Blue Pioneers Accelerator Program

Accelerating Innovation and Leading Change for Ocean Conservation

We empower change leaders and innovators to overcome ocean conservation challenges in China, Asia-Pacific, and around the world.

Why we care

Our ocean generates the air we breathe, provides the food we eat, and regulates the climate for the earth, but it is at risk. Among all the different ways to save our ocean, we focus on the people, specifically the emerging leaders in non-profits and social enterprise. In our program, we call them the Blue Pioneers. We help the Blue Pioneers to expand their capacity for complex problem-solving and leading in a volatile environment.

How we do it

The Blue Pioneers Accelerator Program upholds two pillars: Raw Case Study and Collaborative Experiment Fund, which consist of two weeks of in-person classes and online learning, field trips, and networking events in the Bay Area of California. The participants will be welcomed to the global Blue Pioneers network and will be trained and coached by inspiring practitioners and academics from leading organizations in Silicon Valley to central coast California.

Raw Case Study

Raw Case Study takes a form that is distinctly different from those of lecture teaching and traditional case studies. We partner with renowned organizations to develop their real-world problems into raw cases and guide the pioneers to develop solutions for them.

Check out our previously developed Raw Cases.

Collaborative Experiment Fund

After the Raw Case Study, the Blue Pioneers will have the opportunity to win the funding to kick off the implementation of their solution ideas and apply their skills in the real world. The pioneers will form teams and apply for the Collaborative Experiment Fund through a peer-selection process.

Check out our Collaborative Experiment winners and their projects.

What our previous Blue Pioneers say...

" It does accelerate many things from networking to my personal skills. I wish there would be more programs like BPP Accelerator in the future, and more people can feel what I feel!"

- Retno Ningrum

"...stepping outside of our usual foci for some time was refreshing. We came back to our work afterwards with renewed energy and clarity of vision."

-Timothy Kluckow

Our Partners