Climate Week Blue, January 24th to 28th, 2022 celebrates key areas where climate leaders and organizations are stepping up to do the critical work needed to combat the climate crisis and to build resilient communities. Join us for Climate Week Blue from anywhere online due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.
Climate Week Blue highlights cutting-edge researchers and practitioners; creative youth, leaders and organizations in policy, education, climate equity, civic engagement; and ocean health, education & innovation; and a climate solutions pitch contest called the Pressure Tank.
BlueTech & Blue Economy Startups scroll farther down for information on applying to the Pressure Tank pitch competition!
Join in virtually January 27th, 2022 to hear and cheer for the 5 climate startup finalists as they pitch live in the Pressure Tank at Climate Week Blue!
It is called a Pressure Tank because we are all under pressure to help find and support solutions for a healthier planet. The hope in asking the startups to pitch for their "needs other than funding" will fully engage the skills, experience, and resources of our international audience to create opportunities to support the Pressure Tank finalists and ultimately help our Blue planet.
Thank you for your interest - entrepreneurship is hard and with your support it just got a little bit easier. See you at the Pressure Tank on January 27, 2022 during Climate Week Blue!
Register below to enter the Pressure Tank pitch contest.
Each finalist startup will have five minutes to pitch and five minutes q&a from the Judges.
"Impact Entrepreneurship for the Blue Economy - Transatlantic Opportunities"
Dr. Steffen Knodt is the Head of the Sustainable Subsea Solutions center at the Fraunhofer-Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD, Rostock where he oversees the transfer to market of underwater technologies into the Blue Economy. In Rostock, Fraunhofer together with industry, university and other research institutes are building an ocean technology campus with a strong focus on sustainable ocean economy. Steffen worked over his career in various senior management roles in applied research and industry, recently as Director Digital Ventures with a focus on impact entrepreneurship. Steffen as well serves in various boards and as a mentor for startups. Currently, he serves on the German Committee for the UN Ocean Decade of Science for Sustainable Development - as also serves as a member of the Board in the German Association for Marine Technology GMT.
Join us Virtually Tuesday August 24th
from noon - 2pm EST for a very special BLUE Incubator Event
- welcome guest speaker Steffan Knodt
- hear the BLUE Incubator Cohort's pitches
- participate in an interactive Meet & Greet
- highlight your company or organization during the event through BLUE Sponsorship.
- all this is taking place on remo - our awesome virtual platform partner.
Join us on Tuesday July 27th from noon - 2pm EST
- welcome guest speakers Stacy Swider and Donna Lanetta
- listen to the BLUE Incubator Cohort's pitches
- participate in an interactive Meet & Greet
All this is taking place on remo - our awesome virtual platform partner.
Highlight your company or organization during the event through BLUE Sponsorship
BLUE Incubator Virtual Summer Social #1
Stacy is VP Investments at Mass Ventures. Previously, she was the Director of the UMass Lowell Research Institute’s SBIR Center, where she coached over 100 small high-tech companies through the SBIR process. Before that, she spent 25 years in industry developing and commercializing inorganic materials for nuclear detection, light emitting diodes, non-linear optics, long-wear coatings, and semiconductor equipment. She was a co-founder of a Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) emulation startup. Her business experience includes outsourcing, production, marketing, and technical sales. Stacy received her degree in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT.
Donna Lanzetta is an attorney and entrepreneur with a passion for sustainable seafood production. Motivated by a concern for our world’s growing population, our fixed/declining wild fish stocks, and the urgent need to feed our burgeoning numbers, Manna Fish Farms is currently pursuing offshore permits to operate open ocean fish farms in Federal waters. In NY, Manna’s preferred site is 8.6 miles off the coast of Eastern Long Island, and in FL, benthic surveys are completed identifying a preferred site 23 miles off the coast of Pensacola Beach, Florida.
The Manna Fish Farms team and collaborators include experienced farmers, marine biologists, top scientists, ocean and electrical engineers, along with numerous educational institutions and universities. Manna is supported by sustainable aquaculture supporting state, federal, and municipal political representatives. Manna Fish Farms, Inc. is the proud recipient of capital match grants from NYS Governor Cuomo’s LI Regional Economic Development Council as part of the New York Empire State Development Program.
Ms. Lanzetta received her J.D. from Pace University School of Law, and her undergraduate degree in Business Marketing/Management from LIU-Southampton College, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. It is the plan of Donna Lanzetta and her company Manna Fish Farms, Inc. to operate transparently as they explore new models for ocean farming, and as they build their land-based operations and integrate submersibility, automation, new feed compositions, renewable energy and more into the Manna Fish Farms offshore farms.