Celebrating World Oceans Day with SIF Oceans News
Today, the 8th of June 2018, is the World Oceans Day. It’s a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. Around a year ago, on May 16th 2017, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Northern Europe and the Maritime Cluster of West Sweden arranged Solutions Initiative Forum (SIF) Oceans. We gathered over 100 entrepreneurs, business representatives, industry representatives, investors, researchers and decision makers to promote more sustainable solutions for our oceans. Small companies, start-ups and projects were selected as solutions, focusing on the four challenges Marine litter, Smart and clean energy for all, Finding sustainable protein sources and Marine pollution. At the SIF Oceans event we also launched the Oceans Solutions Report, which highlights the possibilities for these solutions to promote a more sustainable use of our oceans.
After one year the participating solutions was asked if their business has developed, if SIF Oceans and the Oceans Solutions Report has affected their development, and if they would recommend other small companies or developers to participate in similar events. All the solutions that replied said that they have had a positive development, that the SIF Oceans and the Oceans Solutions Report has affected their business in a good way and that they would certainly recommend other small companies or developers to participate in future SIFs. See quotes from the solutions below.
“Yes it has developed quite well into a very interesting commercial business model for small wave energy buoys, [which] can be expanded into new business segments for bigger buoys for replacing diesel generation in remote areas”
“The Oceans Solutions Report has brought together many interesting concepts.”
“It creates a useful network. I have met many interesting and inspiring people which is useful on the way forward”
Per Resen Steenstrup, Resen Waves ApS
“It has been a useful report and opened up and confirmed serious co-operation for our small company. We do hope to grow in a faster way due to your report”
Arne Lindström, Orust e-boats AB
“We are now scaling up to a larger pilot scale and starting some small scale sales this autumn 2018.”
“I believe that our participation has created a great quality stamp for our company, a proof that not only we think we are doing something good. We also received some useful investment contacts and other relevant contacts during the event.”
“Provides you with lots of inspiration from meeting others that are involved in solving issues that relates to your organization, which can help you understand how you fit into the puzzle of the creation of more sustainable oceans. Valuable contacts are also often created.”
Sofie Allert, Swedish Algae Factory