We inspire, initiate & invest in early stage ocean technology startups

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The Ocean Startup Project is making Canada the best place in the world for oceantech innovation. Our commitment to sustainable oceantech advancements is shaping a dynamic startup ecosystem that bridges local and international realms.  

Under three pillars – inspire, initiate and invest – our approach is clear: with an ocean-centric vision, we seamlessly bridge the gap from concept to market, providing support that integrates perfectly with the broader innovation network of accelerators, incubators, and support entities. Our mission extends beyond our borders, attracting international startups to Canadian shores to build their oceantech ventures, while simultaneously propelling Canadian startups onto the global stage. This dual focus enriches Canada’s innovation landscape, transforming the ocean from just a frontier into a global hub for technological advancement.

Since our inception, we’ve championed over 130 teams, catalyzing job creation and allocating upwards of $3-million in funding to fuel the sector’s growth. Recognized among the 2023 Global Top Ecosystem Players in the Blue Economy, our efforts underscore the significant progress we’ve achieved in just three years, elevating Canada’s profile in the ocean startup space.

130+ startups supported

~$3M in funds distributed

350+ jobs created

~$19M raised by Challenge winners

Our targeted initiatives and events are meticulously crafted to boost startup growth, connect innovators with industry experts, and unlock access to global markets. By engaging in hundreds of events and forging nationwide partnerships, we’re not only strengthening Canada’s ocean economy but also asserting our leadership in the global Blue Economy.

The Ocean Idea Challenge Registration is now open! Learn more about the competition at one of two Program Information Sessions on the following dates: 

🔹English Information Session: Wednesday, May 15 at 12pm PT/4pm AT
🔹French information session: Tuesday, May 28 at 9am PT/1pm AT. 

In these info sessions, we’ll cover:
🔹 Registration process
🔹 Perks of participating
🔹 Customer discovery journey
🔹 Unlocking funding milestones
…and more!

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Bring them along!

Follow the link to our Eventbrite page below to save your seat!

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Here are just some of the ways you can become a catalyst for sustainable innovation:

Discover commercialization opportunities for your research

Collaborate & innovate to tackle coastal climate challenges

Refine your early stage startup idea

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Achieve milestones with follow-on funding

Ocean Startup Project listed among the 2023 Global Top Ecosystem Players in the #BlueEconomy in Startup Genome’s Global Startup Ecosystem Report Climatetech Edition!

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