The Monaco Ocean Protection Challenge is a business plan competition organized by four partners:

The International University of Monaco offers Bachelor, Master & MBA Programs in Finance, Marketing, Sport Business Management, Luxury & International Business.

The Oceanographic Institute Albert I Foundation was founded in 1906 to federate scientific and political actors, as well as the general public to « make the Ocean known, loved and protected ».

Monaco Impact is a non-profit association developing and promoting projects that have a positive social impact and contribute to the soft power of the Principality of Monaco.

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (PA2F) is dedicated to the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development on a global scale.


Our main Sponsor

CFM Indosuez is the only bank in Monaco that serves private investors, businesses, institutional clients and professionals. 

Their unique approach to core business – Wealth Management – blends the pursuit of excellence, efficient risk management, optimised governance and innovation.

Their multi-disciplinary teams are highly specialised and they use their strong convictions to help you create, grow, protect and pass on your wealth. They boast a local presence with five branches across the Principality.


Other Sponsors:

White Castle Partners was created by a team of highly experienced entrepreneurs, investors, tech executives, lawyers and strategists with years of experience in starting, growing and exiting businesses. They seek outstanding companies with growth ambition and execution focus that have developed leading scalable technology, and want to accelerate their growth. They are committed to promoting a more environmentally-conscious living and support the founders whose values and vision are making this possible.

Nansen Polar Expeditions is an industry-leading provider of logistics and planning for custom polar adventures, from supporting film production crews to coordinating small-group expeditions or private luxury cruises.

With the combination of their expert knowledge of remote areas, over 30 years of operational experience among their team, and using MV Villa and MV Nansen Explorer as their well-suited expedition platforms, they execute world-class, tailor-made experiences for a wide range of clients.


The challenge also has Supporting Partners:

1000 Ocean Startups is a coallition of global ecosystem of incubators, accelerators, competitions, matching platforms and VCs supporting startups that aim to accelerate Ocean Impact Innovation.

Monaco Ocean Week is an event where discussions, meetings, experimentation and opprtunity are organized.

The Ocean Innovators Platform is an event dedicated to cutting-edge technologies and inventive solutions aiming at conserving the world’s ocean, seas and marine resources. Its purpose is to highlight the essential role of entrepreneurship, innovation and investment to develop a sustainable blue economy. The Ocean Innovators Platform strives to turn the spotlight on the most impactful solutions, while fostering dialogue and fruitful exchanges between high-level stakeholders from various backgrounds. It takes place every year as part of the Monaco Ocean Week but also in the framework of international events promoting sustainable development.

Swen Capital Partner sis an asset manager and responsible ecosystem activator in the private equity universe.

UpLink is the innovation platform for people and planet. It’s an innovator movement by linking-up the best innovators to a growing network of experts and investors, who can scale their ventures and accelerate their impact.