Blue Wink-E 2023 conference explores solutions for sustainable finance
B2E – Blue Bioeconomy CoLAB will host the next edition of the Blue Wink-E (Working for INnovation and Knowledge Exchange) conference on 30 November at the Infante D. Henrique Auditorium, in Matosinhos, Portugal. This high-profile event will address the critical topic of “How to Finance the Blue Bioeconomy”, with the aim of exploring innovative solutions for the sustainable financing of projects in the economy and bioeconomy of the sea.
The blue bioeconomy plays a vital role in preserving our oceans and promoting sustainable and circular economic growth. In response to global challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic, and wars, rising inflation and increasing dependence on international raw materials, it is imperative to understand how to effectively finance projects in this dynamic sector.
The main objective of the conference is to bring together leaders, experts, investors, public and private sector representatives and other stakeholders to discuss, debate and share solutions for effectively financing the blue bioeconomy.
Blue Wink-E seeks to:
▪ Identify alternative sources to public funding: Explore and discuss innovative funding models, such as private investments, impact financing and crowdfunding, which can boost the development of the blue bioeconomy.
▪ Promote collaboration and networking: Provide a space for networking and knowledge exchange between companies, investors and research centres, with a view to creating strategic partnerships and collaborations to promote innovation in the blue bioeconomy.
▪ Present successful case studies: Highlight concrete examples of projects and initiatives that have been successful in using alternative sources of funding, inspiring others to adopt similar approaches.
▪ Explore barriers and opportunities: Analyse the barriers and challenges faced by the blue bioeconomy sector in accessing private finance and discuss ways to overcome them. At the same time, highlight the opportunities and competitive advantages that can be gained through alternative financing models.
At the same time, Blue Wink-E 2023 will have a showcase of companies from the blue bioeconomy sector, Blue Connect, a unique opportunity for companies to present their services, foster partnerships and promote collaboration.
This event promises to be a milestone in the debate on the future of financing the blue bioeconomy, with the support of APDL – Administração dos Portos do Douro, Leixões e Viana do Castelo, S.A.
About B2E CoLAB:
B2E – Blue Bioeconomy CoLAB is a private Portuguese non-profit organisation with the aim of adding value to the economy and society. In the area of the blue bioeconomy – aquaculture, marine biotechnology and living marine resources – B2E CoLAB works in various fields, such as cooperation and collaboration with associates (research centres, universities, companies and technological interfaces) and national and international stakeholders, advising producers and entrepreneurs on finding and obtaining financial support, tailor-made HR training, developing market strategies and analyses, protecting and enhancing knowledge, promotion and communication.
Programme and sign up:
The full programme can be found here.
Registration is free and compulsory.