Thursday, January 28, 2021

Washington Maritime Innovation Accelerator Program Launches

Eleven start-up companies are expected to participate in the State of Washington’s Maritime Innovation Accelerator program.

The program launched by Maritime Blue, a statewide group of those in the maritime industry, the state Department of Commerce, and the Port of Seattle, is designed to nurture the firms developing new technology and advancements in the maritime industry, which generates an annual economic impact of more than $37 billion and approximately 69,500 jobs.

“Now is a crucial moment to support and invest in the innovation clusters and clean technologies that will strengthen Washington’s economy and create good jobs for the future in communities all over the state,” said Commerce Director Lisa Brown. “The Washington Maritime Blue Innovation Accelerator is a prime example of our state’s commitment to resilience, innovation, and equity in our key industry sectors.”

Participating companies include Allosense, Inc., Canscan Tech, Future Sight AR, Lockstep AI, Marine Construction Technologies, Mariner Credential Service, OpenTug, Pacific Mobility, Puget Buoy, Silverback Marine, and Virgil Software.

“Washington state’s innovative spirit is part of the DNA that has made our maritime, aviation, and technology sectors globally competitive. Drawing from our region’s wealth of talent, mentors will help winners of the second Maritime Blue Accelerator to develop their products and create jobs of the future,” said Port Commission President Fred Felleman. “As a public agency, the port is committed to fostering an economy that floats all boats that can sail on healthy seas. Projects like these that spur sustainable maritime businesses are key to our ability to build back better.”