Activate your ocean passion and become part of the solution!  

Are you an ocean blue-tech lover and innovator with great ideas? Join our global and annual challenge, the Ocean Community Challenge! 

The ocean is crying out for new ideas to survive and thrive, and by participating in our challenge, you will help solve the ocean´s challenges and leverage ocean resources for a healthy and sustainable ocean economy.   

We will support and prepare you to take the next steps to improve and commercialize your ideas and solutions. To facilitate this, we are working with some of the best and most experienced experts and organizations within the ocean economy landscape, all dedicated to supporting you to be able to deliver high-impact ocean solutions.   
We will inspire you to capture new opportunities the ocean offers and to explore how emerging technologies could help to solve ocean challenges and foster sustainable use of ocean resources. We encourage you to experiment by building prototypes based on technology, ocean resources, and circular economy principles. 


Why participate

Solving global Ocean Challenges is of course a reason in itself. In addition, you will as a participant in OCC get:

The experience

Enrolling in Ocean Community Challenge means joining a community of ocean entrepreneurs, innovators, and experts offering an invaluable opportunity to connect, learn and innovate with like-minded with a common goal to address ocean challenges and opportunities. All submissions in scope will receive professional feedback based on an assessment of the idea and solution.  


The opportunity

The best ideas and solutions will participate in the final pitch event. As a finalist, you will be assigned a dedicated SPOC from Ocean Community as well as an expert coach to help you develop your solution and prepare for the pitch event. During the pitch event, you will get the opportunity to present your solution and pitch in front of an expert jury panel providing you real-time feedback.  


The prize


You as an awarded team will be invited to the OC pre accelerator program including tailored activities to support further development of your solution. The OC pre accelerator program may also include initial funding opportunities depending on the expert jury panel’s input and the OCC team's discretion.  

Submission process

The submission process consists of the following steps:  


  1. Prepare your submission according to the instructions provided here.   

  2. Submit via this link during the submission window.   

  3. After submission you will be invited by the OCC-team to an assessment meeting.  

  4. You will in addition be invited to a training session on how to finalize your submission.   

  5. Improve and finalize you submission before closing date.  








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There are 5 main categories defined for OCC where we are working together with experts and organizations within each category. In case you don’t find any category related to your idea there is also an open category for you to submit. The only requirement when submitting your idea is that the solution creates synergies between ocean resources, technology, and circular economy principles.  


  • Ocean health 

  • Ocean harvesting 

  • Ocean data 

  • Mobility 

  • Energy 

  • Open innovation