Announcing the first-ever Blue Startup Pitch Event presented by Yachting Ventures and Seaworthy Collective. Scheduled for February 16th, 2024, this event is a unique convergence between the blue economy and marine leisure sectors. Read on to find out more!

Yachting Ventures & Seaworthy Collective

About The Event: Where & What

Taking place during the Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show, the event will showcase startups in the ocean and maritime innovation (BlueTech) fields. It includes keynote speakers, panel discussions, and exciting startup pitches judged by a distinguished panel from Miami.

Yachting Ventures and Seaworthy Collective invite startups to join this exclusive event, featuring two tracks focused on the blue economy and leisure marine sectors. The goal is to bridge the gap between these interconnected industries that have traditionally operated separately.

With “blue” ocean industries totaling over $1 billion in global venture capital, the event is limited to 100 industry leaders, investors, and media representatives. It provides a unique platform for startups to connect with investors and gain media coverage.

Why Miami?

Miami, known for its diverse culture and innovation commitment, is a strategic global business gateway. In 2022, Miami startups secured over $5 billion in funding, ranking it in the top 10 for U.S. venture capital investment. Miami’s vibrant startup scene, combined with its global marine hub, makes it the ideal location.

The Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show, expected to attract 100,000+ visitors, is a premier industry event. With 1000+ exhibitors and a variety of world debuts, from Sportsboats to Superyachts, the show also features the renowned Innovation Awards.

A Word From The Founders

Speaking about the collaboration, Yachting Ventures founder Gabbi Richardson says:

“While we’ve made strides in Europe, we haven’t officially tapped into the US market through events and partnerships. The Miami International Boat Show is our official entry point. Recognizing the potential, we’re teaming up with Seaworthy to create a platform for startups to pitch to local investors in Miami. Our goal is to build connections that can turn into valuable, long-term relationships for the startups involved.”

Seaworthy Collective founder Daniel Kleinman adds: 

“Seaworthy Collective is thrilled to bridge the worlds of yachting and BlueTech for our first major collaboration of 2024. This event creates a new avenue to grow our community and provide founders with an invaluable platform to connect with stakeholders and grow awareness of their critical work.

We are thrilled to welcome the inaugural Blue Startup Pitch Event to the renowned Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show,” said Andrew Doole, President of U.S. Boat Shows with Informa Markets. “This collaboration between Yachting Ventures and Seaworthy Collective represents a significant milestone, bringing together the blue economy and marine leisure sectors in a dynamic showcase of global innovation.”  

Are You A Startup? Apply Here

If you’re a startup looking to participate, choose the track that aligns with your focus – either the leisure marine or blue economy sectors (only apply to one). For those developing products related to the blue economy, please submit your application here. Blue economy startups will also be eligible for consideration in Seaworthy’s upcoming Startup Studio and Incubator program launching this Spring.

If your startup is in the leisure marine sector, please use the Yachting Ventures application form available here. The deadline to apply for both tracks is Friday 26th January 2024.

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