The project AniMare – Animation of the Portuguese Sea Cluster aims to promote the dynamization of the Sea Cluster through the strengthening of cooperation networks and partnerships between

actors of the Sea economy creating the necessary conditions for technology transfer, innovation, entrepreneurship, internationalization, and competitiveness of the Sea economy.

Objectives and results: to strengthen cooperation networks and partnerships between players from different sectors of the economy of the Sea, creating the institutional, organizational, and technical conditions necessary for technology transfer, innovation, entrepreneurship, internationalization and development of the circular economy, in order to promote the creation of synergy effects and competitiveness of the cluster.

European Union financial support: 208,891.47 euros

Total project budget: 440.892,94 euros

Fórum Oceano is the sole promoter of this project funded under the SIAC Clusters Program of Compete 2020.

AniMare started in May 2017 and will be completed in April 2020.

Projeto nº 113282

Project Name: AniMare 2.0 – Animation of the Portuguese Sea Cluster

Support under the Incentive Scheme: Support Scheme for Collective Actions – Promotion of Entrepreneurship
Operational Programme: Competitiveness and Internationalisation Operational Programme

Thematic Objective: OT 1 – Strengthening research, technological development and innovation
Investment Priority: PI 1.2 – Promoting investment by companies in innovation and research
Intervention typology: TI 48 – Innovation clusters and networks
Territorial Scope (NUTS II): Multi-regions – North, Centre and Alentejo
Fund: ERDF
Beneficiary Entity: Fórum Oceano – Association for the Economy of the Sea
Start Date: 2021-04-01
Conclusion date: 2022-10-28
Eligible Investment: 316.509,49 euros
Incentive: 158.254,75 euros

Summary: The project promotes the strengthening of cooperation networks and partnerships between actors of the economy of the Sea, creating the necessary conditions for innovation, internationalization, entrepreneurship, financing, and competitiveness of the different sectors of the economy of the Sea.

Strategic Objective: to strengthen the dynamics of cooperation between stakeholders from different sectors of the economy of the Sea by creating institutional, organizational and technical conditions conducive to technology transfer, innovation and internationalization, entrepreneurship and business acceleration, investment and financing of the blue economy, which contribute to the competitiveness of the cluster in the context of the challenges facing the economy and society in the areas of digital transformation, decarbonization and energy transition and circular economy.


Led by Beta-i and co-lead by Forum Oceano, the project “Atlantic Smart Ports Blue Acceleration Network (ASPBAN), funded by EMFF – European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, and approved under the call for proposals “Cross-sectoral development of innovative port clusters in the Atlantic: Developing a blue accelerator scheme for Atlantic ports” (EMFF-APC-2020 call), brings together 13 partners (among Accelerators, Clusters, and entities linked to funding and policy), with the support of more than 120 strategic partners and the involvement of a total of 391 Ports.

The project aims to lay the foundations for the construction of a platform of acceleration services, transforming the EU Atlantic Ports into Blue Economy Hubs, diversifying their business models and revenue sources.

The main objectives of the project include the attraction of 450 startups to an acceleration programme; the selection of 30 startups that will be able to develop pilots in 30 Atlantic Ports; the attraction of €6 million of private investment for the selected startups; the mobilization of €4.5 billion of potential private investment; the reduction of 100,000 tons of CO2 in the operations of 30 Ports.

FO Budget: 81,905.83 euros

EU Funding (80%): EUR 65,524.66

The Consortex – European Internationalization Maritime Consortia project is part of the Interreg Atlantic Area programme and aims to set up export-oriented interregional naval ancillary industry consortia based on the high-tech manufacture of product packages (bridge, engine room, deck and accommodation) for offshore vessels, marine energy plants, cruise ships and scientific vessels.

