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UC San Diego’s Research Vessel Sally Ride off the coast of Santa Catalina Island. March 2021. Photo credit: Courtesy, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

Applications are being accepted through July 2 for a new accelerator program supporting San Diego-based science and engineering startups focused on tackling the ocean’s greatest challenges and looking to bring their product ideas to market.

The startBlue program at UC San Diego, offered in partnership with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Rady School of Management, will provide hands-on training and mentorship for early stage startups looking to get their ideas off the ground.

The program launches this fall and includes a curriculum from experts in the ocean science and technology fields, weekly classes on core skills to garner funding such as grant writing and pitching, one-on-one mentorship from industry experts, and the opportunity to make connections with others in the field.

Applications are available here. Eight teams will be selected to fill the initial cohort.

No affiliation with UC San Diego is required to participate, but teams must have a San Diego presence.

“The San Diego Blue Economy is vibrant and uniquely offers new businesses support as they are entering the market and scaling; however, it is still challenging for our newest blue businesses with stellar research solutions to get started and develop their go-to-market strategy,” said Gwen Nero, director of Corporate Affiliates, Business Development, Industry Outreach, and Innovation at Scripps. “StartBlue fills that gap.”