The Blue Solutions Start-Up Challenge is looking for answers to ocean industry problems. Address one of them today to win cash and business guidance to put your ideas into action.

Important Dates: 
September 6, 2017
Competition launch
September 22 - 23, 2017
Ocean Start-Up Weekend Cape Breton
September 29 - October 1, 2017
Ocean Start-Up Weekend Halifax
October 12, 2017
Submission deadline
October 19, 2017
Round one winners notified
October 20, 2017 - January 15, 2018
Acceleration programs
January 16, 2018
Pitches and judging
January 17, 2018
Pitches and judging (snow date)
January 18, 2018
Winners announced

The Blue Solutions Start-Up Challenge is now closed for submissions. Read about the 2017-2018 winners.

Blue Solutions is a competition to build on the increasing ocean technology development across our region and to ignite the start-up community in Nova Scotia.

Below are highlights about the opportunity. Learn more about the problem statements, competition requirements and start-up weekends in the BLUE SOLUTIONS INFO KIT.

About Blue Solutions 

We’re looking for innovative solutions to problems in the ocean sectors. Tell us about your solution to one of our ocean industry problems or a challenge you've identified. 

You could win cash and business guidance to put your ideas into action.

Entrants must have a new knowledge-based product or service with annual sales revenue of less than $1,000,000 CAD.

Funds awarded will be used to support the completion of prototypes or preparation for taking the product or service to market.


Start-ups must have a new knowledge-based product or service with less than $1,000,000 CAD in annual revenue.

Companies from around the world may apply, but winners must be registered as a business in Nova Scotia for funds to be released.

Entrants must be the majority owner(s) (51 per cent or more) of the start-up and plan to work full-time with the business in Nova Scotia.

Past participants of Innovacorp programs (e.g., Demo at Sea, ESCF, etc.) may apply for this competition.

Eligibility details can be found in the BLUE SOLUTIONS INFO KIT.

How do I enter?

Blue Solutions is closed for submissions! The deadline to submit your application was Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 5:00 pm AST. Entering was easy. You simply submitted your summary on how your start-up will address one of our five problem statements or an ocean industry challenge you've identified. SUBMISSIONS were made online. Check out the BLUE SOLUTIONS INFO KIT for all the details and competition requirements.


Round one winners will receive up to $10,000 in non-dilutive, non-repayable funding (based on expense claims) and guidance from seasoned business people. Up to 10 awards are anticipated for this round.

Awards are intended for the establishment and/or future development of the start-up.

Round two finalists will pitch their prototypes and business concepts to the judging committee, vying for up to $50,000 in non-dilutive, non-repayable funding. At least two awards are anticipated for this round.

Judging criteria

A judging committee of representatives from the private and public sectors will determine who receives financial support in round one, and who receives additional support at the end of round two.

Submissions will be evaluated on the quality of the product or service, industry knowledge and management experience, barriers to competitive entry, market size and credibility of plans to reach key milestones. 


All submissions will be treated confidentially and will not be made available to the public. Only those directly involved in managing or judging the competition will view submitted documents. While summary details will not be disclosed, the competition organizers reserve the right to announce those who advance to subsequent competition rounds. 


Blue Solutions is presented by:


Kyle Burton
  1. 902.424.8670 ext. 1406
  2. 1.800.565.7051 ext. 1406