Blue Ocean: harness the power of innovation to regenerate ocean health

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A direct impact strategy investing innovations for the regeneration of ocean health

SWEN Blue Ocean is a direct impact strategy investing in innovations that help regenerate ocean health, hence contributing to achieve SDG #14.






Delivering systemic impact and competitive market returns

SWEN Blue Ocean backs startups that deliver both systemic impact and competitive market returns. Our focus is on solutions to overfishing, ocean pollution and marine solutions to climate change.

Our first fund, was launched at the World Conservation Congress of the IUCN in 2021, in scientific partnership with Ifremer. The strategy deploys €170 million in innovative ocean health startups, with over 80% institutional investors.




World’s first real-time accurate measurement of fish biomass for salmon farming.

Land-grown shrimp. Delicious, bycatch free and waste free, and produced locally without mangroves cut.

Cultivated fish meat. Cruelty free, pollution free and low carbon.

Democratising biodiversity measurement with eDNA.

Decarbonising the martime industry with data and AI.

Refillable personal care products in sticks, avoiding single-use plastics and water transportation.

World leading technology for sustainable cleaning of underwater structures from marine biofouling.

Reducing pollution from the nautical industry with a hybrid power system.

Democraticising reuse systems in the food service industry.

Decarbonising the maritime transport and yachting industry with high-performance rigid wings.

Producing a residue-based fully biodegradable alternative to both conventional plastics and bioplastics.

Democaticising reuse systems in the grocery shopping area using reusable containers.


News Feb 2024

ChangeNOW 2024: invitation to the Ocean Night organized by SWEN Blue Ocean

News Feb 2024

SWEN Blue Ocean team is hiring! Join them as an investment principal

News Feb 2024

SWEN Blue Ocean team is growing!

News Mar 2023

SWEN Blue Ocean closes at €170m

News Feb 2022

One Ocean Summit: science, finance and startups take action together

News Oct 2022

SWEN Blue Ocean Fund exceeds target to reach €150 million milestone

News Feb 2022

Noray Seafood announces an investment led by Creadev to accelerate its expansion plans

News Oct 2021

OptoScale raises $4.1m to scale up real-time fish farm monitoring in major exporting countries

News Jun 2021

SWEN welcomes Christian Lim & Olivier Raybaud to develop a new impact strategy: Blue Ocean

Our investment team

Christian LIM

Managing Director


Managing Director


Investment Director

Mélanie LE GUEN

Investment Director




Senior Associate



Our advisors

François SIMARD

Ocean Impact

Brad Ack

Ocean Impact

Romain Charraudeau

Ocean Science - Ifremer

Willemijn Peeters

Circular Economy

Frederic Veyssiere

Venture Capital

Andreas Merl

Ocean Impact

Laurent Auguste

Circular Economy

Vincent Colard

Circular Economy

Benoit Condoumi

Cicular Economy

Pierre Leenhardt


David Hume

Marine Energy & Shipping

Benjamin Leyre


Hela Chekhrouhou


Antoine Person

Marine Shipping

Our Ecosystem


UpLink is a digital platform to source innovative solutions for the world’s most pressing problems.

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OceanHub Africa

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Creative Destruction Lab

Nonprofit organization that delivers an objectives-based program for massively scalable, seed-stage, science- and technology-based companies.

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Sustainable Blue Economy

The Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles are the foundational keystone to invest in the ocean economy.

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Plug and Play

Connect the largest corporations to the world's best startups through industry-focused accelerator programs in Silicon Valley and beyond.

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Ocean Exchange

Global ecosystem that comprises experts from business, finance, academia, government, and non-profits around the world.

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European Commission initiative with the aim to accelerate new ocean-based technologies and solutions to unlock innovation and investment opportunities in the sustainable blue economy.

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Green Innovation Group

Mnagement consultancy dedicated to decarbonising the Healthcare industry.

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Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation

Global, multi-stakeholder initiative focused on enabling conditions that support a material increase in private, return-seeking investment in conservation.

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Katapult Ocean

Katapult Ocean invest in and support startups that have a positive impact on our ocean.

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Respect Ocean

Assocation committed to sustainable economic development in favor of the protection and preservation of the ocean, coasts and their ecosystems.

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Techstars is on a mission to invest in a number of startups per year to enable more capital to flow to more entrepreneurs around the world in order to deliver exceptional returns to our investors.

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Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA)

Global youth-led organization that empowers young leaders and ecopreneurs to build solutions that restore the health of our ocean.

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1000 Ocean Startups

The largest coalition of ocean impact entrepreneur-supporting organizations harnessing innovation for ocean health. The voice of the Ocean Impact Innovation.

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World Ocean Council

The World Ocean Council brings together the diverse ocean business community to collaborate on a shared vision of a healthy and productive ocean and its sustainable use and stewardship by responsible businesses.

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Ubuntoo is a tech-enabled environmental solutions platform that uses collective intelligence to solve some of the planet’s biggest challenges.

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Solar Impulse Fondation

Dedicated to improving the quality of life on Earth by fast-tracking the implementation of clean and profitable solutions to encourage decision makers to adopt more ambitious environmental targets and policies.

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CFA (Conservation Finance Alliance)

The Conservation Finance Alliance is the leading professional association for conservation finance experts and practitioners.

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High Level Panel

Unique initiative by 18 world leaders who are building momentum for a sustainable ocean economy in which effective protection, sustainable production and equitable prosperity go hand in hand.

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The Ocean Opportunity Lab (TOOL)

The world’s first interactive map & resource matchmaking platform for innovators across ocean, renewables & circular solutions.

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Seaweed for Europe

A coalition to advance and scale a sustainable and innovative seaweed industry in Europe.

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