Commencing in October 2017, the project is expected to be completed in September 2019.

financing FEDER 1.262.250,00 €
total budget 1.683.000,00 €
Duration 2017-10-02 – 2019-09-30

– Consortium

Foro Marítimo Vasco ES
Fórum Oceano – Associação da Economia do Mar PT
Associação das Indústrias Navais PT
Cork Institute of Technology IE
IMWA cic t/a National Maritime UK
Clúster del Sector Naval Gallego ES
Bretagne Pôle Naval FR

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In the Maritime-Port Space, the integrated management of Risk, Emergency, Contingency and Business Continuity, in a comprehensive perspective, is critical to ensure the achievement of an effective state of Security of the Port Community.

The Blue Fund program, specifically the support recommended in the call for proposals 4/2017, aims to finance training projects, investment and actions aimed at improving maritime security.

With this project on Security of the Maritime-Port Supply Chain (GISAMP), we intend to operationalize a Collective Efficiency Strategy that considers the Maritime-Port Process in its most comprehensive perspective, considering the Strategic or Management layers (Administrations and Authorities), Operational (Port Facilities) and Support (flows and support), developing the following actions:

– Situation Diagnosis;

– Training and development of competencies according to the dual model;

– Consultancy and Technical Assistance actions aimed at ensuring the implementation of a Management System supported by ISO 28000 – Supply Chain Security Management, subject to International Certification.

Considering the Maritime-Port reality, the ISO 27001 and ISO 20858 references will also be considered, concerning respectively Information Security and Security Planning of port infrastructures, considering that the latter reference facilitates the implementation of good practices for a more efficient management of the ISPS code requirements.

From GISAMP’s point of view (in alignment with the Blue Fund edict), the actors in the Maritime-Port space (Administrations, Facilities, and other operators) are potential beneficiaries of a non-refundable support of 90% of the expenses actually incurred.

Total Eligible Investment: 261,233 euros

Approved AF Amount: 200,000 euros

IN 4.0 – Adaptation of industry 4.0 model to the naval sector is a project that promotes the modernization of the naval sector through the implementation of actions that contribute to transform the SMEs of this industry in 4.0, identifying barriers that hinder innovation in the naval sector business model, improving the productive processes of companies, transforming the systems of work organization, knowledge and marketing, and training employees for new functions/activities/tasks.

The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Atlantic Area programme and has a duration of 36 months.

FINANCING FEDER 1.913.664,12 €
TOTAL BUDGET 2.551.552,14 €
DURATION 2017-09-01 – 2020-08-30


Diputación Provincial de Pontevedra ES
Bretagne Pôle Naval FR
Cork Institute of Technology IE
Fórum Oceano – Associação da Economia do Mar PT
Asociación Cluster del Naval Gallego ES
University of Strathclyde UK
Foro Marítimo Vasco ES
Pôle de compétitivité EMC2 FR
Asociacion de Industriales Metalúrgicos de Galicia ES
High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute Ltd. UK

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The WestMED Initiative follows on from the Declaration on the Blue Economy of the Union for the Mediterranean Ministerial Conference of 17 November 2015, which invited participating countries to explore the added value and feasibility of maritime strategies, building on the experience and work developed within the Western Mediterranean cooperation process, called the 5+5 Dialogue, which involves 10 countries: five EU Member States (France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Malta) and five North African countries (Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia).

In October 2016, the Foreign Ministers of Algeria, Spain, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Mauritania, Portugal and Tunisia encouraged further work to set up an initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy together with the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean.

Aligned with the European Commission’s experience in Sea affairs and macro-regional strategies, the Initiative for the Sustainable Development of the Blue Economy in the Western Mediterranean is presented in two EC documents in April 2017:

– The Communication from the European Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions (183 Final of 19.04.2017)

– The Action Plan (Framework for Action- Staff working document complementary to the Communication), which complements the Communication and identifies the gaps to be addressed, as well as the potential and added value of the proposed actions.

In order to valorize the full potential of the blue economy in this Mediterranean region, the WestMED Initiative is designed to support public institutions, universities, local communities, small and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurs of the countries involved, in the development of structuring projects that may be submitted to programmes supported by European Union funds (it is estimated that the funds available to implement this initiative amount to 4 billion euros).

