Gold Sponsors

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati  is the premier legal advisor to technology and growth enterprises worldwide, as well as the investment banks and venture capital firms that finance them. Over the past four decades, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has established its reputation by having an unmatched knowledge of its clients' industries and deep and long-standing contacts throughout the technology sector. 

Paypal Startup Blueprint, by PayPal, is a global program that provides innovative startups with tools needed to grow and succeed.

Focus Product Design is located in the heart of the Silicon Valley and helps entrepreneurs, start-ups and established companies bring product ideas to reality with a phase-gated methodology of market research, industrial design, engineering and manufacturing.

Promotional Partners

Croatian FI Founder Takes to the Deep with Ducky, the Submarine

Posted by Amity Sims on 2012-11-20

When working with entrepreneurs from all over the world, you tend to see some rather outlandish ideas; everything from sex apps (Singapore Grad, Vibease) to applications that have you running from demons and ghoulish monsters (San Diego Grad, Explorence). This Croatian founder, however, is taking us to an entirely new level. Literally.

Marin Bek, a graduate of the University of Zagreb, is the founder of Marine Tech Factory, a submarine startup that is in the process of patenting a few very innovative approaches to deep ocean exploration. So far he has built an ROV or AUV, for remotely operated vehicle or autonomous underwater vehicle. Marin’s goal is to develop technology that will allow deep sea exploration devices to go deeper and farther than ever before. A concept that will undoubtedly revolutionize the way we explore and study the ocean, Marin says, “We can go to Mars, but the deep ocean really is our final frontier”.

His prototype, which he affectionately named “DuckyAUV”, differs from competitors by utilizing a propulsion system without a pressured hull. As the pressure of the depths becomes too intense for most submarine devices to withstand, Ducky operates with an underwater propulsion system that doesn’t require a sealed hull, ultimately allowing it to travel deeper.

While Marin’s prototype continues to be perfected, he is looking into potential markets beyond deep sea exploration, such as utilizing Ducky as a tool for oil rig inspection, private boat inspection, and even recreational use. To learn more about Ducky and even see her in action, check out the full article here by Raf Weverbergh of WhiteBoard Mag.

Feedback Form

We welcome your feedback to improve the Institute. Please contact us using the form below, and we will get back to you promptly.
Your Email Address:
Message to the Institute:
What is ? (enter the answer below):
Close Window