Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) is launching the Second Wave Cohort of the Ocean Solutions Accelerator to support 15 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 turn their prototypes into market-ready solutions.
Upon acceptance into the program, SOA provides each startup with a US$25,000 investment. All startups in the Second Wave Cohort will participate in our 8-week leadership and development program — spanning from September 3 to October 17, 2019, 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 8-day ‘Accelerator at Sea’ expedition to Alaska, founder dinners, networking events, site visits, workshops, and speaker series. We thrive on connecting each founder with the best people to help them achieve their goals and bring their ocean technology to market. 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 Our Ocean Conference in Oslo, Norway.
The application is open to entrepreneurs (ages 18-35) who are building sustainable businesses that can help turn the tide on the biggest problems facing the ocean. Applications are now open until March 31, 2019 11:59pm PST, and eligible candidates can apply online: bit.ly/secondwavecohort
From August 24- October 24, 2019, the entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to participate in our 8-week intensive executive leadership and startup development program in the San Francisco / Silicon Valley Bay Area (California, USA).
Benefits of joining the Second Wave Cohort of the Ocean Solutions Accelerator:
1. Participate in an intensive 8-week expert-led curriculum in San Francisco / Silicon Valley Bay Area (California, USA):
The program is taught by thought leaders from the global SOA community. Mentors, partners, industry leaders, investors, ocean experts, and business professionals provide startups with the education, resources, tools, needed to turn ideas and prototypes into market-ready solutions.
2. Build lasting relationships with key members of the SOA Mentor Network, dedicated to supporting your business:
Our community of leading technologists, startup experts, scientists, and ocean experts will help you build a scalable, sustainable, and economically viable business.
3. Network with the Silicon Valley ecosystem and raise your profile internationally by gaining exposure for your business:
Present your company to potential corporate partners, customers, investors and government leaders at top-tier global ocean conferences and at marine technology events in San Francisco and broader Silicon Valley Bay Area. Gain global exposure through participation at the Our Ocean Conference in Norway, the Accelerator at Sea expedition to Alaska, Silicon Valley Ocean Tech Demo Day in San Francisco.
4. Join the 2019 Accelerator at Sea Expedition to Alaska:
The Accelerator at Sea is the closing component of our summer program for startups which consists of an 8-day ocean adventure that embarks from Juneau, Alaska on August 24, 2019 aboard the National Geographic Quest in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions. Witness the natural beauty of Alaska, build lifelong connections and attend captivating keynotes, demo game-changing ocean solutions, and join collaborative workshops to help you build solutions that address the ocean’s greatest challenges.
5. Receive a US$25,000 strategic investment from SOA:
Use the funds to develop the business as you continue to gain value from SOA through a lifelong partnership to support your venture by engaging with our community of partners, investors, mentors, and other entrepreneurs who are dedicated to building businesses for the good of the ocean.
This is really an opportunity NOT to miss!