ACCELERATE INNOVATION

FOR OCEAN HEALTH

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With the participation of...

Vladimir Ryabinin

Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO

ERNA SOLBERG

Prime Minister of Norway

SIR RICHARD BRANSON

WILLIAM TRUBRIDGE

Freediving World Champion

... as well as the members of the 1000 Ocean Startups Coalition, trailblazing ocean startups, wonderful host Captain Londy Ngcobo, and many more!

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Mission

1000 Ocean startups is a coalition to accelerate Ocean Impact Innovation

 

The coalition brings together the global ecosystem of incubators, accelerators, competitions, matching platforms and VCs supporting startups for ocean impact. Our objective is to scale at least 1000 transformative startups by the end of the Ocean Decade to restore ocean health and achieve SDG14.

 

We achieve our objective through (i) building synergies between ecosystem participants and (ii) telling the story of successes already achieved and the potential of innovation to regenerate Ocean health, to inspire investment in scaling now the ocean impact innovation ecosystem.

 

As the coalition works to achieve its mission, it responds to the Transformations recommended by the Ocean Panel.

 

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Why Innovation?

The ocean is facing existential threats

But we can help regenerate it with Innovation

 
The ocean IS THE LUNG OF OUR PLANET AND A MAIN REGULATOR OF CLIMATE. THE OCEAN FEEDS AND inspires us.

 

Yet, largely due to the assault of human activity and negligence, it is losing biodiversity at an alarming rate, agonising from countless pollutions, and it is warming beyond levels bearable by marine life.

 

 

Addressing these immense and urgent challenges requires rapid systemic change.
 

Innovation can help bring such systemic change, by proposing fundamentally more sustainable and efficient ways to produce and consume, by creating transparency and accountability.

Innovation can also achieve change swiftly. Indeed, implemented by businesses, it addresses large markets and can therefore be profitable and financed by private capital. This means innovation can scale rapidly.

 

The members of 1000 Ocean Startups have dedicated their talent, energy and resources to scaling the startups that invent and deploy critical innovations for ocean health.

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Our Pledge

We are committed to backing at least

1000 transformative ocean startups by 2030

 

168

Ocean Startups already backed

115

Using ocean resources sustainably

33

Addressing
Ocean Pollution

20

Tackling Climate
Change

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Members

Incubators, accelerators, competitions and VC firms from around the world are already working to back ocean startups and help them scale

 

The members of the coalition provide ocean startups with critical mentorship, networks, visibility and funding. They are the members of the 1000 Ocean Startups coalition.

Visit their websites to learn about their inspiring success stories.

INCUBATORS & ACCELERATORS
Competitions & matching platforms
VENTURE CAPITAL FIRMS

USA, global

France, France

Switzerland, global

Singapore, global

Norway, global

South Africa, Africa

Australia, global

USA, Global

USA, global

The Netherlands, global

France, global

USA, global

Builders Vision

Norway, global

USA, global

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Call to action

Partner with us to scale the Ocean Impact Innovation Ecosystem

 

The ocean impact innovation ecosystem has already delivered inspiring success stories. Incubators, accelerators, competitions, matching platforms and venture capital firms across the globe have backed many startups. These already help make seafood more sustainable, stop plastic pollution, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping or produce renewable energy from currents and waves.
 

 

1000 Ocean Startup members back startups with unparalleled impact and business expertise. They are driven by their passion for the ocean and for tangible, large-scale, rapid results.

Investors, governments, and philanthropists have an opportunity to help scale the ecosystem now. We invite you to partner with the members of the coalition, invest in their work, and hereby play a critical role in scaling transformative 1000 ocean startups by 2030.

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“We have invested in several accelerators and VCs of 1000 Ocean Startups. This community is vibrant, inspiring and highly impactful. I look forward to deepening our partnership with the coalition.“

PETER BRYANT / BUILDERS VISION

“1000 Ocean Startup members provide critical support to ocean entrepreneurs. This is vital, as we need to create a near-future where ocean industries are free of emissions and waste, and built on regenerative models delivering on the global goals. This is why TOOL, in partnership with Nordic Innovators, is proud to dedicate a fixed share of our revenue to back 1000 Ocean Startup members."

BIRGIT M. LIODDEN / FOUNDER & CEO, TOOL

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Contact

 

If you would like to partner with or support members of 1000 Ocean startups, please reach out through the contact button below. If you are an active incubator, accelerator, competition, matching platform or VC firm and would like to become a member of the 1000 Ocean Startups coalition, please use the same contact button below. Support to startups is provided directly by each member of 1000 Ocean Startups and not by the coalition itself. As a result, startups are kindly invited to reach out to the coalition members directly (links in the list of members above). Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you!