Deadline: August 19, 2022 23:59 BST| Apply here
Eligibility: early-career researchers or professionals working towards innovative, viable, scalable and investable ideas with a positive impact on the blue economy.

Ocean Changemakers Challenge 2022

Are you working on game-changing solutions for a sustainable blue economy?

Join the next wave of innovators to foster a sustainable blue economy and ensure a healthy future for our seas. Apply to be an Ocean Changemaker and showcase your ideas on a global stage.

Economist Impact’s World Ocean Initiative—with support from Destination Canada—is excited to host the third annual Ocean Changemakers Challenge, a competition showcasing leading changemakers working to develop business solutions to ocean-related sustainability challenges.

Showcase your ideas on a global stage

Three finalists will be invited to present their business idea and vision for a blue economy during a special ocean changemakers session at the World Ocean Tech and Innovation Summit in Halifax, Canada, in October 2022.

By “blue economy” we mean a sustainable ocean economy that harnesses marine ocean resources for long-term economic development and social prosperity while protecting the environment in perpetuity.

To help bring the changemakers’ ideas to life, they will receive guidance from renowned ocean leaders as part of a 12-month mentorship programme that will begin shortly before the summit.

Who should apply?

  • Researchers, early-career professionals, entrepreneurs and innovators with solutions to tackle some of the ocean’s greatest challenges, including for example marine pollution, overfishing and overexploitation of marine resources, unsustainable aquaculture, marine engineering and oil drilling, and destruction of ocean habitats.
  • Individuals who have been recognised by local communities but not yet by the international ocean community.
  • Individuals who are driving change locally and have innovative solutions we could learn from to scale ocean solutions rapidly.

Interested in applying for the Ocean Changemakers Challenge 2022? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.

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