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COVE Connect | April 2023

Pitch + Roll

14 June 2023 | 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. | Dartmouth, NS

Calling all blue-tech innovators!

COVE has added an exciting event to Demo Day, Pitch + Roll, an investment opportunity for Start-Ups and SMEs looking to raise capital.

Get your pitch perfect and present your company to an audience of international investors, then roll into Demo Day, where you will demonstrate your technology to hundreds of industry leaders and government decision-makers.

Mark Pitch + Roll 2023 in your calendars. COVE will host the inaugural Pitch + Roll event on June 14 from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

COVE Demo Day

14 June 2023 | Halifax, Nova Scotia

See the latest marine technology innovations in action at COVE Demo Day on June14, 2023!

You can register to attend Demo Day as a spectator or be a sponsor and have your organization’s brand in front of a global audience. Details on registering to attend as a spectator and details on being a sponsor, along with the associated perks, can be found by clicking the button below.

As part of the OTCNS-led H2O Conference, COVE Demo Day delivers a high-quality production showcasing the best in marine innovation and research.

Naval Technology Innovation Challenges

Deadline to apply is 28 April 2023

Thales Canada and COVE invite SMEs and Start-Ups to participate in two exciting Naval Technology Innovation Challenges. We are seeking proposal submissions for innovative naval maintenance and dockyard technology solutions.

Winners will be awarded $175,000 per challenge.

Challenge 1: Vessel Maintenance Optimization

Develop and test a methodology that assesses the technical and financial viability of Conditioned-Based Maintenance (CBM) solutions for the naval domain before they are implemented. Condition-Based Maintenance (CBM) can leverage Digital Twin technologies to predict failures based on equipment conditions before they occur. It can offer ship owners and operators the opportunity to improve system availability and can assist in reducing operating costs.

Challenge 2: Digital Dockyard

This challenge focuses on innovative tools that coordinate activities in a Navy dockyard in a collaborative and proactive way, ensuring that activities are de-conflicted and that resources are optimally allocated while meeting the day-to-day operational needs and priorities, which can be highly dynamic by nature.

Funding for the Naval Technology Innovation Challenges is provided by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

Ocean Business 2023

18 – 20 April 2023 | Southampton, UK

COVE’s Director of Strategic Partnerships, James Kesten, and Accelerator Program Manager, Rachel Cox, are at the hands-on marine technology exhibition and training forum, Ocean Business 2023, in Southampton, UK. The event takes place from April 18-20 and will include over 300 suppliers with the latest products, technologies, and demonstrations. Connect with James and Rachel to discover opportunities in COVE’s ecosystem, market-readiness programs, and how to participate in COVE Demo Day on June 14!

Canadian Women in Ocean Industries Leadership

9 – 11 May 2023 | St. John’s, Newfoundland

The CWOIL initiative aims to attract, develop and retain a robust, diverse and inclusive talent pipeline that includes women from all origins to enable and accelerate Canadian innovation, research and technology development, and market and export leadership in ocean industries.

COVE’s Director of Workforce Development, Tanya Lush, Marine Technical Specialist, Kennedy Sittler, Ocean Institute Facilitator, Emily Allen, and Education and Outreach Manager, Kat Mataya, will take the stage at the conference to speak on how COVE is creating a pipeline for talent who want to work in marine tech and stay in Atlantic Canada.

Growth and Success: COVE Companies Advancing Marine Innovation

Many COVE companies are growing and reaching new milestones! From expanding work teams and offices, to creating new partnerships, launching programs, and more, COVE companies are advancing marine innovation in the Canadian market and overseas.

