At CEMarin we promote innovation in order to strengthen the marine sciences and their impacts on the day-to-day life of our oceans
At CEMarin we promote innovation in order to strengthen the marine sciences and their impacts on the day-to-day life of our oceans and our society.
It is well known that the challenges facing our planet, our oceans and our coastal areas are enormous. The warnings of code red in the climate crisis reflect serious changes already underway in the oceans, including their warming, more frequent marine heat waves, acidification and reduced oxygen levels. It is also clear that unsustainable use of the oceans, such as overfishing, and pollution generated by human activities put the livelihoods, health and food security of millions of people at risk.
We believe that addressing these challenges, and moving towards the achievement of the objectives of the Decade of Ocean Sciences and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, will be through innovative research, education, entrepreneurship and networking strategies. In this way, we can leave be hind the “business as usual” model sand build on the robust foundations weal ready have in the marine sciences. Innovation is our best ally in this regard, especially in the development and use of new technologies and investigative capabilities.
Some of our ongoing or finalized innovation projects include:
Consultancy for the National Ocean Policy of Panama
Colombia CONNECT – Project No. 1: Participatory aquaponics in the fishing communities of Urabá Colombia: a path towards gender equality and ecological and socioeconomic sustainability
Detailed study to define the risk for the Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina regarding hurricanes in the most probable categories
Contribution to the Climate Adaptation Plan on Punta Soldado Island, Buenaventura, Colombia
Drones as a Valuable Tool: Mapping and monitoring coastal ecosystems in Colombia Econavipesca del Pacífico: ecosystem for sustainable fishing navigation in the municipality of Guapi, Cauca
These projects reflect our focus on interdisciplinary and collaborative research and innovation. For full details of each project please see our Projects page
THE PURPOSE OF THE CEMARIN INNOVATION UNIT IS TO PROMOTE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN OUR CORPORATION AND STARTUPS RELATED TO OUR INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP OBJETIVES. IN THIS SENSE, TOGETHER WITH EXPERTS FROM THE ENTERPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM, WE ARE DESIGNING THE MECHANISMS AND INTERACTION MODELS THAT WE WILL APPLY IN THIS AREA. HERE WE OUTLINE SOME OF THEM:
Scouting and continuous curation of ventures, spin-offs and business projects in our central themes
A platform of challenges on specific themes that aims to attract the best projects by sector and/or business model and/or technology.
Centralizing and managing the network of corporations, foundations and other relevant actors that wish to provide capital and/or support to issues in the marine sciences.
Accelerate the maturing and the use of the best projects derived from all our projects, for example, those of CEMarin Radar and CEMarin Challenges.
CEMarin Challenges is a platform of challenges on specific themes that aims to attract the best projects by sector, business model and/or technology.
In July 2020, the first CEMarin Challenge was carried out virtually, in collaboration with the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and Conservation International, with the theme of innovation in artisanal fishing. Taking into account the huge problem of the non-biodegradable waste that floods our oceans and the prevalence of Styrofoam in the storage and transport of artisanal fishing resources in Colombia, the main objective of the initiative was to find an alternative solution to the use of Styrofoam.
Over three and a half days, the teams worked on four phases of the challenges, based on the context of artisanal fishing. The evaluation criteria for the proposals were:
INCREDIBLE IDEAS EMERGED
IN ALL PHASES OF THE CHALLENGE
Incredible ideas emerged in all phases of the challenge. the accompaniment of 10 mentors and 5 guides resulted in a journey that leaves us with 14 projects with great potential. You can see below how we announced the winning project.
The winner received $2,500,000 Colombian pesos and the possibility of finding other funding sources for their project to be implemented and become real.