We are a student team designing and building software to protect biodiversity for healthy oceans

Reef Support, an  award  winning innovation

What we believe in

Oceans and coral reefs are the backbone of a multitude of ecosystems and for human livelihood.

Unfortunately, we have already lost or severely damaged more than 50% of coral reefs and 85% of oyster beds worldwide. Studies estimate nearly all reefs will be at risk by 2050 unless action is taken now to reduce the threats. These alarming projections are increasingly becoming a major challenge in many parts of the world.

We aim to change that.

The ABC's of Reef Support


We have all heard of precision agriculture, our aim is to develop precision aquaculture that incurs the lowest impact on surroundings. Certification programs today rely on annual in-person audits that is only affordable by a limited number of larger farms, which also has been difficult to conduct due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. While certification programs are moving to supplement audits with more frequent farmer-submitted information, this too has been challenging due to the lack of incentives for sharing data. Reef Support brings together insights from the farm paired with knowledge from the eyes of the skies.


Each year, billions of pounds of trash and other pollutants enter the ocean. Where does this pollution come from and where does it go? Some of the debris ends up on our beaches, washed in with the waves and tides. Some debris sink, eaten by marine animals that mistake it for food, and some accumulate in ocean gyres. Despite the economic benefits of tourism, beach managers have grown increasingly resistant to continued resort development due to lack of clear predictive insights and planning strategies.

Coral Reef Protection

Healthy reefs act as natural barriers, protecting coastal cities, communities, and beaches from pounding ocean waves. Nearly 200 million people depend on coral reefs to protect them from storm surges and waves. Without coral reefs, many beaches and buildings would become vulnerable to wave action and storm damage. With more frequent and severe storms predicted as part of climate change, coastal protection services will become even more important in the future.

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Reef Support in the Media

We are honored to have been featured by several media outlets.
Below are our highlights
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15 Feb 2020:
Proud to the announce that our CEO, Marcel, has been featured as one of the 50 Young Talents of 2021 by Het Financieele Dagblad.
10 Dec 2020:
'Reef Support wins Copernicus Masters top prize'
10 Dec 2020:
Reef Support has been truly honored to be featured on the 5uur Show on SBS6 as the good news of the day! The good news being of course the Copernicus Masters Prize that we have received.
9 Dec 2020:
'Nederlandse studenten winnen Europese ruimtehoofdprijs'
Reef Support has been truly honored in being featured in an article on NOS, the biggest broadcasting organization in The Netherlands.
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8 Dec 2020:
'Dutch startup Reef Support overall winner Copernicus Masters 2020'

Reef Support has achieved the unthinkable! We have not only won the Copernicus Prize The Netherlands but also the Copernicus Masters Overall Prize 2020. The Space Business Innovation Centre in Noordwijk wrote this article about us.
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8 Dec 2020:
'Gaat dit waarschuwingssysteem voor koraalriffen een Space Award winnen?'

Our CTO, Yohan Runhaar, had a talk on NPO Radio 1 about our company and what the Copernicus Prize for The Netherlands 2020 means to us.
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7 Dec 2020:
'Reef Support wins Copernicus Prize The Netherlands 2020'
It is official! Reef Support has won the Copernicus Prize The Netherlands 2020. The Space Business Innovation Centre in Noordwijk wrote this article about us.
7 Dec 2020:
‘Now is the time to discover, fail and explore’

Delta TU Delft wrote a nice article about our CEO, Marcel Kempers. His background and will to be a serial entrepreneur is all explained in here.
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