OceanHub Africa, which claims to be the first African ocean-impact catalyst, will host a one-day event in Cape Town. This event aims to gather key regional players of the ocean economy and tech ecosystem.
Ocean Hub Africa is an African based non-profit initiative aiming at providing a platform where entrepreneurs, blue economy players and ocean-lovers can connect, collaborate, and access the resources they need to successfully leverage the untapped economic potential of our oceans in a sustainable way.
Ocean Innovation Africa 2019 will be held on 27 November at Workshop17 in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, between 12 pm and 5.30 pm followed by a networking cocktail. The cost per ticket is R830.
The idea of the event is to help existing ocean-minded initiatives to grow by providing them with the resources they need to succeed and by bringing together the key players from the ocean-impact economy.
By gathering the main actors of this ocean economy (research centres & universities, corporations & small businesses, foundations & investors, etc.), OceanHub Africa hopes to inspire more entrepreneurs to join the movement and find innovative solutions to the world’s threatened marine ecosystems, proving the economic viability of a decidedly more sustainable ocean economy.
Cape Town is chosen for its ideal location which is in oceans’ crossroads, the strong scientific, technical and business skills available locally, and the appropriate infrastructure to support businesses.
Some of the speakers confirmed are Wesgo CEO Tim Harris, Eat to Thrive founder Arabella Parkinson, EuroSima (France) CEO Christophe Sellier, BytheWave CEO Kevin Lestrade, Katapult Ocean (Norway) CEO Maren Bauer, and Alexis Grosskopf and Stephanie Canac who are the founders of OceanHubAfrica.
The event will feature a panel of SA Ocean-minded startups including Sara Andreotti from SharkSafe Barrier, Simon Wijnberg from Impact-Free Water, Mark van Vijk from Oceans without Limits and Daniel Smith from Abalobi. The panel will be facilitated by Kerry Petrie from Collective Thinking ZA.