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DEEP – Baltic Sea Challenge, 9–11 Feb 2018, Helsinki

09.02.2018 - 11.02.2018

Allas Sea Pool, Helsinki, Finland

The Baltic Sea is a truly exceptional, yet fragile natural environment that needs special protection. At the same time, the sea has great potential for sustainable business.

To combine protection with the development of the blue bioeconomy, we’re introducing DEEP – a unique two-track challenge aiming to create sustainable business from the Baltic Sea. Read the press release in Finnish here!

Organised by Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Finnish Water Forum, Ålandsbanken and Helsinki Think Company, DEEP is now calling for applications from teams ready to create concrete solutions for the following challenges:

Challenge 1: Sustainable business from the Baltic Sea

This track is aimed for teams of 2–5 persons with pre-existing business ideas in either (or both) of the following focus areas. The ideas can be anything from preliminary blueprints to more polished plans. Check out some inspiration on the blog!

  • solutions for a cleaner Baltic Sea
  • new food and non-food products from fish, algae and aquatic plants.

(Great motivation but no team? Apply as an individual an we’ll build you a team.)

Challenge 2: Better policies for the Baltic Sea

This track is aimed for individuals with a passion for better environmental policies.  Apply by yourself, and we’ll build a team for you. You’ll work together to develop or reform policies to create better opportunities for sustainable business from the Baltic Sea.

What You’ll Get

DEEP will support your team with tailored mentoring from dedicated content matter experts sourced from our large networks. The earlier you apply, the more time you will have to benefit from the mentors’ support.


The challenge will culminate in a weekend-long final in February 9–11 at Allas Sea Pool, an urban seaside oasis in the centre of Helsinki. A monetary prize of 3 000 euros will be granted to the winning team or shared between the best teams. Even more importantly, all of the teams will walk away with the right contacts and tools to make a true impact.

How to Apply?

DEEP is open for all – researchers, students, entrepreneurs and other enthusiasts.

Apply to the Sustainability Challenge as a 2–5 person team with your pre-existing idea to both or either of the topics (cleaner Baltic Sea and marine food or non-food production). The ideas can be anything from functional practicality to preliminary blueprints.

(Great motivation but no team? Apply as an individual and we’ll build you a team. )

Apply to the Policy Challenge and we’ll create a team for you. All you need is a strong interest in environmental policies.

Submit your application below by January 29, 2018 [closed].