The New England Aquarium is partnering with SeaAhead, Inc. to foster new sustainable “blue tech” ocean ventures.

The newly announced Venture Fellows-in-Residence program will provide grants to entrepreneurs for nascent companies related to ocean innovation.

Aquarium CEO and President Vikki Spruill announces SeaAhead partnership.
President and CEO Vikki Spruill announces the partnership.

For the past 50 years, the New England Aquarium has been dedicated to protecting the blue planet and advocating for a vital and vibrant ocean. We don’t plan to stop now.

This grant program will seek to catalyze new business creation by providing nondilutive “first capital” to entrepreneurs with a new ocean-related innovation that will have a strong impact on sustainability. It’s a way to leverage philanthropy to increase venture investment in the ocean.

“We strongly believe that the future of our planet depends on the health of our ocean and that new methodologies to drive solutions are needed,” said New England Aquarium President and CEO Vikki Spruill. “Our blue-tech collaboration with SeaAhead seeks to build on the diverse ocean innovation capabilities in New England.”

Through our Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life, Aquarium researchers are using the winning combination of cutting-edge applied marine research, a broad advocacy reach, and policy expertise to drive solutions to mitigate human impacts on our oceans.

“Emerging technologies require a community to enable their success—including mentors, seed capital, and access to university and corporate resources,” said SeaAhead’s Managing Director, Mark Huang. “We are excited to be partnering with the New England Aquarium to provide direct access to experts in ocean conservation and to create new programs starting with the Venture Fellows-in-Residence.”