• Daniel Kleinman

Unveiling Seaworthy 2.0

Seaworthy's Refined Vision Moving Forward

Over the last few months, the Seaworthy team has been hard at work integrating our lessons learned from Cohort 2 with our vision for scaling up in 2023. After taking some time to reflect on the highlights and lessons learned from the past year, we're excited to share our new mission and vision statement below:

Seaworthy Collective and Seaworthy Foundation (501c3), founded in 2020 in Miami, Florida, envision oceans of opportunity without barriers, where everyone can contribute to solutions and systems for reversing ocean degradation and climate change. Our mission is to enable access and inclusion in the global ocean and climate startup ecosystem. We mobilize untapped talent and ideas by building, educating, activating, and scaling our community. We empower sea change makers – current and aspiring entrepreneurs across diverse backgrounds and verticals – who drive innovation for 71% of the planet (our ocean) to regenerate 100% of the planet.

We've also updated our Opportunities for Sea Change impact verticals to focus on the impacts themselves rather than the specific technologies to get there. As we build out a regenerative blue economy, valuing each of the impacts we can create, as well as developing the systems to measure, report, and verify those impacts, are critical.

With this clarity, we're excited to roll out our newest startup program, open up applications for our next Venture Studio cohort, and get our first formal partnership opportunities out to the world.

Our Refined Programmatic Focus Areas

Community programs build localized communities and engagement while advancing ocean and climate impact innovation ecosystem development. Regular gatherings like our Climate Community Social Hour provide collaborative events that bring people of diverse backgrounds with shared passions together to build community for ocean and climate impact, while simultaneously growing our network. All of this helps drive our mission to make the global ocean and climate impact innovation ecosystem more accessible.

Social and educational programs drive inclusion of diverse talent and awareness of resources and opportunities while supporting social and workforce development. Led by the Sea Change Makers Speaker Series, Seaworthy enables access to catalytic knowledge, expertise, experience, and resources through virtual, in-person, and/or hybrid panels featuring industry experts, thought leaders, and entrepreneurs. Seaworthy also partners with community organizations to intentionally reach underserved and underrepresented communities.

Startup programs activate communities to co-create and grow scalable companies and impact while accelerating economic development and environmental regeneration. Our flagship startup program is our venture studio, a twelve-week deep dive that activates our community to co-create individual solutions by building interdisciplinary teams, while also co-creating systems of solutions with existing startups. The program drives traction and collaboration across six verticals.

Announcing Our New Founder Mentorship Program

The Seaworthy Foundation’s Founder Mentorship Program offers a year-round opportunity to become part of our startup pipeline. In this program, we work with current founders on a less intensive basis, meeting monthly or bi-monthly to drive tangible results and growth. In addition, this program allows us to extend our services to startups that want to get ahead for the chance to be part of our next Venture Studio cohort. It also allows us to support startups that either don't need the full 12-week Venture Studio program or who may fall outside of our normal focus verticals.

Learn more and apply for the Founder Mentorship Program on our Startup Programs page.

Applications Open For Venture Studio Cohort 3 - Launching in March 2023

The Seaworthy Foundation’s flagship Venture Studio program activates our community by providing accessible opportunities for anyone with a passion for making ocean impact and climate impact to contribute to solutions across any of our 6 Opportunities for Sea Change (O4SC) verticals.

Our approach is unique. We build cohorts that consist of two types of program participants: aspiring founders co-creating new startups, and current founders growing existing startups. As the first BlueTech venture studio in the United States, we work to not only co-create individual solutions, but also build systems of solutions. Over a 12-week sprint, We catalyze traction and collaboration among our cohort participants by providing access to network connections, talent, capital, and more. The program culminates in our community’s biggest event of the year, the startup showcase!

All of our startups (both co-created and existing) present their pitches and the results of our work together at the startup showcase at the end of the cohort – an event bringing together our largest contingent of community members and stakeholders (including grantors and investors). Here, the startups share their pitches and progress, as well as how they will continue growing organically after the conclusion of the cohort.

Learn more and apply for the Venture Studio on our Startup Programs page.

Join Our Community - Revamped Discord Ready To Roll!

