With the world’s longest coastline, globally renowned research facilities and experts, government programs and supports, and a steady flow of talent, Canada is the right place to start or grow a successful ocean tech company.

We’re looking for diverse entrepreneurs and innovators from rural, Indigenous and urban communities across Canada, and internationally, who have innovative solutions to ocean industry problems. The Ocean Startup Project launched the Ocean Startup Challenge to support individuals and teams who are developing technologies that have large market potential. 

During the initial phase of the Ocean Startup Challenge, we will award up to 10 prizes of $25,000 and business support to the winning startups and scaleups. Applicants who are not selected as winners will still benefit from training during invite-only bootcamps and guidance and support from partnering organizations in the Atlantic Canadian ecosystem. 

The Ocean Startup Project, driven by Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, is a pan-Atlantic collaboration between Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) – Atlantic, Genesis, Innovacorp, New Brunswick Innovation Foundation, PEI BioAlliance, and Springboard Atlantic to create and grow high-quality ocean technology companies. 

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is growing the ocean economy in a way that has never been done before, where leaders in fisheries, aquaculture, defense, offshore resources, marine renewables, bioresources, shipping, and ocean technology are coming together to develop and commercialize solutions to shared ocean challenges, while advancing Canada’s position as a global leader in ocean.