2023 Cohort

In the Gulf Blue Navigator’s first year, we welcomed six teams of bluetech visionaries to Gulfport, Mississippi. Leading us into the future with big ideas that promote ocean health and innovation in the new blue economy, these startups embarked on a six-month journey.

Blue Ocean Gear

The Gulf Blue Navigator program offers blue technology startups a chance to operate in a unique region of the United States, characterized by a complex body of water. The Gulf of Mexico presents distinct challenges and conditions, which allows startups to explore new applications and refine the capabilities of their platforms. Additionally, startups can enrich their experience by interacting with individuals who already confront these challenges daily.


Harvesting electricity from temperature differences in the environment to power underwater robots (ocean floats and gliders), platforms, and sensors in support of ocean research, national defense, and commercial industries.

SafetyNet Technologies

Developing scalable, trusted, and valued solutions that enable sustainable practices in the fishing industry for a world where oceans and people thrive together.

SeaTrac Systems Inc

Manufacturing, selling, and renting persistent, multi-purpose solar-powered Uncrewed Surface Vehicles (USVs) to efficiently, safely and cost effectively perform real-time data collection and communications for research, commercial and defense applications.

Marauder Robotics

Building a remote work platform that collects data in near real-time and automates underwater tasks done by divers.


Building the most advanced underwater vehicles and software tools to help reduce the costs and risks of underwater work at scale.

We’re all in the same boat!
The Gulf Blue Navigator program partners are essential to the success of the startups. These partners have been unwavering in their support by providing workshop hours, mentorship, introductions, and financial aid for the program. The result? A thriving ecosystem ready to support the growth of the Blue Economy on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi.

“We are thrilled to be working with the Navigator startups as they surf the leading edge of the Blue Economy. We’ve worked together to establish new customers, acquire federal contract vehicles, solve supply-chain challenges, and forge new business-to-business partnerships.”

Joel Lawhead | Project Manager for the Unmanned Coast US Small Business Administration Regional Innovative Cluster

“It has been amazing to see the level of innovation and technology, both national and international, that Gulf Blue Navigator has attracted to our area. It is certainly a program that will bring in numerous pioneers of blue technology companies and products, as well as several exciting job opportunities and new futures for young people to live and work along our beautiful Gulf Coast.”

Chris Forét | Assistant Executive Director, Coast Transit Authority

“It has been exciting to share my beloved Mississippi Sound and Northern Gulf of Mexico with the cohort. This region has some of the greatest biodiversity in the world deserving of more study and protections. Seeing these bluetech businesses embrace the inclusion of conservation into their products will help advance oceanic scientific research.”

Holley Muraco | Director of Research, Mississippi Aquarium