Funding Opportunity: Ocean Solutions Accelerator

Are you the founder of a startup working to address the impacts of climate change, plastic pollution, habitat destruction, overfishing, and human activities on the world's ocean ecosystems? The SOA Ocean Solutions Accelerator program, taking place virtually this year, offers support, opportunities for professional development and executive training, and valuable exposure and mentorship experiences for participants, and funding for those who successfully complete the program. If your for-profit startup is building scalable solutions focusing on the health of our oceans, apply by May 11 2020.

Date published: 2020/04/01

2020 Virtual Program

The ocean is under unprecedented pressure – depleted fisheries, plastic pollution, habitat destruction, and a variety of human activities threaten the economic vitality and ecological stability of the ocean. Sustainable Ocean Alliance is launching the Third Wave Cohort of the Ocean Solutions Accelerator in support of innovative, for-profit startups focused on improving ocean health. 

Due to recent world events involving the Coronavirus, the Ocean Solutions Accelerator program will be 100% virtual in 2020. In addition to guaranteeing the safety of our Third Wave Cohort, going 100% virtual will also allow our program to be more flexible and accessible for ocean entrepreneurs from around the world who are seeking the support and community the SOA network provides.

Apply to the 2020 program here.

Continuous Support

Startups are now admitted to the Accelerator on a rolling basis with ongoing virtual support beginning September 1, 2020.

We will work remotely with entrepreneurs from around the world to assess their specific needs, define their individual program milestones, and connect them with the right mentors, partners, and investors to provide a highly curated experience.

Startup Investment

SOA provides an equity investment of $25,000 in the form of a SAFE (Simple Agreement for Future Equity) upon completion of the virtual program.

We believe the quickest route to creating meaningful impact is by supporting sustainable market-driven solutions. In addition to receiving investment from SOA, entrepreneurs will also have the opportunity to present solutions to our global network of investors during the Ocean Solutions Accelerator’s virtual Demo Day on November 18, 2020.

2020 Important Dates

In keeping with our all-virtual programming, 2020 Accelerator at Sea is cancelled. Program dates, which are subject to change as we monitor and assess changes in the global health climate, are below.

Applications will be reviewed in the order that they are received. For more information on applicant criteria, please see the FAQs

May 11 - First Round Application Deadline

June 15 - Second Round Application Deadline

July 13 - Third Round Application Deadline

September 1 - Virtual Accelerator Program Begins

November 18 - Virtual Ocean Solutions Demo Day

Please fill out the form on the SOA website to receive Accelerator 2020 updates or program changes.

Learn more about the Ocean Solutions Accelerator program, including details about the participating program mentors, and about other SOA leadership programs and events on the SOA website.

Interested in collaborating on tech solutions for crucial challenges facing ocean ecosystems? Make new connections in our Marine Conservation group forum.

Continue the discussion… Marine Conservation