Are you interested in Ocean Science, Ocean Tech, Aquaculture, Fishing, Ocean Data and/or other areas of Ocean Research? Do you have a great idea for a solution that could solve one of the ocean’s many problems? Come out to the Launch Oceans Event April 26-28 and learn how to build an oceans startup in Atlantic Canada – one of the fastest-growing oceans business ecosystems in the world.

Come develop and “test drive” a business idea. We will teach you proven methods of defining problems, creating solutions, evaluating product-market fit, and systematically building an evidence-based business model.

Come as a team, or alone and form a team at the event. All are welcome, from any education level and discipline. Prizes will be awarded for the best business models.

Teams may also continue in the 8 week Launch Oceans Summer Incubator.


Friday April 26:
5:00pm – Introduction and Expectations for the Weekend
5:30pm – Ocean Start-Up Panel (Magali Gregoire – Back to the Sea Society, Greg Wagner – Oberland Agriscience, Aaron Stevenson – Ashored Inc.)
6:30pm – Dinner and Networking – Guy Earle to present Biobox
7:00pm – Pitches and Team Formation
8:00pm – SURGE Closes for Day

Saturday April 27:
9:00am – Coffee/Tea and Breakfast
9:30am – Presentation by COVE and Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (TBD)
10:30am – Further Info on Expectations for Weekend
11:00 am – Team Breakout Session for Project Development
12:00pm – Lunch, Tea/Coffee Working lunch
1:00pm – Special Activity (TBD)
2:00pm – Team Breakout Session for Project Development
4:00pm – Tea/Coffee
5:00pm – SURGE Closes for Day

Sunday April 28:
9:00am – Coffee/Tea and Breakfast
9:30am – Next Steps for Launch Oceans – Overview of 8 week incubator program
10:30am – Team Breakouts for Project Development
12:00pm – Lunch, Tea/Coffee
1:00pm – Team Breakouts for Pitch Development
3:00pm – Pitches from Teams to Panel of Judges
4:30pm – Awards Ceremony

Questions? Email

Fri, 26 April 2019, 5:00 PM –

Sun, 28 April 2019, 4:00 PM ADT

Life Sciences Centre

1355 Oxford St

Room 2660 (Oceanography)

Halifax, NS B3H 4J1

Life Sciences Centre

Date(s) - 26/04/2019 - 28/04/2019
12:00 am