• Seafood entrepreneur: Seafood innovation’s international facilitator


    • Jeanine Stewart
    • April 20, 2017

    It’s getting competitive to hob-nob with seafood startups and industry innovators.

    They're increasingly stealing the spotlight from the day-to-day quota and price concerns as big seafood production questions loom. Perhaps most pressing: an added 27 million metric tons of aquaculture production is needed to maintain the present level of per capita fish consumption in 2030, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

    Enter Fish 2.0 founder Monica Jain, who began her international seafood business innovation competition Fish 2.0 in 2013. Since then, participation and interest has exploded.

  • Fish 2.0 2017 Competition Opens West Coast Track with Investment Event in Seattle

    Fish20.org
    • CARMEL, CA
    • March 15, 2017

    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.

  • South Atlantic & Gulf Coast Shellfish Businesses: Apply Now for March Fish 2.0 Workshop

    Fish20.org
    • CARMEL, CA
    • January 25, 2017

    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.

  • Southeast Asia Seafood Businesses: Apply Now for February Fish 2.0 Workshop

    Fish20.org
    • CARMEL, CA
    • December 23, 2016

    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.

  • New England Seafood Businesses: Apply Now for February Fish 2.0 Workshop

    • CARMEL, CA
    • December 12, 2016

    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.

  • White House Recognizes Fish 2.0 Founder


    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.”