The humanity depends on the oceans, so it is crucial that humans support the development and adoption of new sustainable ocean solutions, because ocean wealth can only be achieve in conjunction with ocean health, because the ocean economy can be instrumental to post-covid recovery, because the potential for blue growth in Africa is huge but requires people to come together, because Africa needs to inspire more entrepreneurs, entice more private investors and catalyze more partnerships…
Ocean Innovation Africa is a platform that showcases African ocean-impact initiatives and brings together international changemakers for the growth of an equitable and sustainable ocean economy in Africa. The annual summit convenes innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, investors, industry-leaders, and policy-makers from Africa and abroad leading the way in development and adoption of sustainable ocean solutions. This year the conference takes an in depth look at risk and resilience in the African Blue Economy, unpacking investment strategies and capacity building on the continent. With a particular focus on cross sectoral cooperation, OIA 2023 looks at safeguarding Africa’s blue future.
The annual Ocean Innovation Africa pitch competition is an opportunity for Africa ocean-impact startups to showcase their project to the summit’s international audience of investors, innovators, researchers, policy-makers and NGOs.
Six finalists will be selected to pitch their startup enterprise at the event, with cash and in-kind prizes for the winner and two runners-up.
To be eligible to enter, startups must:
- Have direct or indirect impact on ocean health
- Be based in Africa
- Be less than 3 years old
The registration is open: https://ocean-innovation.africa/registration/