The Business Convention BioMarine it’s a platform dedicated to marine bioresources to optimize and to accelerate business opportunities and the development of innovative Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
This year, the event was held at the Estoril Congress Centre on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of October and has the main objective to contribute to international affirmation of Portugal on the blue economy development, and marine biotechnology, promoting Portugal as an attractive territory to specialized enterprises on these matters, such as to disseminate to the already established enterprises.
In parallel to this convention, it will equally exist and exhibition area, designated “MyBlueCity”. It´s a specific exhibition area open to general public, with free entrance and dedicated to diverse thematic areas composed by districts which on each one the objective is to show the products in an innovative model of interactive exhibition between the public visitors and the exhibitors on the following areas:
- Blue Business- enterprises, business and financial thematic area;
- Offshore/ Harbours / Start-ups/ Hubs – ports thematic area;
- Factory – Food products from Aquiculture, thematic focused on factory industry;
- Health – Pharma products related to the health sector within marine resources based-sources;
- Food – Food/Restaurant zone within marine resources based-sources.
The Directorate General for Maritime Policy has been represented in the exhibition dedicated area to enterprises, business and financial MyBlueCity and while Programme Operator gave particular focus to EEA Grants 2014-2021 Programme “Blue Growth“, where directly contacted with general public and the stakeholders that visited this space announcing on available financial opportunities of this programme, awakening the interest of participants.
This event had more than 500 participants and about 50 exhibitors.
Highlighting that the Programme related to Blue Growth, innovation and blue economy development, is essentially based on marine and costal ecosystems advocacy, through sustainable use of natural resources and supporting human capital.
This program has the main objective to support small and medium enterprises, and support research, science and technology, the education promotion and professional training and the Sea as the sustainable development core.
It´s a EEA Grants financed Program, the Donor Countries are Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The EEA Grants financing is 38 million Euros, in a total amount of 44,7 million Euros.