At the NEOC, we are committed to providing a broad spectrum of services to anyone interested in responsibly exploring the ocean economy and its resources. Since our founding in 2014, we have worked with individuals, businesses, entrepreneurs, public and non-profit entities, as well as academic institutions on a host of different projects.
Our goal is to provide our clients with access to a global network of industry leaders and subject matter experts, offer sound strategic support, and to help turn innovative ideas into commercially viable products, programs, or entities.
The services listed below are offered as part of our NEOC Cluster Membership. Memberships are offered at a flat rate, renewed annually, and are priced based on company size. The NEOC engages with all of its members at an advisory level, providing high level facilitation, consultation, and networking opportunities, but if members are in need of more acute support, additional project agreements can be put in place between the member and the NEOC.
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FACILITATION & NETWORKING
Not only are we embedded in New England’s historic ocean economy, the NEOC is connected with a broad network of international industry leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs from within the ocean economy. Membership provides opportunities to access these contacts as well as the freedom to request introductions to those that may contribute to a business’s growth. Additionally, members are provided with ample opportunities over the course of the calendar year to engage directly at events, through projects, and via entrepreneurial pursuits.
CONSULTATION & DEVELOPMENT
Our team’s extensive industry knowledge and familiarity with global markets allows us to provide effective consultation and project-specific support. Members may request recommendations and advisory support from NEOC staff that help to navigate challenges associated with topics such as legal and regulatory compliance, market opportunity assessment, research and development, and brand development, marketing or public relations.
PROJECT STARTUP & INCUBATION
Built on the global Ocean Cluster’s collaborative network, we offer incubation services that are designed to nurture startups and entrepreneurs within the Ocean Economy during periods of critical need. We assist by providing access to market information, subject matter experts, research institutions, and legal or financial advisors.
Workgroups are an inclusive programmatic element designed to bring multiple NEOC members together to pursue a larger project or objective. Often guided by a critical need or an identified opportunity, workgroups incorporate a developmental period that can culminate in the form of a large-format event, the creation of a new company, or the launch of a new product. No matter what the effort is, the reason to engage in a workgroup is simple: they are an incredibly efficient way to make forward progress on an initiative.
With a targeted opening in early 2019, the NEOC will unveil the Ocean Cluster House in Portland’s historic Old Port district. This collaborative workspace will be home to the NEOC’s startup incubator as well as its rentable desks, offices, and meeting spaces. Members will be encouraged to utilize the facility as a co-working environment, and as a venue to enjoy a morning coffee or an after-hours drink. The House is designed to cluster a dynamic community of like-minded people, willing to work with one another to reach their goals.
SPEAKING & TOURS
The NEOC speaks regularly at events and conventions across the North Atlantic, focusing on a collection of different topics within the ocean economy. Our goal is to motivate audiences to explore new and progressive business opportunities. Additionally, we offer tours to people and companies with particular interests in ocean related industries here in the US, as well as to those visiting our neighbors in Iceland and beyond. This service is meant to provide an opportunity for unique access, exposure, and experiential learning.
We work closely with our academic partners at the University of Southern Maine (USM) and the University of New England (UNE) to support project development. These institutions bring capacities to conduct applied research, engage in market analysis and economic modeling, and help companies navigate regulatory requirements. The universities will keep a permanent presence at the Hús in Portland once open, and will be available to provide a range of services to members.