2022 Blue Tech Sprint

The 2022 Blue Tech Sprint is a quick 6-week program intended to work intensely with 20 startups to accelerate the tools and technologies that could transform how we understand and leverage the power of the ocean. The maritime industry presents innovators with huge economic opportunity and the opportunity to meaningfully address climate change, protect our coastal resources and bolster our defenses.

It is MassChallenge’s goal to bring together maritime leaders with startups that have the ideas and tools needed to deepen our use of the ocean to support early-stage startups with a technical competency that can be applied to: 

  • Oceanography: Focus on sensors, sensing, modeling, big data, and data analytics 
  • Autonomy: Focus on platform autonomy/functionality and position, navigation, and timing (PNT) both above and below the surface 
  • Connectivity: Focus on connected devices and improving communication between devices above and below the surface 
  • Sustainability: Focus on power, renewables, costal resiliency, and aquaculture 

The goals of this sprint are to: 

  • Accelerate engagement, impact, innovation, and speed to tech transfer  
  • Drive understanding and connection for blue tech entrepreneurs to the needs of commercial markets (like the offshore wind industry) 
  • Deepen startup awareness of industry needs and challenges 
  • Provide startup teams with the education, connections, and resources to effectively work with government and defense-focused partners 
  • Drive increased SBIR/STTR awards to MassChallenge supported startups 
     

Areas of Focus

The Blue Tech technology areas that will be prioritized for consideration in 2022 include but are not limited to: 

  • Undersea/unmanned vehicles 
  • Sensors (concepts, signal processing techniques) 
  • IT communications 
  • Data transfer 
  • Cybersecurity 
  • Digital twins 
  • Modeling & simulation 
  • Composite materials 
  • Electronic systems 
  • Oceanographic research 
  • Materials certification 
  • Artificial intelligence/machine learning (autonomy & data science) 

Timeline

Applications Open

August 29, 2022

Applications AMA

August 31, 2022 @ 1pm EDT

Applications close

September 11, 2022

Accepted Startups Notified

September 28, 2022

Program Starts

October 10, 2022

Program Ends

November 17, 2022

Who Should Apply? 

Entrepreneurs who are serious about creating technologies and services that will drive a sustainable Blue Economy. 

How to Apply 

If you already have a MassChallenge Startup profile, click here and select your respective company, then select the 2022 Blue Tech Sprint program. 

Don’t have a profile in our database yet? Create a Profile HERE

Challenge areas are specifically focused on: 

  • Shipyard Support 
  • Maintenance/Sustainment/Readiness 
  • Modernization 
  • Transforming Digital Capability 
  • Digital Engineering 
  • AI/Machine Learning 
  • Additive Manufacturing 
  • Cybersecurity industry needs and challenges 

Deep ocean technologies for: 

  • UUV’s 
  • Sensors 
  • Data transfer 
  • Composite materials 

Mission

Our mission is to equip bold entrepreneurs to disrupt the status quo and to create meaningful change.