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Ocean startup hub

The Mississippi Gulf Coast—the nation’s lab bench for prototyping and waterborne testing—welcomes innovators, entrepreneurs, and researchers working on uncrewed maritime systems, precision aquaculture, and blue technology innovations.

Startups, established companies, researchers, and agencies benefit from proximity to each other and the direct water access, allowing them to immediately test and refine concepts at the harbor, nearshore, and offshore test and evaluation areas, which accelerate ocean technology development.

Partners include the U.S. Navy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Department of Homeland Security, along with select ocean technology companies. Collaborators share a mission to:

  • Improve ocean mapping systems and navigation technology
  • Study environmental change, geological processes, and biodiversity
  • Build coastal resilience
  • Better understand the ocean and coasts
  • Develop products and services of economic and societal value

Spaces for Innovation



Learn more about working
with Gulf Blue

The Gulf Blue Navigator program leverages the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s position as an innovation gateway to support late-stage startups, shorten their development timeline, and accelerate their time to revenue. Participating companies will gain market access while engaging with university, industry, state, and federal partners and potential customers. The Gulf Blue Navigator provides access to state-of-the art research facilities, wet labs, co-working space, networking, and year-round access to warm coastal waters.

Gulf & Ship Island Building
2605 13th Street
Gulfport, MS 39501

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