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How to build a startup? (2/6)

April 23 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CEST

Blue Bio Techpreneurs Webinar Series
Transferring the Business Gen •

Six BBT webinars focus on inspirational front runners, entrepreneurs, case studies and approaches in the blue biotechnology sector. All webinars will focus on real-life experiences and showcase concrete applications and entrepreneurial examples of circular innovations in blue biotech. The role of women entrepreneurs in blue biotech will be highlighted, and one webinar will cover stories from European outermost regions, such as the Azores. If you want to know what it takes to develop a start-up/innovation, the obstacles and the pitfalls, and the inspirational element of going through it, register for this webinar and get to know inspiring people.

Do you want to be part in the next webinar, please write us webinars@bluebiotechpreneurs.eu

Webinar 2: How to build a startup?

In Blue Biotech, the opportunities are vast and underexploited. But launching a new business venture can feel mysterious or perilous.

In this edition of Transferring the Business Gene, the Blue Biotechpreneurs webinar series, we will be talking to people who have already charted the waters of entrepreneurship and are ready to share their stories.

We will hear how to take an idea or a lab result and turn it into a marketable application that can make a difference in the world. From developing a strong business plan to attracting collaborators and investors, our speakers will share what it took to get their startup off the ground.

Registration: Start WEBINAR 2 registration


  1. Welcome
  2. Round of Introductions
  3. Roundtable Discussion amongst Entrepreneurs from A to Z of the startup process
  4. Q&A
  5. Announcements and Closing Remarks

Target Audience:

Open to the public;  particular focus on students, recent graduates and researchers in fields like marine biology, biotechnology, etc.


1 Bernard KloaregAberactives (Brittany, FR)AberActives SAS

Professor Emeritus of Biology at Sorbonne Université, former director of the Roscoff Marine Station, and corresponding member of the French Académie des Sciences, Bernard Kloareg is the cofounder and president of startup Aberactives. Located on the Laber site of the Roscoff Marine Station, a world center of excellence in fundamental research on algae, the start-up proposes the use of bacterial enzymes to transform algal sugar chains in order to manufacture ingredients for cosmetics and nutrition.

2 Jean-Michel PommetZeni (Pays de la Loire, FR)

“Serial Entrepreneur” with over twenty years of experience in applied microbiology, nutrition & health and environment, Jean-Michel has two main areas of expertise: microbiota and microalgae both at science, technology/process and marketing levels.His main motivation is to develop sustainable projects with strong impact to help move toward a new area of regenerative agriculture in favor of our environment and consumer health.He graduated from the University of Montpelier, France, in 2000 having specialized in cellular and molecular biology. He went on to hold several post-doctoral positions in UK and France within the food and pharma industries and he developed a strong network of experts in formulation in Europe. He set up his own life sciences consulting firm which he ran for seven years, solving technical challenges and transferring innovative technology mainly in nutrition and health. He founded in 2006 the first ever international conferences in the fields of prebiotics, probiotics and microbiome, events which combined to become PROBIOTA in 2011 (today a leading conference developed worldwide by Nutraingredients.com in UK). Since 2013, Jean-Michel has worked in the growing sector of microalgae for which he developed algae-based products before recently jumping into a multi-impact startup to clean and reuse water from industrial activities, ZENI, launched in October 2023.

3 Anne Boermans – Zeefier (NL)

With more than 25 years of experience in the fields of marketing, management, and media, Anne Boermans is a seasoned entrepreneur, making her the ideal partner in a link-up with designer-artist Nienke Hoogvliet. The two met in 2019, and after multiple conversations and discussing the quintessential literature on seaweed, Anne too became convinced of the impact and potential of seaweed as a resource for yarn and dye.
She has been an active campaigner for implementing new developments with a blue economy motive. Anne lends to Zeefier her infectious enthusiasm, alongside her eye for business-building, marketing communication, and her know-how as a former owner of an art agency. Anne is striving for a step-by-step upscaling of seaweed as a renewable resource for the textile industry.

Company:Zeefier believes seaweed is the answer to the polluting textile industry since it doesn’t require fresh water, agricultural land, or chemicals to grow. It purifies CO2 and produces oxygen, making it a perfect sustainable solution for the fashion and interior industry.For almost 10 years, artivist Nienke Hoogvliet has worked on the perfect recipe for circular textile dyes from seaweed, making it available for industrial use by the end of 2023. Joining forces with Anne Boermans for Zeefier, they established Zeefier to radically change the textile industry. Currently, we create the dye and dye our products in 4 locations in the Netherlands. Get in touch with Zeefier

FOLLOW Zeefier on Instagram @zee.fier

Registration: Start WEBINAR 2 registration

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Webinar series programme edition I: Download


April 23
11:00 am - 12:00 pm CEST
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