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Ocean Innovation Africa (OIA) is a platform that showcases African ocean-impact initiatives and convenes international entrepreneurs, corporate entities, investment groups, research groups, NPOs, and authorities working in the Blue Economy ecosystem in Africa. We believe that innovations led by science, technology and entrepreneurship will provide the necessary leverage points to deliver system level impact, substantially contributing to solving ocean pollution, over-exploitation of ocean resources and climate change, at a magnitude and pace matching those of the ocean crisis.

 

OIA 2021 will run as a hybrid event with live keynote and panel discussions, startup pitches, workshops, B2B meeting programme, and ocean-impact innovations exhibited at the V&A Waterfront on Friday the 5th of November. The live event will be recorded and rebroadcast as part of the virtual programme running on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th of November. We will also be hosting the African Chapter of the Ocean Hackathon at the V&A over the conference weekend, where local teams will compete building AI-based ocean-impact algorithms to see who goes through to the world final in Brest.

 

Last year’s virtual conference attracted over 60 expert speakers and 500 delegates with representatives from the United Nations, the African Union IBAR, IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative, the European Commission, the World Economic Forum, BFA Global, IRENA, Damen Shipyards, SABBEX, WWF, and City of Cape Town, among others. Headline panel discussions dealt with early-stage private capital investment, building the pipeline of blue-economy startups, and a high-level policy discussion by representatives of European Commission, World Resources Institute, UNEP Finance Initiative, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Pretoria, and the African Union.

 

This year’s event will again feature pitches from exciting new ocean-impact startups, industry workshops, B2B meeting facilities, movie screenings and an online exhibition as well as the exhibition hall at the live event. Those that are unable to make it to Cape Town will be able to catch the recordings from the live sessions at the online conference after the Hackathon weekend. Whether you are looking to transition to a more ocean-friendly business model, find inspiration and strategies for your startup business, looking for ocean-conscious solution providers, or ocean-conscious investors, or seeking to benchmark the current trends in Blue Economic development, Ocean Innovation Africa promises to provide a wealth of insights and networking opportunities at the 2021 event.

About Ocean Innovation Africa

Ocean Innovation Africa is a platform that showcases African ocean-impact initiatives and convenes international entrepreneurs, corporate entities, investment groups, research groups, NPOs, and authorities working in the Blue Economy ecosystem in Africa. We believe that innovations led by science, technology and entrepreneurship will provide the necessary leverage points to deliver system level impact, substantially contributing to solving ocean pollution, over-exploitation of ocean resources and climate change, at a magnitude and pace matching those of the ocean crisis. Ocean Innovation Africa is hosted by Catalyze Events, an expert in conference and business event planning in Africa, and overseas promotion of African businesses, and OceanHub Africa, a Cape Town based catalyst initiative that supports African ocean-impact ventures through its acceleration program.