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VCs & Funding Programs in Ocean Industries

Dive into the extensive overview of funds for innovators and entrepreneurs, and find the right investor for your venture!

Within the world of TOOL, we help map frontrunners within a range of fields, where ocean industries, zero emission solutions, / renewable energy drive initiatives towards a zero emission, zero waste future. Now we´re presenting a broad range of funding programs and venture capital focused on sustainable innovation across ocean industries and renewable energy.

Ocean industry

Funding programs

  • Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF) Research and Development Program helps researchers and innovative businesses team up to develop new products and services and put them on the market.

  • Biodiversity Foundation Grants is a public foundation of Spain’s Ministry of Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs. The Foundation funds projects in Spain and internationally in themes of biodiversity, climate change, and sustainable development.

  • Blue Action Fund provides grants to selected conservation projects that seek to establish, enlarge, or better manage marine protected areas and promote sustainable livelihoods in coastal communities.

  • EEA Grants'Blue Growth supports projects on business innovation, value creation, and competitiveness in the marine/maritime sectors. It also encourages cooperation with partners in Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein in all projects.

  • MIT Sea Grant College Program is a Federal-Institute partnership that brings the research and engineering core of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to bear on ocean-related challenge

  • Indico Blue Fund, €50M climate action fund to invest jn blue economy early-stage

  • NOAA Marine Debris Program offers several nationwide, competitive funding opportunities for marine debris projects. These include: removal, prevention, and research grants.

  • Ocean Conservation Fund a fund with 100 thousand euros to support new projects that may contribute to the conservation of marine species.

  • Oceans Management Contribution Program provides funding opportunities to eligible applicants to support marine conservation initiatives in Canada

  • Ocean Startup Challenge will award $1.4 million to start and grow new ocean tech companies in Canada.

  • Ocean Stewardship Fund aims to increase the number of sustainable fisheries worldwide. We are accelerating progress by funding innovative research and supporting fisheries at all stages on the path to sustainability.

  • Oslo Venture Company enables founders to build the brands of tomorrow by co-creating and investing in early stage startups.

  • Rapid Ocean Conservation Grants is a project of the Waitt Foundation. ROC Grants provide small grants with a quick turnaround time for solutions to emerging conservation issues and ocean protection.

  • Schmidt Marine provides funding for the development of ocean technologies that solve complex ocean health issues, and have, in most cases, strong commercialization potential.

  • The Ocean Foundation Grants: As the only community foundation for the ocean, The Ocean Foundation’s mission is to support, strengthen, and promote those organizations dedicated to reversing the trend of destruction of ocean environments around the world.

  • ReGen Ventures: ReGen Ventures invests in regenerative technology companies created by wildly ambitious teams who want to radically transform our world for the better. ReGen Ventures can’t incrementally fix what is fundamentally broken. Sustainability is not enough. The next generation of iconic companies will work with nature rather than against it.

  • Vala Capital: Vala Capital believes early-stage businesses are the UK’s most important engine of innovation, change, and value creation. So, we make it our mission to back, build, and embolden start-ups that can have an impact in their markets and on society, supporting them on their sustainability journey at the same time.

  • Telos Impact: Telos Impact helps their clients—entrepreneurs, families, companies, foundations, and public institutions to realize their ambition to have a positive impact on society.

  • Farvatn Ventures is a Norwegian family-owned company seeking profitable impact investments, leaving a positive footprint on the world. They invest across a range of asset classes, including real estate, shipping, private equity, equities, bonds, and venture capital.

  • Maersk Growth was founded with a clear mission to digitize, democratize, and decarbonize supply chains by backing new business models and technologies. The Growth team combines expertise spanning 70 years within Maersk and 25 years in the venture world.

  • Second Muse is a group of people working vigorously to better the world we live in. They do this by putting people first, boldly challenging themselves to find solutions to complex issues, and fearlessly introducing new ideas that may, at times, seem impossible.

  • Evok Innovations is committed to developing and deploying cutting-edge clean energy technology. Evok’s inaugural fund aimed to accelerate the development of critical energy transition technologies across North America. The fund has made 16 investments in decarbonization technologies, ranging from clean hydrogen and carbon-to-value to long-duration energy storage.

