Global startups sought for Canadian ocean innovation funding

27 July 2020, at 3:35pm

The Ocean Startup Challenge is offering up to $200,000 to innovators looking to develop new technologies that can be applied to large ocean problems.

Canada has the longest coastline in the world and a flourishing aquaculture sector
Canada has the longest coastline in the world and a flourishing aquaculture sector

The initiative, launched by Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, is looking for innovators or companies - including those from the aquaculture sector - that have been in business for under five years and have 15 or fewer employees.

Phase one will result in the award of up to 10 prizes of $25,000 each and business support to the winning businesses. Those reaching the second phase will receive $200,000. Applications are open until 14 August.

Companies and teams from around the world may apply, but winners must register as a business in Atlantic Canada before funds will be released.

“With the world’s longest coastline, globally renowned research facilities and experts, government programs and supports, and a steady flow of talent, Canada is the right place to start or grow a successful ocean tech company,” state the organisers of the challenge.

“We’re looking for diverse entrepreneurs and innovators from rural, indigenous and urban communities across Canada, and internationally, who have innovative solutions to ocean industry problems,” they add.

Senior editor at The Fish Site

Rob Fletcher has been writing about aquaculture since 2007, as editor of Fish Farmer, Fish Farming Expert and The Fish Site. He has an MA in history from the University of Edinburgh and an MSc in sustainable aquaculture from the University of St Andrews. He currently lives and works in Scotland.

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