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StartBlue Demo Day

April 27, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for the StartBlue Demo Day. Hear from the teams completing startBlue cohort 2 and learn about their progress throughout the program and plans for the year ahead. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and meet with them at the networking reception after the presentations.

4:00 Welcome and opening remarks
4:10 startBlue team presentations with Q&A
5:10 Closing Remarks
5:15 Networking Reception
7:00 Conclusion


StartBlue Cohort 2:

Aras Photonics
Creating novel Integrated Photonics solutions in the technological domain of LiDAR for ocean and coastal monitoring, health and data communications.

Team: Babak BahariMelika Momenzadeh

Berkeley Marine Robotics
Developing autonomous swarm robotic systems with underwater laser communication to help ships reduce biofouling-related emissions and ports protect marine ecosystems.

Team: Sushil Tyagi, Alexandre Immas

Building a removable reef system for beach erosion mitigation, aquaculture, carbon sequestration and more.

Team: Roger Benham, Noah Brown, Benjamin Smith


Ocean Soteria
Designing a purple zombie sea urchin population management service.
Team: Zac Hooker, Tom Bewley

Octopus Garden
Developing aquaculture technology to modernize seaweed farming and bring seaweed products into the dietary mainstream.

Team: Natalie Zembsch, Conor Elliott

More about startBlue:
StartBlue is a -month blue tech focused accelerator program launched in 2021 that is part of UC San Diego’s StartR accelerator program and offered in partnership by Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Rady School of Management. Since 2012, StartR has graduated 239 companies, and Scripps and Rady have worked together to support over 80 new environmental startups out of UC San Diego through entrepreneurship education and pitch competitions.

San Diego has a vibrant Blue Economy with unique oceanographic resources, a regional workforce of nearly 114,000 individuals and over 4,320 companies producing $16.2 billion of direct sales (2020 San Diego Maritime Industry Report). StartBlue expands the San Diego Regional Blue Economy by supporting startup formation, including but not limited to UC San Diego spin-outs. StartBlue provides its annual cohort of startups a curriculum, 1-1 mentorship, and facilitated access to potential partners, investment, and customers. Active participation of partners integrates startBlue into the pipeline of regional blue tech resources from formation to scale including The Port of San Diego and its Blue Economy Incubator, U.S. Coast Guard Blue Tech Center of Expertise, National Defense Industry Association, SDMAC, AIIM Partners, AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles, TMA BlueTech and its Blue Tech Incubator, CA Sea Grant, The Brink SBDC, and Ocean Visions.


Scripps Institution of Oceanography
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La Jolla, CA 92037 United States
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