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Investment in the blue economy is increasing

The BlueInvest Investor Report 2024 shows a notable increase in investment in the blue economy in recent years.

The results show that an investment ecosystem supporting innovation in the blue economy is taking shape, and the BlueInvest initiative has been a driving force behind this change.

5 key insights into the blue economy investment landscape in the EU

1. The volume of disclosed investments in the blue economy has increased significantly.

It is 3 times bigger than 10 years ago and achieved more than 13 billion euros over the five-year period from 2018 to 2023.

2. Since 2018, the number of deals in the blue economy has increased

  • About 270 deals were completed in the Blue Economy every year
  • At least 30 private equity/venture capital funds are focused on blue economy deals and the number is increasing

This trend points to a positive outlook and a strong growth pattern for the industry.

3. 75% of European blue economy business takes place within the EU, Half of the investors come from non-EU countries.

This shows how EU companies create significant business opportunities that attract investors from other regions.

4. In terms of the number of deals, mergers and acquisitions account for about 38%.followed by early-stage equity investments (34%), ahead of growth capital investments (11%) and grants (7%).

This suggests that a limited average level of maturity of the blue economy sector as a whole, particularly given the relatively modest amounts invested in growth stage companies.

5. The 3 most dynamic sectors Are blue renewable energy, blue technology and marine observation and aquaculture.

At the other end of the spectrum, fewer deals were completed in the areas of sustainable coastal and marine tourism and environmental protection and restoration.


The BlueInvest Investor Report 2024 is a useful tool for investors seeking opportunities in the sustainable blue economy.

The blue economy includes all economic activities based on or related to the sea, seas and coasts. These include fisheries, aquaculture, coastal tourism, shipping and ports, offshore renewable energy and biotechnology.

BlueInvest is an EU initiative that aims to promote innovation and investment in sustainable technologies for the blue economy. It provides support in accessing finance for start-ups, SMEs and scale-ups, as well as capacity building for investors. BlueInvest is made possible by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and supported by the EIB Group.

BlueInvest website

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