The BlueBiotechpreneurs consortium comprises five European partners 2 universities, 1 maritime innovation cluster, 1 national network representing the blue biotechnology sector and 1 network promoting innovative approaches to the sustainable use of marine resources in the Baltic Sea, formally representing 5 countries (Portugal, France, Poland, Denmark and Germany) but informally many more due to the broad reach of participants’ networks.

The partners are complementary in their competencies, representing top-ranked universities, broad interdisciplinary research institutes, and consultancies with expertise in project management and stakeholder involvement. This is supplemented by other partners’ expertise in implementation theory and case studies. All partners have extensive experience with related challenges in diverse regions and governance settings across Europe.

Non-for-Profit Transnational Network


SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth

The SUBMARINER Network is a non-profit European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG) and a flagship of the EU Baltic Sea Strategy, bringing together actors from the whole Baltic Sea Region to actively promote innovative and sustainable uses of marine resources. It operates across the entire knowledge and innovation triangle, including the private sector, research, and education institutions, and integrates perspectives from local to international scale, different scientific disciplines, as well as policy and economic stakeholders. It comprises a network of over 40 institutions, from universities to SMEs, NGOs and start-ups across the Baltic Sea Region.


SUBMARINER is the project coordinator, responsible for project management and communications contributing in all work packages.

Blue Biotechnology Network


Is a national network that includes all of Portugal’s marine bioresources value chain subsectors. It ranges from raw material producers and R&D units to biotech SMEs, transforming centres and manufacturers, public sector entities and support companies, and the final consumer product developers. Since 2015, BBA actively fosters collaboration between different players, leveraging and accelerating SMEs growth, leading to more jobs and value creation for Portugal. BBA is a partner of the BLUE BIO VALUE ideation and acceleration programme dedicated to boosting the blue economy. In the BlueBioTechpreneur project, BBA will contribute to mapping the challenges and needs of entrepreneurs, start-ups, SMEs and large companies throughout the blue biotech value chain contributing to the MOOC ́s programme development.


Responsible for the Webinars collaborating with Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique and contributing in all work packages.

maritime innovation cluster


Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique

Is an economic development cluster created in 2005. PMBA manages a network of more than 400 organisations with a triple helix approach in which industries (SMEs, start-ups, major companies), research centres, and academia work together to develop innovative projects around maritime innovation. The PMBA cluster aims to enhance the capacity of companies to innovate, stimulate growth and increase employment in promising markets. Its expertise is based on 6 main topics: maritime safety and security, marine energy and mining resources, shipbuilding and leisure boatbuilding, marine biological resources, coastal and environmental planning and management, as well as maritime ports, infrastructure and transport. As economic development cluster, PMBA facilitates the emergence of collaborative research and development projects and supports the growth of member companies, particularly by placing new products, services and processes resulting from research on the market.


Leading the Webinars collaborating with BlueBio Alliance and contributing in all work packages.



University of Southern Denmark

Further to SDU’s core research activities, the laboratory has, during its 25-year history, been involved in several outreach projects funded by, e.g., Interreg, NORDEA, and the Danish Strategic Research Council. Some projects have promoted a research-based approach to inform the public, school teachers and pupils about marine biology and sea-based food sources. These projects have targeted mussel farming, algae farming, and jellyfish harvesting. The laboratory has close ties to Fjord & Bælt and the local Maritime Gardens, allowing citizens to grow mussels, oysters and algae in a nearby facility outside the harbour. SDU facilitates the evidence-based development of the Kerteminde Ocean Food Cluster – enabling the transition of the Kerteminde region to an innovative blue growth region, a reason why the station is among the coordinators of an innovation hub in the Centre for Sustainable Agri-food Systems. The newly established Climate Adaptation Master program will actively engage in the BlueBioTechpreneurs project.


Responsible for the Hackathons and contributing in all work packages.



University of Gdańsk

Is a dynamically developing institution of higher education and one that combines respect for tradition with a commitment to the new. It offers education in nearly all fields of academic knowledge, in sought-after professions on the job market and state-of-the-art facilities in its Gdańsk, Sopot and Gdynia campuses. It is currently one of the most modern academic centres in Poland. UG belongs to the Sea-EU network, with a high research and education profile focusing on oceanography, aquaculture, biotechnology, and recirculating aquaculture systems. It hosts facilities for promoting innovative pilots and solutions for sustainable aquaculture and the blue biotech sector and conducting marine research at the Hel Marine Station.


Responsible for the MOOC collaborating with SUBMARINER and contributing in all work packages.