Delve into the Blue Bio

Interested in getting inspired to innovate the blue bioeconomy in Flanders? Attend our upcoming Blue Bioeconomy Session with pitches of innovative startups and scale-ups, projects, funding and program opportunities. Let's ignite the spark of inspiration together!
Own activity, Still places available, Activity for members and non-members
Kaai 800, Wandelaarkaai 7, 8400 Oostende

This event is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the dynamic landscape of the blue bioeconomy. Discover the diversity of this fascinating sector, which includes aquaculture, sustainable fisheries and marine biotechnology. 

Why participate:

  • You discover interesting projects in the blue bioeconomy;
  • You develop a better understanding of the funding possibilities;
  • You draw inspiration from pitches and empowerment tools for innovative startups;
  • You gain insight in different sectors inside and outside the blue bio-economy;
  • You have the opportunity to connect with relevant stakeholders.


This Blue Session is built around three central themes: inspiring projects and calls; the BlueBioClusters project and empowerment tools for innovative startups; and demand-driven innovations within and outside the blue economy.

After delving into these three themes, you will have ample opportunity to get to know other actors in the sector during a pleasant networking drink.

Have a look at the detailed programme

Below you can find the preliminary programme for the event. Please note that changes may still occur.

12:30 pm Reception & registration
1:00 pm Welcoming by Piet Opstaele (CEO Blue Cluster)
1:10 pm

Session 1: Inspiring projects and calls

Dive into a showcase of inspiring blue bioeconomy projects supported by VLAIO through Blue Cluster. Gain valuable insights into relevant regional and international project calls and explore various possibilities to obtain funding for your projects.


Project pitches
PROBIO Matthias Sandra VLIZ
SYMAPA Bert Groenendaal Bert Groenendaal Consultancy
MARCOS Piet Haerens Haedes
BlueMarine³.com Vincent Vermeylen Ghent University
SiteSEA Bert Groenendaal Bert Groenendaal Consultancy
Enzymares Jana Asselman Ghent University
C-Shrimp Evelien Swaef IMAQUA
GAME Jessica Knoop Ghent University
FResCO Geert Deroover Chemstream
Project calls
Blue Cluster project calls Ann Overmeire Blue Cluster
EU Funding and international matchmaking opportunities  Patrick De Molder VLAIO / NCP Flanders / E.E.N. Flanders
2:45 pm

Session 2. BlueBioClusters and empowerment tools for innovative start-ups  

Get support for your start-up of scale-up in the blue bioeconomy via the BlueBioClusters project through pitch presentations, the interactive BlueBioMatch portal and a mentor programme. Find out more about start-up programmes such as VITO4starters, incubators such as Marifish.Inc and Biotope, and investors. During this session you receive the tools your company needs to keep on growing. 

Supporting tools  
BlueBioClusters  Jurgen Adriaen  
Marifish.Inc Sylvie Becaus  
VITO4STARTERS Nils Wuytens   
Biotope  (by VIB) Annick Verween  
Start-up pitching  
OceanBites Sander Steenacker  
Nomet Mona Delagrange  
KorallionBio Nicholes Degroote   
GrO2 Arthur Boven  
Omni-C Pedro Rappé  
4:25 pm

Session 3. Demand-driven innovation beyond the blue bioeconomy 

Get triggered for creating demand-driven blue bioeconomy innovations to provide holistic solutions for emerging challenges within and beyond the blue sector. Get ready to be inspired by a thought-provoking panel discussion with delegates from different sectors.

Panel members
Aron Deneyer Innovation broker Catalisti
Isabelle François Innovation director MEDVIA
Isabel De Schrijver R&D manager  Centexbel
Kristof Severijns Revenue models & climate consultant Boerenbond
Mark Bollen Programme manager bioeconomy Circular Flanders
5:00 pm Networking drink & snacks
6:00 pm End of the event
vissen zeewier water

Practical info

This Blue Session will take place on Thursday 29 February 2024 from 12:.30 pm in the buildings of Marifish.Inc (Kaai 800, Wandelaarkaai 7, 8400 Oostende). The main language of the event is English.

Participation is free for members and non-members of Blue Cluster, but prior registration is required. Register now for this event. Registration is possible until 22 February. 

Are you registered but unable to attend? Be sure to inform us of this by 22 February. If you fail to do so, a no-show fee in the amount of € 75 will be charged.

Any more questions? Feel free to contact Sofie Van Den Hende.

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