OceanHub Africa Acceleration Program 2021 ($65k)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5TH MARCH, 2021.

OceanHub Africa is launching the second cohort of its six-month acceleration program to support up to six of Africa’s most promising impact for-profit startups focused on preserving and restoring the health of the ocean.

The accelerator is on a mission to support ocean-minded start-ups with the express aim of nurturing an environmentally conscious and profitable economy that effectively mitigates the effects of global warming as well as the overexploitation and pollution of the oceans. Leveraging its highly qualified network of stakeholders and facilitators, it will deliver to the accelerated start-ups an online program that seeks out sustainable pathways yielding stable profits (ROIs) and avenues for scalable growth throughout Africa.

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What you can expect

Become part of OceanHub Africa portfolio will allow you to:

  • Unlock a network of leading ocean experts, mentors (entrepreneurs, investors, innovation experts, impact experts, scientists, lawyers, etc.), impact investors and potential clients
  • Get support to fast-track your growth by acquiring new customers or running your first Proof of Concept, and scaling your business through commercial contracts and fundraises

What we offer

Service Package:

  • Up to $25k worth of cloud service thanks to our partner AWS Activate
  • Free access to IoT prototyping thanks to our partner SigFox (Sqwidnet)
  • Over $40k worth of mechanical engineering design software licences for prototyping and virtual testing, thanks to our partner 3DExperience Lab
  • Access to Dassault Systèmes, Amazon Web Services and SigFox international marketplaces and/or salesforce for finished products of accelerated startups
  • And also advisory sessions with: Cullinans&Associates (international environmental law firm), BVPG (commercial and transactional law), Blue Oceans Partners (ocean impact Venture Capitalist fund), Ocean14 Capital (ocean impact Private Equity fund), WWF-SA, Dept of Oceanography University of Cape Town, EuroSIMA (oceantech experts) and more!

Mentorship & Support

  • Hands-on mentorship from our team of mentors
  • Tailored business skills and personal development 1 to 1 training
  • Sales, administrative and HR support
  • Access to our network of scientific, business, impact and investment experts from international corporations, foundations, universities and IGOs

A huge network

  • Access to networking events and conferences, including a stand and stage time at the Ocean Innovation Africa annual summit
  • Access to potential clients (market leads) for local expansion
  • Access to our international network of ocean-impact incubators/accelerators to scale overseas
  • Access to key external partners

Fund-Raising Support

  • Support in preparing and running investor pitches, including training sessions with investors directly
  • Support in structuring deals, including reviews by transactional and commercial lawyers
  • Access to a large portfolio of impact investors part of our ecosystems (inc. Blue Oceans Partners, Ocean14 Capital, Finca Ventures, HAVAIC, Sky Ventures, AquaSpark, Fynd Ventures, Athelia … …) as well as corporate venture capitalist funds

Business Model

  • Product-market fit and market potential
  • Innovative approach
  • Current traction and/or growth strategy
  • scalability

Technology

  • IP owned
  • Business built on reliable technology(-ies) including both software and hardware
  • Innovation
  • Adaptability and scalability

Team

  • Team size
  • Team background
  • Relevance of distribution of responsibilities, priorities
  • Ambition and passion

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