ProtoAtlantic opens call for applications

A project aiming to develop and validate a model for the prototyping and exploitation of innovative ideas in the maritime sector within the Atlantic area has called for entrepreneurs to apply for free testing of their technologies at multiple test facilities.

The call issued by the ProtoAtlantic project is targeted at renewable energy, blue biotechnology and marine robotics, though other relevant marine technology sectors with high growth potential will also be considered. Focusing on prototyping, tank testing, marine testing and verification, the facilities will also provide financial support for activities during testing, plus support and mentoring.

Jorge Galvan, project manager at Innovalia, one of the project’s partners, said: “The ProtoAtlantic project is providing entrepreneurs with an ideal path to take an innovative idea from the business model stage all the way to market validation and testing.”

In addition to Innovalia, the Interreg Atlantic Area-funded project partners include the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), INESC TEC, University College Cork, EMERGE, Cork County Council, and Technopõle Brest Iroise.

The closing date for applications is 4 February 2019. The testing period for successful applicants will conclude in October 2020.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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