Ocean Technology Incubator
Status of initiative: Completed
Description/achievement of initiative

The Mauritius OTI would serve as a platform to attract scientists and entrepreneurs to use the waters of Mauritius as a test bed for the development of marine technologies. Three programmes have been identified, namely for 18-month, 24-month and three-year projects which would address the challenges of water resources through research and innovation on technologies for ocean wave energy, desalination as well as instruments in seaport-related activities such as systems to track assets at sea, fleet management, ship control systems and data management. Applied research to develop and adapt technologies to SIDS and regional needs would be favoured.

Implementation methodologies

- Coordination meetings through the advisory council on marine renewable energy - Selection of projects to be financed by a Research and Innovation Advisory Board (under the Centre for Research and Innovation Grant scheme at the MRC)- Establishment of reporting and verification mechanisms to monitor projects selected

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

- Collaboration with the Faculty of Ocean Sciences, University of Mauritius, to establish programmes that will support the development of the ocean economy

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

- Partnership will be driven by the National Taskforce on Ocean Economy with the support of BOI and MRC


Advisory Council for Marine Renewable Energies, Mauritius Research Council (MRC), BOI
Two long-term Ocean-biotech start-ups
Five short-term Ocean-Apps start-ups
Three medium-term Ocean-tech start-ups
Resources devoted to implementation
Financing (in USD)
Staff / Technical expertise
Full-time and part-time experts
Other, please specify
Sharing of lab facilities
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: June 2016
Operating in countries
Contact information/focal point(s)
Mr Ken Poonoosamy, nbd@investmauritius.com

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