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EU - Blue Economy Business Awards 2016

The applications for the Blue Economy Business Awards 2016 are open until 8th July 2016

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The Blue Economy Business and Science Forum (Hamburg, 12-13 September 2016) will gather together over 200 Blue Economy stakeholders to discuss and propose solutions on:

  • how to boost the European competitiveness in marine and maritime technologies;
  • how to increase cooperation between science and industrial sectors; and
  • how to fully demonstrate the value of innovative technologies, scale them up and bring them to the market.

The Blue Economy Business & Science Forum is meant to be not only a place to discuss together about challenges and ways forwards, but also an occasion to celebrate scientific and industrial achievements connected with the sea.

The EU Blue Economy provides over 5 million jobs and approximately 4% of Europe’s Gross Domestic Product. New technologies, including underwater engineering and DNA sequencing offer possibilities to increase this contribution. To capture this potential, the European Commission has launched a Blue Growth initiative which explores new ways to contribute to the EU's economy through technological, industrial and financial innovation whilst respecting the scarcity and vulnerability of marine resources.

Blue Economy Business Awards 2016

The Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) is organising the Blue Economy Business Awards 2016 ceremony that will accompany the Forum and showcase excellent practices from industry in the blue economy field.

The Blue Economy Business Awards recognises and reward individuals or organisations who have made a specific contribution to bringing and developing innovation in the Blue Economy.

In addition to the Blue Economy Business Awards 2016, the jury will have the possibility to select among the applicants the Woman of the Year in the Blue Economy and the Rising Blue Star of the Year (up to 35 years old).

After being selected by the jury, the 9 finalists (3 per award) will be invited to the Gala Dinner to attend the Award Ceremony in Hamburg (12 September 2016) and the 3 winners will be announced and receive a certificate.

Deadline to apply is 8th July 2016 (18pm UTC +1).

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