Project Blue @SCSU will be running a number of projects to accelerate knowledge, research, innovation and entrepreneurship in the Blue Economy.

Student Projects 2021

Our second cohort launched five Blue Economy related businesses in 2021.

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Virtual BE Innovation Bootcamp

February 12 & 13, 2021

The B.E. Innovation Bootcamp introduces the principles and best practices of innovation and design thinking and challenges participants to ideate innovations and engage in a design thinking exercise focused on sustainable Blue Economy solutions.

  • Lectures: Friday, February 12, 2021 4-7 p.m. (EST)
  • Workshop & Discussion: Saturday, February 13, 2021 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (EST)
  • Assessment Due: Saturday, February 22, 2021

Successful Participants will be awarded the BE Innovation Badge.

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Student Projects 2020

Our 1st cohort launched five Blue Economy related businesses in 2020.

Student projects

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BE Innovation Incubator

We are creating the next generation of entrepreneurs focused on the Blue Economy. Through our research and innovation center students will have the opportunity to collaborate and lead the way by creating solutions to harness and expand Blue Economy-related business activities. While we work to expand the BE ecosystem, our primary focus will be on the burgeoning kelp industry in Long Island Sound. We aim to find alternative channels and develop niche markets for kelp through a concerted effort of research and development, innovation, and tech transfer to incubate businesses.

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The Blue Economy Conference

November 4-8, 2020

Hosted by Southern Connecticut State University at the Canal Dock Boathouse in New Haven, Connecticut, USA.

The Blue Economy concept and agenda has been endorsed by a wide range of actors, from development institutions to conservation organizations and across a wide range of public and private actors (business and conservation alike). Despite this, there has not been a concerted effort at interrogating the multi-scalar complexities of Blue Economy development initiatives in academic discourse. This conference aims to do just that, and in doing so provide a basis for the analysis of proposed Blue Economy initiatives. It is the goal of this conference to act as a catalyst to bridge and mobilize emerging knowledge(s) on coastal/marine governance, technology development, and policy practices for transitioning to a Blue Economy. A focus will be on assuring that there is direct dialogue and engagement between the scientific research community, government officials, NGO representatives and the business community through transdisciplinary interactive problem-based workshops. Government officials and members of the local and regional NGO and business communities will be invited directly by the conference organizers. The proposed conference will build upon the successful Coastal Transitions Conference in New Haven, Connecticut in March 2017, which led to the publication of an edited volume Towards Coastal Resilience and Sustainability in the Coastal Zone (Heidkamp & Morrissey, 2018) and also served as the catalyst for the productive Regional Studies Association Research Network on Sustainability Transitions in the Coastal Zone (RSA, 2019).

Conference Fees:

  • Conference Attendance (Open): 350.00 USD
  • Conference Attendance (Students w. verification): 200.00 USD

The conference fee will include a welcoming reception, coffee and tea during breaks, catered lunches (Thursday, Friday, Saturday), and a dinner on Saturday evening to close out the conference.

Registration will be available by March 22, 2020.

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