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The Accelerator Program will be comprised of three phases:

Boot Camp

October - December 2018

(Closed for Applications)


February - April 2019

(Closed for Applications)



(Open for Applications)

Boot Camp

The Boot Camp will include 12 intensive workshops which will use the same methodology, ‘Learning by doing’, provided by a pool of specialized experts in the maritime sector. The main objective and output of the boot camp is the elaboration of a business plan which will be sent to the mentor assigned to the entrepreneurs/start-ups for phase two of the accelerator Program.

The Boot Camp is composed of two different phases; the first one (2 topics) will be celebrated simultaneously in Cork, Porto, Brest and The Canaries. The second phase (5 topics) will take place in The Canaries.

Experts will provide specific training to entrepreneurs on how to reach successfully the market from the know-how and capacities/ideas of the entrepreneurs and their teams.

Details of the workshop experts can be found here

Phase I Boot-Camp of the ProtoAtlantic Accelerator Program is now Closed for Applications


1: Business Model

The Canaries: 30th October 2018 (Workshop Expert: Oscar Villanueva).
Cork: 4th October 2018 (Workshop Experts: Peter FinneganLawrence Dooley and Liam Fitzgerald).
Porto: 21st November 2018 (Workshop Experts: Alexandra Xavier and Sara Neves). 
Brest: 5th-7th October 2018 (Workshop Expert: Erwan Bescond).

2: Lean Start-Up

The Canaries: 13th November 2018 (Workshop Expert: Aday Francisco Guerra).
Cork: 8th November 2018 (Workshop Expert: Lawrence Dooley, Liam Fitzgerald and Eamon Curtin).
Porto: 12th December 2018 (Workshop Expert: TBC).

3: Branding and Marketing

The Canaries: 26th November 2018 (Workshop Expert: Minerva Pérez Ferreras). 

4: Economic-Financial Plan

The Canaries: 27th November 2018 (Workshop Expert: José M. de la Vina). 

5: Lean Management

The Canaries: 28th November 2018 (Workshop Expert: Enrico Milovan).

6: Partnerships and Leadership

The Canaries: 29th November 2018 (Workshop Expert: Hannan Carmeli).

7. Pitch to Investors

The Canaries: 30th November 2018 (Workshop Expert: Liam Fitzgerald). 



The Demo Day will consist of a special event to be held in the Canary Islands (Date: TBC). Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to meet and connect with relevant business actors who will assist those finding sustainable paths for their start-ups. It provides start-ups an opportunity to pitch to investors in front of a live audience. 

Applications are still being accepted for Phase III Demo-Day of the ProtoAtlantic Accelerator Program. 

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