E-Catalogue puts spotlight on innovative startups

In the lead-up to the first Monaco Smart and Sustainable Marina event in September, the organisers have revealed the top 53 startups that will have an opportunity present their innovative solutions to industrialists and investors gathered in the Principality.

Monaco Marina Management recently announced that it is organising the first Monaco Smart and Sustainable Marina Rendezvous on Monday 20th September 2021.
A full day of round tables and targeted meetings will bring together a unique ecosystem of startups and industrialists, investors and marina promotors, who rarely have the opportunity to make direct contact with each other.
“Given the growth of international yachting, it seemed to us essential to support development of new destinations worldwide with an eco-responsible approach. The essence of this first Monaco Smart and Sustainable Marina is to present and encourage uptake of new solutions and innovative technologies that help protect the environment, the goal being to incorporate them into the building and management of more virtuous marinas,” explains José Marco Casellini, CEO Monaco Marina Management and organiser of the event.
The unique format has attracted support from the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Monaco Government’s digital transformation programme, Extended Monaco. The Yacht Club of Monaco is hosting the event.
With the aim being to highlight still relatively unknown new solutions, the organisers have published an online catalogue that references 53 startups from 29 countries, selected from the hundred-plus that applied. Among them are those that qualified for funding from the European Commission’s Smart Anything Everywhere initiative, and 17 have already earned the Solar Impulse label.
All were selected through Blumorpho’s international network, a company specialised in innovation focused on new concept emergence and business models promoting a positive environmental and societal impact.
“With more than 110 applications in under two months, this initiative has really grabbed the attention of startups keen to penetrate the closed world of yachting. It shows just how proactive and creative these young companies are,” says Géraldine A. Gustin, CEO Blumorpho. “With the aim being to select around 50 for this first edition, we concentrated on startups whose innovative solutions are the most successful, and whose business models appear sustainable and suitable for marinas. Our analysis is that the Smart Marina is a condensed Smart City, intelligent and sustainable.”
Biodiversity, energy optimisation, water management, waste treatment, equipment, security, and health and mobility are the eight themes under which startups are referenced to meet the challenges of virtuous marinas.
In the run up to the main event on Monday 20th September, all startups listed in the E-Catalogue have an opportunity to present their solution and innovative technology to a jury drawn from 28 industrialists and investors. At the end of these interviews, a Consensus Meeting on 16th September will short-list 15 companies to go forward to the Monaco Smart and Sustainable Marina Awards, to be presented on 20th September.
Award winners will have the privilege of presenting their project during Monaco Ocean Week in March 2022, organised by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.
To consult the catalogue, click here.
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