Call for innovative ocean-minded start-ups at OceanHub Africa

OceanHub Africa is launching the second cohort of its six-month online acceleration program to support up to six of Africa’s most promising impact-for-profit startups focused on preserving and restoring the health of the ocean.

The accelerator is on a mission to support ocean-minded start-ups with the express aim of nurturing an environmentally conscious and profitable economy that effectively mitigates the effects of global warming as well as the overexploitation and pollution of the oceans. Leveraging its highly qualified network of stakeholders and facilitators, it will deliver to the accelerated start-ups a program that seeks out sustainable pathways yielding stable profits (ROIs) and avenues for scalable growth throughout Africa.

What you can expect
Become part of OceanHub Africa portfolio will allow you to:

Unlock a network of leading ocean experts, mentors (entrepreneurs, investors, innovation experts, impact experts, scientists, lawyers, etc.), impact investors and potential clients
Get support to fast-track your growth by acquiring new customers or running your first Proof of Concept, and scaling your business through commercial contracts and fund raises.
Hear from previous cohort here
What we offer
Service Package
Up to $25k worth of cloud service thanks to our partner AWS Activate
Free access to IoT prototyping thanks to our partner SigFox (Sqwidnet)
Over $40k worth of mechanical engineering design software licences for prototyping and virtual testing, thanks to our partner 3DExperience Lab
Access to Dassault Systèmes, Amazon Web Services and SigFox international marketplaces and/or salesforce for finished products of accelerated startups
but also advisory sessions with: Cullinans&Associates (international environmental law firm), BVPG (commercial and transactional law), Blue Oceans Partners (ocean impact Venture Capitalist fund), Ocean14 Capital (ocean impact Private Equity fund), WWF-SA, Dept of Oceanography University of Cape Town, EuroSIMA (oceantech experts) and more!
Mentorship & Support
Hands-on mentorship from our team of mentors
Tailored business skills and personal development 1 to 1 training
Sales, administrative and HR support
Access to our network of scientific, business, impact and investment experts from international corporations, foundations, universities and IGOs
Network
Access to networking events and conferences, including a stand and stage time at the Ocean Innovation Africa annual summit
Access to potential clients (market leads) for local and international expansion
Access to our international network of ocean-impact incubators/accelerators to scale overseas
Access to key external partners
Fund-Raising Support
Support in preparing and running investor pitches, including training sessions with investors directly
Support in structuring deals, including reviews by transactional and commercial lawyers
Access to a large portfolio of impact investors part of our ecosystems (inc. Blue Ocean Partners, Ocean14 Capital, Finca Ventures, HAVAIC, Sky Ventures, AquaSpark, Fynd Ventures, Athelia … …) as well as corporate venture capitalist funds
Eligibility
Your start-up is ocean-minded: it has a direct or indirect positive impact on the oceans (addressing climate change, pollution or overexploitation of the ocean)
You are a for-profit and operate in Africa
You have a scalable service or product available on the market or soon to be available on the market
Your product or service is clearly innovative and/or your business model is disruptive
You are looking for investments or new markets

APPLICATION LINK: https://www.oceanhub.africa/application

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