Dive Deep into Innovation with the Ocean Idea Challenge – Applications Now Open!

May 1, 2024  |  ,
Are you ready to make waves in ocean sustainability and innovation? We’re excited to announce that applications for the Ocean Idea Challenge are now open until the end of day on June 9! This is your chance to explore groundbreaking ideas, undergo a transformative customer discovery journey, and potentially secure funding to bring your vision to life.

  What’s in It for You?
The Ocean Idea Challenge offers up to $7,000 in funding, disbursed as you reach key milestones in developing your solution. This is not just about the prize money; it’s about embarking on a journey to deeply understand the challenges within the ocean ecosystem and iterating solutions that can make a real difference. At the end of this customer discovery journey, high-performing teams from this Idea Challenge will be fast-tracked into our Ocean Startup Challenge, an incredible opportunity to further develop your idea and unlock even more opportunity for growth. This next stage offers additional resources, including advanced training, mentorship, access to our Executives-in-Residence, and the chance to receive up to $25,000 in additional funds, along with other significant perks to escalate your project.

  Who Should Apply to the Ocean Idea Challenge?
  • Students: Engage in a platform that fuels your passion for ocean sustainability.
  • Mid-Career Professionals: Ideal for those aiming to pivot their careers towards meaningful contributions to sustainability efforts.
  • Researchers: Academic and independent researchers looking to transform findings into actionable solutions.
  • Developers and Technical Talents: Your skills could be crucial in crafting innovative solutions for sustainability challenges.
  • Aspiring Entrepreneurs: Learn to validate and grow a business idea focused on ocean sustainability.

All applicants must be at least 18 years old and located in Canada, ideally with solutions at a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 3 or lower, although all applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  

How to Apply?
To get started:
  1. Join one of our program information sessions tailored for both French and English speaking audiences. Sign up for a session on Eventbrite.
  2. Explore our Innovation Spotlights, presented by econext and Merinov, and our Challenge Statements for inspiration.
  3. Fill out the application form in English or French on our website and book a meeting with an Ocean Ecosystem Navigator to discuss your idea further.

Application Deadline
Mark your calendars – all applications must be submitted by June 9. Don’t miss this opportunity to contribute to the sustainability of our oceans and potentially kickstart your career in this vital field.

Need More Information?
Everything you need to know about the Ocean Idea Challenge is available on our website at oceanstartupproject.ca/idea-challenge. If you have any questions or need further assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team by email.

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