"Fish 2.0 helped us grow our business, but more importantly, it helped us optimize our business. We are doing more, and doing it better. I don’t believe we would have gotten here as quickly if we had not gone through the Fish 2.0 planning exercise."- Dane Chauvel, Fish 2.0 Finalist
"Fish 2.0 is a great way to expand your network. We learned about other fish businesses and opportunities for collaboration--that exposure is very hard to do on your own."- Alan Lovewell, Fish 2.0 Finalist
"It’s not just a seminar, it’s the real thing – you’re pitching to real people with real money."- Gary Ullstrom, Fish 2.0 Finalist
"Fish 2.0 takes the fish by the fins and creates a much needed mechanism through which the right industry experience, innovative thinkers and financial backing can come together to move new ideas in seafood to market."- Kit Barron, Managing Director, CapLog Group, LLC and Fish 2.0 Advisor
"If you’re a start up in seafood, or if you’re an existing company with a social or environmental component, Fish 2.0 is definitely where you want to be."- Martin Reed, Fish 2.0 first prize winner
"When people ask me how it went, I tell them... it was simply amazing to meet so many like-minded individuals in one place, at one time. Thank you for making that possible. I'm so grateful that we were chosen as semi-finalists and invited to attend."- Diane Durance, Fish 2.0 Semi-finalist
"All the people we dealt with on the Fish 2.0 team were great to work with—we’d have no hesitation to do it again."- Ed Robinson, Fish 2.0 Finalist
"The Fish 2.0 organizers have done a fantastic job creating the world's first fishing and aquaculture business plan competition. Our advisors and the webinars have been top-notch, and the amount of interest and number of investors Fish 2.0 has attracted are incredible."
- David Walfish, Fish 2.0 Third Place Winner 2013
"It changed the way I prepare for all sorts of investor interactions, and it greatly improved our success."- Hoyt Peckham, Fish 2.0 Semi-finalist
"We believe that creating sustainable fisheries will have long-lasting impact on ensuring and improving the livelihoods of large populations in the developing world."- Beau Seil, Managing Partner, Unitus Impact
"People found us through the media around Fish 2.0 – people who want to have shrimp locally have gone out of their way to contact us."- Gary Beatty, Fish 2.0 Semi-finalist
"As a non-profit organization, Fish 2.0 has completely changed the way we think about our work. Whether we win the competition or not, the value was in the journey - learning to apply business principles to the way we conduct our work."- Jason Philibotte, Fish 2.0 Semi-finalist
Fish 2.0 will help fill a critical missing part of the ecosystem around financing sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. We look forward to connecting this effort to our thousands of investors motivated by positive social and environmental change.
- Margot Kane, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Calvert Foundation & Fish 2.0 Judge