Marine Tech Startup Innovation Challenge

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On April 18th we are hosting the finals of the Marine Tech Startup Innovation Challenge, and great Startups from all around the world are coming to Bergen to pitch their innovative solutions.

After the event, we’re inviting you to enjoy amazing tapas – with a Norwegian twist, and network with these promising Startups, Global Ocean Investors, Leading Ocean Scientists, and the Ocean industry

– this is the place to be!

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The event is hosted by Katapult Ocean, Extreme Tech Challenge, Innovation Norway, Farvatn and NCE Seafood Innovation.

Practical Information:


18:00 – Doors open

18:30 – Pitch Session

20:30 – Networking

22:00 – Night ends


1000 NOK. per ticket

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Meet our 16 startup finalists:

Fisheries and aquaculture🐠

🇮🇹 Ittinsect – Feed for theOcean – Ittinsect is the biotech startup that developed the sustainable alternative to aquaculture feed. Ittinsect produces high performance feeds through the biotechnological treatment of novel raw ingredients.

🇬🇧 SafetyNet Technologies SafetyNet Technologies’ primary goal is to design and build devices that increase the selectivity of commercial fishing practices.

🇩🇰 Sundew Sundew develop, manufacture and sell biotechnological products for treating or managing aquatic pests, parasites, diseases and invasive species.

🇸🇬 Vertical Oceans Vertical Oceans is the world’s first fully-autonomous, modular, stacked aquaculture system: we grow shrimps inside grow-out units, the iHABs (Intelligent Habitats), which require zero human intervention during grow-out.


Shipping and marine transportation🚢

🇨🇭 AELER Technologies – AELER Technologies has created the world’s most advanced shipping container to meet TODAY’S business and environmental needs.

🇳🇴 Keelspot Keelspot will establish a digital marketplace for the coastal shipping market in real time. Users of the solution will get real-time access to available capacity and planned routes, and can directly order and make an agreement on cargo freight.

🇳🇱 Vertoro Vertoro converts biogenic residues like sawdust and bagasse into crude oil.


Offshore energy ⚡

🇳🇱 12 TO ZERO Technology 12 TO ZERO is developing the world’s 1st hydrogen specific wind turbine foundation; Hyfloat. As HyFloat houses hydrogen production and storage, it is the basis for a distributed deep-sea hydrogen production system.

🇮🇪 Gazelle Wind Power Gazelle Wind Power Limited was incorporated in December 2020 to accelerate the transition to renewable energies by introducing the next generation of advanced offshore wind platforms.

🇮🇳 TwinGrid Labs TwinGrid is developing Digital twin technology to digitalize Power Distribution Utilities.


Marine Bioresources 🌊

🇪🇸 Fregata Space Fregata Space offers solutions that combine Earth observation technologies (satellite images) and Machine Learning technology.

🇨🇭 Rrreefs Rrreefs regenerates degraded coral reefs with eco-engineered, modular reef systems that enable corals to settle and grow, creating resilient and self-sufficient marine ecosystems.

🇺🇸 Spira Inc. Spira’s innovation is in a CRISPR gene editing technique to create a novel, high-value, biobased, stable blue pigment.


New frontiers🔱

🇳🇴 Clean Sea Solutions Clean Sea Solutions’ goal is effective comprehensive solutions to clean up plastic waste in areas close to land, to prevent and reduce the amount of plastic waste that ends up in the open sea.

🇺🇸 Impossible Metals Inc. Builds underwater robotic vehicles to collect battery metals from the seabed without destroying the marine ecosystem.

🇳🇴 Syrenna Syrenna’s patent pending WaterDrones collect real-time data from the ocean surface, water column, and seabed, and are more cost-effective and easy to use than existing solutions.



Akvariet i Bergen, Nordnesbakken 4, Bergen, Norway


Apr 18, 2023


18:00 - 22:00

Marine Tech Startup Innovation Challenge

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