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Women and the ocean: Changemakers challenge

At FS HQ we focus on finding startups that are changing the world and get even more excited if these changemakers are women!

Our keen interest in blue innovation, led us to look into the agenda of the World Ocean Summit in Tokyo, Japan, on March 9th-10th 2020.

Women play a significant role in the blue economy, yet their input rarely receives the support, recognition and publicity it deserves. In light of their crucial work in areas such as conservation, scientific discovery and technological development, why are women so often overlooked?

That is why we are excited to share with you that The World Ocean Initiative has launched the Women and the ocean: Changemakers challenge. This competition, sponsored by The Nature Conservancy, aims to showcase leading female changemakers working to develop business solutions to achieve ocean-related sustainability. The goal is to ensure that women are visible across the ocean supply chain and that their contribution is recognised and elevated.

Three finalists will be invited to present their vision for a blue economy at the World Ocean Summit in Tokyo, Japan, on March 9th-10th 2020. By “blue economy” we mean a sustainable ocean economy that harnesses marine ocean resources for long-term economic development and social prosperity while protecting the environment in perpetuity. 

To help bring the changemakers’ ideas to life, they will receive guidance from renowned female ocean leaders, such Maria Damanaki (global ambassador for oceans at The Nature Conservancy), as part of a 12-month mentorship programme that will begin shortly before the summit. Finalists will be flown to Tokyo and receive a complimentary pass to attend the summit.

Entrant profile

– Female entrepreneurs offering innovative scalable solutions to some of the ocean’s greatest challenges, recognised locally but not yet by the international ocean community.

How to enter

Applicants need to submit a short video of no longer than 1 minute in which they address the following question:

“How are you contributing to the sustainable development of the ocean economy? How would you benefit from an ocean leader as a mentor?”

The video should highlight how your work or academic study is creating innovative, viable, scalable and action-oriented business solutions to sustainable blue-economy challenges.

Applicants will be judged according to how well their ideas meet the following criteria:

Impact on blue economy: clear link with sustainable development of the ocean

Innovative: original idea—or clear improvement on existing idea—focused on progress

Viable: should be feasible in the medium to long-term

Scalable: can be scaled up and applied in different contexts

Investable: offers opportunities for growth

Check competition criteria on the website. The competition is open until January 6th 2020.

Source and for more information: The World Ocean Initiative https://www.woi.economist.com/oceanwomen/