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NFWF & NOAA Announces $37 Million in New Grants from NCRF

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and NOAA have announced more than $37 million in new grants from The National Coastal Resilience Fund (NCRF) that will support coastal resilience projects in 25 states and U.S. territories. The 46 grants announced today will generate $55 million in matching contributions for a total conservation impact of $92 million.

OceanHub Africa Pitch Competition Seeks Startups with Ocean Solutions

The World Ocean Council (WOC) is collaborating with OceanHub Africa to broaden the outreach to engage problem-solvers to take part in a pitch competition for African startups offering ocean-impact products and services at Ocean Innovation Africa, on November 25, 2020.

African-based startups (or operating in Africa with local offices) with disruptive business models and/or innovative products and services with direct or indirect positive impact on the ocean have the opportunity to feature in the pitch competition at Ocean Innovation Africa 2020.

Applications are done via a simple form accessible here and must be submitted before 23:59 SAST on Sunday 15 November.

OceanHub Africa is working to showcase the vibrant Blue Economy innovation space in Africa, provide startups more visibility and inspire other entrepreneurs (and investors). All eligible startups, even at idea stage, with a good pitch deck and branding, will be awarded a free virtual company booth on the event’s online platform.

Short-listed startups will get to pitch and a chance to earn US$4 000 (cash and kind, unrestricted). The winner will receive: US$500 cash prize from 3DExperience Lab, Access to mentoring sessions with the accelerator OceanHub Africa and access to the network, up to US$3 000 of AWS Activate credits.

The WOC works to promote organizations conducting ocean sustainable development startup competitions as part of its “Global Blue Economy Innovation Initiatives Network”.The WOC Network brings together ocean-related accelerators, incubators, challenge competitions and startup hubs involved in ocean sustainable development.

Ocean sustainable development accelerators, incubators, challenge competitions or startup hubs who have not yet been contacted by the WOC are encouraged to email for information on the Global Blue Innovation Initiatives Network.

DLM 3D Prints Safety Release for Drone-Lifted Dipping Sonars

Dynamic Load Monitoring (UK) Ltd (DLM), of Southampton, UK has 3D printed a fully-functioning prototype safety release mechanism for dipping sonars manufactured by Thurn Group Ltd. The product, which is approx. 211mm high and 85mm in diameter, weighs just 466 grams.

New Data Provides Key Insights into Glacial Melting Processes

New bathymetric and oceanographic data collected by an international team of ocean scientists provide important insights into the processes that are controlling the rapid loss of the Greenland Ice Sheet over the last four decades.

Ocean Business Postponed Until July 2021

Ocean Business organizer Diversified Communications UK has confirmed that the show’s next edition has been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The ocean technology exhibition and training forum will now take place from 6-8 July 2021 at the National Oceanography Centre, in Southampton UK.


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