Discover the 21 semi-finalists for the Ocean Innovation Prize
The US$1 Million Ocean Innovation Prize is designed to inspire, fund and support innovations that mitigate climate change through ocean-related strategies. The Blue Climate Initiative and its partners are thrilled to announce our 21 semi-finalists!
Thank you to our expert evaluators!
The BCI received 236 applications from over 60 countries. The semi-finalists were selected by a global group of 18 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.
Programme Specialist, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission - UNESCO
Managing Director, BlueWave Innovation Capital
Chief Innovation Officer, Sustainable Ocean Alliance; Co-Founder of the Ocean Solutions Accelerator
Donna K Hazard
Board Member and General Partner, SeaAhead; Board Member, New England Aquarium; Co-Founder and Board Member, Women Working for Oceans (W2O)
Ocean Resilience Lead, Ocean Action Agenda, World Economic Forum
Co-Founder, Combinate Capital
Secretary General, Ocean & Climate Platform
CEO and Co-founder of DeepViews Inc.
Global Director of Sustainability, Iberostar Group
Founding Partner, Blue Pelican Capital
Director, University of California Gump South Pacific Research Station; Research Affiliate, Berkeley Institute for Data Science
Senior Director, Beyond Green Travel
Principal at TRChristopher LLC, Former White House Ocean Policy Advisor
Professor of Marine Biology, Seaweed and Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Laboratory, University of New Brunswick; President, Chopin Coastal Health Solutions Inc.
Associate Professor, Utah State University - Department of Watershed Sciences and the Ecology Center
Vice Chair, Global Ecotourism Network; Director, Asian Ecotourism Network; Honorary Life Member, Ecotourism Australia
Meet our Ocean Innovation Prize High-Level Judges!
We are delighted that the OIP will engage the following high-level judges, alongside a broad range of ocean experts, scientists, engineers, business executives, investors, and representatives from the UN and NGOs:
Chairman and CEO, Pacific Beachcomber S.C.
Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Pegasus Capital Advisors, L.P.
Founder and CEO, Sustainable Ocean Alliance
Emeritus Research Director of CNRS
Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Vice Chancellor for Marine Science at UC San Diego
Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and Assistant Director-General of UNESCO
Executive Director, Schmidt Ocean Institute
The semi-finalists will be supported with publicity, match-making with experts and investors, and mentoring. The High-Level Judges panel will select a final set of winners, to be announced in early 2022, who will share the US$1 Million cash prize and be featured at the Blue Climate Summit in May 2022 in French Polynesia.
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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