Startups with innovative solutions that help overcome the overexploitation, pollution or climate change challenges faced by the ocean have been invited to apply for the third cohort of OceanHub Africa accelerator programme.
Since its launch in 2020, the Cape Town-based OceanHub Africa has supported a total of 16 African ocean-minded startups in various sectors of the Blue Economy, such as aquaculture, fisheries, shipbuilding, marine renewables and biotechnologies, coastal tourism and ocean sports, awareness and education, data.exploration, and ocean plastic circular economy.
The third edition of the acceleration programme set to run from mid-July until the end of February 2023, aims to support ocean-impact ventures by accelerating their exposure, innovation and financial capacities. This edition of the pan-African programme will be a hybrid event. The programme will start in mid-July with an in-person bootcamp in Cape Town, which will cover training sessions on access-to-market, investment readiness in the impact space, as well as feedback sessions on pitches.
At the end of February 2023, the accelerator will organise the fourth edition of Ocean Innovation Africa, its international summit dedicated to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in the African ocean space. During this event, the startups selected for the acceleration programme will have the opportunity to showcase their innovation, pitch their business and network with potential investors, policy makers and corporates involved in the ocean innovation space.
Following the end of the programme, the selected candidates will take part in OceanHub Africa’s alumni programme, through which they will benefit from fundraising, business development and networking support.
Applications for the programme are open until May 22.