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Call for expression of interest to pitch: Blue Invest in the Mediterranean 2019, Malta 24 January 2019

unnamedDeadline for applications: 21 November 2018, 12.00 Brussels time

Blue Invest in the Mediterranean 2019

A match-making event that brings together innovators and the financial community to sustainably develop the Blue Economy of the Mediterranean Sea basin, while protecting its marine resources.

Following the successful Blue Invest event of May 2018 in Brussels, and within the context of our work on blue investment, the European Commission (DG MARE) is hosting the Blue Invest in the Mediterranean 2019” event. It will take place on 24 January 2019 in Malta and will gather approximately 300 participants interested in the blueeconomy of the Mediterranean Sea basin.

Following a similar approach to that of the May 2018 Blue Invest event, promoting investment in an innovative blue economy, we aim to mobilise private sector investmentcapital and lending. The blue economy has significant potential for sustainable growth and job creation, particularly around the Mediterranean Sea basin. Investment capital, both public and private, can play a significant role in developing this economic potential. Through this event, we want to increase the engagement of the financial community with the blue economy, and to stimulate investment interest in marine and maritime sectors. In addition, the event will indirectly support the implementation of cooperation initiatives amongst Mediterranean countries in the context of the UfM Blue Economy Forum [1], the WestMED Initiative [2], and the EUSAIR [3].

Read more: Blue Invest in the Mediterranean 2019

Call for expression of interest to pitch

Deadline: 21 November 2018

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Rules and Guidelines

The European Commission reserves the right to decide whether the proposed pitch will be presented at the Blue Invest in the Mediterranean 2019 event. All European Commission decisions are final.

Presentation topics:

Pitches may be submitted by any company active in a blue economy sector, including aquaculture / bio-marine technology (living resources), development of green ports / marinas, coastal protection, marine litter, non-plastic marine pollution, key enabling technologies (robotics, sensors, materials, etc.), marine services (insurance, monitoring, surveying, etc.), renewable energy, shipbuilding, shipping, and coastal/maritime tourism.


Your application must be submitted by filling in the questionnaire by 21 November 2018 at 12.00 (Brussels time). Applications received after this date and time will be placed in a reserve application group for potential selection if space becomes available.

Evaluation and selection:

Pitches will be selected by the European Commission on a merit basis, following external evaluation, whilst ensuring a balanced geographical representation from around the Mediterranean Sea basin. All European Commission decisions are final.

Financial support:

Project submissions are free of charge.

If your project is selected for pitching at the event, the European Commission will cover your travel expenses to the event, as well as three nights of accommodation in the event venue (Westin Dragonara Hotel).

The pitch:

By submitting an application, you are indicating your intent to attend and make a pitching presentation at Blue Invest in the Mediterranean 2019, if accepted. Please make sure you can be present at the event on 24 January 2019 in Malta before applying, as well as on 23 January for rehearsals on location.

Each pitcher will give a single presentation. The presentation will last 5 minutes. It must be given in English. No interpretation will be available. Audiovisual and technical support will be provided. Potential investors will be given the opportunity to pose questions to the applicants.

Project pipeline and consent of treatment of data:

The European Commission (DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) is developing a strategy to promote innovation and mobilize investment in the blue economy. Among the initiatives undertaken, the European Commission has created a pipeline of projects, which have the potential to be bankable and viable. In this regard, the European Commission, with the support of an external consultant, is analyzing, enhancing and improving this pipeline.

By filling in the questionnaire for pitching at Blue Invest in the Mediterranean 2019, applicants agree that the information they provide will be used to complement the ongoing work of the European Commission on the project pipeline and that the information provided will be included in the pipeline database.

In case of disagreement with the provisions pertaining to data use, please state this explicitly by sending an email to MARE-BLUE-INVEST@EC.EUROPA.EU .