North America’s blooming ocean-tech innovation ecosystem

David Hume, World Ocean Initiative / The Economist Group Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution Shipping & Ports

North America’s blooming ocean-tech innovation ecosystem
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There are many ways to gauge the health of an ecosystem, but the best way is to monitor indicators easily measured over the long term. Such an approach leads to some remarkable observations regarding the health of the marine-technology ecosystem in North America: it’s blooming like cherry blossoms in spring. 

The marine-tech ecosystem is the community of stakeholders and organisations that promote innovative business models, products and services to benefit ocean health and a sustainable economy. This ecosystem includes not just startups and investors, but also incubators, accelerators and cluster organisations that I’ll refer to as innovation hubs. Collectively these groups are driving innovation in the ocean economy. 

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