INVITATION TO FREE ONLINE WEBINAR organised by INSULEUR assisted by the Gozo Business Chamber and Rethymno Development Agency, as part of the BLUE CROWDFUNDING Project

 SMEs and potential entrepreneurs often face difficulties in obtaining financing for innovative ideas, or in new economic sectors such as the Blue Economy. In 2015, DG Mare had defined the blue economy as any market activity that is intrinsically linked to the sea and covers: (1) primary sectors such as transport (shipbuilding, shipping), energy (oil, gas, and renewable energy), food (fisheries, aquaculture), and coastal tourism; (2) secondary sectors (e.g. insurance) which provide goods and services to these primary sectors; and (3) smaller sectors such as marine aggregation extraction or communication cable laying [Source: EC, DG MARE (2015)]. Crowdfunding can be a vehicle through which new ideas in the Blue Economy can be financed, as it is an innovative concept that connects entrepreneurs and potential investors through an online platform (Golic, 2014).

  This webinar entitled ‘Crowdfunding for Blue Economy Projects' will highlight the importance of the Blue Economy and provide participants with the basic elements of crowdfunding as an important financing tool.  


This will be held on Friday 23 October between 1PM and 2.30PM (CET) 


The main speakers for the event will be Dr Samuel Azzopardi, the European Committee of the Regions representative for the blue economy, and Matthew Caruana from the Crowdfunding platform ZAAR. Matthew Caruana is a business innovator, coach and mentor with a proven track record for driving project success from the grassroots up. Since 2016, he has driven ZAAR - Malta's leading crowdfunding platform - and has grown it into a nationally-recognised brand. In this position, he has excelled at taking numerous start-up projects through their critical early days and helped them to become successful.  


You can register for free through the link below:



Project co financed by the European Regional Development Fund


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