AspBAN – EU Blue Accelerator Programme

A new Accelerator programme called AspBAN has been launched which specifically focusing on start-ups within the blue economy. With Donegal County Council as one of the strategic partners, the EU wide project looks to support those who want to develop digital capabilities through collaboration and mentorship, a programme that could benefit marine entrepreneurs in Donegal.  

What is AspBAN?

The Atlantic Smart Ports Blue Acceleration Network (AspBAN) is a project that has been awarded funding by the European Union. AspBAN helps EU Atlantic ports, such as those within Donegal to work as blue economy hubs.

The project will look to support 80 innovative startups in 30 Atlantic ports attracting an initial €6m direct private investment.

Who can apply?

The program is open for startups that want to be active within the European blue innovation ecosystem. If you have at least a prototype ready and are ready to raise money then it’s for you.

Killybegs, a hotbed of marine innovation in Donegal

What Sectors Does it Focus on?

AspBAN focuses on a range of sectors across the Blue Economy sector, including Ports and Ports activities, marine infrastructure, fisheries, marine tourism and more.

Why should Donegal Marine Businesses apply?

By joining the programme you will gain invaluable insight into the blue tech economy. The programme will involve information sharing by participants while connecting start-ups to relevant investors, mentors and a new blue tech network.

AspBAN will give the following opportunities for participants:

  • Gain exposure towards relevant partners  
  • Build strong and lasting relationships
  • Grow your network
  • Receive investment opportunities
  • Work with experts in the area both on business level and industry level
  • Access to Perks


For more information on AspBAN click here

Click here to apply for AspBAN – CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS SEPTEMBER 30th 2021

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