Who We Are

The Partners

The Maritime ClimAccelerator is run by the Cyprus University of Technology, ATHENA Research Centre,  the Cyprus Energy Agency, Chrysalis LEAP and  Cleantech Bulgaria, together with our vast network of collaborators and supporters from around the world.

The Sustainable Development Unit (SD.U) operates under the Athena Research Center. SDU is Scientifically directed by Prof. Phoebe Koundouri. SDU engages in cutting-edge research to enable the transition to resilience and sustainability, through the implementation of UN Agenda 2030 (17 SDGs), the Paris Agreement and the European Green Deal. The Unit focuses on interdisciplinary systems research and the delivery of innovative solutions for the transition to a green, digital, job-based and fair future. The work on its large interdisciplinary team focuses on the inter-dependencies between research and innovation, the economy, the society, the environment, policy-making and politics. The thematic priorities of the Unit are namely:

1.Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
2.Sustainable Blue Growth
3.Water-Food-Energy Nexus
4.Circular Economy
5.Sustainable Finance
6.Research Commercialization and Innovation Acceleration

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ACEin supports potential young entrepreneurs and researchers in order to turn their innovative entrepreneurial ideas or scientific research results into a sustainable business model and subsequent a start-up company as well as large organisations to tackle specific business problems by collaborating with start-ups and tech-talented people.

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Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) is an integrated maritime solutions provider. Managing a fleet of 600 vessels, 18,000 seafarers and 2,000 shore-based employees enable the delivery of safe, reliable and efficient ship management services through a network of 11 ship management, 24 crew service, four wholly-owned maritime training centres and six representative offices across the world.

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BGW VCMF is a quasi-equity Venture Capital Mutual Fund located in Piraeus. Established in 2020 and managed by Blue Green White Capital AEDAKES. Financed jointly by Hellenic Development Bank of Investments S.A. and Private investors, BGW now has 30M€ under management.

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Chrysalis LEAP helps startups bridge the gap between idea and business. It is a partner of EIT Climate-KIC, one of the three EIT Climate-KIC Cyprus Hub partners and the official organiser of EIT ClimateLaunchpad for Cyprus. Wearing all these hats, they undertake various initiatives to promote cleantech entrepreneurship and innovation.

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EIT Climate-KIC is a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC), working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon, climate-resilient society. Supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, we identify and support innovation that helps society mitigate and adapt to climate change. We believe that a decarbonised, sustainable economy is not only necessary to prevent catastrophic climate change, but presents a wealth of opportunities for business and society.

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The Cyprus Energy Agency (CEA) is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit organization, founded in 2009. CEA was cofunded by the European Commission, through the Programme “Intelligent Energy for Europe” and by the Cyprus Union of Communities, for its establishment and first three years of operation.

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he Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) is a public university based in Limassol, Cyprus, was founded in 2004. CUT is a modern and innovative university with international recognition and international rankings, promoting excellence in education and research in key sectors with a view to the scientific, technological, cultural, social and economic upgrading of the country.

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The Digital Hub Logistics is the physical and digital platform for developing, testing, validating and scaling process, product and business model innovations along the entire logistical value-chain! At the Hub‘s co-working space over 40 international startups work side-by-side colleagues of corporate players such as Volkswagen, Lufthansa, DHL, Ingenics, Shell, Tchibo, Gebr. Heinemann, HHLA and many more.

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EarthIndex aggregates and analyzes more than 100 layers of data in order to track, assess, and reduce risk and attract capital to the best possible sites for new clean energy projects.

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Fameline Holding Group (FHG), is a multifarious conglomerate composed of some 50 companies active across a variety of sectors – chiefly, maritime, satellite communication, and energy pursuits, alongside healthcare. FHG, headquartered on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, maintains further offices – and possesses within its embrace a network of local representatives and sales agents – in Piraeus, Hamburg, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Shanghai, Rotterdam, and Groningen.

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Valenciaport Foundation was founded in April 2004 at the initiative of the Port Authority of Valencia in collaboration with various other institutions and companies within the Valencia Region. The Foundation is a non-profit entity conceived as a centre for research, training and cooperation at the service of all agents involved in the transport and logistics sector, and particularly in port and sea transport activities, as these are key elements in strengthening the competitive edge of companies in the Valencia Region striving for improved internationalisation.

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IDEASUPV is the promoter and manager of all business initiatives born in the UPV. From a concept to be developed practically from scratch to a clear business idea, whatever the status of your project, at IDEASUPV we help you get it done.

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Innoport is the venture capital unit of the Schulte Group (https://www.schultegroup.com/) that identifies investment opportunities in startups from the global maritime, logistics, and other related industries and equips entrepreneurs with smart capital. The Innoport team works globally to build up a diversified investment portfolio of innovative and high potential early-stage startups across Asia and Europe while supporting Schulte Group business units in their technological transformation. They work with founders from the discovery stage up to successful exit, promoting the portfolio companies to a wider network within the Schulte Group.

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Kition Ocean Holdings, a joint venture made up of Israeli and Cypriot companies, is in charge of the development project of the Larnaca port and marina in Cyprus.

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Multimarine Services Ltd (MMS) is specialized in mechanical and marine engineering. The company commits to deliver its services in a safe, environmentally and socially responsible manner. Our management team and employees work to consistently deliver top performance and value, and to maintain the company’s uprising market position.

