Healthy Earth wins Gulf Coast Innovation Challenge — VIDEO

VENICE, Fla. — The Gulf Coast Innovation Challenge has a winner and it’s one that promises to contribute to Florida’s “Blue Economy.”

The challenge is a $500,000 competitive grant opportunity designed to inspire and fund innovative solutions to issues and opportunities facing Florida’s Gulf Coast region. The inaugural challenge will focus on marine science and growing the region’s “Blue Economy.”

“Healthy Earth and our partners are committed to conserving Sarasota Bay fisheries, preventing the underutilization of mullet, and building a billion-dollar sustainable seafood industry here on the Gulf Coast,” said Chris Cogan, CEO of Healthy Earth and leader of the winning team. “We viewed the twin challenges of productivity and sustainability as an open-ended opportunity to innovate. I think that met the spirit and vision of Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s competition.”

The Gulf Coast Innovation Challenge inspires and funds innovative solutions to critical issues facing Florida’s Gulf Coast region. The inaugural, $500,000 Challenge focused on sustainably growing our marine sciences and technology cluster while conserving coastal resources.

The Challenge was open to entrepreneurs, educators, conservationists, and scientists—anyone with a novel idea for saving our seas, feeding our communities, and growing our Blue Economy.

Source & Video: Gulf Coast Innovation Challenge


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