Welcome to the innovation gateway to the Gulf of Mexico.


The Gulf Coast has the largest concentration of Oceanographers in the world! With a history of defense, oil and gas, advanced ship-building and the only global network of weather buoys, the Gulf Coast has vast expertise to offer your scaling business. This program is directly applicable to your goals, because the people teaching the workshops and mentoring, know the Gulf Coast, your area of bluetech and work for the organizations you want to engage with. We will prepare you with the skills and tools you need to engage with the market you want to access.

Market Access

Companies at this stage of development need a network to help them access potential customers and partners. The Gulf Blue Navigator facilitates connections to your end-users, customers and partners with curated introductions and connections. We are the dot connectors that will help you get in front of the right people.

Gulf Coast Blue Tech Infrastructure

Gulf & Ship Island Building Co-working Space

The historic Gulf & Ship Island Building is a collaborative workspace for global blue tech innovators to call home while developing solutions for global challenges.

Marine Research Center

Access brand new technology labs, fabrication shop, and deep test tank for uncrewed maritime systems.

Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center

Gain access to culture space including live feeds, isolated single-pass climate space for small, medium and large-scale replicated experiments.


365-Day Access to On-Shore, Coastal, and Deep Water Testing

Enjoy unparalleled access to the Port of Gulfport, research vessels, and charters to get your innovation in and out of the water.

For Scaling Bluetech Startups

Launching Concepts into Scalable Coastal Impact.

Imagine accessing all the resources your startup needs in one place. If you are looking for a supportive and thriving environment, year-round testing with access to unique infrastructure and capabilities to take your startup to the next step in the fast-growing global ocean economy, this program is designed for you.

Startups who have a prototype and are ready to scale, are welcome to apply! Diverse applicants encouraged.