The Ocean Startup Project has announced the 30 idea- and early-stage bluetech startups from across Canada to win this year’s Ocean Startup Challenge.

Each year, the startup competition awards development capital, as well as training and mentorship services to dozens of emerging companies with the goal of building out the pipeline of Canadian bluetech businesses. This year, the 30 winners are taking home a combined $640,000 of funding. 

“These early stage ideas have the potential to make a massive impact on ocean health and sustainability, and scale quickly,” said Ocean Startup Project Executive Director Don Grant in a statement.

“They are nimble, innovative, and have the passion and fortitude to build globally competitive companies.”

The Ocean Startup Challenge began in 2020 and helps turn entrepreneurial ideas or technology into viable businesses. Organizers said that since 2020, more than $1.4 million in funding has been provided to 43 teams through the first two cohorts of the Startup Challenge.

The organization has offices across Canada. In Newfoundland, it operates out of the Genesis startup hub in St. John’s.

Here’s a look at the victorious companies:

7 Leagues Leather


Wholesale fish leather textiles for B2B and vertically integrated custom-made fish leather goods, all upcycled from food processing waste

AbbaTek Group

St. John’s

AI web platform to streamline, standardise and de-skill microplastics analysis and reporting

Akwekon Enterprises


A fast, stable, long range smart electric fishing vessel

Canadian Pacifico Seaweeds

Surrey, BC

A remote real-time environmental and structural farm monitoring system

Clean Catch


A biodegradable electric autonomous target vessel for navies

Coastal Carbon


An IoT-enabled remote sensing data platform for quantifying offsets from blue carbon projects

Composite Mats Canada

St. John's

A modular runway system for remote and northern communities made from recyclable materials


Cambridge, ON

Corrosion-resistant graphene coating for marine infrastructure

Cuttlefish Robotics

Listowel, ON

An efficient and silent underwater ROV

Dasivedo Design

Surrey, BC

Wind assist technology for ships via retrofitting sails

GreenSage Prebiotics


Prebiotics from coconut residue for aquaculture and humans — a potential alternative to antibiotics

Hoola One Technologies

Québec, QC

Two technologies developed to eliminate plastic pollution in beaches and in grey water rejects from ships

Hypérion ML

Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, QC

Autonomous bioreactor using microalgae for urban carbon sink purposes

Integrated Nanotech


A novel EI spectroscopy based sensor with efficient ocean sensing capabilities

Intel Vision Technologies


An intelligent ROV for underwater welding operations

MF2S Industries

Grande Rivière, QC

“Double threshold weak link to reduce whales entanglement”


St. John’s

Real time hazardous gas monitoring technology for marine operations

Nereus Therapeutics


A novel formulation of oxytetracycline (an antibiotic) for dose reduction and environmental sustainability

OnDeck Fisheries AI


OnDeck makes fisheries monitoring scalable with artificial intelligence: reducing compliance costs for fishers while enabling better insight for fisheries management and conservation


Vancouver and Charlottetown

A natural bio-based plastic derived from seaweed

PLAEX Building Systems

Hampstead, NB

Innovative and sustainable building materials using plastic from oceans


Victoria, BC

An intelligent, data-driven maritime climate risk assessment platform

Precision Pathways

St. John’s

Machine learning-driven intelligent decision support tool for ship operations in ice

Salus Automated Technologies


Drone monitoring system for tracking ocean infrastructure

Scient Analytics

New Glasgow, NS

An imaging platform for non-destructive analysis of ocean infrastructure

Seathru Technologies

Holyrood, NL

A digital twin remote monitoring system for marine vessels

Swordfish Energy


Underwater turbine to harness clean energy from oceans

Ultimate Lobster Bait

Souris, PE

A biochemical attractant for use as bait for American Lobster