This duo has launched a pitchfest for ocean-tech, with a $15,000 cash prize up for grabs



a person standing in front of a body of water: Ocean Impact Pitchfest


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Ocean Impact Pitchfest

Ocean-loving entrepreneurs Nick Chiarelli and Tim Silverwood are out to find the best businesses committed to protecting our oceans, and to raise Australia’s profile in the eco-tech sector while they’re at it.

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Chiarelli and Silverwood are the co-founders of the Ocean Impact Organisation. Founded in February this year, the organisation was intended to be an accelerator program, helping founders build and scale businesses that have a positive impact on the ocean.

But, of course, COVID-19 came along, and temporarily blew those plans off course.

Instead, they created Ocean Impact Pitchfest 2020, as a way to showcase and celebrate some of the businesses already out there. And, doing it remotely means applicants can come from all over Australia, and beyond.

“Pitchfest was an idea that we had to spin up out of coronavirus,” Chiarelli tells SmartCompany.

“We look at it

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