Vineyard Wind and Greentown Labs Launch Offshore Wind Challenge

Vineyard Wind and Greentown Labs have launched the application process for the Offshore Wind Challenge focused on accelerating technologies that protect marine life.

The parties are inviting submissions from startups that are innovating in marine mammal monitoring, either surrounding data collection and real-time transmission or data analysis.

The six-month accelerator program is housed at Greentown Labs in Somerville, Massachusetts, and is focused on fast-tracking entrepreneurs with mentors and business and technical resources they need to launch or scale ventures with direct support from Vineyard Wind.

Startups selected to participate in the program will benefit from mentorship, networking opportunities, educational workshops, and partnership-focused programming through Greentown Launch.

The Offshore Wind Challenge will also help startups explore potential partnership outcomes with Vineyard Wind. Participants will receive membership, including desk space, at Greentown Labs for the duration of the program.

“Vineyard Wind is excited to kick off the application process today for the Offshore Wind Challenge alongside our partners at Greentown Labs,” said Lars T. Pedersen, CEO of Vineyard Wind.

“There is a very real opportunity for innovation regarding the data associated with marine mammal monitoring and we are fortunate to be working with a talented Greentown Labs team to engage with startups and entrepreneurs on this initiative.”

The challenge will be supported by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution  (WHOI) and the New England Aquarium.

Applications are due by 31 May at 11:59 p.m. ET.