OCTA Innovation Newsletter #8-2018 – Bonaire

OCTA Innovation Newsletter #8-2018 – Bonaire

Governor Rijna and his team with innovation pilot project Bonaire AlgaePARC are bringing to Bonaire multiple opportunities for economic diversication as well as university education and capacity-building via three pillars blended learning (3PBL).

We appreciate very much vision of Governor Rijna for the development of his territory and his mission how to implement this vision, and particularly all actions he’s taking for propelling innovation and building economy of Bonaire.

We invite all key stakeholders in Bonaire to secure sustainability of all aspects of development and implementation of the innovation. Namely special attention needs to be given to having structural organisation of innovation for long-term efficient implementation of innovation across all sectors, updating innovation strategy and action plan, and developing innovation policy with associated optimal innovation supporting measures.

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Algae green gold of the future

Algae green gold of the future

Algae are called the green gold of the future as they became a valuable and sustainable feedstock for numerous industies. They are used in production of biofuels, food, animal feed, chemicals, materials, cosmetics, biofertilizers or CO2 utilization.

In Bonaire, Algae Parc pilot project intends to increase the level of food production and economic diversification in Bonaire through the sustainable production of microalgae.

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Ra’O Puha : bioversion des tourteaux de coprah

Ra’O Puha : bioversion des tourteaux de coprah

L’Association des Pays et Territoires d’Outre-Mer (l’OCTA) a signé l’an dernier le contrat du projet pilote de la Polynésie française financé par la Commission européenne. Ce projet cible la bioconversion de tourteaux de coprah en aliments pour l’élevage et l’aquaculture des crevettes et poissons.

L’objectif est de tester en vraie grandeur un nouveau procédé de traitement des tourteaux, utilisant des larves de la mouche de l’espèce Hermetia illucens, communément appelée mouche soldat noire. Sont prévus l’installation d’une unité de production de mouches, l’optimisation des aliments pour l’aquaculture, et le business plan d’une unité industrielle. l’équipe d’innovation participe activement à l’avenir durable des îles de Polynésie française.

Actuellement, la production de coprah ne cesse d’augmenter (fabrication d’huiles, de savons et de cosmétiques) alors que les sous-produits comme les tourteaux sont très peu valorisés. Le Pôle d’innovation Tahiti Fa’ahotu a réuni un ensemble de partenaires pour le ce projet qui vise la bioconversion de tourteaux de coprah.

Cette innovation va valoriser les ressources du territoire et fournissent une activité rémunératrice aux familles et aux petits entrepreneurs et contribuer activement à l’avenir durable des îles de Polynésie française.

 

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Vouchers for knowledge and technology

Vouchers for knowledge and technology

The mission in Curaçao was also the occasion to meet the whole team of the pilot project “Startup launchpad”: the Curaçao Innovation and Technology Institute (CITI) members, the finalists and the jury from the rounds of competition.

OCTA Innovation team leader Milan Jezic von Gesseneck worked with them on the results already obtained and on what is planned for the second part of the implementation of the pilot project.

The Start-up Launch pad offers businesses in the start-up stage a chance to participate and win Technology, Knowledge and Support vouchers to invest in their company. This is in addition to an extensive mentoring and coaching program and the exposure their business will get in the local media. There are three rounds of competitions. The winner of the final will get the chance to compete on an international level.

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Start up Launchpad, Round 2 ticket

Start up Launchpad, Round 2 ticket

Through the program ‘Start up Launchpad’, start ups will receive support and will be able to invest in their companies through ‘knowledge’, ‘technology’ and ‘support’ vouchers. The program consists of 4 rounds of intensive coaching and support. Each round will be concluded with a ‘pitch competition’, determining who will continue to the next round. 15 entrepreneurs were selected to participate in the first round of the Startup Launchpad. These 15 entrepreneurs presented their results in front of a jury and a live audience.

The top five gained a place in the second round of the Startup Launchpad program and the opportunity to invest up to ANG. 20.000 in their business:

  • HQ Rental: Ries van Lommel
  • CamBackup: Royendgel Silberie
  • ADG Consultancy: Ariadne Flores Sophia
  • Fresh Habits: Giancarlo da Costa
  • Curacao Agro Tech: Alex van Sprang.

Coaches: Bright Minds and Brain Coral Labs.

Members of the jury: Fiona Curie, Arthur Adams, Rose Boevé, Chesron Isidora, Gedeona Maduro.

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OCTA Innovation Issue 27 / 2017 – Bonaire

OCTA Innovation Issue 27 / 2017 – Bonaire

Governor Edison Enrique Rijna is coming to present Bonaire to Brussels’ audience at OCTA Innovation Bonaire BRUZZ.

Bonaire is one of the Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union. As one of the special municipalities within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, together with Aruba and Curaçao, Bonaire forms the group known as the ABC islands in the Caribbean region.

Bonaire is world-wide, one of the three best scuba diving destinations. Bonaire’s economy, mainly based on tourism, is taking advantage of warm and dry climate, beautiful pristine coral reefs and flamingo sanctuaries. Currently Bonaire is taking innovation as a way forward and is ready for new investments and further growth.

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Algae Parc Bonaire

Algae Parc Bonaire

Professor Maria Barbosa, from the Wageningen University & Research gave a presentation during the kick-off meeting of Bonaire’s pilot project, Algae Parc in October 2017.

Bonaire is the ideal location for the production of algal products. Indeed thanks to the constant climatological conditions and because there is more sunlight, productivity is higher and the product quality is stable. Optimal, relatively high temperature is essential to achieve high productivity. Keeping temperature constant is task that needs to be selected and optimised to have the best algae growth with minimal energy consumption.

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Research and Innovation transfer

Research and Innovation transfer

Professor Rene Wijffels from the Wageningen University & Research presented OCTA Innovation pilot project of transfer of the research and innovation in microalgae field to Bonaire AlgaeParc.

Based on the use of local resources, and thanks to the use of sunlight and seawater, AlgaeParc would cultivate micro algae for the different possible uses including:

  • Micro algae for aquaculture for local use on the island and for exportation as a feed ingredient
  • Micro algae for production of biokerosene
  • Micro algae as an ingredient in animal feed for local use in Bonaire
  • Micro algae as an ingredient in products to be used in SPAs in the tourist sector
  • Micro algae used by chefs in Bonaire cuisine.
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