In this sense, the Initiative aims to promote

– the sustainable development of the blue economy

– the security of the maritime space

– the preservation of ecosystems and biodiversity

To achieve these goals, coordination and cooperation between the countries involved is encouraged by pursuing three common objectives and six priority areas for action.

Common Objectives:

– A more secure maritime space

– A smart and resilient blue economy

– Better governance of the Sea

Priority Areas:

– Illegal fishing (IUU fishing)

– Aquaculture

– Marine Litter and Circular Economy

– Clean Shipping

– Cluster Cooperation

– Tourism

Along with the six priority areas, two transversal areas have also been identified:

– Skills and Training

– Research and Innovation

In Portugal

The WestMED Initiative is coordinated by the Directorate-General for Sea Policy (DGPM) at national level, covering the regions of Lisbon, Alentejo and Algarve.

Forum Oceano ensures the focal point for Portugal of the Assistance Mechanism, having the mission to mobilize and contact stakeholders in order to identify the interests in participating in the defined project areas. It is also the responsibility of the national focal points to support project development, identify funding sources and identify project partners.

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Projeto nº 046014

Project Name: IREN – Internationalization of the Portuguese Nautical Stations Network

Support within the scope of the Incentive Scheme: Collective Action Support Scheme – Internationalization

Operational Programme: Competitiveness and Internationalization Operational Programme

Main Goal: Strengthen the competitiveness of small and medium enterprises

Investment Priority: PI 3.2 – The development and application of new business models for SMEs, especially regarding internationalization

Intervention typology: TI 52 – Internationalization of SME

Territorial Scope (NUTS II): Multi-regions – North, Centre and Alentejo

Beneficiary Entity: Fórum Oceano – Association for the Economy of the Sea

Approval Date: 2020-07-01

Start Date: 2020-07-01

Conclusion Date: 2022-06-30

Eligible Investment: 444,326.10 euros

Incentive: 377,677.19 euros


The IREN Project – Internationalization of the Portuguese Nautical Stations Network aims to promote the internationalization of Portugal’s Nautical Stations (ENP), through international promotion and valorization, stimulating the increase of exports from the companies integrated in them, reinforcing the visibility of Portugal as a destination for Recreational Boating. In this sense, the present application reinforces the association’s mission, in what concerns the dynamization and competitiveness of the Sea’s economy.

The activities foreseen under this project include the following actions:

  1. Stimulating the Portugal Network of Nautical Stations for Internationalization;
  2. Digital Platform for the international promotion of products and services offered by the Network of Nautical Stations Stations Network;
  3. International exploratory operation for the prospection, knowledge, and access to new markets for the Portugal Nautical Stations;
  4. Collective campaign for the international promotion of Portugal’s Nautical Stations;
  5. Dissemination of the project’s activities and results;
  6. Project management.

The jUMP project – Joint Action: a stepping-stone for underwater noise monitoring in Portuguese waters, is funded by the Blue Fund programme, and is coordinated by WavEC Offshore Renewables with the participation of nine other Portuguese partners, including Fórum Oceano. The project started in January 2020 and will last for two years, with a total investment of 167,000 euros, of which 149,000 are supported by the Blue Fund.

JUMP aims to collect and disseminate information about the problem of noise pollution. To this end, several activities will be developed such as the collection of acoustic data, the calibration of acoustic models and dissemination and debate activities with interested entities and the general public.

JUMP partners:

1.WavEC Offshore Renewables
2.Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada
3.Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
4.Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil
5.IFAW Internationaler Tierschutz-Fonds gGmbH [European Union Office]
6.Administração do Porto de Aveiro, S.A.
7.Museu da Baleia da Madeira
9.Associação Nacional de Conservação da Natureza
10.Fórum Oceano

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Projeto nº 072597

Project Name: Mar&Ar – Empowering for entrepreneurship
Support under the Incentive Scheme: Support Scheme for Collective Actions – Promotion of Entrepreneurship

Operational Programme: Competitiveness and Internationalization Operational Programme

