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Braid Theory

Braid Theory is a vertically integrated venture advisory which provides end-to-end hybrid accelerator and incubator services to support science and engineering-led companies. The firm assists startups and scaleups, based on proven methodology and rigor in evidence-based entrepreneurship, focused on three key aspects of commercialization: capability, capacity and intellectual capital (the three C’s). Braid Theory has created an extensive pipeline of companies in key industry sectors: ocean/maritime; transportation and goods movement; energy/water/cleantech; smart cities, construction and infrastructure; aerospace and advanced manufacturing; digital tech; agriculture/food tech; and biotech/life sciences.

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DNV GL is the independent expert in risk management and assurance, operating in more than 100 countries. DNV GL is the world’s leading classification society and a recognized advisor for the maritime industry. We enhance safety, quality, energy efficiency and environmental performance of the global shipping industry – across all vessel types and offshore structures. Our expertise spans energy markets and regulations, onshore and offshore wind and solar power generation, power transmission and distribution grids, energy storage and sustainable energy use. Driven by its purpose, to safeguard life, property, and the environment, DNV GL helps tackle the challenges and global transformations facing its customers and the world today and is a trusted voice for many of the world’s most successful and forward-thinking companies.

DNV GL logo is a non-profit, US based but international in scope, with the sole mission to help advance the adoption of innovative solutions for ocean health, resilient coastal systems, and sustainable ocean shipping. The 501c3 is privately funded and in its tenth year. Its mission is accomplished by the awarding of two $100,000 and one $10,000 non-dilutive grants to innovative start-ups via a competitive process. Additionally Ocean Exchange is an accelerator to help grow the business, financial, and technical ecosystem to help start-ups realize commercial readiness. logo

Washington Maritime Blue

Washington Maritime Blue is a non-profit, strategic alliance formed to accelerate innovation and sustainability in support of an inclusive blue economy. With a mission to implement Washington State’s Strategy for the Blue Economy delivered by Governor Jay Inslee’s Maritime Innovation Advisory Council, we are a partnership between industry, public sector, research & training institutions, and community organizations. Maritime Blue works to create a world-class, thriving, equitable and sustainable maritime and ocean industry through knowledge sharing, joint innovation, entrepreneurship, commercialization, business and workforce development.

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