In 2014 Our Oceans Challenge started the first round to share and enrich ideas towards cleaner and healthier oceans. Together with the OOC partners of the first round, 2 challenges were posted on the online acceleration platform. Nearly 463 participants, consisting of entrepreneurs, offshore experts and individual experts, contributed a total of 88 working concepts.
Following an intensive selection and mentoring process, the 16 most promising concepts presented their business plans to potential investors at the final event. After this event, 5 concepts went forward as start-ups with validated business plans reaching from The Netherlands to Angola.