June 22, 2022 Meeting
Michael Conathan. Ocean Policy Expert focused on regional sustainable marine and maritime initiatives.
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April 27, 2022 Meeting
Michael K Jackson, Sr. International Trade Specialist at U.S. Commercial Service, the export promotion arm of the Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration. Matt Hanson, Co-Founder, Pax Momentum Fund Ken Malone, Founder, Early Charm
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March 23, 2022 Meeting
To speak from the startup perspective: Pranay Kohli, CEO, ACTIVEcharge, and Soobum Lee, Associate Professor, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Founder & Chief Innovation Officer, ACTIVEcharge, will what they’re working on and what they need from BlueTech Maryland.
And to discuss how we can lift up beyond Maryland - comparing Maryland to other nearby states – what Maryland needs to do to be relevant in offshore wind, we’ll welcome Carrie Cullen Hitt, Executive Director at National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium Register in advance for this meeting.After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
February 23, 2022 meeting- Aquaculture in Maryland
Blue Nexus: november 16, 2021
- Why Maryland - Suzanne Dorsey, Assistant Secretary, Maryland Department of Environment
- What is Bluetech? - Claire Broido Johnson, Maryland Momentum Fund Introduce BlueTech categories - Mark Huang, Sea-Ahead
- 10:25-10:50a: Maryland policy alignment: Sarah Elfreth, State Senator Sarah Lane, Senior Faculty Research Assistant at University of Maryland
- 10:50-11:05a: The Future of Ports: Kristen Weiss Fidler, Director, Office of Harbor Development and and Kristen Keene, Strategy and Partnerships, at Maryland Port Administration
- 11:05-11:35a: Overview of Maryland Offshore Wind, Moderator: Mark Huang
- Matt Drew, Infrastructure Construction Manager, Orsted
- Sam Salustro, Director of Coalitions & Strategic Partnerships, Business Network for Offshore Wind
- Phil Croskey, CEO, MD Energy Advisors
- 11:45-12:20p: Overview of Maryland Aquaculture, Moderator: Sarah Lane Ken Malone, Founder, Early Charm Ventures Johnny Shockley, Founder, Blue Oyster Environmental Suzan Shahrestani, CEO, Minnowtech
- Martin Kepinski-Kozaczek, Program Manager, Northrop Grumman
- 1:15-1:35p: The Future of Seafood and What’s Happening with NOAA in Maryland: Michael Rubino, Senior Advisor for Seafood Strategy at NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service
- 1:35-2:10p: Investment in BlueTech in Maryland, Moderator: Claire Broido Johnson
- Aaron McCrady, Director, Hannon Armstrong
- Elise Liberto, Partner, Brown Advisory
- Cyrus Green, Lead Manager, T Rowe Price
- Flash Talks:
- 2:10-2:20p: European Financing Coming to Maryland - Matt Enright, CFO, OTAQ
- 2:20p-2:30p: Attender - Intelligence Platform for Maritime Industry - David Dolan, CEO, Attender
- 2:30-2:40p: Dynamex - measuring and managing emissions - Sunny Sanwar, CEO, Dynamhex
- 2:40-2:50p: Plantet Found Energy Development - Nicolas Cloyd Planet Found
- 2:50-3p: What’s Next? Calls to Action, Claire Broido Johnson, Mark Huang
Conclusions from November 16 Event
- We had a BIG DAY - and this is just the start. Maryland has a solid and diverse group of capabilities and expertise to become a new Blue Economy Center of Excellence
- What differentiates Maryland?
- Conservation financing, Clean Energy Jobs Act (50% renewables by 2030), resilience authorities,
- 7000 miles of shoreline + watershed implementation plans + Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement = infrastructure in place to support BlueTech industries
- 1.2 GW of offshore wind to be in development - creating 9000 jobs (‘once in a generation opportunity’) - Maryland will create power and be an epicenter of the emerging supply chain
- Deep, roll on roll off port connected to 140,000 jobs
- Unparallelled aquaculture and particularly oyster restoration in the country’s largest and most productive estuary
- Proximity to federal labs, university systems, the wide breadth and depth of STEM based research capabilities through our Universities. STEM based research are typically the behind the scenes foundation for new economic cluster growth
- the economically dense I95 corridor
- ‘Smarter’ waterfronts through advances in sensors and data analytics... As we work to restore the Chesapeake Bay, Bluetech industries have the ability to add billions of dollars to Maryland's economy, while working towards a healthier Chesapeake Bay. So What’s Next - our goals include:
- Help identify bluetech innovators in Maryland and, together, provide a/ stronger support base (through the concept of a Cluster) to not only succeed but to stay and grow in Maryland. Start ups will stay here because it makes sense to do so
- Engage regional corporates, small and medium enterprises - what are their problems and how can entrepreneurs help solve them?
- Attract early stage companies and figure out what they need (not just money needs but channel partners, advice, accounting, marketing, business plan support)
- Create a diverse group of Advisors and Mentors that can support early stage MD bluetech startups. The actual mentoring may be virtual or may rotate at different physical locations such as existing co working and incubators in MD
- Job board support
- Create the equivalent of a Governor’s Life Science Advisory Board but for blue tech
- Gather all info in one place for early stage startups so they know about all of the resource available to them
- Create a horizontal “system” that integrates blue tech innovation across verticals across Maryland including incubators, university assets, corporate work, Port Authority, government agencies, mentor/mentee system, mutual grant writing and perhaps even combining solutions into systems rather than orphaned isolated solutions.
- Explore regional cooperation between MD, DE, VA, S. PA (major Chesapeake watershed boundaries not artificial political boundaries).
- Next Operational Action Items:
- Meeting like our first event - in April 2022
- How we proceed structurally - 501c3, P 3, B corp…
- What do we do online on bluetechmd.com to solve some of goals above
- Series of “Blue tech Beer” nights at different incubators all over the state. Topics may include: Hart Miller Island, Benchmarking vs. other regions, Agriculture/Bluetech overlap- Aquaculture to Nitrate runoff, Hydroponics & urban farming, Invasive species - snake head, blue catfish, Coastal Resiliency
- If we do a reverse pitch, MTech and others have experience and has offered to lend a hand