Let's do great things together.
We Connect the Ocean-Minded.
The Blue Economy needs thoughtful and educated constituents in order to grow in a healthy manner. The NEOC exists to connect forward-thinking, ocean-minded people to help ensure opportunity is pursued inclusively, economically, and sustainably.
The New England Ocean Cluster strategically engages with its clients through membership, tenancy in the Hús, consulting, sponsorship, and the creation of new entrepreneurial projects.
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OUR PURPOSE DRIVEN & COLLABORATIVE WORKSPACE OPENING MARCH 2020
The Hús, Icelandic for House, is our collaborative workplace currently under construction on the second floor 68 Commercial Street. Previously the Portland Science Center and located directly above Scales Restaurant, the space has been intentionally designed to convene and support the ocean-minded constituency of the Blue Economy. When completed in March, there will be 20 glass offices of various sizes available, 16 permanent workstations for students, entrepreneurs, and growing companies, an executive boardroom, 2 breakout rooms, 2 phone booths, and more. The Hús will be home to many wonderful tenants as well as a gathering place for the New England Ocean Cluster’s network members and collaborators.
The purpose of having this inclusive and purpose-driven environment is fundamentally connected to the NEOC’s mission of connecting people as a means to drive meaningful innovation. We would love to have you.
We use our industry knowledge, experience, and global network to make connections that help our members with strategic planning and provide project development.
This collaborative, Blue Economy workspace will be home to the NEOC’s startup incubator rentable desks, offices, and meeting spaces. Members will be encouraged to utilize the facility as a co-working environment
Often guided by a critical need, workgroups are an inclusive programmatic element designed to bring multiple NEOC members together to pursue a multifaceted objective or address a complicated problem.
With our diverse portfolio of events and programming, we offer our members and clients unique ways to grow their businesses by connecting with others in an intentional way. All NEOC events are specifically designed to bring direct value to those in attendance.
We Love Events.
BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER
IS WHAT THE OCEAN CLUSTER MODEL IS ALL ABOUT.
The NEOC presents at and organizes many gatherings in Maine and across the North Atlantic region each year. Whether it’s through regularly recurring workgroup meetings and engaging installments of Entrepreneurship in the Blue Economy (EITBE), or annual events like Walk the Working Waterfront and Arctic Circle Assembly, we constantly strive to bring thoughtful and educated people together in the name of sustainable economic development. Our Members not only receive preferred access to all NEOC events, but they are also encouraged to participate in the delivery of regular programming, such as workgroups and EITBE, to help address their own areas of need.
The New Fish Wave
BY ÞOR SIGFUSSON
FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN, ICELAND OCEAN CLUSTER
"The world can learn from Iceland, the small fishing nation which has, in many ways, transformed itself from being one of the poorest countries in the world a century ago to one of the richest nations in the world today. Iceland is now a niche leader in fisheries and, one of the richest nations in the world; a nation which has shown pride in its seafood industry and which uses new innovation to safeguard the environment, create wealth, derive more value from each fish and manage fisheries in a sustainable way.
This book will describe how an industry cluster can be an agent of change for any industry, using Iceland’s seafood industry as an example. The Iceland Ocean Cluster (IOC), which started as research at the University of Iceland, has become a vital part of the “new” seafood industry in Iceland where cross-pollination between old wisdom and new knowledge is vital to rejuvenating a traditional, nature-based field.
An excerpt from the Preface. Available in print and digital copies.