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Grand Finale

You are cordially invited for the “OOC Grande Finale” on June 15th at the Maritime Museum in Rotterdam. During this event the sustainable offshore solutions that have been developed within the OOC cycle are displayed to the public. If you want to join this event, please send an e-mail to info@ouroceanschallenge.org










Doors open

Opening – Chairman of the Day is Talitha Muusse

Keynote – Maria van der Heijden, Director MVO Netherlands

Idea Owner Pitches

Network Market

Finale – Reflection and Award Ceremony



OOC Vision Mission Strategy

Two thirds of our planet is covered in water: the ocean is fundamental to life for humans and all living creatures and provides goods and services critical to humanity. Unfortunately the health and productivity of the ocean is facing serious challenges. Due to our growing world population and expanding oceanic economic activities, these pressures are only likely to increase.


OOC believes that despite the challenges facing the ocean, there are opportunities to balance ocean protection with the responsible use and exploitation of ocean space and resources. It’s time for the industry to show its responsibility and time for you to send in your breakthrough idea. Together, we can accelerate your innovative and sustainable idea into a viable business! In other words; we see an ocean of business opportunities!

  • Vision

    A sustainable offshore industry through collaboration by all industry partners.

  • Mission

    Connecting the offshore industry with practical, viable solutions by identifying industry-wide sustainability challenges, and raising industry responsibility and awareness.

  • Strategy

    Gather, inspire and support entrepreneurs through our massive open online innovation platform, launched at end of 2016.

2016 / 2017  CYCLE


  • Define Challenges

    • Jun ’16 – Nov ’16

    • Gather industry partners
    • Discuss sustainability
    • Define 5 challenges
    • Prepare OOC platform

  • Gather ideas worldwide

    • Dec ’16 – Mar ’17

    • Collect ideas worldwide
    • Promote OOC worldwide
    • Discuss with Ocean Experts
    • Select the best ideas

  • Develop solutions

    • Apr ’17 – Jun ’17

    • Accelerate top 100
    • Expert review
    • Technical support
    • Investigate feasibility

  • Launch startups

    • Jun ’17 – …

    • Grand Finale
    • Pitch to investors
    • Launch support
    • Prepare round 3

Development Phase

After the top ideas have been selected, they will be further developed over the course of two months. Every idea owner is matched with a coach from one of the partner companies. During this two months multiple workshops are offered  by the OOC partner network: prototype development, test facilities, engineering support, legal advice etc. The development phase ends with a final event on June 15, where the idea owners can pitch their sustainable offshore business plan to the industry and its investors.









Selection Process

After the online platform closes on March 14, the best ideas are selected for the development phase. This selection is primarily based on a voting system consisting of expert votes and popular votes from the community. The final selection is made by a group of specialists from the partner network covering technical, nature, financial and legal expertise.

Ocean Expert Vote

Popular Vote

All Ocean Experts of the OOC partner companies evaluate the ideas on our platform and vote according three main criteria:



Business Readiness

Every idea owner will receive feedback gathered from our Ocean Experts, also if your solution is not selected for the development phase.

The Our Oceans Challenge Platform thrives because of the input of our diverse community members. We value the opinion of our platform members that post and enrich all the ideas.



Let us know which ideas you support by liking it through the thumbs up button on the platform. During the selection of the most promising ideas for the development phase, this popular vote will be weighed against expert opinions.




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