our portfolio founders to accelerate the pace of their sustainable blue tech innovations.
Has been working for 20 years on ocean policies with the UN, Government of Portugal and European Commission. Currently, he is CEO of Oceano Azul Foundation.
Our community of ocean sustainability experts, professors, founders, C-levels from blue economy related industries, will also be supporting us and our portfolio founders building scalable and global companies.
Reach out and let us know, we love to meet interesting people and projects.