Why Invest in the Blue Economy NOW.

Why Invest in the Blue Economy NOW.

Proteus™ will be the future of commercial Ocean exploration.  As the International Space Station of the Ocean, Proteus™ will be an essential tool to drive R&D, accelerate innovation, and engage the world with the Ocean.  It is imperative we begin to increase research capacity and our knowledge of the Ocean.  Proteus™ addresses both problems and is the key to unlocking solutions for our future. 

Proteus Ocean Group (“POG”) has kicked off its capital raising activities and already has a lead investor.  POG is raising an additional $1.25M for a 20% equity stake at a $5M pre-money valuation.  The time is now to invest in the Blue Economy with an opportunity like Proteus™.  

The similarities between Astronauts and Aquanauts go further than just being extreme adventurers, Deep Ocean exploration is the ‘Mars’ of the sea. Scuba diving is often used for training for Space missions because of neutral buoyancy, which is the closest one can get to microgravity on earth.  While 500 individuals have been sent into Space, and 12 people to the moon since 1969, only 3 have visited the deepest part of the Ocean in the Marianas Trench.  Why is that?  

At the same time, investment in Space has far exceeded that of the Ocean leading to greater accessibility and innovation. In the past decade $24.6B in private capital has been invested in 509 Space companies. On the other hand, the Blue economy grew 9.7% between 2009 and 2016, with growth forecast at twice the rate of the mainstream economy by 2030. The economic value of global Ocean assets is enormous, estimated at around $24T, 5% of Global GDP, making it the seventh-largest economy in the world. A stat that many say is grossly underestimated. 

The Ocean is a crucial – but often misunderstood – necessity for a healthy planet. We use it as a food source, an energy source, for transportation, for every other breath we take.  Besides creating livelihoods for billions of people and being a source of natural beauty, the Ocean serves as a tremendous asset to:

  • Climate change mitigation
  • Absorbing 93% of climate heat
  • Sequestering 25% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions

Yet, only 5% of our Ocean has been explored; imagine all the discoveries we haven’t made yet. But we cannot irreversibly continue to damage it before we even know what’s there.  Instead, we must learn what’s there, and learn to use it — both sustainably and profitably.

The global addressable market for Proteus™ is gigantic.  In R&D alone, 2.04% of global GDP per year is spent on funding scientific research, a $2.6 Trillion.

Primary revenues for Proteus™ will come from:

  • Usage fees stemming from tenants conducting research and extreme environment testing across academia, government, and private industry:
    • Marine compounds and microorganisms research and discovery
    • Extreme environment testing for watches, cameras, submarines, among others
    • Human training, testing for travel to space, and other extreme environments
  • Entertainment including media, film, digital, and high-end tourism for visits
  • Broadcast and live streaming for entertainment and educational purposes
  • Data from revenue sharing and partnerships
  • Sponsorships

POG has gained significant traction in sponsorships, tourism, media content and data partnerships, while aggregated an esteemed group of strategic collaborators and partners including: 

  • Northeastern University
  • Rutgers
  • Curacao Gov’t
  • Helena Foundation
  • Carmabi
  • Scottish Oceans Institute

Curacao has been established as the favored jurisdiction for Proteus™, and importantly, a strong executive leadership team has been formed that is ready and able to execute. 

Just as we have seen the investment in Space by investors – the likes of Sir Richard Branson, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos that create an almost $1T dollar private Space Industry, it is certain investing in the Blue Economy and our Ocean will see the same magnitude of value creation.

“There is no planet B.  We must dare to dream bigger and look to our Ocean as part of the solution,” stated Fabien Cousteau. “PROTEUS™ will be integral to giving back to our future generations that which we have taken for granted.”

Don’t miss the chance to get ahead of the wave and make your mark in history by investing in the Blue Economy with a monumental project like Proteus™. 

Proteus is operationalized and run by Proteus Ocean Group, Ltd. (POG), a private sector social enterprise, a sustainable for-profit business that will scale and have global impact. POG manages the coordination of and partnerships with strategic collaborators such as Northeastern, Rutgers, Gov’t bodies (Curacao), quasi-governmental bodies (CARMABI) and private sector partners. Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center (a 501(c)(3)) (FCOLC) is a major stakeholder in POG and leads the educational programming.

For information, please contact Lisa Marrocchino, CEO, Proteus Ocean Group, Ltd. at [email protected]

Photo caption: Fabien Cousteau’s PROTEUS™. Concept designs by Yves Béhar and fuseproject.