Start Date

November 2017

End Date

June 2023

Funding Body

Interreg Atlantic Area


The INNOVALIA Association

Research Partners

University College Cork

Project Partners

INESC TEC, EMEC, EMERGE, PLOCAN, Cork County Council, Technopôle Brest Iroise

Principal Investigators

Dr. Lawrence DooleyDr. Jimmy Murphy

Project Manager

Jessica Giannoumis

Research Area

Blue Economy, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Marine Renewable Energy, Aquaculture, Marine Biotechnology




The principle aim of ProtoAtlantic is to develop and validate a model for the prototyping and exploitation of innovative ideas in the maritime sector in the Atlantic Area

ProtoAtlantic will develop a model for the prototyping and exploitation of innovative ideas in the maritime sector. The project will focus on three well-defined sectors: Renewable Energy, Marine Robotics and Blue biotechnologies.

ProtoAtlantic will identify product innovation capacity in the maritime sector willing to address emerging markets in a co-creation model with start-up communities, research centres, universities and Local Authorities. The project exploits existing co-working facilities and blue acceleration programs specialized in the marine sector and replicates success stories.

ProtoAtlantic will implement acceleration programs, creating a path from idea to market access where a structured process is used to manage product innovation. The acceleration programs will attract innovative ideas, creating a unique ecosystem where the creation and development of ideas will melt with a methodology that will cover from business model to market validation, including test phases. This circle will be completed with the launch to market of the most innovative and feasible ideas.


The ProtoAtlantic network will allow us to find the best place to build and test the prototype and to identify the best places for the company to establish and launch its business. We will involve policy makers and business support agencies to provide the ecosystem of a legal and long-term support.

Work Packages

Work package 1: Coordination

Work package 2: Communication

Work package 3: Commercialisation (UCC-lead)

Work package 4: Marine orientated idea-to-market process modelling and attraction of ideas

Work package 5: Acceleration programs and business support

Work package 6: Fast tracked product development (UCC support for testing marine technologies)

Work package 7:  Customized seed ideas and scale startups support program (UCC support for testing marine technologies)


Engagement and Outreach

  • Blue growth round tables
  • Multiregional collaboration schemes
  • Stakeholder engagement across the Atlantic area