Thematic Objective: OT 8 – Promoting employment sustainability and quality and supporting labor mobility

Investment Priority: PI 8.3 – Creating self-employment, entrepreneurship, and business creation, including innovative micro, small and medium-sized enterprises

Intervention typology: TI B5 – Stimulating the entrepreneurial ecosystem

Territorial Scope (NUTS II): Multi-regions – North, Centre and Alentejo

Beneficiary Entity: Fórum Oceano – Associação da Economia do Mar (Promoter) and AEDCP – Associação Portuguesa para o Cluster das Indústrias Aeronáutica, do Espaço e da Defesa (Co-Promoter)

Start Date: 2021-05-01

Completion Date: 2023-06-30

Total eligible investment: 393.089,50 euros

Total incentive amount: 334,126.07 euros

FO Investment: 241,637.31 euros

FO Incentive: 205,391.71 euros

Abstract: Project addressed to students from basic education (3rd cycle), secondary and higher education, aims to promote the adjustment between the educational and professional options of young people and the needs identified in the aerospace and maritime sectors, enhancing the emergence of innovative and entrepreneurial responses to social and societal challenges of the territories. It includes the systematization and dissemination of information on professional careers in the blue economy and available training, contacts with industry and entrepreneurship.

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The Blue Economy has the potential to deliver growth and jobs in the coming years, but an adequate supply of blue skills is mandatory. As can be observed in the Commission’s Annual Growth Survey, there is a growing skills gap affecting particular knowledge-intensive sectors, with particular relevance for:

  • Skills mismatch between labor market needs and the output of educational institutions;

  • A lack of communication and cooperation between education and industry to efficiently align supply and demand.

In reply to the Blue Economy Call from the European Commission`s Blue Careers program that aims to accelerate the implementation of the EU Maritime Policy and the sustainable development of the blue economy across Europe, arises MarLEM (Maritime Logistics Engineering and Management) a project to develop a Joint Master course in Maritime Logistics Engineering and Management which:

  • Aims to fill the existing gaps and needs of higher education;

  • Intents to progress beyond the state-of-the-art on the Maritime Education and Training.

MarLEM will launch a cooperation network based on a Knowledge Triangle concept. The Industry will articulate with Academia and with Authorities to establish a better framework for skills development, continuous improvement, and alignment with identified needs.

MarLEM has in its genesis the concept of innovative education and training centered in the methodologies of Project-Based Learning and Work-Based Learning:

  • On the 1st year, each student will be guided on the selection of a project to be developed on the 2nd year;

  • On the 2nd year, students will learn by working on the selected project and applying it to the port-maritime reality.

Expected results and impacts:

  • Clarification of skills gap, and respective proper answer;

  • Entrepreneurial capacity and employability;

  • Transfer and exploitation of knowledge;

  • Communication, pooling/sharing of knowledge and new synergies between Industries, Universities, and Authorities at the EU level.

Relevance to EU policy:

  • Reducing / eliminating the gap between skills;

  • Potential to be widely adopted by Maritime Universities in Europe;

  • Gives a better fulfillment of industry needs and will grant the availability of the “real maritime world” environment to the students.

Since there is in Europe 70 000 km of coastline and more than 1200 commercial seaports across 22 Member States, with growing movement of cargo and passengers, the interest on MarLEM and specifically on the replication of the Master Course and adapting the Industry/University collaboration platform models well the Knowledge Triangle Industry/University/Authorities shows great potential. We strongly believe in MarLEM’s trans-nationality and in its potential to be widely adopted by Maritime Universities in Europe.

The project MATES – Maritime Alliance for Fostering the European Blue Economy through a Marine Technology Skilling Strategy aims to develop a strategy on skills linked to maritime activity, which considers the main factors of change in the Maritime sector, in particular in the field of shipbuilding and offshore renewable energy, which are linked and require the development of new capabilities, in a context increasingly digital, green and oriented towards a knowledge-based economy.

The project, which involves 17 partners from 8 countries, is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme and has an implementation period of 48 months.

