Accelerating ideas to solve the ocean plastic crisis
Sky Ocean Ventures is investing £25 million in innovations to end the devastating flow of plastic into the sea, across the world.
What we’re looking for
The plastic value chain is broken. We need to use less plastic and recycle more. We are looking for bold ideas with the potential to scale up and drive behaviour change for millions of people across the world.
We invest in:
Material innovation: Innovations across the entire plastics value chain, from material innovation to end-of-life
Responsible consumption:Solutions that inspire responsible consumption by consumers and businesses, through technology
Circular economy: Improvements in the recycling, clean-up and treatment of waste plastics, to create a more circular economy.
We’re fostering a unique innovation ecosystem with our partners, to invest in and nurture ambitious new ideas.
We invest from pre-seed through to Series A. So we can help with anything from proof of concept through to scaling an idea to reach millions of new customers. We’re happy to invest on our own, or with other investors.
We can call on expert volunteers from our 30,000 colleagues across Europe to help you solve your toughest problems in strategy, product, marketing, operations, finance and more.
Through our Innovators in Residence programme, you can trial your products with thousands of people at our Sky campus in West London.
Once your product is ready for the mass market, we can use our voice to raise awareness amongst our 120 million viewers, to help you succeed.
Got a solution that can change the way we use and reuse plastic? Please apply for funding.
About Sky Ocean Ventures
We launched the Sky Ocean Rescue campaign in 2016, to make people aware of plastic pollution and to give everyone easy ways to take action, every day. We use the power of our voice to report from the frontline, showing millions of people across Europe the environmental destruction and loss of marine life caused by plastic in the sea. Back in 2016, not many people were aware of the problem. Now millions of people care and they’re taking action to cut back on plastic.
Sky Ocean Ventures, our impact investment fund, is searching for solutions to end the flow of plastic into the ocean. We’re investing £25 million over five years in ingenious ideas that millions of people across the world can embrace, enabling them to cut back on plastic and recycle more.
So far, we have an exciting portfolio of 18 high-potential innovators and startups. We invest at an early stage, from pre-seed through to Series A. We nurture promising new solutions with our expertise in brand-building, our network of partners and the opportunity to test new ideas with our 31,000 colleagues and ultimately, our 24 million customers.
Sky Ocean Ventures is the first non-strategic fund launched by a FTSE 30 plc to tackle an environmental issue.
Searching for solutions
Sky Ocean Ventures is accelerating ideas to help us all to kick our plastic habit. We're looking for transformational products and solutions that can change the way millions of people live, enabling us all to use less plastic and recycle more.
Millions of plastic bags, bottles and containers are thrown away every day
We’re investing in a disposable bottle, made of paper
We’re investing in a grocery delivery service with reusable containers
We’re investing in sustainable paper bags, funded by advertisers
We’re investing in a system to ensure 100% of recyclable plastic is recycled
We’re accelerating ideas to help us all to kick our plastic habit and recycle more
So far, we are supporting 15 high-potential ideas. We are searching for more. We’re funding everything from a disposable bottle made of paper to sachets made of seaweed, to packaging made of wood chips. We hope some of these products will change the way we live, for the better.
If you are fundraising for a company or project that aligns with our mission to solve the ocean plastics crisis and meets our criteria, please get in touch. Send us a cover note and detailed pitch deck. We’ll let you know if you progress through to the next stage of our investment process. If your project doesn’t align with our mission, we can’t guarantee you a response. For all portfolio requests, please get in touch with our innovators directly, as we’re unable to facilitate these requests.