Monaco Ocean Protection Challenge


Unleashing Students’ Innovation Power to Protect the Oceans

The Monaco Ocean Protection Challenge is a students’ competition organized by four partners:
Our Corporate Partners:


The Monaco Ocean Protection Challenge began in 2018 as a collaboration between 4 partners dedicated to ocean protection and awareness: The Oceanographic Institute of Monaco, Monaco Impact, The International University of Monaco, and The Fondation Prince Albert II. The aim of the MOPC as a whole is to provide young students and entrepreneurs the opportunities and skills to succeed in building sustainable businesses for a better world, as well as sharing the core values that the Principality of Monaco has endorsed for more than a century.


Open to all students

The 2021 edition is open to all university undergraduates, post-bachelor students, and young entrepreneurs who are creating a company or have created one after January 2020. Check the requirements to participate.

Requirements to Participate

A Bachelor, Master or MBA university student or a young entrepreneur
Being fluent in English (and have a creative, entrepreneurial spirit)
Willing to take actions that make sense and have impact
Prepared to participate in the implementation of the idea (if selected by the Jury)

When the Circular Economy Saves the Ocean

4th Edition MOPC Theme
A World of Reusability
  • As our oceans continue to face the enormous threat of pollution, it’s time to focus on an economy based on reusability!
  • The possibilities in a circular economy are endless! Can you come up with the next brilliant idea to save our ocean?
Who can join?
  • All undergraduate/graduate students, as well as students who graduated within the last 5 years;
  • Participants who are creating or have created a company after June 2020, and fit the previous requirements.
What do I have to submit?
  • A Business Plan;
  • A 1-Minute video presenting your concept and business plan.
  • A timeline of milestones in your project’s development.
How will the Jury screen your business plan?
  • Verify and substantiate demand for your product or service, based on market research and a thorough analysis of relevant data;
  • Make sure the impact and the potential of your business concept are global, not local;
  • Create a positive and measurable impact on the Oceanographic Institute and/or on the Oceans.