The world needs new business opportunities from the sea. Are you an ocean hero we can help?

What is FutureSea Accelerator?

FutureSea is an assembly-based program for growth companies and spin-outs from established businesses with the aim of highlighting new innovative ocean-based ideas. The program is delivered by DNB and Norinnova.

Through a collection-based program, we will help companies grow into the market. FutureSea is a unique opportunity to access relevant resources and gain extra momentum.

We are looking for innovative companies with growth potential and global ambitions that operate in ocean-related sectors such as automation, IoT, sensor technology and high-value products from marine raw materials.

This year's participants

Previous participants

About the program

We strongly believe in networking, experience sharing and practical guidance. We bring in funding partners, industry partners, academic partners and key people for guidance, networking, feedback, lectures and workshops.

  • Each cohort consists of 6 start-up companies and innovative business ideas in established businesses, all of which have ambitions and potential for growth. They have the sea as a common denominator and come from different parts of the country.
  • FutureSea is a session-based program with 6 physical sessions over 1 year. The meetings are held in Tromsø and Oslo.
  • In addition to thematic sessions with exciting speakers and experts, you will receive follow-up from advisors, mentors and personal coaching between sessions. We will not only help strengthen your business idea, but also make your team stronger and ready for growth. We make use of our national and international network of contacts and adapt the guidance to the company’s needs.

Who are we looking for?

  • Innovative companies with global ambitions, where the ocean creates new business opportunities
  • Primarily ocean-related companies in the sectors of automation, IoT, sensor technology, high-value products from marine raw materials
  • Companies should have launched their product or have plans to launch during 2024

Criteria

  • The company must have funding for a minimum of 12 months of operation
  • Dedicated team of at least 2 people who are receptive to being challenged
  • The companies’ plans must contribute to fulfilling one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • The companies must be registered in Norway

FutureSea expert panel

Physical lunch-to-lunch gatherings

Ready, Set, Grow
Session 1 | 19 - 20 March 2024
Tromsø
A sustainable plan for the future
Session 2 | May 22 - 23, 2024
Capital in different forms
Collection 3 | 25 - 26 September 2024
Oslo
Rigged for growth
Collection 4 | 29 - 30 October 2024
Internationalization
Session 5 | November 19 - 20, 2024
Ready for take off
Collection 6 | January 2025

Application deadline: January 20, 2024

Participation fee: NOK 20,000 per company.
The companies themselves cover travel and accommodation at the meetings.

Registration requires registration in Crowd Works.

Physical lunch-to-lunch gatherings

2024 / 2025

Vekst
Ready, Set, Grow
Session 1 | 19 - 20 March 2024
Tromsø
Vekst
Group 27
A sustainable plan for the future
Session 2 | May 22 - 23, 2024
Tromsø
Group 27
Penger
Capital in different forms
Session 3 | August 29 - 30, 2024
Tromsø
Penger
Group 22
Rigged for growth
Collection 4 | Litter 1: November 21 - 22, 2023 Litter 2: October 10 - 11, 2024
Group 22
Group 19
Market and internationalization
Collection 5 | Litter 1: January 16 -17, 2024 Litter 2: November 21-22, 2024
Group 19
Startup
Ready for take off
Collection 6 | Litter 1: March 19 - 20 Litter 2: January 2025
Tromsø
Startup
Want more information about the program?


Get in touch:

Line Kjelstrup
Program Manager, Norinnova line.kjelstrup@norinnova.no

Martine Guttormsen
Senior Business Developer, DNB
martine.guttormsen@dnb.no

FutureSea is delivered by:

Norinnova is one of Northern Norway’s most competent and experienced competence environments in the commercialization of research. We connect researchers, start-up environments, companies and commercial actors to develop and utilize the innovation power in the region. By developing new and innovative workplaces, we are helping to create the business of the future.

DNB has been a bank for the maritime industries for more than 100 years. We are proud of our industrial expertise and advise companies internationally and along the entire coastline of Norway. At DNB, we want to contribute to the sustainable development of the entire marine industry, so that future generations can also make a good living from the sea. We will invest in and lend money to companies that are forward-looking and represent a sustainable perspective.

With support from:

The platform that connects idea and capital

The platform used for registration of applications is provided by CrowdWorks, which is responsible for handling data in the solution.

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