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.

These innovations were selected by industry experts from more than 220 proposals developed in 40+ countries, for their potential to disrupt aquaculture and address one of three challenges:


new ocean products

sustainable design


Stand-out innovations range from low-cost, micro-scale farming solutions, to vaccine-carrying fish feed and improved seaweed farming technology. View more information on the innovations selected during the Blue Economy Challenge.


The top ten teams were selected to become the first-ever class of Aquacelerator Fellows. Fellows participate in a seven month program of in-person and online business growth opportunities and customized support, enhanced by a global network of like-minded market leaders, technical experts, philanthropic, NGO and public-sector actors and SecondMuse program guides, to scale their technical capabilities, increase the impact of their designs and facilitate investment opportunities.

Interested in supporting Aquacelerator or one of its amazing innovators? We are seeking partners to help Fellows:

Establish connections to customers, communities and other partners


Discover capital or paths to capital


Develop creative approaches to business planning


Build credibility within the market


Provide capacity to develop or deploy their solutions.

Support may include leading a webinar, offering a monthly mentoring session, making well-placed introductions, assisting with business pilot design and more.