Meet our Winners
In the 2020 edition, Blue Bio Value accelerated 14 new startups from 8 different nationalities.
After 5 weeks of bootcamp and mentorship, Horta da Ria, REFIX and SaltyCo were declared the 3rd edition startup winners. Each startup won a prize of 15,000€ to be used through BlueBio Alliance’s Blue Demo Network.
The Blue Demo Network brings together a series of infrastructures and services in Portugal, making essential services accessible for blue tech based startups and SME's. The Blue Demo Network is another reason why Portugal is a growing hub for blue based entrepreneurs.
AROMATECO sustainably develops bio-based flavours, fragrances and surfactant products for the food industry. Their product is as an alternative to fossil fuel and/or tropical plants currently being used in the conventional market.
ARTIREEF creates a sustainable alternative to the live rock currently being used in aquariums by developing a new material from oyster culture waste from the Aveiro Ria in Portugal. The artificial rock is a substitute to extracting natural rock, decreasing threats to natural reefs.
GRAPHENE WATER TECHNOLOGIES LTD
GRAPHENE WATER TECHNOLOGIES LTD provides innovative technology to make
desalination more efficient, extracting valuable crystals from seawater and
increasing water recovery. Their technology protects marine ecosystems by
reducing the waste from desalination processes, while generating value with
its transformation into valuable products.
HORTA DA RIA
HORTA DA RIA produces Salicornia as a healthy and sustainable alternative
to salt. They sustainably harvest fresh Salicornia, bringing new life to the salt
marshes of the Aveiro Ria and manufacturing several different products for
INNOVTRIALS improves aquaculture products quality by providing fish nutrition
consulting to new products for marine fish and laboratory analysis, ensuring the
delivery of robust results on aquaculture feed. They are specialists in
developing feed that reduces infections and disease within fish.
PINKTECH explores the potential for the use of carotenoid-rich bacteria as a food supplement for aquaculture fishes and other organisms. Their product helps reduce waste and mass production of other ingredients used for fish food, while conserving space, energy and resources, enhancing the final product in terms of colour (as in salmon), fertility, survival, and health.
R€NEW provides an innovative solution to help reverse the global crisis of biological waste and environmental pollution. They recycle marine biomass like by-catch and by-products that is commonly wasted and transform it into economically, socially, and environmentally valuable products that can be used as ingredients for feed and food.
REDROSE DEVELOPMENTS LTD
REDROSE DEVELOPMENTS LTD cultivates a range of seaweed by combining traditional and innovative methods that support local communities. Their approach involves processing smaller amounts of seaweed and getting more out of the material stock to reduce waste, drive efficiency and achieve the maximum value from each plant.
REEFY develops underwater modular infrastructures that act as artificial reefs, helping to restore ecosystems and offering natural habitat to native species. Their designs are customizable and made from local or recycled sediments.
REFIX is a refreshing innovation in recovery drinks, made with seawater from the Atlantic Ocean. The drink has a nice salty taste and contains zero sugar, preservatives or colouring. Their product is specifically beneficial for diabetics.
SALTY CO is a freshwater-free textile company that uses the most abundant water supply on the planet: seawater. Their textiles are made from salt-tolerant plants whose fibres are used to manufacture a variety of natural textile products, conserving one of the planet’s greatest natural resources, fresh drinking water.
SPIRA develops natural dyes, offering a sustainable alternative to petroleum and animal compounds for food, cosmetic and textile companies, based on algae. It uses a global network of farming partners to scale in response to the overwhelming demand for natural colours and plant-proteins.
SPIREAT produces Spirulina all year round through a zero-waste circular economic model. Currently a leader in soilless food production, Spireat develops Spirulina as a sustainable protein source for food applications, while also contributing to carbon sequestration.
SUSTAINABLE NOW TECHNOLOGIES
SUSTAINABLE NOW TECHNOLOGIES develops an innovative carbon capture system using algae to convert carbon into biomass. Its systems are designed to run on renewable energy and can be implemented anywhere on Earth.