Ocean Solutions Accelerator

Applications for 2020 opening in December 2019

The Ocean Solution Accelerator partners with founders to provide the guidance and resources needed to scale their businesses. We provide startups with US$25,000 investment and access to an 8-week leadership and development program in the San Francisco Bay Area.

2019 Ocean Solutions Accelerator Recap

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Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) is committed to accelerate 100 ocean technology startups by 2021 and is now seeking the most innovative ocean entrepreneurs from around the world to help them scale their solutions to the ocean’s greatest challenges.

SOA Accepting 40 Ocean Startups in 2020

Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) is launching the Third Wave Cohort of the Ocean Solutions Accelerator to support 40 of the world’s most brilliant startups focused on improving the health of the ocean. The Ocean Solution Accelerator partners with founders to provide the guidance and resources needed to develop their prototypes into market-ready solutions.

Upon acceptance into the program, SOA provides each startup with a US$25,000 investment and our 8-week leadership and development program in the San Francisco Bay Area (California, United States).

The Ocean Solution Accelerator provides unique and individualized guidance from SOA’s expansive community of mentors, partners, and investors. The program includes an Accelerator at Sea expedition to Alaska, founder dinners, networking events, site visits, workshops, and speaker series. At the conclusion of the program, entrepreneurs will showcase their ocean solutions on stage at SOA’s Silicon Valley Ocean Tech Demo Day, and will participate in the 2020 Our Ocean Conference in the Republic of Palau.

2020 Accelerator Preliminary Interest Form


What we look for:


Founders with the knowledge and expertise to bring their solution to market.


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


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


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


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


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

Program Benefits

Located in the heart of the Silicon Valley Bay Area, the Ocean Solutions Accelerator is an 8-week executive leadership and startup development program that supports entrepreneurs building scalable businesses that have a positive impact on the ocean. Through our program, entrepreneurs are given the necessary tools and resources to turn their ideas into market-ready solutions. Entrepreneurs also receive global exposure through participation in the accelerator as they engage with thought leaders at the intersection of ocean science and technology. We specialize in helping entrepreneurs build businesses that are environmentally and economically sustainable.



Access to ocean, business, and technology experts.



Top-tier ocean conferences and SOA’s Demo Day.



$25,000 investment from SOA to develop ocean solutions.



Expert-led curriculum for ocean entrepreneurs.

Ocean Solutions Accelerator at Sea

Ocean Solutions
Accelerator at Sea

In partnership with Lindblad Expeditions, the 2020 Ocean Solutions Accelerator Third Wave Cohort will explore Alaska’s iconic wildlife and epic landscapes aboard the National Geographic Quest, while working to transform their innovative ocean solutions into scalable businesses and making a positive impact on Alaska’s seas and local communities.

Dates: Summer 2020, TBD

The Ocean Solutions Accelerator in the news

Ocean Solutions Accelerator launches Accelerator at Sea

Read TechCrunch article

Accelerator Plans 100 New Ocean Startups By 2021

Read Forbes article

Five New Startups To Give Oceans A Hand With Plastics, Bycatch, Energy

Read Forbes article

Ocean Solutions Accelerator names its first wave of conservation startups

Read TechCrunch article

Inaugural Ocean Solutions Accelerator Cultivating Diverse Crop of Innovations

Read Sustainable Brands article

Young inspired to save oceans at Sustainable Oceans Alliance gala

Read San Francisco Chronicle article

Technology can help saving the oceans

Read this article from L’Atelier BNP Paribas

World Economic Forum 2019: Ocean Pollution, E-waste In Focus At Davos

Read International Business Times article

With Oceans in Grave Danger, Some Donors See Hope in Tech Solutions

Read Inside Philanthropy article

Sustainable Ocean Alliance Receives $1.5 Million From Benioffs

Read Philanthropy Digest article

Sustainable Ocean Alliance nets $1.5 million donation from Benioffs

Read Times Delhi article

$1.5M from Benioffs for Ocean Startups Announced at World Economic Forum

Read Ocean News & Technology article

This week in startups: #StartupTuneup for Oceans: cleaning oil spills, sustainable fishing, wave power, biodegradable

Watch Youtube video

The first wave cohort on Ecowatch

Watch Facebook live

Accelerator Plans 100 New Ocean Startups By 2021

Read Forbes article

“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,” said Marc Benioff. “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

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Any Questions?

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