Ocean Solutions Accelerator

4 Weeks | 35 Sessions | 30+ speakers


Propel your business with dedicated support from 150+ mentors, OSA alumni, and the world's leading ocean innovators.

Our 2021 applications round has now closed. Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive early access to our 2022 cycle.

Supporting startups developing scalable solutions to address the targets of UN SDG 14 

2021 Ocean Solutions Accelerator

The OSA is a first-of-its-kind initiative for innovators tackling our most critical ocean challenges. Expect four weeks of immersive content, hands-on mentorship, and transformative relationship-building tailored to each cohort. 

Cohort 4—June 7 to July 2, 2021: Pre-seed to seed-stage startups

Cohort 5—September 7  to October 1, 2021: Seed to series A-stage startups

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The Accelerator Program

In 2020, nine startups from seven countries participated in the first virtual Accelerator: over just 4 weeks, entrepreneurs participated in 35 sessions featuring 29 speakers & facilitators and made over 60 new connections with SOA Mentors.

In 2021, we welcomed two cohorts to the Ocean Solutions Accelerator. Check them out here, and explore the 2021 OSA programming below. 

2021 Speakers and Sessions

Acceptance Criteria

In 2020, 6% of applicants were selected by a committee of experts in the SOA community

  • Teams

    The team is ambitious and the mission aligns with the values of Sustainable Ocean Alliance.

  • Market

    Startups with a large target market that can support the growth of their business.

  • Traction

    Startups that have found initial traction with customers, partners and/or investors.

  • Impact

    Startups that are solving real problems in the ocean sector and improving ocean health.

  • Scalability

    The solution is feasible, scalable, and the startup has a plan for generating revenue.

  • Vision

    The team is ambitious and their mission aligns with the values of Sustainable Ocean Alliance.

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"Our oceans are in grave danger, due to the many consequences of climate change and pollution. These challenges can be solved with investment and innovation. Lynne and I are proud to support Daniela Fernandez and the Sustainable Ocean Alliance’s bold vision to create 100 new startups by 2021 to help heal the ocean.”

- Marc Benioff, Salesforce Founder 

(photo: New York Times)

Press & Media

We offer startups exposure and highlight our program through press, media, and other events

Accelerator at Sea

In partnership with Lindblad Expeditions, SOA took the 2019 Second Wave Cohort founders on an expedition into the marine environment they're working to save. 

Unfortunately, Accelerator at Sea has been cancelled indefinitely due to COVID-19.

2019 OSA@Sea video