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News article1 February 20231 min read

Start-up brings virtual reality into the maritime and energy sectors

BlueInvest supported fundraising for blue economy training   

Kanda is a Danish business that creates virtual reality-based digital training solutions for the maritime and energy industries

Following the completion of the EU BlueInvest Readiness Assistance programme, the start-up successfully raised $2 million from strategic investors.

New training solutions are essential for the blue economy labour market, where the energy transition is already resulting in job vacancies - up to 30% of offshore renewable energy companies are reporting of either the unavailability of the skills they need or a shortage of existing skills. By 2030, the number of jobs in the offshore wind energy sector alone might triple.

Founded in 2010, Kanda was among the first batch of companies benefiting from the BlueInvest Readiness Assistance programme. The SME focuses on providing easily accessible education and certified training in heavy industries and develops immersive digital learning applications that enable collaborative teamwork across various platforms. Kanda uses virtual reality to make certificate training collaborative, engaging, and cost-effective. With a concept of training in the maritime and energy sectors, the digital platform offers classroom learning with interactive scenarios that can handle simulations and can be configured based on the skill level of the user.

BlueInvest Readiness Assistance is an exclusive coaching programme for high potential EU start-ups and SMEs with innovative and sustainable products and solutions for the blue economy. Businesses and projects selected for Investment Readiness Assistance will receive coaching packages tailored specifically to their readiness levels and business objectives. The programme is impact-driven, with a clear focus on providing business support to help start-ups and SMEs build capacities for growth and attract investment.

Apply now by registering to the BlueInvest Community and completing the dedicated Readiness Assistance application form. The current application deadline is the 7th of April 2023.



Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
Publication date
1 February 2023