The Ocean Quest is a laboratory for young and likeminded ‘ocean entrepreneurs’, with the aim to catalyze the development and implementation of new, scalable business solutions that contribute to the protection, restoration and sustainable use of the oceans.

More than two thirds of our planet is covered by oceans. Everything on Earth is connected with the sea. A mysterious and inspiring world, largely undiscovered. And so fragile, now more than ever. Life in the oceans is transitioning towards a new state, in a changing climate. Our current use and impact on the oceans is undermining the resilience of our global marine ecosystems, negatively affecting this transition.

Populations are declining, colors are disappearing. And there are no easy solutions.

This is why we need more and better ocean ‘entrepreneurs’ who develop creative ways to positively contribute to this transition. To pick up the challenge of our lifetime, especially if we don’t know how yet. Likeminded, young ocean entrepreneurs with a strong commitment to create real and scalable impact, building on the experience and expertise of themselves and others.

The process


After an in-depth intake with our crew each member starts with a tailor-made process...
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At sea

During this 9-day sailing expedition we lay the foundation for the year to come...
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Making waves

Back on shore the focus is on getting things done and learning as we go...
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After one year of hard work we assemble again to share and celebrate results...
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The journey continues…

For those who want this is a membership ‘for life’...
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Ocean Entrepreneurs



Daniel Poolen

Chief Plastic Officer - Plastic Mining Cooperation

Emily Penn

Skipper | Ocean advocate | Artist

Frank Reef

Reef and Co. | Surfrider Foundation

Floris van Hest

Director North Sea Foundation

Merijn Hougee

Director Clean Shipping Index | North Sea Foundation

Gianna Savoie

Ocean Media Institute | Montana State University | Life on TERRA |

Cosmo Wassenaar

Director Seasailing School Enkhuizen | Teamleader ROC Holland

Simen Knudsen

Nordic Ocean Watch | Æra Strategic Innovation

Willemijn Peeters

Searious Business | Ocean ambassador of The Netherlands

Alasdair Harris

Blue Ventures | Environmental conservationist | Social entrepreneur


Meet the team, the first coffee is on us!

Chris van Assen

Marine biologist, life coach

Henrik Looij

Serial social entrepreneur, trainer/coach

Joris van der Kolk

Environmental lawyer, diver

Sigrid Burg

Sea sailor, social entrepreneur and communication expert