May 2021

INVESTABLE OCEANS

Welcome to our May Newsletter.

The oceans calendar for the rest of 2021 is exciting: in late May, the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development Kick-off Event, on June 8th, World Oceans Day and at the beginning of November, COP 26 in Glasgow. Alongside these events, an impressive array of partnerships, initiatives and organizations are being launched - we’re grateful to have the opportunity to participate in a number of these, including UNEP FI’s Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Initiative, the Ocean Visions 2021 Summit, 1000 Ocean Startups and the World Ocean Council’s Ocean Investor Roundtable.

Against this backdrop, we see increasing interest in oceans investing across all sectors of the blue economy. While this is due in part to a tailwind effect from the surge in climate based investing, there is also a growing realization that we can’t solve for climate without solving for the oceans - the two are inextricably linked. As a result, there is a proliferation of innovation solutions and products that are attacking the challenges faced by our oceans.

We continue to add new features to the Investable Oceans platform. We’ve added a Gatherings tab to the Invest section that allows accredited investors to view ten-twelve minute presentations by CEOs whose companies are listed on the site. We’ve also created a Blue Frontiers section under the Get Inspired tab, where you can explore initiatives that might not fit neatly in a market based investment box but nonetheless contain investment elements and have the potential for great impact.

As usual, we’ve included below a sampling of our current content. We encourage you to browse the site at your convenience; there’s a lot of opportunities to learn and engage. Thank you, as always, for your interest.

Ted, Brian, Vanessa and Glenn

DIVE IN

LATEST NEWS

PODCASTS

American Shoreline Podcast Network

Bringing together many cross-sectional coastal experts in one podcast series. Be sure to check out Admiral Tim Gallaudet's discussion of the American Blue Economy.

READ MORE

GET INSPIRED

BLUE BOOKS

The Waste-Free World

In The Waste-Free World, Ron Gonen argues that the old take-make-waste economy has cost us consumers and taxpayers billions while cheating us out of a habitable planet

ARTIVISTS

Tess Felix

Tess Felix uses colorful bits of ocean debris to create playful, mosaic portraits of thought leaders and activists in the marine plastics space. Her latest piece is a mosaic of Sylvia Earle featured on our Instagram @InvestableOceans

INNOVATIONS

A Floating Wave and Wind Power Project

TechnipFMC and Bombora have formed a strategic partnership to develop a floating wave and wind power project in support of a more sustainable future.

BLUE BOOKS

Secrets of the Whales

Featuring the arresting underwater images of Brian Skerry, who has explored and documented oceans for over four decades, this book documents these alluring creatures in all their glory

LEARN

DEEP DIVES

Investing in BlueTech Clusters for Leadership and Economic Growth

The Ocean Foundation and TMA BlueTech have joined to co-sponsor this white paper calling for a U.S. Apollo-style “Blue Wave Mission,” focused on innovative technology and services to promote sustainable usage of the ocean and freshwater resources.

COOL TOOLS

The U.S. Wind Turbine Database

Discover where the wind power is coming from. The United States Wind Turbine Database provides the locations of land-based and offshore wind turbines in the United States, corresponding wind project information, and turbine technical specifications.

QUICK DIPS

Ocean Tech Innovation Needs a (Nonfinancial) Capital Injection

The ocean tech startup community could certainly benefit from more financial capital, but for tech startups that build their businesses around disruptive innovation, more emphasis needs to be placed on two oft forgotten ingredients that fuel innovation: social and human capital.

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

MAY 4th 11.00 AM - 12.00 PM EST

SeaAhead - Bluetech Free Swim: Innovators Connect

MAY 5th 11.00 AM - 12.30 PM EST

Ocean Exchange - Bio-Energy

MAY 18th - 21nd

OceanVisions Summit 2021

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