  • Schmidt Foundation was founded in 2006, The Schmidt Family Foundation is the first of several philanthropic organizations and initiatives Eric and Wendy Schmidt created to work toward a healthier and more just world. Veterans of Silicon Valley, the couple sought to bring the dynamism, optimism, and power of networks and communities to drive change from the world of technology to the world of philanthropy.

  • Grantham Foundation: The Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham Environmental Trust is a public charity organization that is focused on reducing and reversing global environmental degradation. Its independent (majority) trustees are the CEOs of Rare, The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund US, and the Rocky Mountain Institute. 

  • Seaworthy Collective is a Miami-based BlueTech (ocean innovation) startup incubator and community. Seaworthy Collective's mission is to enable access and inclusion in innovation for ocean and climate impact. They envision oceans of opportunity without barriers, where everyone can contribute to solutions that make positive change for our blue planet.

Venture Capitals

  • AiiM Partners invests in technology-enabled companies addressing climate change while prioritizing equity and access. We are targeting the untapped potential of the $17 trillion industry addressing ocean health and climate change.

  • Aquaspark is an investment fund with a focus on sustainable aquaculture businesses around the world. The small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) they invest in are working toward the production of safe, accessible aquatic life, such as fish, shellfish, and plants, in ways that do not harm their oceans.

  • Astanor Ventures is a venture capital firm focusing on entrepreneurs regenerating the food, blue ocean economy, and agriculture sectors.

  • Blue Forward Fund by Seventure Partners which is a French venture capital firm targeting in information and communication technology, and life sciences companies.

  • Blue Front Equity is a pure-play seafood private equity firm. Bluefront invests across the seafood value chain in the future of the blue economy.

  • Blue Impact Fund targets enterprises producing sustainable seafood and aquatic plants that can generate attractive returns while delivering ocean resilience and recovery.

  • Blue Oceans Partners invests in systemic innovations that restore ocean health to achieve SDG14.

  • Circulate Capital's aim is to increase capital flows to companies developing waste management and recycling infrastructure solutions in South and Southeast Asia, and to support innovative solutions to the problem of ocean plastics.

  • Faber Blue focuses its investment on AI/data, Climate/ Ocean tech, Web3

  • Indico Capital Partners backs entrepreneurs going from local to global with a dedicated Blue Fund. We invest from €100k to €10M in areas like Web3, artificial intelligence (AI), big data, enterprise SaaS, fintech, and marketplaces, among others. We also focus on ocean related startups and SMEs

  • Infremer specializes in sea oceanographic research, work, and expertise, coastal and sustainable development of maritime activities.

  • Katapult Ocean invests in and supports startups that have a positive impact on our ocean. Since 2018, Katapult Ocean has made 32 investments in exciting ocean impact companies from all over the world (17 countries, 4 continents)

  • Mainport Innovation Fund makes investments in companies rooted in the logistics, transportation, and aviation industries.

  • Ocean 14 Capital is a unique collaboration between Vedra Partners Ltd. and two of the co-founders of the Blue Marine Foundation.Ocean 14 Capital is a private equity fund focused on SDG 14, 'Life Below Water'.

  • Seastainable Ventures helps scientist-entrepreneurs start, develop, and/or grow their projects.

  • SeaAhead is a benefit corporation with the mission of supporting new venture development at the intersection of innovation, sustainability, and the oceans. The ecosystem includes technologists, scientists, startups, corporations, governments and other ocean stakeholders

  • S2G ventures back the best entrepreneurs that are improving the overall health and sustainability of the food system, including Ocean and Seafood Fund

  • SWEN Blue Ocean is SWEN Capital Partners’ direct impact strategy investing in innovations that help regenerate ocean health

  • Acceler8 is a platform to kick it off with a grand investor event showcasing the most exciting startups in Norway

  • BVC Fund is a venture capital firm focused on developing alternatives to toxic petroleum-based plastics that threaten human and ocean health.

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