3 Accelerators To Help You Save Our Seas
19/11/2018 - Impact Hub

Partnering to Protect Our Oceans

With plastic waste entering the ocean at a rate of 1 garbage truck per minute, and a bleak prediction of more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050, the time to act is now. That’s why we’ve partnered with WWF to amplify our collective, positive impact on our oceans.

At the beginning of 2017 however, the partnership entered a new phase, which aims to do 4 things in particular:

  1. Scale the joint programs and workshops
  2. Share learning across borders
  3. Onboard new offices to the partnership
  4. Build a deep strategic alliance in each country and across borders

Now, looking back since we first partnered up to protect our oceans, we’re proud to highlight 3 successful accelerators that this alliance has helped to produce, bringing many social entrepreneurs’ ideas to impact at scale…

1. The Plastic Free Ocean Accelerator

Back in January 2018, WWF and Impact Hub Amsterdam joined forces to accelerate startups focused on reducing plastic pollution and plastic leakage into the ocean.

Now, a total of 7 startups have collaborated with Impact Hub and WWF’s combined network of mentors, experts, corporate partners and investors, to amplify their positive impact on our oceans. These inspiring members are all focused on:

  • Preventing or minimising the use of plastics by developing plastic alternatives.
  • Reusing, recycling and repurposing plastic waste.
  • Raising public awareness and promoting behavioural change with, for instance, campaigns to say ‘no’ to disposable plastic.

Stay tuned to Impact Hub Amsterdam for more to come!

2. The Fellowship on Ocean Cleanup

In December 2017, Gr3n Recycling won the Impact Hub Milan fellowship on Ocean Cleanup. They used WWF’s and Impact Hub’s mentoring program to develop a new technology that allows the chemical recycling of some plastics. This chemical recycling gives indefinite life to the material, one of the biggest pollutants to our oceans.

Since this fellowship’s incubation, Gr3n Recycling is now:

  • Increasing the amount of recyclable PET (polyester textile) from 10% to 100%.
  • Transferring chemical recycling processes from research labs to industry.
  • Scaling up to establish a recycling industrial plant that will help amplify their impact.

3. The Ocean Challenge Program

Back in November 2016, WWF Japan and Impact Hub Tokyo launched the Ocean Challenge Program to support entrepreneurs working towards a sustainable fishery industry. As a country completely surrounded by the ocean, Japan imports and consumes some of the world’s largest fisheries, shellfish, shrimp and crabs, and this program aims to diminish this unsustainable development.

Since the beginning of the Ocean Challenge, five promising social entrepreneurs implementing sustainable seafood practices were selected to take part. Each participant received training through workshops and mentorship, that helped them scale their impact and showcase their work to the local community.

Head over to our partnerships page to find out more about the program, and how the participants scaled up their ideas!

Looking Ahead

As Impact Hub and WWF continue to support environmentally responsible initiatives around the world, we think it’s imperative to remember why we started this partnership in the first place.

The goal is to build a better, more sustainable future for all. And nobody knows this more than Impact Hub’s own Gabriela Gandel and WWF’s Thomas Vellacott…


These projects work to contribute to the following SDGs: