Startup Alley

Pitch your business innovation directly to offshore wind industry stakeholders 

For the second year, the Business Network for Offshore Wind and SeaAhead are partnering to host Startup Alley at the 2023 International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum (IPF), taking place March 28-30 in Baltimore, Maryland.

SeaAhead is a bluetech startup platform that helps accelerate the growth and development of new companies who are working on issues related to ocean industries and ocean sustainability. They will select 10-15 start-up businesses to deliver five-minute pitches to IPF attendees and participate in a moderated Q&A session. 

If accepted, SeaAhead will work with your company one-on-one to help hone your pitch. As the industry’s premiere annual networking event, your business will have access to an anticipated 5,000 industry professionals from across the offshore wind supply chain.

As the offshore wind industry continues its rapid growth along U.S. coastlines, there is a need for innovative businesses in the supply chain to help reduce costs and ensure sustainable development. It is often difficult, however, for startups to find their foothold in this growing and changing industry. Startup Alley gives your business the opportunity to showcase your innovations and directly connect with industry leaders and stakeholders.

Applications are due January 10, 2023

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Examples of Innovation Areas

Decarbonizing the Supply Chain

International and U.S. state policies, as well as corporate policies adopted by several project developers and Tier 1 component manufacturers, are driving decarbonization of the entire economy. New technologies, industrial processes, and business models can be implemented to drive the decarbonization of the offshore wind supply chain.

Environmental Technologies

Offshore wind projects have an average 10+ year development time cycle, from the permitting process to the construction phase. Environmental technologies using AI, IoT applications, acoustical and other environmental mitigation techniques can reduce development time frames and risks – innovations in this area are industry game changers.

Green and Efficient Ports

Smart, safe, efficient, and sustainable ports are critical to the success of offshore wind. Carbon-neutral ports offer a wide range of opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship. New technologies like blockchain, autonomous shipping, logistical software, carbon neutral vessels and IoT applications can be used to build the green port of the future today.

Delivering the Future

From worker training to community awareness, technology innovation is enabling the offshore wind industry to prepare workers and overcome NIMBY objections. Worker training and community engagement are prime for the use of visual technology innovation. The possibilities are endless for start-ups and entrepreneurs to deliver the future without ever having to go offshore.

Grid and Transmission

“Smart from the start” should not just be applied to offshore wind permitting – it should also be the mantra used for the development of the offshore wind grid and transmission. A smart grid powered by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Utility Internet of Things (UIofT), and Internet of Things Services and People ( IoTSP) applications allows for integrating more renewable energy, maintaining grid stability, increasing resiliency, and improving security.

Maintenance & Repair

Operations and Maintenance account for 18.9% of the total cost of an offshore wind project. Innovations from deep sea mining and deep space exploration such as drones, remote diagnostics, weather forecasting, and self-healing technologies can reduce these costs while increasing worker safety and enabling offshore wind projects to be developed further and further offshore.

Eligibility

Any startup working on solutions to challenges across the offshore wind industry is welcome to apply. You must be able to attend 2023 IPF (March 28-30) in Baltimore, Maryland to deliver your pitch in-person.

What Happens if I’m Accepted?

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. If your submission is accepted, you will receive an email with details about your contract and how to register for 2023 IPF. All businesses will receive coaching from SeaAhead in February to prepare you for your pitch presentations at 2023 IPF.

How does my business benefit?

You will receive:

  • Coaching and guidance from SeaAhead staff
  • Designated stand in Startup Alley at 2023 IPF 
  • Dedicated presentation time on the Startup Alley stage during the event
  • Company name (and brief description of product/service/innovation) promoted in dedicated promotions and on the 2023 IPF website
  • (1) 2023 IPF conference registration ($2,595 value). You will have access to the whole conference, including workshops, networking events, and the Exhibit Hall.
  • Additional staff can register for the discounted rate of $1,595

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Contact 

If you have questions, please contact Harley Hayes at SeaAhead. 

Important Dates

  • November 7: SeaAhead starts taking pitch applications
  • January 10: Pitch applications close
  • February: SeaAhead works with accepted companies to help perfect pitches
  • March 28-30: Companies present pitches at 2023 IPF in Baltimore, Maryland