Scaling the Solution: How do you intend to scale your activities over the next two years (e.g., reach new markets, diversify solutions, etc.)? What will make this possible?
Our approach is to create an organic growth of systems from smaller markets to large industrial installations. Our particular arrangement of proven technologies and mature “off-the-shelf” components allow for an economically attractive solution.
Currently, we are preparing for the development and construction phase of the Ocean Ecopark. For this we are in contact with partners in the value chain, from component suppliers to financial partners and tenants. Potential tenants we are talking to are local and international aquaculture companies, drink-water production, algae biofuel producers and R&D facilities.
The award will be used to educate and engage stakeholders, governments, decision-makers and future partners for our projects.
Financial Sustainability: What is your business model to ensure financial sustainability?
Bluerise has devised a particular Ocean Ecopark business model in which the ocean resource is used to its highest potential and thus the different components, like the pipe, are paid for by a host of industries and parties that can derive value from them.
Given the fact that most islands in the tropics are fully dependent on oil for their energy and cooling needs we are able to propose an economically attractive solution.
Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
Being a passionate sailor I love to play with the force of nature and experience it. In combination with my curiosity to find solutions to our large problems, I became involved in various energy and education related initiatives that are now self-sustaining. An example is a wind turbine that I built and that currently operates at my university campus challenging students to tweak it. Since three years I am co-founder of Bluerise.