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Tim Silverwood
Ocean Impact Organisation


Tim Silverwood is an award-winning environmentalist committed to reducing human impacts on the natural world.  A keen surfer, Tim became alarmed at the risks plastic pollution posed to our oceans and wildlife, co-founding the not-for-profit organisation ‘Take 3 for the Sea’ in 2009.


After ten years building Take 3 into a social movement and successful charity, Tim launched Ocean Impact Organisation (OIO) in 2020 with co-founder Nick Chiarelli.  OIO is Australia’s first ocean impact ecosystem and startup accelerator helping people to start, grow and invest in businesses that positively impact the ocean.  OIO's purpose is to transform ocean health through inspiration, innovation and good business. OIO's mission is to support and accelerate ocean impact businesses.  To date (Dec. 2022), OIO has received over 950 program applications from 65 countries, and has supported 68 startups and entrepreneurs.


Tim’s achievements include being awarded the 2014 NSW Green Globe ‘Sustainability Champion’; featuring in the popular ABC series ‘War on Waste’ and starring as an ‘Ocean Guardian’ in the 2017 feature documentary ‘Blue’.


In 2011, Tim sailed 5000km across the North Pacific Ocean to study the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch, sharing his experiences through a popular TEDx talk on his return.


Tim is a passionate presenter, facilitator and commentator who delivers a firm, reasoned and insightful case for the rapid adoption of 'business as unusual' to create an abundant and sustainable future for Planet Ocean and its inhabitants.

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