Unleash the Power of African Innovators
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.
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 online conference attracted over 60 speakers and 500 delegates from the likes of the United Nations, the African Union, the World Economic Forum, Catalyst Fund, BFA Global, Blue Ocean Partners, Fynd Ocean Ventures, IRENA, Damen Shipyards, and WWF, 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 governmental and intergovernmental Blue Economy authorities.
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.
Save the dates:
5th November – live conference and expo at V&A
6th + 7th November – Hackathon live at V&A
8th + 9th November – online conference and expo
Visit www.ocean-innovation.africa or contact Rex Bowden (+27 747 888 147) for more information about the event, exhibitor options and sponsorship opportunities.
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