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.
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.
EnrollmentAfter an in-depth intake with our crew each member starts with a tailor-made process...
At seaDuring this 9-day sailing expedition we lay the foundation for the year to come...
Making wavesBack on shore the focus is on getting things done and learning as we go...
AnchoringAfter one year of hard work we assemble again to share and celebrate results...
Chief Plastic Officer - Plastic Mining Cooperation
Skipper | Ocean advocate | Artist
Reef and Co. | Surfrider Foundation
Floris van Hest
Director North Sea Foundation
Director Clean Shipping Index | North Sea Foundation
Ocean Media Institute | Montana State University | Life on TERRA |
Director Seasailing School Enkhuizen | Teamleader ROC Holland
Nordic Ocean Watch | Æra Strategic Innovation
Searious Business | Ocean ambassador of The Netherlands
Blue Ventures | Environmental conservationist | Social entrepreneur
Meet the team, the first coffee is on us!
Chris van Assen
Marine biologist, life coach
Serial social entrepreneur, trainer/coach
Joris van der Kolk
Environmental lawyer, diver
Sea sailor, social entrepreneur and communication expert