17 BlueTech Companies to Watch in 2017

Out of 35 applications submitted through a national search, 17 small U.S. companies from nine states were selected to participate in the 2017 cohort of the U.S. Maritime Technology Export Initiative for their innovative ocean technologies and export potential.  These companies will be participating in activities through 2017 intended to increase U.S. BlueTech exports and create Blue Jobs.

The U.S. Maritime Technology Export Initiative is a collaboration between The Maritime Alliance (TMA) and the International Trade Administration (ITA), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.  A team of over 50 people in U.S. federal government agencies stationed around the world and the non-profit industry association are collaborating on this first-ever initiative.

Companies that were selected develop, manufacture or sell a variety of maritime or ocean technologies or services in aerial drones, maritime robotics, ocean observation, renewable energy, underwater sensors, vessel emissions control, vessel traffic management, and water and will be seeking to create partnerships with buyers and distributors in foreign markets.  

TMA Executive Director Greg Murphy said, "The 17 companies that were selected to join the first cohort of the U.S. Maritime Technology Export Initiative represent the type of fast-growing small businesses in the Blue Economy that create good-paying Blue Jobs in the United States, and we're looking forward to helping them grow their business through increased exports and partnerships abroad."  As a perk of being selected for the export initiative, each participating company is provided a complimentary 1-year membership with The Maritime Alliance (if not already a member) and the opportunity to participate in BlueTech Week (Nov 6-10, 2017 in San Diego), including the annual BlueTech PitchFest.

The ability to enter foreign markets is buoyed by the ITA and the U.S. Commercial Service, which has regional offices around the world to help U.S. businesses.  The timing of this initiative also coincides closely with the launch of the international BlueTech Cluster Alliance (BTCA), announced by TMA on January 11, 2017 as an alliance of the 8 leading BlueTech clusters from 7 countries.  TMA President Michael Jones said, "The BlueTech Cluster Alliance will promote BlueTech cluster outreach and our success will depend on cluster-cluster collaboration that develops."

Most of the selected companies will be exhibiting at Oceanology International North America (OINA), February 14-16, 2017 at the San Diego Convention Center, which is an extension of the world-premier ocean science and technology conference and trade show in London every even year.  With the launch of OINA in San Diego, it begins a new era for new markets trade promotion, which will return to San Diego every odd year.  

In April, select U.S. companies will be traveling to Europe to exhibit at the Ocean Business trade show in Southampton, UK, followed by a trade mission to the port cities of Copenhagen, Hamburg and Rotterdam organized by The Maritime Alliance.

For a list of the U.S. companies that were selected, visit www.bluetechexports.org/companies

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The Maritime Alliance (TMA)  is a non-profit industry association and organizer of the largest BlueTech cluster in the United States located in San Diego, California.  Its mission is promoting sustainable, science-based ocean and water industries and it focuses on business ecosystem development, economic development and workforce development.

The International Trade Administration (ITA), part of the Department of Commerce, strengthens the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of trade laws and agreements.  ITA works to improve the global business environment and helps U.S. organizations compete at home and abroad.  ITA supports the National Export Initiative to sustain economic growth and support American jobs.