Business strength, global scope and potential for system-changing impact distinguish Fish 2.0 2017 business competition finalists
CARMEL, CA, September 18, 2017 — Fish 2.0 today announced 40 companies that will pitch to investors Nov. 7–8 during the Fish 2.0 Innovation Forum at Stanford University, the culminating event in the Fish 2.0 2017 competition for sustainable seafood businesses.
This exceptionally strong group of finalists—winnowed from an initial pool of 184 entrants—stands out for its market traction, global character and high potential for impact on the seafood sector. About 50 percent of the finalists are post-revenue businesses, and more than half are based outside the U.S.
80 ventures move into Phase 3
Fish 2.0 just welcomed our largest-ever Phase 3 pool of seafood innovators: 80 ventures (out of 110 that completed Phase 2) are moving forward in the business competition to work on their impacts, risks, and investment opportunities.
This is an exceptionally strong group—we were thrilled to see investors’ positive comments about so many of these ventures across all eight tracks. We’re glad to have 40 spots available at this year’s finals, which means Phase 3 competitors have a 50-50 chance of making it to the end.
Sustainable seafood business competition attracts outstanding ventures, with strong representation from Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Pacific Islands
The 161 competitors in the third Fish 2.0 business competition for sustainable seafood are a diverse group of global, innovative businesses, and they demonstrate significant growth in wild fisheries and supply chain innovation.
This year’s competition criteria is focused heavily on wild fisheries and supply chain innovation in most geographies, with aquaculture innovations highlighted mainly in Southeast Asia and on the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts of the U.S. The businesses promise a range of solutions to challenges throughout the sustainable seafood sector, with business models adapted to different contexts and seafood species, and experienced management teams.
April 4 workshop and reception for Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington seafood businesses focuses on building networks and sparking interest from investors and buyers
The intensive workshop, open to seafood entrepreneurs from the West Coast and Alaska, provides coaching on how to communicate persuasively with investors and seafood buyers. It also gives participants opportunities to meaningfully connect with other innovative seafood businesses that could be key partners. To attend, entrepreneurs must register online and be invited.
Fish 2.0 will hold a free three-day business development workshop for South Atlantic and Gulf Coast shellfish entrepreneurs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) March 15–17, 2017. Participants will learn how to communicate about their business in a way that attracts interest, practice pitching to investors and buyers, and get advice on integrating social and environmental sustainability into their business strategy. The simple one-page workshop application, available at www.fish20.org/atlanticgulfworkshop, is due by Feb. 13.
Fish 2.0 Competition Adds Dedicated Track for Southeast Asia Seafood Entrepreneurs
New track guarantees three spots at final event for Southeast Asia participants; February workshop in Bangkok gives entrepreneurs a head start on applying for the global business competition
Fish 2.0, the global competition and network for sustainable seafood businesses, is adding a special track for Southeast Asian entrepreneurs. The track will kick off with a three-day workshop focused on engaging investors and preparing participants to apply for the 2017 competition.
Three-day program in Boston area provides business-building advice and training, plus a head start on applying for the global Fish 2.0 competition; workshop applications are due Jan.
Fish 2.0 will hold a free three-day business development workshop for New England seafood businesses at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts, Feb. 6–8, 2017. Participants will learn how to communicate about their business in a way that attracts interest, practice pitching to investors and buyers, and get advice on integrating social and environmental sustainability into their business strategy. The one-page workshop application, available at http://www.fish20.org/newenglandtrack, is due by Jan. 6.
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 4, 2016.
Monica Jain named one of 12 White House Champions of Change for Sustainable Seafood
On Friday, October 7, the White House will recognize Fish 2.0 founder Monica Jain, Fish 2.0 alumnus Alan Lovewell and 10 other people from across the country as White House Champions of Change for Sustainable Seafood. Jain earned the honor for her achievements with Fish 2.0, as well as her longtime dedication to ocean conservation and advancing seafood sustainability. Lovewell, the CEO and co-founder of Real Good Fish and a 2013 Fish 2.0 finalist, earned recognition for building a community-supported fishery that connects local fishermen with local consumers via weekly deliveries of high-quality sustainable seafood.
“The United States fishing industry is critical to the economic health and well-being of communities across the country, supporting 1.8 million jobs and contributing over $200 billion to the economy in 2014,” the White House release says. “However, our marine ecosystems are under threat from multiple stressors, including climate change and ocean acidification. The need for innovation in sustainable fisheries has never been greater."
“Local leaders serve as the backbone of our communities, working to build resilient coasts and striving to protect the at-risk towns whose futures depend on the recovery of our fisheries. The administration applauds the hard work, collaboration and sacrifice by many across the country to become responsible stewards and safeguard our seafood security. These Champions of Change are ensuring the United States is a global leader in sustainable seafood management.”