The Ocean Startup Project has selected 60 idea and early stage ocean technology startups for the shortlist of the Ocean Startup Challenge.
Up to $750,000 will be distributed to the winners, plus additional program benefits such as mentorship, networking, events, and workshops.
“It is invigorating and exciting to review such cutting-edge ideas from new, early stage ocean technology startups,” stated Don Grant, Executive Director at the Ocean Startup Project.
“The potential for these ventures to make a significant impact on the health of the oceans is enormous,” Grant added.
Shortlist applicants will participate in an interview portion of the intake process.
“With the proliferation of new ocean ideas being generated across Canada annually, we are realizing on our goal to be leaders in the Blue Economy internationally,” stated Grant.
Winners will be announced November 1.
The Challenge received 90 applications from across the country, with a significant increase in British Columbia applicants—up 233% compared to the 2021 intake.
Shortlisted startups from BC include:
7 Leagues Leather – Vancouver
Eco-luxury wholesale fish leather textiles for business-to-business and vertically integrated custom-made fish leather goods, all upcycled from food processing waste.
Alberni Yachts – Port Alberni
Alberni is a new yacht brand offering zero-emissions, aluminium exploration sailing yachts.
Canadian Pacifico Seaweeds – Surrey
Kelp expert Pacifico has developed a remote and real-time environmental and structural farm monitoring system.
Dasivedo Design – Surrey
Dasivedo has designed novel wind-assisted technology for ships.
Envisioning Labs – Vancouver
Envisioning has crafted laser technology for depth sounding as a means of protecting whale and dolphin populations.
eVinci Technologies – Burnaby
Maker of an automatic integrated technology for ship-loader spout.
Greenline Marine – Victoria
A data-driven, sustainable passenger-only ferry system for British Columbia.
Intel Vision Technologies – Vancouver
An intelligent remotely operated vehicle for underwater welding operations, a notoriously dangerous task for human workers.
OnDeck Fisheries AI – Vancouver
OnDeck makes fisheries monitoring scalable with artificial intelligence: reducing compliance costs for fishers while enabling better insight for fisheries management and conservation.
PhyCo – Vancouver
PhyCo renders a natural bio-based plastic derived from seaweed.
Planette – Victoria
Planette has developed an intelligent, data-driven maritime climate risk assessment platform.
Salt Legacy – Victoria
Salt has concocted an innovative waste collection and utilization process.
Setu Technologies – Victoria
Setu provides reinforcement from ocean plastic waste for building infrastructure.
Swordfish Energy Corporation – Vancouver
Swordfish utilizes an underwater turbine to harness clean energy from oceans
Viridis Research – Vancouver
Viridis has developed a novel technology to eliminate microplastics in water.
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