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BLUE ECONOMY
OCEAN ACCELERATOR

The Blue Economy Ocean Accelerator Programme helps ambitious founders rapidly build and develop their ocean impact startups.

The programme helps startups to improve ocean health and achieve commercial success.

The virtual programme provides the collegiality, resources, expertise and partnerships to accelerate participants’ path to success.

Applications open on 15 March 2022
Programme commences 15 june 2022

8 WEEK
programme
 

with dedicated support, mentorship and collaboration for businesses working in the blue economy in the UK/EU

help ocean ventures

help raise profiles in the UK through offering public speaking opportunities, networking at our exclusive in-person events and pitching at our meet-the-buyers event in London

connect

connect ocean ventures to corporates, professional networks, peer-to-peer circles and scientific academic partners

scale up

provide technical support & scale up commercial aims with leading experts, including access to pro bono legal support, social impact reporting, investment readiness sessions and tax advice.

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BE A PART OF THE NEXT WAVE

why are we doing this?

The Blue Economy was a key topic at COP26 and rightly so, as to keep 1.5 degrees within reach we need a healthy ocean, but currently the sector is woefully underfunded and under supported. That’s why we’re launching our first-ever Blue Economy Ocean Accelerator Programme for SME businesses. It’s one of the first of its kind in the UK, it’s free to apply to and take part in and applications are open for submission from 15th March to 15th April 2022.

We’re proud to be supported by our founding sponsors, the global investment management bank Investec, the University of Plymouth, as well as supporting partner Hogan Lovells International LLP.

Please see below for full details on the application criteria and process, as well as the 8-week programme and what it will include.

For general enquiries on the Ocean Accelerator Programme, please contact hello@bright-tide.co.uk.  For press enquiries, please contact Storm Communications on +44 (0) 207 240 2444 or brighttide@stormcom.co.uk.

APPLICATIONS

For the Accelerator programme are open March 15th-April 15th 2022.

FINAL INTERVIEWS

To take place between 15th-17th April 2022.

IN PERSON NETWORKING

We'll be hosting 3 events between 18th April to the 31st May 2022.

programme dates

We'll be operating between 15th June 2022 and 17th August 2022.

meet the buyers

At an exclusive one-day event on the 26th August 2022. 

TARGET VENTURES
  • Based in the UK or EU or operating in the UK or EU;

  • A large target market in the fields of plastics, aquaculture, sustainable fisheries, shipping and offshore wind;

  • A robust impact measurement strategy and an ambitious team

  • A scalable, provable and feasible business proposition, generating consistent revenue and/or undertaken previous seed fundraising rounds and found traction with customers, partners, investors.

THE PROGRAMME STRUCTURE
  • 8-week programme in total, commitment of between 5-10 hours each week required;

  • Pro bono support: including legal, investment readiness, tax, scientific advice and impact measurement;

  • Mentorship: 1 to 1 individual mentorship and group mentorship sessions;

  • Community: regular in-person meet ups and peer-to-peer community calls with other ocean founders;

  • Access to networks: personal invitation to attend our exclusive in-person networking events in London, introductions to our corporate and blue economy industry partners;

  • Pitching opportunities: pitching opportunities to funders, corporates and partners at our Meet-The-Buyers event.