Program Erasmus+
Instrument Sector Skills Alliances (SSA)
TOTAL BUDGET 4.9 milhões €
EU Grant 3.999.471 €
Duration Janeiro de 2018 – Dezembro de 2021 (48 meses)


  • Centro Tecnológico do Mar, CETMAR (ES)
  • University of Strathclyde (UK)
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam (NL)
  • Universiteit Gent (BE)
  • Ethniko Kentro Erevnas Kai Technologikis Anaptyxis (EL)
  • Conselleria de Cultura, Educacion e Ordenacion Universitaria (ES)
  • Fórum Oceano – Associação da Economia do Mar (PT)
  • Asociacion de Industriales Metalurgicos de Galicia (ES)
  • Aquatera Limited (UK)
  • Indigo Med smpc (EL)
  • Aqualex Multimedia Consortium Company Limited by Guarantee (IE)
  • Aquatt uetp ltd (IE)
  • Fundo Regional para a Ciência e Tecnologia (PT)
  • Cosnav Engineering srl (IT)
  • CT ingenieros aeronauticos de automocion e industriales sl (ES)
  • Foundation wegemt – A European Association of Universities in Marine Technology and Related Sciences (NL)
  • Universidade da Coruna (ES)

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SAFER – Smart Atlantic Seafood Clusters is a project that aims to improve the level of innovation in the seafood industry, particularly at the level of marine food products, through the adoption of technology and increased transnational cooperation as a response to the challenges faced by this industry.

Started in October 2017, this project will last 36 months and is funded under the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme. SAFER’s coordination oversees ERNACT – European Regions Network for the Application of Communications Technology.

FINANCING FEDER 1.353.165,39 €
TOTAL BUDGET 1.804.220,52 €
Duration 2017-10-02 – 2020-09-30


European Regions Network for the Application of Communications Technology IE
Údarás na Gaeltachta IE
Letterkenny Institute of Technology IE
Gobierno Regional de Cantabria ES
Conférence des Régions Périphériques Maritimes d’Europe FR
Pole Mer Bretagne Atlantique FR
Derry City and Strabane District Council UK
Fórum Oceano – Associação da Economia do Mar PT
Foodintech Lda PT

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We will take young people on a journey of knowledge about the Ocean and sustainability.

Knowing more – and better – about all topics related to Ocean Literacy is the main goal of this project, not only for the school population, but also for society in general.

Starting early to instill in young people the interest for an active role in finding solutions to problems related to the Ocean is an important point of the project The Ocean of [my] future. But even more important is to demonstrate the real opportunities that this project aims to promote in the educational process and beyond.


We are living in a crucial time for the future of ocean sustainability. And this future is a real window of opportunity that is opening in the new “blue economy” and the excellent professional opportunities arising in the recent “blue careers”, based on the most innovative technological and scientific advances.

For all this to come to fruition, it is very important that all stakeholders play their part. More than making society aware of general principles and notions, it is crucial to encourage all citizens and stakeholders to take informed and responsible attitudes towards the Ocean on topics such as the sustainable use of marine resources for economic purposes, identify opportunities for the future – particularly for young people – and enable each person to make informed, sound decisions and make a difference in their choices and attitudes.

As such, it is essential to establish partnerships between institutions with an active role in education and the various “actors” of the sea, integrating Blue Growth and the Blue Economy as a professional future horizon.

The objective of the Ocean of [my] Future project is simple: that young people can responsibly and sustainably embrace their future linked to the Ocean.

It was with this purpose and in this context that the pilot project The Ocean of [my] Future was born, with the clear mission to show young people a vision of future opportunity and that they can do what has not yet been done in the “New Blue”.


The Ocean of [my] Future project aims to raise awareness among all 12th grade students who are at a decisive stage of choosing their vocation.

This project is a gateway to the different sectors of the blue economy, also transmitting a vision of (their) future “blue careers”.

One of the major objectives of The Ocean of [my] Future is to stimulate interest in a professional future linked to the oceans, including blue entrepreneurship, highlighting employment and business opportunities, particularly those related to blue growth.

