Ocean pitch challengeÂź 2023

A look back at the 2023 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 investorsđŸŽ™ïž;
  • 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

THIS YEAR

🌊 136 applications were submitted between January 19 and midnight February 28.

10 solutions were retained by the independent selection committee, composed of experts from different business sectors.🌊

PODIUM

PARADOXAL SURFBOARDS
Solution: Replace petroleum in the manufacture of surfboard cores with beached green algae.
Impact: Fight microplastic pollution by "upcycling" beached seaweed, which is considered a waste product.
Location: France
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ECOVIRONMENT
Solution: Use of innovative plastic extrusion technology to convert ocean-bound plastic into paving slabs and bricks.
Impact:
Combating plastic pollution and promoting the use of sustainable, environmentally-friendly building materials.
Location:
Rwanda
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VLINDER
Solution: Acceleration of blue carbon projects (focusing on mangrove restoration), initial funding at an early stage (pre-land use rights, pre-planting) and support for these projects to make them investable.
Impact: Restoration of mangrove ecosystems in Africa and Asia. 3370 ha of degraded coastal areas restored, 5.3 million native mangroves planted in Myanmar, Indonesia and Kenya.
Location: Austria
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THREE 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 biodiversitĂ© (OFB)
  • The "bioinspired solution" special prize, in partnership with NewCorp Conseil / Biomim'Expo
  • The "early stage" special prize, in partnership with SOA 

 PINOVO remporte le prix spĂ©cial "solution pour la biodiversitĂ© marine". Ce prix, en partenariat avec l'Office français de la biodiversitĂ© est le partenaire permettra Ă  Pinovo de bĂ©nĂ©ficier d'un accompagnement technique ainsi que d'une journĂ©e dĂ©couverte d'un parc marin français

 ENEREEF remporte le prix spĂ©cial "solution bio-inspirĂ©e". Ce prix, en partenariat avec Biomim'Expo, NewCorp Conseil permettra Ă  Enereef de bĂ©nĂ©ficier d'un accompagnement stratĂ©gique de la solution auprĂšs de l'Ă©cosystĂšme du biomimĂ©tisme par NewCorp Conseil et d'un stand Ă  Biomim'Expo 2023.

TONTOTON remporte le prix spécial "jeune pousse". Ce prix, en partenariat avec Sustainable Ocean Alliance permettra à TONTOTON d'accéder au programme et à la communauté SOA.

THE JURY

EXPERT COMMITTEE

Jill Abelson
Plastic Odyssey
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 Aurore Barbero

IFREMER
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Abigail Caroll
SeaHead
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Gonçalo Costa
BlueBio Alliance
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François Daniel
French maritime cluster
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Amélie Desrochers
Novarium
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Pierre Erwes
Biomarine
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Gavin Allwright
International Windship Association
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Ignasi Ferre
Entrepreneur
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Olivier Dissard
EcoLab
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Bernard Hidier
Ostrea Capital
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Clyde Hutchinson
Team ABC
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Emmanuel Gouraud
Mer Angels
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Astrid Groot
Dutch Marine Energy Centre
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Harold Guillemin
FinX
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Olivier Raybaud
SWEN Capital Partners
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Marianne Josselin
ChangeNow
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Paula Keener
Global Ocean Visions
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Charlie Mathiot
PureOcean
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Phil Plumley
Mentor and coach
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Alain Pibot
French Biodiversity Office
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Pierre Rousseau
Independent consultant in sustainable development and finance
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Alain Renaudin
NewCorp Conseil
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Manon Sennéchael
InOff Plastic
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Ludivine SerriĂšre
LEONARD
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Marie-Aude Sevin
BlueSeeds
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François Simard
Consultant, ex-deputy director maritime and polar program, UICN
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Matthieu Soulé
BNP Paribas
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Roy Van Daatselaar
Aquaculture Stewardship Council
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Adrien Vincent
Blue economy consultant
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Clotilde Vernes
BPI France
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Juliette Verseux
CEEBIOS
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Rick Wall
Oceanovation
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OUR PARTNERS

With the support of the government and the Jeudis de l'Innovation Maritime

Event placed under the high patronage of Mr. Hervé Berville, Secretary of State for the Sea.

Competition recognized as a "Decade of the Ocean" activity

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