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ACE Program: An Innovation Story

  • May 20, 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Online


  • ACE Members registration
  • This option is for a Prospective ACE member or someone that would just like to attend a particular meeting as a Guest. All are welcome!
  • Institute for Family Owned Business members

ACE has partnered with the Portland Regional Chamber
for a 3-part series called:

Innovation Conversations: Strategies & Success Stories to Inspire.


An Innovation Story with Bernard Hidier of Karrgreen, Ostrea Capital, and Finsulate

What must innovating today become to lead to long-term success in an increasingly constrained world?

Bernard Hidier (of Karrgreen France, Ostrea Capital, and Finsulate) will draw on his own experience to illustrate that the concept of innovation is much broader than the commonly accepted interpretation. Innovation is within reach for all of us, and as we start to understand that the “in” is the key that unlocks the “novation,” we will see guaranteed audience adoption and ultimately long-term success.

Participants will walk away with a renewed sense of what innovating in their business could mean, and how refocusing on who they are and what their current setup means to them and their customers becomes the key to their next successful step.

Key Takeaways

  • What does innovation mean?
  • Connecting the dots
  • Breaking silo mentality
  • Cross-sectorial approaches
  • Understanding the lingo
  • The importance of introspection

About Our Speaker

Bernard Hidier is the co-founder of Karrgreen France, which creates innovative solutions for low carbon motility, and Ostrea Capital, an independent consulting firm and investment fund operating at the intersection of renewable energy and sustainable food production sectors. He is a director of Finsulate by Ocean Innov Maine, a "Blue Economy" company producing innovative antifouling non-biocidal ship coatings. Finsulate has received the product of the year award from HISWA, a Dutch shipping industry trade association, and the European Inventor's Prize.

After a career in commodity trading & finance, Bernard started his entrepreneurial path with the development of decentralized circular economy models at the nexus of the food production & energy sectors for de-carbonized mobility.

His current focus is on the use of blockchain technology and tokenization as a decarbonization accelerator, as well as on the reduction of the carbon & plastic footprint of the maritime sector.

Bernard holds a Management Certificate from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, a Master’s in Finance from the London Business School, and an MBA from ESCP Europe Paris.

Connect with Bernard on LinkedIn

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This meeting will be held virtually and is free. Meeting registration will be handled by the Portland Regional Chamber. Please click here to register.

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