Braid Theory’s Celsius, LA Blue, and Blue+ pre-accelerator and accelerator programs solely target blue economy entrepreneurs
Following previous customized advisory services, the inaugural cohorts of Braid Theory's acceleration programs are fully subscribed. Launched in January 2022 at AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles, applicant solutions focused on port efficiencies, aquaculture and fisheries, ocean observation, water and energy, and other sustainable ocean solutions.
Each acceleration program follows a curriculum-based instructional and milestone approach, offering an additional 6 months of support post-program. Startups also receive access to Braid Theory's unique waterfront facility with coworking areas, lab space, test-beds, and platforms for ocean observing and robotics. Entrepreneurs work with a team of advisors, instructors, and market partners to accelerate business growth on a path to commercialization, connecting with the MOANA Angel Network, seed and venture capital partners, as well as undiluted capital sources including grants. Three programs are currently ongoing:
90-day Accelerator for full-time founders and solutions with strong technology and market readiness addressing shipping bottlenecks; aquaculture; ocean-related data; and ocean energy.
60-day Pre-Accelerator for startups working on key scientific research and application around shipping, logistics, and transportation; ocean sustainability, the energy-water nexus; and ocean observation.
60-day Pre-Accelerator for synthetic biology entrepreneurs tackling new materials; the food supply; healthcare; and bioenergy.