Big Ideas Out of the Blue
Exciting things are happening with the Gulf Blue Initiative. At the turn of the 19th Century, the Gulf & Ship Island Building was home to the Gulf & Ship Island Railroad business, built and founded by Captain Joseph Jones. In an exciting return to its roots as an economic engine and hub of progress, the historic building is the centerpiece of the Gulf Blue Initiative, a transformational driver of the blue economy in the Gulf of Mexico region, and home to a collaborative, 24-hour connected workspace for blue tech innovation. Members have proximity to small businesses and industry, an extensive mentor network, and local, state, and federal partners—all within steps of the Gulf of Mexico which includes year-round shallow and deep water testing.
Under the Gulf Blue Initiative, we have the Gulf Blue Navigator. 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.