A Driving Force for Global Blue Economy Innovation

The Ocean Tech Hub is a Southeastern New England innovation center for marine science and technology, advancing economic prosperity and environmental sustainability ​through sparking the ocean technology innovation ecosystem.​

The Ocean Tech Hub is a Southeastern New England innovation center for marine science and technology, advancing economic prosperity and environmental sustainability ​through sparking the ocean technology innovation ecosystem.​

Tech Hubs Official Designee

We have been designated!

This Designation allowed us to apply for a Phase 2 Implementation Award through the U.S. Economic Development Administration; announcements of awards are expected in Summer 2024.

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Project initiatives

Ocean tech Rhode Island

We are a diverse and growing consortium of industry professionals, academic researchers, government representatives, and community partners, committed to activating the ocean technology ecosystem, developing a globally competitive hub that addresses both economic and national security needs in the following areas:

  • Unleashing the Potential of Undersea Robotics
  • Automation Advancements for the Blue Economy
  • Development of Advanced Materials & Composites

Phase 2 projects include:

OTH-University Consortium

A collaboration between the University of Rhode Island, Brown University, and the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth to provide access to top-of-the-line test tanks, dedicated salt and fresh water testing facilities, and legal and other technical assistance for businesses in the OTH—even those not affiliated with the universities

Blue Robotics Lab (BRL)

A co-working and light manufacturing space in Bristol, RI, for robotics entrepreneurs and startups as they design, build, prototype, test and commercialize undersea robotics and advanced materials. Direct water access for testing and demonstration is a stone’s throw away.

Ocean Renewable Energy Center

Dockside, near-shore and permanent deep offshore testing facilities in New Bedford, MA, available for businesses in the OTH, especially those in the clean energy sectors.

Smart Bay

A digital architecture of the waters in SE New England that will enable faster technology commercialization from existing and new companies by leveraging the digital tools to iterate new solutions faster and more cost-effectively.

Workforce of the Future

Employer-driven training programs managed through the Real Jobs Rhode Island program (RJRI), as well as wraparound supports for trainees, K-12 student learning and exposure opportunities.

Business Acceleration

An upcoming Ocean Tech Challenge, supportive accelerator and venture mentoring, and investor summit will address unmet needs of second-stage and Tier 2 businesses in the area and bring a concierge approach to business growth.

Join us in our mission to elevate Southeastern New England as a global hub for undersea ocean technology development and commercialization

Our vision is a region where residents from all communities – especially in historically disadvantaged areas – see a viable pathway into sustaining careers, all small businesses see increased client or customer base, and where new jobs and new business comes online rapidly through commercialization of innovative Ocean Technologies.