Maritime Accelerator seeks innovators with new ideas to float

Innovative companies have four weeks to apply for support and funding to test and develop their solutions through the second Maritime Accelerator programme.

Firms with fresh ideas to improve shipping and ports are invited to put themselves forward for the Maritime Accelerator powered by Connected Places Catapult. 

Up to ten small to medium sized UK businesses will be supported during a four-month programme to help take innovations forward toward commercial readiness. In addition to the business support on offer, a total funding pot of up to £80,000 is available to support a selected number of organisations to trial their solutions. 

Now in its second year, this year’s Maritime Accelerator focuses on three challenge areas: decarbonisation, future skills and automation. Partners offering their support to the programme include DP World, engineering consultant Houlder, the National Shipbuilding Office, Port of Tyne, Serco and the University of Plymouth. More partners may be confirmed in due course.  

Firms have until midnight on 3 July to submit their application. A webinar will be held on 15 June to share more details about the programme, how to progress an application and to answer questions.

Connected Places Catapult’s Executive Director, Alex Weedon says: “Innovation in maritime is critical if we are to meet some of the sector’s biggest challenges. We are keen to foster more innovation within the maritime sector, as well as bring across technologies from other sectors. You do not necessarily have to be a maritime-focussed SME to come on board. 

Companies that are accepted onto the Accelerator will receive bespoke business development and mentoring from us to help take their ideas forward, and get advice on raising investment as well as getting the opportunity to trial their systems with our partners.”
Connected Places Catapult's Executive Director, Alex Weedon

Last year saw the first Maritime Accelerator cohort go through the programme, which culminated in a showcase event where the cohort presented their solutions and took part in a panel discussion. This year’s cohort will come together for a showcase event in November.