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Meet our winners!
 

Meet the Winners of the Ocean Innovation Prize

The wait is over.
We are thrilled to announce the three winners of our US$1 million Prize to support innovations that mitigate climate change through ocean-related strategies. These creative, impactful solutions all harness the enormous potential of seaweed in sequestering carbon, reducing plastic pollution, cutting methane emissions, and producing clean energy. The prize money will be split evenly among the three winners. Here they are!

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Biopac

Dr. Noryawati Mulyono S.Si.
Cofounder

Indonesia

Seaweed-based solution for a plastic-free ocean

We innovate and manufacture seaweed-based bioplastic through a sustainable production process that requires no hazardous chemicals as well as cost, energy, and water-efficient. We address climate change problems directly, through seaweed cultivation that reduces CO₂ emission, and indirectly, by substituting the conventional plastic with our truly biodegradable products.

SMO solar process

Dr. Nicolas Ugolin
Founder and lead scientist

Guadeloupe

Carbon capture and energy from Sargassum

SMO Solar Process is an innovative process using solar power to turn biomass or carbon-based waste into highly valuable products with negative CO₂ balance: activated carbon, biochar, clean hydrogen, electricity. Our project is to use SMO technology to turn invasive Sargassum algae into a carbon sink, together with producing valuable outputs.

Symbrosia

Alexia Akbay
Founder & CEO

USA

Seaweed feed supplements reducing livestock methane emissions by 90%

Symbrosia has developed a novel seaweed feed supplement that reduces livestock methane emissions by over 90% at minimal feed inclusion rates. If 10% of the world’s cows added a sprinkle of our seaweed feed additive to their diets, 200 million tons of CO₂ equivalent would be avoided every year.

Honorable Mentions

Two inspiring wave energy companies earned an Honorable Mention from our High-Level Judges. Discover their work below.

CorPower Ocean

Patrik Möller
co-founder & CEO

Sweden

Clean energy from ocean waves

CorPower Ocean brings innovative wave energy technology, converting ocean waves into clean electricity. Wave energy help offsetting the intermittency of wind and solar power, accelerating the transition to a 100% renewable future. Our technology is based on decades of research, and inspired by the pumping-principle of the human heart.

Eco Wave Power

Inna Braverman
Founder & CEO

Israel

Clean electricity from ocean and sea waves

Eco Wave Power has developed an innovative and patented technology for the generation of clean electricity from ocean and sea waves. The global utilization of the immense wave energy resource can drastically reduce the effects of fossil-fuel-based energy production on climate change while sustainably meeting global energy demand.

Thank you to our High Level Judges and Expert Evaluators!

The Blue Climate Initiative received 236 applications from over 60 countries. The winners were selected from among 21 Semi-finalists by a distinguished panel of High-Level Judges.

Craig Cogut

Craig Cogut

Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Pegasus Capital Advisors, L.P.

Richard Bailey

Richard Bailey

Chairman and CEO, Pacific Beachcomber S.C.

Daniela Fernandez

Daniela Fernandez

Founder and CEO, Sustainable Ocean Alliance

Françoise Gaill

Françoise Gaill

Emeritus Research Director of CNRS

Margaret Leinen

Margaret Leinen

Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Vice Chancellor for Marine Science at UC San Diego

Vladimir Ryabinin

Vladimir Ryabinin

Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and Assistant Director-General of UNESCO

Jyotika Virmani

Jyotika Virmani

Executive Director, Schmidt Ocean Institute

Our 21 semi-finalists were previously selected by a global group of 17 Expert Evaluators for their impact potential, innovation, commercial and scale potential, capacity and feasibility, alignment with Prize principles, and the value that the potential award would bring to them.

Alison Clausen
Alison Clausen

Programme Specialist at UNESCO - Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

Bela Hanratty
Bela Hanratty

Managing Director, BlueWave Innovation Capital

Christian Vanizette
Christian Vanizette

Cofounder, Makesense.org

Craig Dudenhoeffer
Craig Dudenhoeffer

Chief Innovation Officer, Sustainable Ocean Alliance; Co-Founder of the Ocean Solutions Accelerator

Donna K Hazard
Donna K Hazard

Board Member and General Partner, SeaAhead; Board Member, New England Aquarium; Co-Founder and Board Member, Women Working for Oceans (W2O)

Elena Perez
Elena Perez

Ocean Resilience Lead, Ocean Action Agenda, World Economic Forum

Imogen Rose-Smith
Imogen Rose-Smith

Co-Founder, Combinate Capital

Loreley Picourt
Loreley Picourt

Secretary General, Ocean & Climate Platform; Global Shapers member; UNFCC Co-focal point for Ocean and Coastal Zones for the Marrakech Partnership-Global Climate Action Agenda

Louis Metzger
Louis Metzger

CEO and Co-founder of DeepViews Inc.

Megan Morikawa
Megan Morikawa

Global Director of Sustainability, Iberostar Group

Mevin Kistnassamy
Mevin Kistnassamy

Founding Partner, Blue Pelican Capital

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Neil Davies

Executive Director of the University of California Gump South Pacific Research Station (Moorea); Research Affiliate at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Nina Boys
Nina Boys

Senior Director, Beyond Green Travel

Teresa Christopher
Teresa Christopher

Principal at TRChristopher LLC, Former White House Ocean Policy Advisor

Thierry Chopin
Thierry Chopin

Professor of Marine Biology, Seaweed and Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Laboratory, University of New Brunswick; President, Chopin Coastal Health Solutions Inc.

Trisha Atwood
Trisha Atwood

Associate Professor, Utah State University - Department of Watershed Sciences and the Ecology Center

Tony Charters
Tony Charters

Vice Chair, Global Ecotourism Network; Director, Asian Ecotourism Network; Honorary Life Member, Ecotourism Australia

What next?

The winners will share the US $1 Million cash prize and will be invited to the Blue Climate Summit on May 14-20, 2022 in French Polynesia. 

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Collaborators

The Prize is presented by BCI as part of an endorsed programme of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, and is designed to advance the goals of the Ocean Decade and the Sustainable Development Goals. The Prize is presented in collaboration with the Sustainable Ocean Alliance.

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