Star of the South Partners with Ocean Impact Organisation to Back Ocean Startups

A A$100,000 prize pool is up for grabs in this year’s Ocean Impact Pitchfest, a global initiative of the Australian-based Ocean Impact Organisation, to support and celebrate startups working to transform ocean health.

Australian offshore wind farm project Star of the South is sponsoring the Climate Spotlight Award to shine a light on ocean startups with an innovative solution to climate change.

Spotlight Award winners will receive A$10,000 while the overall winner is supported with a A$50,000 cash prize, widespread exposure, and mentoring to help scale up their business.

Applications for Pitchfest 2023 close on 20 September 2023. Applicants can apply from anywhere in the world at

Star of the South Chief Executive Officer, Charles Rattray, has encouraged local entrepreneurs and startups to take part in Pitchfest.

“While we work to bring offshore wind technology to Australia, we’re proud to support startups ready to take their big ideas to the next level and have a real impact on climate and ocean health.”

“Today’s Pitchfest winners could be tomorrow’s offshore wind industry partners – we’re excited to see what innovations are uncovered and to follow and support the winners as they take their next steps,” Rattray said.

CEO of Ocean Impact Organisation Nick Chiarelli added: “As we enter the fourth year of The Ocean Impact Pitchfest we are excited to shine a light on remarkable startups solving complex ocean challenges and to partner with visionary companies like Star of the South, who know the potential the ocean holds for a renewable energy powered future.”

The Pitchfest Climate Spotlight winner last year was Hullbot – a Sydney-based startup that builds robots to clean boat hulls, eliminating harmful antifouling coatings, reducing CO2 emissions, and preventing invasive species transport.