Maritime Accelerator 2024

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Support scheme for SMEs with pioneering solutions applicable to the maritime industry and beyond.

Connected Places Catapult has launched the Maritime Accelerator 2024, an initiative dedicated to nurturing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with pioneering solutions applicable to the maritime industry and beyond.

In the Accelerator, Connected Places Catapult is directly collaborating with a consortium of programme partners, comprising DP World, Houlder, Maersk, National Shipbuilding Office, Portsmouth International Port, Port of Tyne, the Royal Navy, Serco, and the University of Plymouth.

These partners actively contribute to challenge setting, SME selection, and provide access to internal expertise and testing facilities, ensuring that every SME on the programme receives support tailored to their unique needs.

The five month programme is seeking a cohort of up to eight SMEs operating at technology readiness level (TRL) 5-8. Through modules and one-to-one support, encompassing market targeting, value proposition refinement, strategic pricing, financial forecasting, and compelling communication strategies, SMEs will be empowered to elevate their investment readiness, fine-tune business models, and master the art of customer profiling and enterprise selling.

Successful applicants will be able to access between £10K-£20K of programme funding to deliver a trial of their solution with one of the programme partners.

Find out more about the Maritime Accelerator 2024 and how to apply.

Applications will close on Thursday 20 June 2024.

Application Support Webinar

Connected Places Catapult will host an Application Support Webinar at 2pm on Wednesday 5 June 2024. The event will give potential applicants the opportunity to find out more about the programme offering, challenges, the application process, scoring criteria and the assessment process - register now for the webinar.

First published 22 May 2024