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.

Virtual programming for entrepreneurs everywhere

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.

Demo Day
All elbow-fives will be virtual in 2020

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

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2020 Accelerator Partners and Sponsors

“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 

Program Benefits

We offer an unparalleled ocean-focused community of startups, mentors, and investors.



Our greatest strength is a network of Accelerator alums, Ocean Leaders, and impact investors



90+ Mentors across industries and areas of expertise



Startups receive an equity investment of $25,000 in the form of a Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE)



Expert-led virtual workshops, lectures, site visits, and Mentor Braintrust sessions

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