Empowering Early-Stage and Aspiring Ocean Entrepreneurs From Diverse Backgrounds - Daniel Kleinman // Seaworthy Collective
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In Episode 51 of the Investing in Impact podcast, Causeartist contributor, Rafael Aldon, speaks with Daniel Kleinman, Founder and CEO of Seaworthy Collective, on empowering early-stage and aspiring Ocean entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds.
Seaworthy Collective (501c3) is a startup incubator and community based in Miami, focused on BlueTech (ocean innovation). Their goal is to eliminate barriers and foster inclusivity in ocean and climate impact innovation. The organization aims to create a world of endless opportunities where everyone can contribute to finding solutions that make a positive difference for our planet's oceans.
They support and empower Sea Change Makers, including early-stage and aspiring entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds and impact areas globally. These innovators drive progress for our oceans, which cover 71% of the planet, with the ultimate goal of regenerating 100% of the planet.
Daniel Kleinman is Seaworthy Collective's Founder and CEO, and a marine roboticist. Daniel received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida, and a Master of Professional Science in Exploration Science from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.
As an undergraduate, Daniel interned with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and became versed in design and systems thinking as a University Innovation Fellow. After graduating in 2015, Daniel started his career as a pilot and test engineer for Bluefin Robotics' unmanned underwater vehicles in Boston. Daniel then served as a Navy contractor and mechanical engineer in maritime systems in San Diego.
In 2020, Daniel launched the Seaworthy Collective community in Miami to break the silos he experienced in industry by supporting fellow impact changemakers addressing the ocean’s greatest problems. Through Seaworthy Foundation, Daniel and his team created programs to serve their community, which started with the Sea Change Maker Series and Venture Studio.
Daniel also serves as an advisor for Opportunity Miami and The Shrimp Society, a steering committee member for Ocean Visions’ Global Ecosystem for Ocean Solutions. Daniel is also a member of The Explorers Club, a Miami Global Shaper, and an On Deck Catalyst Founding Fellow. Daniel has been recognized as one of Miami’s Ambassadors for Sustainable Development Goal 14, a 30 Under 30 by the University of Miami, and a Future Climate Leader by the Aspen Institute.