UMass Dartmouth Convenes 3rd Maritime Innovations Conference

Filed in Collaboration, Featured, General, Innovation by on December 13, 2016

Signing of the MOU, From left to right: Gerry Kavanaugh, Senior Vice Chancellor for Strategic Management UMass Dartmouth, Toby Stapleton, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, James Hanlon, CEO of the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE), Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia.Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, From left to right: Gerry Kavanaugh, Senior Vice Chancellor for Strategic Management UMass Dartmouth, Toby Stapleton, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, James Hanlon, CEO of the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE), Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia.

The largest gathering of marine technology companies in New England

UMass Dartmouth is at the heart of the marine technology industry in New England, and on November 30 the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) organized the largest gathering in New England of marine technology firms. More than 180 attendees from around the world, and across the industry, participated in panel discussions related to Arctic exploration and research, as well as what commercial opportunities may exist there.

“As more and more of the Arctic becomes navigable, and with greater access, we are seeing more and more countries interested in the region,” said Steve Lohrenz, Dean of the UMass Dartmouth School of Science and Marine Technology, “And this will present research, as well as commercial, opportunities.”

This conference is further evidence that UMass Dartmouth is getting recognized for its work in marine technology. This year alone, the campus was awarded a total of 3 Seaport Economic Council (SEC) grants totaling $1,112,000 to support work in areas related to marine robotics, marine renewable energy, and marine technology startups. The SEC’s grant program supports working waterfronts, local tourism, coastal resiliency, and maritime innovation, from the North Shore to Cape Cod and the South Coast.

“This industry sector is incredibly important to the Commonwealth and our region so, as part of our work to support it, we developed the Maritime Innovations Conference to bring the entire marine technology industry, that includes industry as well as key stakeholders like the US Navy, together for a day of informative talks, a showcase of new technologies and innovations, and networking,” explained Toby Stapleton, Director of the CIE.

Stephen McNeil, the Premier of Nova Scotia, Carolyn Kirk, Deputy Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, and Gerry Kavanaugh, Senior Vice Chancellor for Strategic Management at UMass Dartmouth, were also on hand to witness the singing of a milestone agreement between the CIE and the Center for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE), located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. As part of this agreement the CIE and COVE will work together to identify commercial and research opportunities for their respective marine technology companies and seek ways to commercialize University based research.

“This agreement will not only strengthen the commercial ties for our region’s marine technology industry, but it will provide opportunities for our students to find meaningful internship opportunities both here in Southeastern Massachusetts and in Atlantic Canada”, explained Gerry Kavanaugh, Senior Vice Chancellor for Strategic Management, Umass Dartmouth.

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) is UMass Dartmouth’s technology business incubator. Housed in a 60,000 square foot facility in Fall River, the CIE provides technology-based start-ups with physical space, access to environmental chemistry, life-science, and prototype development laboratories, and expertise through the CIE’s staff and campus-based researchers, faculty and students. The CIE has graduated over 45 companies and today is home to over 20 companies, in the Marine Technology, Clean Technology, and Bio-medical industries.

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