COVE has partnered with Innovate UK for the delivery of their Global Incubator Program, which will provide the opportunity for eight innovative, high-growth and scaling businesses to build long-term relationships with a world-leading incubator, right here in Canada.

The five-month program includes participation at the H20 Conference – Canada’s premier event for the ocean technology sector – along with the opportunity for companies to demonstrate their technology offering to industry experts and prospective customers at COVE Demo Day.

The programme is particularly relevant for businesses in the areas of aquaculture, fisheries, marine energy, marine environmental monitoring, marine net zero, marine observations, marine robotics, marine transportation and ocean plastics.

“We’re hoping they stay after that as well,” said Kesten. “For companies that are looking to set up shop here, they can get access to government programs that help them get established.”

“By bringing these companies here, we’re hoping to have complimentary businesses that are helping to solve a problem, but can also fit into this cluster well and offer partnerships for companies that are here,” he said.

“It’s kind of an ideal place,” said Kesten. “With COVE’s access to talent, our in-water labs, machine shops, innovative tech like the Stella Maris, this program is an opportunity for companies looking to grow to get integrated into the ecosystem and to thrive.”