The 2017 Competition
The Fish 2.0 2017 Competition has concluded. This was a unique opportunity for businesses and investors to come together and build partnerships and momentum in the sustainable seafood sector. We invite you to learn more and to get involved in our dynamic (and fun) network.
Regional and Global Thematic Tracks
There were 6 regional and 2 global thematic tracks in this year’s competition. Participants competed against other businesses in their track, and the best in all of the tracks were invited to the Global Finals in California.
A Series of Regional Workshops and Webinars
In the regions where Fish 2.0 has a track this year, we conducted workshops for entrepreneurs who were interested in applying to the Fish 2.0 online competition. (All workshops took place before the online entry deadline of April 29, 2017). These regional workshops provided participants with connections and insights into business strategy and investor presentations, which helped them compete more effectively in the global competition. Workshop participation, however, was not required to compete in the Fish 2.0 online competition.
The Structure and Timeline
The Fish 2.0 2017 competition runs throughout the year, and is conducted online so that seafood businesses anywhere in the world can participate. The competition has 4 phases, each of which provides resources as well as advisory or other support to all participants, then determines which companies are most ready to move on to the next phase. In Phase 4, the selected finalists received individual pitch coaching and assistance that helped them prepare to give presentations in front of a broad group of experts and interested investors at the Finals.
The Fish 2.0 competition selects companies based on the scores they receive online from investors and business experts who serve as judges. The judges read and score each entry based on information provided by the company, using a password-protected, online system. Each judge also provides brief, anonymous feedback to the companies that they score.
Judging begins at the end of Phase 2. If a business moves on to Phase 3, a different group of judges will do the scoring. In both Phase 2 and Phase 3, judges will provide scores AND feedback to help companies improve.
And whether your company is long-established or a start-up, it will have equal opportunity to win; all scores are relative to your business’ readiness for the investment it is seeking.
Roles for Businesses, Investors, and Sustainability Experts
Online Judges: Investors who serve as online judges for Fish 2.0 will learn firsthand about innovations, trends, and opportunities in the sustainable seafood sector. The more businesses you judge, the more you can learn about the sector, the more investment opportunities you can see early on, and the more you can contribute to the sector’s growth. The entire process is fun and does not take much time.
Business and Impact Advisors: Serving as an advisor for Fish 2.0 is a great way to learn about businesses in the seafood sector while sharing your expertise. Advising is done virtually, and the time commitment is minimal. Previous advisors have found Fish 2.0 to be highly rewarding and fun, and they’ve made long-lasting connections (we have their testimonials!). This year’s system allowed advisors to post a short description of their expertise and interests, and competitors were able to “bid” on the advisor(s) they most want to speak with, thereby ensuring you are paired with ventures that value your input and feedback.
The Finals and Prizes
The Fish 2.0 Innovation Forum & Finals was held November 7–8, 2017, at Stanford University. Fish 2.0 finalists in each track came together, socialized, talked shop, and pitched their businesses to dozens of interested investors. Winners received either a cash prize or the invaluable ICX “Industry Connection” prize, which is being offered for the first time by industry sponsors to competitors in the Fish 2.0 network.
Download 2017 Competition Documents: