Ocean Innovation Africa 2023
Official Summit of The Ocean Race Cape Town Stopover


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…

When & Where

21-24 February 2023
Ocean Innovation Africa Summit

V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa


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.

2023 Programme OUtline

Get Involved !

Register as a Delegate

Meet, share & connect over 3 days of conferencing and weekend networking activations. Lunches, teas and opening cocktail included. Corporate passes available at booking.

Apply to take part in breakout sessions

Afternoons of day 1 and 2 of the summit will break out into outcomes based sector workshops. Facilitated groups of 10-16 affected stakeholders, sector experts, and decision makers will collaborate to address defined outcomes based on shared goals and challenges.

Registered delegates are invited to attend the afternoon breakout sessions of their choice on day 1 and 2. Early registrations will be considered for inclusion in the active group of their selected workshops.

Tell your ocean-impact story on the main stage!

Do you have an inspiring story to tell about blue economy opportunities and/or impacts on communities, the environment, industry, or economy?

Share it during the OIA 2023 “Pecha Kucha” sessions. Pecha Kuchas are presentations of 20 text-free slides, where the speaker illustrates a concept or insight through storytelling, with 20 seconds for each slide.

Want to take part?

Send your pre-recorded pechakucha slideshow, along with a 1 minute intro, to info@ocean-innovation.africa for the chance to inspire Africa’s ocean impact community with your story!

Calling all African Ocean-Impact Startups!

The annual Ocean Innovation Africa pitch competition is an opportunity for Africa ocean-impact startups to showcase their project to the summit’s international audience of investors, innovators, researchers, policy-makers and NGOs.

Six finalists will be selected to pitch their startup enterprise at the event, with cash and in-kind prizes for the winner and two runners-up.

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

Submit your pitch deck and get exposure as a change-maker in the ocean-impact space!

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2022 Satellite Events

July 2022
Workshop Series


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Global Ocean Hackathon


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