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2016 BLUE START UP AWARD The Blue Start-Up Award is established in a co-operation between Maritime Development Centre of Europe and The Media Group Maritime Denmark. The purpose of the event is to focus on contractors in the maritime industry, and to stimulate development that could ultimately lead to growth in the Danish maritime cluster.


t’s hard to start a company. To start up a company in the maritime industry is even harder. Many products can only be launched after a ton of permits have been obtained and the product is certified.

mistake of trying to compete on prices, it will quickly end with a failure. The level of wages and the cost of doing business in Denmark are among the highest in the world. Therefore, the solution is to focus on innovation.

commercially viable. At an event at the Danish Maritime Fair, the selected participants get 5 min. to present their idea in front of a panel of selected professionals who understand finance, entrepreneurship and business.

Shipping companies are reluctant towards innovation and the mantra is ”tried and tested” which is quite understandable, since the service center is far away when you are in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. This is probably also the reason for the fact that the maritime industry in general is a market characterized by a strong focus on relationships. It’s about trust.

In order to promote growth and development in the Danish maritime industry, Europe’s Maritime Development (EMUC) and Media Group Maritime Denmark have created the Blue Start-Up Award. In recent months, everyone that believe to have a good business ide and has started a company but lacks investors or mentors, have a new business activity that they want to put forward or other new activities - have had the opportunity to submit a description of their project to the organizers.

The winner will be announced on the big stage and in addition to the title ”Blue Start-Up Of The Year 2016”, the winner will receive a graphic badge to its website, as well as a Press Release package from Maritime Denmark with a value of 19.995 kr.

Therefore, it can be difficult to break through with a new idea, a new product or a new service. But the fact is that innovation has always been the most important competitive factor for the Danish maritime industry. If we make the

An expert panel have evaluated the projects submitted and selected the ideas deemed

The Blue Start-Up Award is held in connection with the Danish Maritime Fair in Lokomotivværkstedet in Copenhagen, Tuesday, Oct. 25 in the Radio Station room between the hours of 9:00 and 13:00.

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