Showcase of the DigiCirc Blue Economy Innovations 27th April 2022

The Digicirc DemoDay, the final event of the Blue Economy acceleration programme, will be held on Wednesday 27th April 2022 at Centro Tecnológico Naval y del Mar (CTN), located in Fuente Álamo, Murcia Region (Spain), and online.

For one day, 15 consortia of SMEs from across Europe will pitch their innovative solutions for Blue Economy in front of a jury of experts. The competition will reward 5 of them for receiving €100.000 to develop further their solutions.


Join the DigiCirc Blue Economy DemoDay

Everyone who would like to get inspired and in touch with compelling European innovators who are tackling one the European major challenge: the seas’ transition to a circular economy.


Meet the Innovators & enjoy a Thematic Talk

Networking sessions will be organized after the project pitches to meet the members from consortia and their innovations. In addition, a Thematic Innovation Talk will be performed by a Blue Economy key speaker.


Welcome and opening (9:30 am – 9:45 am CET)

Hosted by Noelia Ortega, CEO CTN & Blue Economy Thematic Mentor

Pitch session 1 (9:45 am -10:45 am CET)

Coffee break (10:45 am -11:00 am CET)

Pitch session 2 (11:00 am -12:00 pm CET)

Break (12:00 pm -12:15 pm CET)

Pitch session 3 (12:15 pm -13:00 pm CET)

Networking lunch (13:00 pm -14:30 pm CET)

Pitch session 4 (14:30 pm -15:30 pm CET)

Break (15:30 pm -16:00 pm CET)

Thematic Innovation Talk + Demos / Networking sessions (16:00 pm – 18:00 pm CET)

Announce of the 5 winning consortia & closing ceremony (18:00 pm – 19:00 pm)

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Meet the Jurors

George D. Mantas

Business Development Director at AquaBioTech Group

Mr. George Mantas is a business development director at AquaBioTech Group, a consultancy/engineering group operating globally active in aquaculture and fisheries. Mr. Mantas leads marketing and development activities, scoping for contracts, market intelligence oversight and general assistance in all areas pertaining to general sales actions. He also leads research into new business areas, assessing the markets, resources required and logistics.

Luigi Nicolais

Emeritus Professor University of Naples “Federico II”

Luigi Nicolais is an Italian brilliant Engineer and Academic and he has been President of the National Research Council. Furthermore, he has been Minister for Reforms and Innovations in Public Administration for the Italian Government.

Mr Nicolais is the author of over 500 scientific publications, he was Professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Naples “Federico II” and Director of the “Institute for Polymers Composites and Biomaterials” of the CNR (National Research Center). He has conducted several international research activities and he is very active in national and international innovation-based initiatives. Currently, he is President and CO-Founder of Materias, an early stage combined acceleration that takes care of the best ideas from research to business.

Javier Fernández

Startup Investment Director & partner Innoventures Capital

Mr. Javier Fernández is a Business Angel and CEO mentor. With experience as entrepreneur, executive, advisor and mentor (BCG, ABN Amro, Apax Partners,, Inforges, Professor of strategy, HR strategy & business model innovation at UCAM MBAs. Graduated in European Business Administration Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE) & BAEBA Middlesex University (London). Senior Member of AJE Murcia (Young entrepreneurs association) and member of the Círculo de Economía de la Región de Murcia.