Daniel Kleinman is a regenerative systems thinker and marine roboticist who has piloted, tested, and designed unmanned underwater vehicles for ocean science, exploration, and naval research. Throughout his career spanning research, industry, and academia, Daniel saw significant barriers and minimal opportunities to contribute to planet-positive ocean solutions. Daniel founded Seaworthy Collective in Miami, Florida, to overcome the silos that he and fellow environmentally passionate changemakers faced by building the community and programs to support current and aspiring innovators driving regenerative ocean and climate impact.
Daniel received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida, and his 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 also served as a Navy contractor in San Diego, where he spent 3 years working in mechanical engineering for maritime systems.
Since launching Seaworthy Collective and Seaworthy Foundation in 2020, Seaworthy’s community programs have amassed a global network of 2250 members, 250 mentors and collaborators, and investing partners with over $1.4 billion in assets. Seaworthy’s social and educational programs, led by the Sea Change Makers Speaker Series, have educated 2370 people over 31 panels in 2 years. Seaworthy’s startup programs, with its flagship venture studio program, have supported 20 startups and 48 founders across 4 continents, including 4 co-created startups in 2 cohorts. Seaworthy startups have raised $6.5 million within 1 year of graduating, with 35% of founders coming from underrepresented backgrounds.