When & Where

February 2025
5th Ocean Innovation Africa Summit

The Avenue Conference and Events Centre
V&A Waterfront
Cape Town, South Africa

Get immersed in Cape Town's blue economy


In 2024 the Ocean Innovation Africa curated thematic study tours to deep dive into Cape Town’s Blue Ecosystem and showcase innovation to inspire synergies and foster opportunities.

Participants were taken into the field to visit key blue economy sites and facilities in Cape Town, meet with local stakeholders, and learn about the latest technologies, startups and innovations in their field.

Calling all African Ocean-Impact Startups!

The annual Ocean Innovation Africa pitch competition information will be released soon. Please

To be eligible to enter, startups must:

  • Have direct or indirect impact on ocean health
  • Be based in Africa
  • Be less than 3 years old
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We depend on our the oceans, and the ocean depends on us. It is crucial that we support the development and adoption of new sustainable ocean solutions, because ocean wealth can only be achieve in conjunction with ocean health; because the ocean economy can be instrumental to post-covid recovery; because the potential for blue growth in Africa is huge but requires people to come together; because we need to inspire more entrepreneurs, entice more private investors and catalyze more partnerships…


Ocean Innovation Africa is a platform that showcases African ocean-impact initiatives and brings together international changemakers for the growth of an equitable and sustainable ocean economy in Africa. The annual summit convenes innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, investors, industry-leaders, and policy-makers from Africa and abroad leading the way in development and adoption of sustainable ocean solutions.

OIA 2024 Sponsors and Partners

Founding Organisations

Host City

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Session Sponsors

Honourable Partners

Media & Association Partners

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