Braid Theory’s pre-accelerator and accelerator programs solely target blue economy entrepreneurs
Braid Theory offers a variety accelerator programming, aiming to capture the most promising solutions across all areas of the blue economy innovation ecosystem and enabling technologies.
Acceleration programs follow a curriculum-based instructional and milestone approach, offering an additional 6 months of support post-program. Startups 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. Funding opportunities available through the MOANA network, seed and venture capital partners, and undiluted capital sources including grants.
The 2023 themes for the LA Blue Accelerator program include Global Trade, Surf and Sea, and Future Food. Program begins January 2023.
Launched in January 2022 at AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles, the inaugral Celsius, LA Blue, and Blue+ pre-accelerator and accelerator cohorts were fully subscribed, focusing on port efficiencies, aquaculture and fisheries, ocean observation, water and energy, and other sustainable ocean solutions.
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, food supply, healthcare, and bioenergy applications.
30-day Innovation Studio program designed around teams looking to develop pilot projects, gain valuable data and insights in key market areas, and validate their 3-5 TRL, in maritime related applications.