The Ecopreneur Network

The Ecopreneur Network is a program of lifetime support that assembles the world's most ambitious ocean ventures, and amplifies their efforts to achieve transformative planetary impact.

Advancing the world's top ocean ventures—for life

In 2018, SOA launched the first ever Ocean Solutions Accelerator, a groundbreaking program to identify, accelerate, and scale the most promising ocean innovation startups in the world.

The success stories of 45 ecopreneurs who have undergone our Accelerator program serve as a living testament to the profound impact a dedicated support system for ocean and climate startups can have.

To date, SOA startup members have secured an astounding $308 million in funding, empowering them to employ over 600 individuals. These visionary founders work tirelessly towards healing, restoring, and sustaining the health of our ocean and planet.

We have come to realize that achieving our commitment of restoring the ocean’s health transcends the confines of a multi-week Accelerator program. Our mission demands an enduring dedication that spans a lifetime as we strive to foster systemic change on a global scale.

Introducing the Ecopreneur Network

The Ecopreneur Network is a program of lifetime support that assembles the world's most ambitious ocean ventures, and amplifies their efforts to achieve transformative planetary impact.

Joining our existing community of startups, new members of the Ecopreneur Network will benefit from tailored, curated services that expand and grow alongside them. They will access personalized mentorship, strategic guidance, and workshops facilitated by our network of world-class founders, investors, mentors, and partners - each lending their expertise at every step of the startup journey. Members will also receive exclusive access to SOA's digital community, The Alliance, and benefit from curated events, networking, one-on-one introductions, and more. 

Meet the Ecopreneur Network Class of 2023 here, and see all members here.

Ecopreneur Network Benefits

From mentorship and funding opportunities to lifetime membership in a vital community of high-impact peers, mentors and experts.

  • Lifetime SOA Support

    Support includes one-on-one meetings and office hours with SOA's team of industry experts

  • Expert Mentorship

    Connect with 280+ mentors through matching events and skills-based mentor working groups

  • Funding Opportunities

    Access to SOA's network of ocean-focused investors through personal events, 1-1 connections, and more.

  • Thought Leadership & Media Exposure

    Build thought leadership skills through unique opportunities to contribute your perspective

  • Eligibility for an SOA Investment

    Ecopreneur Network members are eligible to receive an SOA investment of $100K

  • Access to Partner Offerings

    Privileged access and membership within SOA-verified global ocean partners

Partners and Sponsors

A selection of the partners dedicated to supporting the Ecopreneur Network.


Frequently Asked Questions

Watch our livestream about the Ecopreneur Network here.

What is an ecopreneur?
We define an ecopreneur as an entrepreneur whose business models include a focus on creating a positive impact on the environment. 

What is the 2023 application timeline?
We will review applications as they come in. The application cycle for the Class of 2023 will end on August 1, 2023 at 11:59PM PT. To receive priority access to future Ecopreneur Network cycles, please click here.

Do I have to be from the United States to apply?
No, SOA is a globally-recognized organization, and entrepreneurs from around the world are welcome.

What kinds of solutions does SOA accept?
If you are incorporated and building a for-profit company with at least a pre-seed or seed stage financing round completed that aligns to one of our ocean impact areas, we invite you to join our new network. 

Our ocean impact areas are: 

  1. Greenhouse Gas Reduction: Blue Carbon & CO2E Removal or Avoidance
  2. Pollution Reduction: Circular Use, Waste Removal or Avoidance
  3. Ecosystem and Species Preservation and Restoration
  4. Blue Foods: Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Seafood Alternatives
  5. Ocean Data, Literacy, and Research

Do you accept entrepreneurs of all ages?
Yes! There is no restriction on age.

What is the time commitment for being a part of the network? 
The value you receive from the Ecopreneur Network is correlated to how much time you choose to invest in it. We strongly encourage active participation to gain the full suite of Network benefits.

Does SOA provide funding?
Each year, SOA makes investments in a select number of Ecopreneur Network ventures. While admittance into the Ecopreneur Network does not guarantee funding, it does make a startup eligible for an SOA investment of $100,000 USD.  

What documents will be required for completing the application?
Please have your company deck and incorporation documents ready to share.

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