SOA does not provide funding as part of the program. However, there are opportunities to receive funding from supporters in SOA’s network. SOA is supportive of our solutionists and we will often help make introductions to potential funders.
At SOA we believe that innovation and entrepreneurship play a key role in solving the ocean's greatest challenges. Through SOA, you will be able to leverage our incredible community of mentors, partners, and investors for the lifetime of your company.
We ask for a small amount of equity in exchange for the time, resources, and valuable support that we provide. When you are successful and SOA receives a return we reinvest it back into the ecosystem and the development of more solutions; so when you win, we win, and most importantly, so does the ocean.
Throughout the program, solutionists receive guidance from SOA’s community as they engage with mentors, partners, and potential funders to achieve their goals. The accelerator will also present solutionists with a rigorous curriculum that encourages personal development and executive training. In addition, SOA routinely provides opportunities to gain exposure from our network of social media and connections to industry events.
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. SOA works with a wide range of solutionists building scalable initiatives to meet these ocean challenges. If you are building a for-profit, nonprofit, policy, or awareness campaign that has a positive impact on ocean health then you should apply to our accelerator program.
No, the ocean’s challenges are global problems and we are looking for solutionists from all around the world to join our program.
There is no restriction on age to apply to our program.