Katapult Ocean and GCE Ocean Technology have partnered to support start-ups.
GCE Ocean Technology, formerly GCE Subsea, recently went through a name change to signify a new strategic direction. The cluster now wants to be an active faciliatator for technology transfer from the oil and gas industry into new ocean industry sectors.
The partnership with Katapult Ocean is a natural consequence of GCE Ocean Technology’s revised strategy.
“Katapult Ocean is proud to partner with one of the most technologically advanced clusters in Norway. We believe that the ocean industries must learn from each other and build on past experience to build the ocean industries of tomorrow,” says Maren Hjorth Bauer, CEO and founder of Katapult Ocean, an accelerator for global ocean tech startups.
Katapult Ocean find, invest in and scale startups with positive impact on the ocean through the Katapult Ocean Accelerator program, starting in January 2019. During 12 weeks, the start-ups will be pushed to develop their business models, work with pilot customers and focus on how their company can make a lasting impact.
GCE Ocean Technology will contribute with mentoring and also help the start-ups connect with the the market and cluster members.
“Companies in the Katapult Ocean Accelerator may also be candidates for projects and growth programmes within GCE Ocean Technology,” says Owe Hagesæther, CEO of GCE Ocean Technology.
“Some of the companies in the current batch have already received valuable mentoring from the GCE Ocean Technology team. Getting feedback and advise from people close to the market is invaluable, and we look forward to continuing working with GCE Ocean Technology,” says Maren Hjort Bauer.
“We want to connect established high tech companies and new emerging ocean industries, and with this partnership we also connect to new environments both in Norway and abroad. This strengthens the position of the cluster and enables growth into new markets,” says Hagesæther.