Yesterday UNOPS announced Origin by Ocean as one of the five winners in the global innovation challenge, with the theme of Advancing resilient infrastructure with technology in the face of climate change. Origin by Ocean and its marine biomass refinery technology receives with this award international recognition, attention and the support of the UNOPS Global Innovation Centers. This prestigious award offers Origin by Ocean the opportunity to participate in the UNOPS Innovation incubation program, access to global customers, investors and potential partners.
It all started in January 2020 when Origin by Ocean took part in the challenge.
This has been an extremely fascinating innovation challenge for us, for many different reasons. First of all, we were really hesitant to participate due to time restrictions. However, after considering what we might miss out on, we decided to participate. Just two days before the submission deadline last winter, we made the decision to participate. Although both of us somewhat worried about if we are going to be competitive. However, we submitted with our Nauvu® Process, explaining our biomass refinery technology. We gave this innovation challenge our best. Throughout the spring we submitted additional details, about our innovation and scale-up potential to the UNOPS Innovation Center, Lund, Sweden. After this, the tough qualifying rounds began. All of a sudden during the summer time we find ourselves as one of the top 26 companies, going forward.
Some time during mid-September, we got the great news, that we are amongst the top 17 companies. And now today, this fantastic news. Today, we are one of the winners. One of the top 5 companies from around the world. How fantastic is this?! The selection was made out of hundreds and hundreds of companies from the start. We feel extremely humbled and honoured by this award. Obviously, this is a great recognition of the work that we are doing, above all because this award comes from the organisation behind all of the SDGs.
Now, we and our whole team are energetic and motivated to strive forward.