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 sustainability of the ocean. SOA supports solutionists taking innovative approaches to improve ocean health.

The 2020 Ocean Solutions Accelerator programs will be 100% virtual. Our program is now more flexible and accessible than ever for solutionists from around the world who are seeking the support and community the SOA network provides.

Applications for the 2020 program are now closed.

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Virtual programming for solutionists everywhere

Continuous Support

Solutionists are now admitted to the program on a rolling basis with ongoing virtual support. Month-long programs will be offered by SOA beginning in October 2020.

Demo Day
All elbow-fives will be virtual in 2020

Funding Opportunity

SOA provides access to potential funders upon the completion of the virtual program.

We believe the quickest route to creating meaningful impact is by supporting scalable solutions. Solutionsits have the opportunity to present their initiatives to our global network during virtual “SOA Connects” events in 2020.

2020 Important Dates

In keeping with our all-virtual programming, 2020 Accelerator at Sea is canceled. 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

  • September 15 - Startups Accepted
  • October 5 - 3rd Wave Cohort of virtual accelerator program begins
  • November 5 - 3rd Wave Cohort presents at SOA Connects virtual summit

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 solutionists, mentors, and funders.



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



90+ Mentors across industries and areas of expertise



Solutionists will be able to engage potential funders from the SOA network throughout the program



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

2018 and 2019 Accelerator Video Recaps

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