Port of Barcelona, Novarium collaborate to strengthen blue economy

Port of Barcelona, Novarium collaborate to strengthen blue economy

The Port of Barcelona and Novarium, the Quebec-based innovation hub dedicated to the blue economy, have signed a collaboration agreement.

This agreement will reportedly provide Novarium-funded enterprises access to the Port of Barcelona’s Blue Sandbox, strengthening the connectivity between Quebec and Barcelona.

Furthermore, the partnership has been designed to act as a catalyst for non-dilutive investment funding from Spain’s Ports 4.0 Fund.

The agreement was inked in Barcelona at Smart Ports: Piers of the Future 2023.

BlueTechPort, a new innovation area for firms designed to stimulate innovation in all sectors relevant to the blue economy, was inaugurated in July by the Port of Barcelona and Tech Barcelona.

BlueTechPort anticipates that with this collaborative approach, participating start-ups will be positioned to profit from all of the benefits offered through this ecosystem.

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Lluís Salvadó Tenesa, President of the Port of Barcelona, said: “The Port of Barcelona has maintained an excellent relationship with Quebec for many years. Beyond promoting the efficient transportation of goods between ports, this relationship promotes issues of common interest linked to innovation and logistics.”

Maël Solen Picard, Director and Head of the Bureau du Québec a Barcelona, stated: “This partnership between Novarium and the Port of Barcelona provides an exceptional opportunity for Quebec to strengthen its footprint in the blue economy.

“The entrepreneurial vigour and visionary leadership in Barcelona demonstrates that this region of the world can serve as a springboard for our Quebec-based companies. This collaboration further strengthens Québec’s role as a gateway to the North American market for European companies.”

This month, PTI attended the welcoming session of Smart Ports: Piers of the Future in Barcelona.

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