BLUE Institute Labs

A Public Benefit Corporation supporting BlueTech & Blue Economy startups through entrepreneurial programming, ecosystem access and immersion, as well as, support for in the water pilot & prototyping needs.


Blue Institute Labs, PBC is the first oceanfront BlueTech and Blue Economy business innovation center on the US eastern seaboard. Located in Plymouth & New Bedford Massachusetts, and Newport Rhode Island, we offer (during covid) remote programming: the BLUE Excelerator & BLUE Incubator; and provide business escalation resources such as ecosystem introductions, business support services, networking, mentoring, teaming opportunities, industry speaker series, university researchers connect, government agency introductions (such as DOE & Navy & SBA) access and education on public and private funding mechanisms; pitch contests and “pressure tanks,”; pilot & prototyping support; socialization events, demonstration days (an on the water day is in planning for fall 2021) shared work resources such as co-working/meeting space; water-front stem/maker space; water access & in water testing. Our startups and ecosystem are concerned with climate change solutions, clean water, and healthy & secure oceans.  We understand and have the expertise to address the challenges of hardware, the opportunities in the advancements in software artificial intelligence and machine learning – and most importantly how to successfully marry hardware and software for deployment in the harshest & dangerous conditions in the ocean and along its coasts – the frontline for impact and resiliency around climate challenges, fisheries & aquaculture, dual use applications for defense, and to support a number of cleantech sectors that “touch blue” such as alternative energy through algae, ocean energy, and the burgeoning offshore wind development along the US eastern seaboard. Our sister non-profit 501c3 organization, Blue Institute is developing programing for BlueTech & Blue Economy startups at the ideation and early stage development.

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Forecast

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Demographic and Census Data
  • Diversification (Specialty)
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Identification and Research of Foreign Markets (Specialty)
  • Market Plan Development (Specialty)
  • Market Research (Specialty)

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Angel Investment
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Crowdfunding
  • Debt Funding
  • Equity Funding
  • Government Funding
  • Grant Funding
  • Microloans
  • Technology Grants (Specialty)
  • Trade Show Financial Assistance
  • Venture Capital

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Research Projects
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • High Tech Development
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Technology Transfer


  • Formal Mentoring Programs (Specialty)

Networking and Associations

  • Geographically Based (Specialty)
  • Industry Specific (Specialty)
  • International Trade (Specialty)


  • Coworking
  • Makerspace / Hackerspace

Product Development

  • Product Design and Development
  • Prototype Development
  • R&D Support

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Startup Business Counseling

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator (Specialty)
  • Incubator (Specialty)

Events and Community Building

  • Pitch Events (Specialty)
  • Startup Drinks (Specialty)
Contact Information
Judith Underwood
1213 Purchase Street
New Bedford, MA 02740