We are excited to announce the Blue Economy Challenge winners!
Aquacelerator is an effort to revolutionize the aquaculture industry, develop local economies across the Indian Ocean region and improve our relationship with oceans, fishing and aquatic life, by connecting inspiring innovators with the networks capable of turning their ideas into reality. Led by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) InnovationXchange, in partnership with SecondMuse, Aquacelerator advances the global adoption and scale of the ten most inspiring ideas surfaced during the Blue Economy Challenge.
Creating a Blue Revolution for aquaculture
Aquaculture has great potential to contribute to food security, nutrition, livelihoods and economic growth. But if the industry’s growth is at the expense of ocean health and conservation, then developing countries will not harvest long term social and economic benefits.
This AU$3 million challenge calls for innovators, entrepreneurs, designers, NGOs and academics to rethink advances in aquaculture to provide solutions that ensure both sustainable development and environmental sustainability.
“We are just beginning to glimpse the enormous challenges and opportunities
presented to us by oceans – in our case the mighty Indian Ocean.”
Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP
Why a Challenge?
A Challenge is a new approach to an old problem. In short, it is an open process that expands the pool of talent and creativity to find, create, incubate, and accelerate effective and impactful solutions to complex problems. The result can inspire faster, better and cheaper solutions for the international development aid program.