The Ocean Startup Challenge (www.oceanstartupchallenge.ca) has launched and submissions are due on August 14, 2020.
The Challenge needs applicants who are want to make a positive impact on the growing ocean economy by solving industry challenges, primarily from the following areas:
- Healthy oceans and ecosystem services
- Ocean transportation
- Enabling technologies and data analytics
Innovators who apply to solve an ocean challenge with their technology solutions could gain:
- one of up to 10 prizes of $25,000 CDN to prototype or develop their solution (and up to another $200,000 CDN later if they are finalists in the second phase of the Challenge)
- access to a roster of engaged mentors and innovation leaders ready to guide innovators
- training through foundational bootcamps and other virtual sessions
- key resources, support and connections that innovators need to succeed, including sharing more than $18,000 in collective services and resources from in-kind sponsors
- a curated experience to help them leverage Atlantic Canada's extensive and supportive innovation ecosystem
Applicants who are not among the prize winners will still benefit from training during invitation-only bootcamps, as well as guidance and support from partnering organizations in the Atlantic Canadian ecosystem.
Ocean Startup Challenge statements, eligibility, frequently asked questions and application details are available from www.oceanstartupchallenge.ca.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, Bardish Chagger, announced last week they are once again seeking members for the next cohort of the Prime Minister's Youth Council (PMYC). And who better than current or past Ocean Bridgers to be voices for the future? They are looking for Canadians aged 16 to 24 from across the country.
The PMYC provides a platform for youth to provide non-partisan advice to the Prime Minister and the Government of Canada on issues of importance to them and to all Canadians. A unique opportunity to seize.