  • Leeway Marine‘s vessel, Odyssey, transited from Halifax to Georgetown, Guyana in early February. It has been surveying on behalf of UK Hydrographic Office and will continue to do so for a few months. This is Leeway’s first project outside of North America. Leeway’s vessel, Novus will start its season again shortly supporting DFO and CHS surveys in Atlantic Canada and Quebec.
  •  Merinov is working with Dominion Diving on retrieving ghost gear after Hurricane Fiona in Quebec and Nova Scotia, funded by DFO. Resqunit’s Recovery System began shipping out from their factory in March 2023. This will help prevent loss of fishing gear, reduced ghost fishing, avoid economic loss and reduce marine plastics.
  • Canada’s Ocean Supercluster will move into its second mandate starting April 1, 2023, where they recently announced $125 million in new funding for phase two (2). They have also recently launched a $20 million AI Ocean Call Program where EOIs are currently being accepted.
  • Kongsberg has expanded from their desk space to an office on the third floor in COVEs North building. The headquarters of Kongsberg’s Marine Sensor Division will be located at COVE.
  • Dartmouth Ocean Technologies Inc. (DOT) has received orders for nine (9) eDNA Samplers with a few more expected soon and are working to meet the delivery dates.

To stay up to date on the success and growth of COVE companies, visit the news section on our website.

COVE is Making Waves in New England

While attending the Blue Innovation Symposium earlier this year, COVE was honoured to accept the Rising Tide Award presented to an organization providing exemplary contributions to the blue economy through technology innovation, collaboration, and leadership.

The symposium was held in Rhode Island over three days and is the premier event in New England for assembling the marine technology industry for education, networking and facilitating partnering opportunities. This year, the event included over 50 speakers discussing marine energy, aquaculture, and defence. In addition, the symposium brought together over 300 representatives across the industry from the US and beyond, including representation from about 50 Canadian organizations and companies.

Toby Stapleton, a recognized leader in New England’s blue economy sector and Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Blue Innovation Symposium, describes the Blue Innovation Symposium as a “for the industry by the industry” event focused on bringing together key stakeholders to discuss new technologies, up and coming innovation, products, and services.

“We created the Rising Tide Award because we wanted to recognize the people making significant contributions to their ecosystem, but in this case, to an organization making global contributions in the blue tech ecosystem,” said Stapleton. “We were happy to award COVE the Rising Tide Award this year.”

We’re Hiring a Controller!

Deadline to apply is 3 May 2023 at 5:00 p.m. ADT

Looking to be part of a dynamic, collaborative, and growing team? COVE is expanding rapidly, and we are continuing to build our team to support our transformative impact on the marine sector. With over 60 companies on site and its global network of 2,000+ organizations that are engaged in marine tech, it is on the precipice of becoming a global centre of excellence for industry-led innovation. We know our journey is only achievable by having a great team who shares ideas, tries new things, and learns as we go.

As a seasoned professional who is a strategic and innovative thinker, the Controller will oversee the financial performance of COVE and related programs and participate in the management team. This role includes the development of financial and operational strategy, metrics tied to that strategy, contract management, and the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve company assets and report accurate financial results.

To learn more about the opportunity, click the button below. The deadline to apply is May 3 at 5:00 p.m. ADT.

COVE’s Ocean Scale-Up Accelerator Program: Charting a Course for Success

COVE has partnered with Innovate UK for the Global Incubator Program, which provides the opportunity for eight innovative, high-growth, and scaling businesses to build long-term relationships with a world-leading innovation hub in Canada. Earlier this year, COVE welcomed these eight technology companies for the initial launch of the Ocean Scale-Up Accelerator Program.

The five-month program allows businesses to scale in Canada, secure opportunities, and receive assistance with finding and recruiting local skilled workers. Being a part of COVE gives the cohort access to potential partnerships and amenities, and they will return in June for the H20 Conference and COVE Demo Day.

“The accelerator program with COVE helped us at HonuWorx speak directly, and in person, with the folks that can help us understand the major considerations as we assess the costs and benefits of growing our footprint to include Canada. Through the program, I spoke with various funding agencies and partners to understand what was possible,” said Lucas Wissmann, Co-Founder of Honuworx Ltd., a company developing software technology to drive down the costs and environmental impact of deploying and operating robotic systems offshore.

During the cohort’s week-long visit, they had the opportunity to give a presentation about their company and their business aspirations to the COVE community and attend workshops to better understand market potential and goal setting as part of the program.

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