401 Tech Bridge & MassChallenge Blue Technology Accelerator & Fellowship

401 Tech Bridge & MassChallenge Blue Technology Accelerator & Fellowship

Accelerating Innovation in Undersea Technology & Offshore Wind

401 Tech Bridge and MassChallenge are proud to announce the Blue Technology Accelerator & Fellowship Program. Kicking-off on September 14, 2021, the organizations will identify a cohort of 10 high-quality blue tech startups and 5 early stage “fellows” to participate in a highly specialized program that utilizes MassChallenge’s proven startup acceleration methodology and leverages 401 Tech Bridge’s network, industry connections and programmatic expertise to jumpstart innovation in the blue technology sector and foster growth in the region as it recovers from the economic ramifications caused by COVID-19.

Start-ups with a blue technology focus, and particularly those in the following areas, should consider applying for this program:

· Undersea/unmanned vehicles
· Sensors (concepts, signal processing techniques)
· IT communications
· Data transfer
· Cybersecurity
· Digital twins
· Modeling & simulation
· Composite materials
· Electronic systems
· Oceanographic research
· Materials certification
· Artificial intelligence/machine learning (autonomy & data science)

You can read the full press release by clicking here.

Kick-Off Event

A kick-off event was held on September 14, 2021 and provided additional details about the application and selection process, the program schedule, and included a panel presentation by blue technology startups that have previously completed the MassChallenge program.

Deadlines & Important Dates
Kick-Off Event: September 14, 2021 – Click here to watch the recording
Applications Open: September 14, 2021
Applications Close: September 28, 2021
Startups Notified: October 19, 2021
Cohort Announced: October 20, 2021 – Click here to read the full press release and click here to learn about the BlueTech Cohort, who they are, where they’re from, and their backgrounds
Orientation: October 26, 2021
Tech Demo & Program Close: December 16, 2021 – Click here to register for the MassChallenge Virtual Tech Demo

The accelerator program will include an orientation boot camp, bi-weekly cohort meet-ups, workshops, networking, weekly office hours and a final tech demo where the startups and fellows will present capabilities and products.

The cohort is made possible with support from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) Scaling Pandemic Resilience Through Innovation Technology (SPRINT) Challenge, which awarded 401 Tech Bridge a grant in April to support economic growth and resiliency in Rhode Island as it recovers from the pandemic, building on existing areas of strength in Rhode Island that include applications critical to the blue tech sector.

Programming support for the Blue Tech Accelerator & Fellowship Program is provided in part by:

Questions about the program? Reach out to 401 Tech Bridge to speak with a member of our team to learn more.