NOAA Innovates | Ocean-Based Climate Resilience Accelerator, powered by VentureWell

Empowering the Next Wave of Ocean Resilience Innovators

VentureWell, with the support of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has designed a pilot accelerator that cultivates the launch of new innovations to enable ocean-based climate resilience and supports the path from lab-to-market for innovators.

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NOAA Innovates | Ocean-Based Climate Resilience Accelerator, powered by VentureWell, in summer 2024, is designed to catalyze innovations in marine-based climate resilience. This program targets innovators, including university students, academic teams, researchers, and faculty committed to developing technologies across four critical theme areas:

  • Ocean Renewable Energy
  • Coastal and Ocean Carbon Sequestration Monitoring and Accounting
  • Hazard Mitigation and Coastal Resilience
  • Ecosystems Services, including change detection, change analysis (cause and effects), and change adaptation and/or mitigation

More information can be found on our FAQ page.

Our virtual workshop series begins in mid-June, offering participants unparalleled access to mentors, resources, and networking opportunities to understand technology pathways, market applications, and funding options to launch their innovations.

Why Apply?

  • Expert Guidance: Benefit from one-on-one mentorship from industry leaders experienced in ocean resilience, carbon sequestration, hazard mitigation, and ecosystem services.
  • Explore Innovation Pathways: Understand and explore your potential value proposition and target market through real-world feedback and validation.
  • Networking: Connect with like-minded innovators and access VentureWell’s extensive network of mentors, investors, and alumni post-program.


  • Focus: Participants must be developing technology related to one of the four specified theme areas: Ocean Renewable Energy, Coastal and Ocean Carbon Sequestration Monitoring and Accounting, Hazard Mitigation and Coastal Resilience, or Ecosystem Services.
  • Stage: The program is open to early-stage ocean resilience innovations, particularly academic research in the exploratory phase of commercial potential.
  • Location: The program is open to U.S.-based participants only.



Jeff Plumblee headshotJeff Plumblee, Lead Instructor

Resilience and Sustainability Specialist



Sandra Fujiyama headshotSandra Fujiyama

Executive Director, Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship



Courtney McGeachy headshotCourtney McGeachy

Director of Ocean Visions-United Nations Decade Collaborative Center for Ocean Climate Solutions, Ocean Visions



Whitney Tallarico headshotWhitney Tallarico

CEO, GRIT Consulting

Program Manager, Alaska Blue Economy Center


Kirk Waltz headshotKirk Waltz

Director, Government Services Business Development—Clean Energy Transition, American Bureau of Shipping



About NOAA

NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Their reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as they work to keep the public informed of the changing environment around them. Learn more at View more about the Ocean-Based Climate Resilience Accelerators program.

This effort is funded by VentureWell’s Phase 1 award through NOAA’s Ocean-Based Resilience Climate Accelerators program.

Questions? Contact Tricia Compas-Markman.

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