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Inclusion in the

Blue Economy

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ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Inclusion in the Blue Economy is a sponsorship program created for entrepreneurs from demographics traditionally underrepresented in the marine space. It provides awardees with a dedicated workspace at the Hús, mentorship opportunities, and continuous access to a collaborative community of ocean-minded people and organizations. In its first year, the program has focused principally on women leaders passionate about building responsible marine-related enterprises, and has provided accommodations for 6 entrepreneurs and organizations. The program’s Founding Sponsor, Bristol Seafood, believes innovation and inclusion come hand in hand, and both tenets are a big part of their operations and culture.

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LADY SHUCKERS

Jacqueline Clarke & Libby Davis

"Hey everyone ! We are Libby & Jacqueline and we are the Co-founders of Lady Shuckers ! Lady Shuckers is a mobile-raw bar and event catering company based in Portland, ME invested in amplifying the voices of women and minorities on the working waterfront. We source primarily from female-run oyster farms in Maine and seek to establish industry partnerships while serving the community as a networking hub to connect farmers to new growth opportunities, diversify their revenue streams and expand the current marketplace for Maine oysters and raw-bars. We do this by hosting cross-collaborative events in both the public and private sectors including, brewery pop-ups, beer + wine sailboat cruises, ticketed events, weddings, birthday + dinner parties, graduations, corporate events and panel discussions. We are honored to be a part of this year's Inclusion in the Blue Economy cohort and we hope to continue developing and scaling our start-up into a self-sustaining business by increasing representation and visibility of our mission outside the state, while inspiring the next generation of female & minority led entrepreneurship in the aquaculture sector and beyond."

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MAINE COAST MARINE MAPS AND CONSULTING
& NAUTI SISTERS SEA FARM

Alicia Gaiero

Nauti Sisters Sea Farm is a female run oyster and scallop farm located in Yarmouth, Maine, independently owned and operated by Alicia Gaiero and supported by her sisters! It was cerated to accomplish 3 goals:

1: To grow sustainable, zero-input, premium products;
2: To utilize my farm and knowledge of the greater Maine aquaculture and shellfish distribution industries to identify possible avenues to increase the value of the Maine oyster

3:To design my farm to be an educational tool to expose people, especially young women, to the working waterfront, and to create future job opportunities for those considering a possible career on the water.

Now Alicia is addressing a niche in the market by leveraging her expertise in GIS to launch a new startup called Maine Coast Marine Maps and Consulting. Her new company provides layered spatial analysis services to ocean farmers and operators helping with tasks such as site planning, lease application, preparing for public processes, and more. 

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VIABLE GEAR CO.

Katie Weiler

Viable Gear seeks to reduce petroleum-based plastics in our ocean by producing fishing and marine farming gear using polymers derived from renewable resources. We believe that tubular mesh, bait bags, shellfish bags, scallop lanterns, and grow lines could be made in a more environmentally responsible manner and perform similarly to existing products. To achieve this, we are bringing together experts in business, materials science, aquaculture, and fishing.

 

Viable Gear founder, Katie Weiler, is still in the early-concept stage. Katie would love to talk with folks working in the fishing and aquaculture industry to learn more about what gear you currently use, in which ways, and how it could be improved. 

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ATLANTIC SEA FARMS

Jesse Baines, Zoe Croft, and Briana Warner

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INNOVATION COHORT AT MAINE MEDICAL CENTER

Kate Haroff and Dr. Jenn Monti

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RUGGED SEAS

Nikki and Taylor Strout

Past Participants
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ELIGIBILITY

 

  • Must have a collaborative mindset and a strong desire to be amongst like-minded people in the Hús

  • Must have a credible idea, opportunity, or startup that is actively in development

  • Must be an entrepreneur, primary operator or project leader from an underrepresented demographic; principally women, people of color, and individuals from outside the Blue Economy

 

SPONSORSHIP DETAILS

  • Includes 6-month term inclusive of 24-7 access to the Hús and a permanent workstation with lockable onsite storage

  • Access to high speed internet, breakout rooms, printing, fresh coffee, assorted common areas, and more

  • 6 hours of strategic and developmental meetings with the NEOC team over the 6-month term

  • Awardees will be asked to sign a “conduct and liability contract” explaining usage policies, etiquette, and how to mitigate risk for yourself and others