The blue economy needs thoughtful and educated constituents in order to grow in a healthy manner. The NEOC exists to connect ocean-minded people with industry knowledge to help ensure opportunity is pursued inclusively, economically, and sustainably
The NEOC believes the quality of human life and the purity of our planet’s resources are enhanced through establishing an ocean-focused society that embraces a healthy marriage between economy and resource sustainability.
The New England Ocean Cluster was proudly created in partnership with Þor Sigfusson, Founder and Chairman of the Iceland Ocean Cluster (IOC), headquartered in Reykjavik. Þor partnered with Maine based company Soli DG Inc. and together the NEOC was founded. Soli DG Inc. is the initial investor and current managing partner of the NEOC.
Like our sister cluster, our goal is to connect people within the ocean economy, and to encourage an innovative and sustainable approach to realizing economic opportunity
Core to the NEOC’s efforts is the firm held belief that new ideas must be transformational; they must inspire the development of unique products, they must improve existing services, and they must create new opportunities for exchange between communities and cultures. If we want society to look at the ocean differently and more holistically, then we must work together. This is the ‘rising tide’ mentality and a fundamental tenet of the New England Ocean Cluster.
The New England Ocean Cluster is a private-sector, membership-based entity.
Our amazing New England (NEOC) & Iceland (IOC) Based Ocean Cluster staff.
The New England Ocean Cluster proudly collaborates with the University of Southern Maine and its Honors Program in offering undergraduate internships designed to deliver workforce development experience in concert with academic credit. This is in connection with the University's workforce development goals and is made possible by the Maine Economic Improvement Fund.
Additionally, during the summer term of 2020, the NEOC piloted a new program with the University of Maine School of Law, the University of Maine Graduate and Professional Center and the Maine Regulatory Training and Ethics Center giving law students an opportunity to apply their skills to industry.