Ocean pitch challenge [2023 edition]

📣 The Ocean pitch challenge® competition,  for "solutionists" with positive impact on the Ocean, is back for its third edition !

Created from the alliance, in France, between Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) and RespectOcean, this challenge aims to:

  • Develop and promote economically viable solutions for the protection of the oceans and its marine and coastal ecosystems âš“;
  • Give the opportunity to applicants to have their solution reviewed by a Committee of experts of the Blue Economy (the "Expert Committee")🔎;
  • Train 10 finalists at the pitching technique in order to develop their presentation skills, and increase their chances to have their solution funded by investors🎙️;
  • Reward the top three candidates during a Grand finale 🏆 ;
  • Reward three additional solutions on the following themes "special prize for the preservation
    of marine biodiversity", "special prize for bio-inspired solutions", "special prize for early-stage solutions".

↩Throwback on the last edition

WHO CAN APPLY ?

 The competition is open to all "solutionists" for the Ocean. The competition aims to reward solutions with a positive or at least neutral impact for the ocean and its marine and coastal ecosystems.

French and International companies, startups, SMEs, for-profit "solutionists" can apply to improve their pitch technique. 

Projects at the idea stage, prototype or already on the market are accepted. If the Expert Committee wishes, it will have the opportunity to contact you for more information.

WHY SHOULD YOU APPLY ?

All applications will be reviewed and analysed by experts of the Blue Economy 👉 If you have an idea, a project, this is the opportunity to obtain constructive feedback! 
▶ Consult the contest rules and the conditions of participation 

10 selected solutions will benefit from a one-month training to improve their pitching technique 👉 ideal for building skills before your next fundraising!

In addition to the visibility offered to the 10 selected solutions, which will be able to pitch, online, their project in front of a professional audience during the Grand finale, the partners offer prizes to the three winners chosen by the jury.
💡Discover all the prizes [link to come]

SPECIAL PRIZES

In addition to the three winners, the Expert committee will award three special prizes:

  • The "solution for marine biodiversity" special prize, in partnership with the Office français de la biodiversité (OFB)
  • The "bioinspired solution" special prize, in partnership with NewCorp Conseil / Biomim'Expo
  • The "early stage" special prize, in partnership with SOA 

The "solution for marine biodiversity" special prize is in partnership with the French biodiversity office.  The award-winning solution will be highlighted by the FBO and will benefit from technical support as well as a day to visit of a French marine park.

The "bio-inspired solution" special prize is in partnership with NewCorp Conseil/Biomim'Expo. The award-winning solution will benefit from strategic support for the solution within the biomimicry ecosystem by NewCorp Conseil and a stand at Biomim'Expo 2023. 

The "early-stage" special prize is in partnership with Sustainable Ocean Alliance. The award- winning solution will benefit from SOA's program and community access. RespectOcean will also offer membership to its network.

CALENDAR

THE JURY

EXPERT COMMITTEE

Jill Abelson
Plastic Odyssey
LinkedIn

Aurore Barbero
IFREMER
LinkedIn

Abigail Caroll
SeaHead
LinkedIn

Gonçalo Costa
BlueBio Alliance
LinkedIn

François Daniel
French maritime cluster
LinkedIn

Lise Détrimont
Association WindShip
LinkedIn

Olivier Dissard
EcoLab
LinkedIn

Bernard Hidier
Ostrea Capital
 LinkedIn

Emmanuel Gouraud
Mer Angels
LinkedIn

Astrid Groot
Dutch Marine Energy Centre
LinkedIn

Harold Guillemin
FinX
LinkedIn

Christian Lim
Swen Capital Ocean
LinkedIn

Marianne Josselin
ChangeNow
LinkedIn

Charlie Mathiot
PureOcean
LinkedIn

Phil Plumley
Mentor and coach
LinkedIn

Alain Pibot
French Office for Biodiversity
LinkedIn

Pierre Rousseau
Independent Consultant in Sustainable Development and Finance
LinkedIn

Alain Renaudin
NewCorp Conseil
LinkedIn

Manon Sennéchael
InOff Plastic
LinkedIn

Ludivine Serrière
LEONARD
LinkedIn

Marie-Aude Sevin
BlueSeeds
LinkedIn

François Simard
Consultant, former Maritime and Polar Program Deputy Director, IUCN
LinkedIn

Adrien Vincent
Consultant in Blue economy
Profil LinkedIn

Clotilde Vernes
BPI France
LinkedIn

Juliette Verseux
CEEBIOS
LinkedIn

Rick Wall
Oceanovation
LinkedIn

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