The mission will be well accomplished if, at the end, a proactive disposition and behaviour towards the Ocean and its sustainable uses and resources has been created in young people, as well as a clear knowledge about the opportunities and challenges in (their) professional future.


The project The Ocean of [my] future highlights 6 important key sectors of blue growth. These are:

#1) Aquaculture and Fish Industry
#2) Blue Biotechnology
#3) Maritime Technology
#4) Marine Sports
#5) Sustainability, Environment and Marine Biodiversity
#6) Social Sciences (Public Policies, Economics and Law)


– Organization of thematic sessions on the different sectors of blue growth, aimed at students and teachers.

– Conducting study visits to companies/entities in the different blue growth sectors.

– Conception of ideas/projects on entrepreneurship by students, accompanied by tutors designated according to the themes.

– Organization of mentoring sessions for teachers, so that they can accompany the development of the students’ ideas/projects.

– Organization and implementation of a final event in Hackathon format, awarding a prize to the best project/idea evaluated by a panel of evaluators.


Fórum Oceano – Sea Economy Cluster
Private non-profit association with the status of Public Utility, being the entity responsible for managing and promoting the Portuguese Sea Economy Cluster, a Competitiveness and Internationalization Cluster recognized by the Government of Portugal.

As such, it will contribute with a valuable insight into “the real market”.

Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, with Mare Startup

Promotes the initiative with extensive experience in promoting blue entrepreneurship and the MARE Centre Hub, with a wide and comprehensive experience that extends to various levels of education, thanks to the awareness programme “MARE goes to School”.

Colégio Valsassina
One of the Blue Schools in Lisbon. It is a private Portuguese school, with a total of 1,300 students, aged between three and eighteen.

GCE Ocean Technology
Norwegian partner that will present a panoply of new techniques and technologies with cutting edge science, to stimulate the maximum innovative capacity of the students.


The Project, PT-INNOVATION-0046, is financed by EEA Grants, a multi-annual financial mechanism through which Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway provide financial support to European Union Member States, with a budget allocation of 24.971 euros.


The presentation of the project The Ocean of [my] future, funded by the EEA Grants Portugal Blue Growth program, took place on 20 October, at 12:00 pm, at the College Valsassina.

The presentation of the program and the project counted with the participation of Dr. Sandra Silva (Director of Programming Services of DGPM, as the operating entity of the Blue Growth Program – EEA Grants 2014-2021), Dr. João Gomes (Pedagogical Director of the Colégio Valsassina), Dr. Ruben Eiras (Secretary-General of Fórum Oceano), Prof. José Guerreiro (FCUL/MARE STARTUP/MARE), Dr. Sónia Ribeiro (MARE STARTUP/UCP) and Dr. Pierre Gein (UCP).


“Blue Economy and Blue Entrepreneurship”.
The session took place on 25 October, with Sónia Ribeiro (UCP/Mare Startup) and Pierre Gein (UCP) as speakers.

“New Maritime/Ocean Technologies”
This session took place on November 2, whose host was Gisle Nondal (GCE Ocean Technology).

“Aquaculture and Fish Industry”
Took place on 5 November, with Susana França and Vera Sequeira (FCUL/MARE) as speakers.

“Blue Biotechnology
In this session on December 2, the speaker was researcher Bernardo Vicente (MARE).

“Entrepreneurship Process”
The Entrepreneurship Process training and launch session, took place on 26 January, and was taught by Pierre Gein (UCP).

“Sustainability, Environment and Marine Biodiversity”
On 22 February, the training session for students took place, with Susana França and Vera Sequeira (FCUL/MARE) as speakers.

“Nautical Sports”.
The session on this theme took place on 25 February and was presented by António José Correia (Fórum Oceano).


The study visits of the students involved in the project aim to raise interest for the opportunity of qualified employment in the area of the sea.