Multimarine’s activities focus on the following core areas of business:
● Specialised Oil & Gas Support Services to the Eastern Mediterranean Region
● Marine Drilling Risers: Inspections, Repairs and Maintenance Services
● Delivery of key Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation Projects, to the Marine, Power and Oil & Gas Industries
● Specialized Fabrication and Welding Services
● Ship Repairs and Ship Yard Services, including the new build fabrication of barges and floating pontoons
● Completion of key Construction and Maintenance Projects for the Defence, Power and Process Industries

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Petronav.net as a ship brokering and Shipping Agency with experience from last 32 years, we were able to acquire a reputable position allover worldwide shipping markets, which help to make us confident about our first class principals. We are working as Shipbrokers for Sale and Purchase of second hand ships and new building at our close shipyards in the Far-east , for all types and sizes , and for Ship Demolition as we have first class cash buyers with worldwide delivery.

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SPOROS goal is to underpin the sustainable recovery of the real economy by accelerating the circular transition of SMEs operating in Greece and Southeastern Europe, boosting climate resilience, long-term growth and job creation, while aligning high economic returns with positive social and environmental impact.

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Uni.Fund aspires to support the growth of successful ventures that address emerging market needs and leverage the hidden potential that exists in the Greek Universities, R&D and Tech Space. The Uni.Fund team combines a strong entrepreneurial mindset with deep experience in setting up and growing a business, supporting global expansion and scaling, management and exploitation of research, while acting with integrity, fairness and passion. Uni.Fund focuses on people and team development, enhancement of key strengths and implementation of successful go-to-market strategies. It aims to offer the ideal conditions for growth, surround teams with the right people, and work with them side by side for the whole journey.

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The Universitat Politècnica de València is an institution with the capacity to take a lead in these changes and the meeting of the demands which face us, characteristics which underline its great value but which also mean the adoption of specific organisational and functional processes, all of which justified the need to draw up a new Strategic Plan, as a tool for the management of the institution, the definition of lines of action, and to support decision-making.

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The Port Authority of Valencia (APV), under the trade name of Valenciaport, is the public body responsible for the management of three state-owned ports located along 80 kilometers on the eastern edge of the Spanish Mediterranean: Valencia, Sagunto and Gandía. Valenciaport is the leading Spanish port in the Mediterranean in terms of commercial traffic, mainly containerized goods, thanks mainly to a dynamic area of influence and an extensive network of connections with the world's main ports.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to support and develop start-ups which will provide innovative commercial solutions to the maritime industry across the pillars of sustainability, supporting the industry in their transition to climate neutrality and resilience.

Our Vision

Our vision is to be the strategic partner for the maritime industry in the scouting, acceleration and incubation of high-impact climate and sustainability innovations.

Our Values 

The climate neutrality and sustainability of the maritime industry is our priority. Fostering cooperation and collaboration with the aim of bridging the gap between research and development and the maritime industry. A global and cross sectorial network of frontrunners in the maritime industry, united by our shared commitment to adopt sustainable solutions. Encouragement of green, high-qualified and specialized employment for boosting societal resilience.  Transition to sustainable operations, processes, products and business models, in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals.

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CMMI is a “Centre of Excellence in Marine and Maritime Research, Innovation, and Technology Development”. With a local and global outlook, we aim to take advantage of the reality, that what is local in the Blue Economy, is also global, and vice versa.

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The Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association is the pioneering voluntary commitment of Greek seafarers and ship owners to safeguard the seas from ship-generated pollution, undertaken in Piraeus, on June 4, 1982. Under the motto “To Save the Seas”, they have consistently supported their initiative to date.

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Kinisis Ventures is a business acceleration firm partnering primarily with Cypriot ventures that demonstrate differentiated value propositions that can scale in the USA market.

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At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. We’re a network of firms in 155 countries with over 284,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, advisory and tax services. Find out more and tell us what matters to you by visiting us at www.pwc.com. PwC refers to the PwC network and/or one or more of its member firms, each of which is a separate legal entity.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as the main actor responsible for the exercise of the State's foreign policy, has as its mission the safeguarding and promotion of the interests and rights of the Republic of Cyprus and its citizens, as well as the Republic's contribution to international efforts to promote peace, stability and security.

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ReSEES does policy relevant interdisciplinary research on environmental, natural resources and energy issues. The overarching goal of ReSEES theoretical and empirical research is to support the understanding and implementation of Sustainable Development.

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Launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in August 2012, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) mobilizes scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society and the private sector in support of sustainable development problem-solving at local, national, and global scales. The network promotes integrated approaches to the interconnected economic, social and environmental challenges confronting the world. The SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector and civil society.

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Launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in August 2012, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) mobilizes scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society and the private sector in support of sustainable development problem-solving at local, national, and global scales. The network promotes integrated approaches to the interconnected economic, social and environmental challenges confronting the world. The SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector and civil society.

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Smart Green Shipping (SGS), is an award winning systems design-house developing solutions to contribute technically and commercially viable solutions that enable the rapid reduction of emissions from the shipping sector.

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Start Up Energy Transition (SET) is a global innovation platform supporting innovation in energy transition. SET is implemented with the conviction that a sustainable future is directly linked to innovative business models and political will. The SET platform is powered by the German Energy Agency (dena), in cooperation with the World Energy Council.

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StormHarbour Securities LLP provides securities trading services. The Company owns and operates an online trading platform for convertible bonds, credit cards, auto loans, student loans, residential mortgage-backed and commercial mortgage-backed securities, and collateralized debt and loan obligations.

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theDOCK is a vertical Venture Capital firm investing in and providing industry expertise to startups developing technologies for Maritime, Supply Chain, and Offshore sectors.

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THESTARTUPORTAL is a venture partnership, aiming to support the Cyprus Startup Ecosystem and educate entrepreneurs that wish to establish business in Cyprus.

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The World Ocean Council (WOC) is a global, cross-sectoral ocean industry leadership alliance committed to “Corporate Ocean Responsibility”, developed by and for the private sector, with a unique and multi-sectoral approach to address cross-cutting issues affecting ocean sustainable development, science and stewardship of the seas.

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