Scaling Ocean-Focused Startups: Applications Open Now


Supporting startups developing scalable solutions addressing the targets of UN SDG 14 

2021 Ocean Solutions Accelerator

For founders with a for-profit, market-driven, ocean solution, applications are now open for our Ocean Solutions Accelerator Program 4th & 5th Cohorts. This is a first-of-its-kind initiative for future-thinkers with an idea that will solve critical ocean challenges we face today.

Know someone who might be interested? Please refer them to us.

4th Cohort: For early-stage startups (June 7 - July 2, 2021)

5th Cohort: For later-stage startups (September 7 - October 1, 2021)

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2020 Accelerator Program

9 startups from 7 countries participated in the first all-virtual Accelerator program, culminating in the most well-attended Demo Day yet. Over just 4 weeks, entrepreneurs participated in 35 sessions featuring 29 speakers & facilitators and made over 60 new connections with SOA Mentors.

2020 Speakers and Sessions

2020 Partners and Sponsors

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