Thanks to Ben and Vincent's hard work, we have relaunched our Discord (click to join) spurring new connections from all over the world! We're just getting started rolling out a new community engagement strategy spearheaded by our very own Max Baumann.

Community has always been key, but now we’re intentional on scaling community to unlock the rest of our flywheel. As we grow our community, Seaworthy drives awareness, education, engagement, and the development of accessible opportunities. Simply put, Seaworthy helps bring people into the ocean innovation ecosystem by providing the leading pipeline of early stage startup founders, both current and aspiring (co-creating with our venture studio).

Seeking Philanthropic Partners Looking To Drive Triple Bottom Line (Social, Economic, & Environmental) Impact

To date, Seaworthy has soldiered on as a bootstrapped startup primarily driven by volunteers helping us to prove that we could create the change we wanted to see in ocean and climate impact.

Seaworthy 2.0 is our stake in the ground that we have moved the needle on driving change, and it's time we find the partners who see the value in our work and believe in what we can achieve moving forward. We're looking for corporate and philanthropic partners to be catalysts enabling Seaworthy to scale its impact.

Whether its supporting building the local climate community, driving inclusion and education for ocean and climate innovation, or supporting the programs helping our sea change making founders take the leap into entrepreneurship or grow their startup, we are driving, social, economic, and environmental impact holistically through our 3 program areas.

We have some ambitious goals for the next year and beyond, with projected impacts you can view below:

Interested in supporting driving sea change with Seaworthy? Download our partnership package here, or visit our partnerships page to learn more.

Closing Thoughts

It has been said that it takes at least 2 years for a startup to reach a point of clarity in being ready to scale up. This past month marked 2 years since Seaworthy launched, and we could not be prouder to reintroduce ourselves with a renewed focus and clear call to action across our global community and network.

Seaworthy’s community programs have amassed a global network of 2250 members, 250 mentors and collaborators, and investing partners with over $1.4 billion in assets. Seaworthy’s social and educational programs, led by the Sea Change Makers Speaker Series, have educated 2370 people over 31 panels in 2 years. Seaworthy’s startup programs, with its flagship venture studio program, have supported 20 startups and 48 founders across 4 continents, including 4 co-created startups in 2 cohorts. Seaworthy startups have raised $6.5 million within 1 year of graduating, with 35% of founders coming from underrepresented backgrounds.

In the social and environmental impact space, many of us are great at giving selflessly, while not being so great at asking and receiving. This is the point where we have been, and it is time we flip the script on that to activate our collective’s potential to catalyze our growth.

Seaworthy Collective and Seaworthy Foundation are seeking supporting partners including philanthropists, foundations, government, and corporates who are deeply aligned with us that we can count on to support our work moving forward. We’re raising $1.5 million in tax-deductible donations through the end of next year, with even greater ambitions of raising $9.75 million to support us through 2025, enabling us to scale to at least 7 cities globally.

Members of the Seaworthy leadership team - Daniel, Tamara, Brittany, and Stephanie

Transparently, Seaworthy has been driven by a team vastly made up of volunteers from all over the world. With the impact we’ve generated to date, the sky is the limit on what we can do with a full-time team!

Even if you can’t be part of this opportunity to support us, you can help us in sharing our ask far and wide as we look to include diverse global stakeholders as part of our first wave of supporting partners.

Thank you so much for everyone who has supported us so far, and for the incredible dedication of our team and community for getting us to this point.

We look forward to bringing on the partners truly dedicated to supporting the sea change needed to build a regenerative future for people, ocean, and (blue) planet with Seaworthy.

Take Action

Apply for our new Founder Mentorship Program or for Venture Studio Cohort 3

Attend our next Climate Community Social Hour on October 13th

Donate - support the Seaworthy Foundation (501c3) and our mission to make ocean innovation more accessible and inclusive. Learn more about the Foundation here and donate to support here.

Partner - Download our partnership opportunities here, or visit our partnerships page to learn more.

Join our Discord - Join our community of fellow current and aspiring sea change makers by introducing yourself on our server!

Daniel Kleinman

Founder & CEO Daniel@SeaworthyCollective.com

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