These initiatives have been running at a good pace and with great participation and interest from the students.  And the themes have been quite varied:

The facilities of the company Gelpeixe, in Loures, were visited by the 12th grade students of Colégio Valsassina, on 8, 9 and 23 November.

On the 10th of November, the visit took place at Exporsado, a company in the aquaculture sector that has an oyster production unit in the Sado river estuary.

On February 23, the students went aboard the research ship Mário Ruivo, and had the opportunity in loco to understand the importance of the various professions connected to the operation and investigation of a ship like this.

On March 2nd, it was time to meet the Department of Sea and Marine Resources of the Portuguese Institute of Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA).

On the 4th April, the students visited the Lindley company and the Cascais Marina, where they observed some nautical activities, nautical tourism and water sports in the context of the Cascais Nautical Station.

They also had the opportunity to interact with the people in charge of some companies and institutions, such as Aquastart – Boat & Bike Tours, PALMAYACHTS and the Cascais Sailing Club.


The launch session of the Entrepreneurship Process took place on 26 January.

It was lectured by Pierre Gein (UCP) with the objective of presenting the Entrepreneurship Process to the students and teachers participating in the project, as well as revealing the next steps.

On March 9, Pierre Gein (UCP) led the session on the Entrepreneurship Process, with the participation of the teachers who have been accompanying the entrepreneurship projects of the students participating in the project.

This session aimed to validate the identification of an idea that responds to a concrete problem identified by the groups of students.

It took place on 23 March and was led by Pierre Gein, with the participation of the teachers that have accompanied the entrepreneurship projects.

It aimed at validating the correct definition of the target client, the problem to be solved and the solution.

On April 6, with the mentorship of Pierre Gein (UCP) and the participation of the teachers who have been following the entrepreneurship projects of the students participating in the project, the session aimed to define what the “Minimum Viable Product” is and how the teams can develop it.

It took place on April 29th, with the mentoring of Pierre Gein (UCP) and with the participation of the students and teachers involved in the project The Ocean of [my] Future.

Each team was encouraged to present its idea and resolution of the identified problem, defining the customer segment, and starting the outlining of the pricing policy.

Session #5
Took place on May 18 with the mentorship of Pierre Gein (UCP), and with the participation of the students and teachers participating in the Project “The Ocean of [my] future”.

This fifth session of the entrepreneurship process aimed to prepare students for the Ocean Hackathon, in which students will have the opportunity to present their projects to a panel of evaluators that will distinguish the best ideas. It was time to clarify the final doubts and have everything in place to convince the jurors.


On April 27th, took place the session about the Blue Profession Map, oriented by Sónia Ribeiro (UCP/Mare Startup).

The aim of this session was to present and discuss the results of the Blue Profession Cards (designed by the groups of students), during the sessions and field visits of the project.

The students went their own way and discovered for themselves the professions associated with each theme and economic sector covered throughout the project.

More than 100 professions were identified, corresponding to technical, vocational, higher and specialist training programmes.

New job opportunities have been identified and, we all hope, may become the professions of the future for these students.


On June 1st, the Ocean Hackathon event took place at Valsassina College, one of the main activities of the Ocean of [my] Future project.

The Ocean Hackathon was the culmination of several activities developed during this school year, which sought to promote blue entrepreneurship and disseminate job opportunities and future businesses in the area of the Sea.

In this event, the students of the 12th grade had the opportunity to present their innovative projects, developed during the school year, to a panel of evaluators that distinguished the best ideas.

There was also the presentation of the Humanities Course project, which consists of an online Quiz about Ocean Literacy, with a version for 2nd cycle students and another version for 3rd cycle students.

Entrepreneurship Project Winners

1st Place
– Plastic4fun- Beach barbecue service, with reuse of plastics.

2nd Place
– Ostracal – Production of a sustainable agricultural corrective, from oyster shell waste.

3rd Place (ex aequo)
– Helping hands – Hydroalcoholic gel from food waste.

– Syrenity – Moisturising cream from marine collagen (fish scales and fins).

The Ocean of [my] Future project thanks all participants who so enthusiastically and creatively embraced this project!

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