South Atlantic & Gulf Coast Shellfish/Crustaceans Track
This South Atlantic and Gulf Coast Track offers a range of opportunities and support for regional shellfish and crustaceans businesses (farmed, wild and their supply chains) who wish to seek investment, make trade contacts and connect with Fish 2.0's global network of sustainable seafood businesses and investors.
Who can participate in the South Atlantic & Gulf Coast Shellfish/Crustaceans Track?
Companies from around the world compete in Fish 2.0. For the shellfish/crustaceans-focused track, the company must be:
- Based in the United States, in the South Atlantic & Gulf Coast region (Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.).
The company must be focused on one of the following:
- Open to any businesses in the above states involved in any aspect of the shellfish/crustaceans industry. (aquaculture, feed, harvest, food processing, transport, packaging, or regulatory).
All businesses including start-up, early stage or established businesses can participate.
There is no cost to participate in Fish 2.0 or its workshops.
What will I get out of participating in Fish 2.0?
Fish 2.0 will help you to get your business ready for investors, and to meet investors who are interested in your business in your region.
- Each enterprise will have its materials reviewed by 1-4 investors during the competition.
- You will be offered opportunities to work with investors who can advise you on how best to build your business idea and succeed in the competition and in gaining investment.
- Fish 2.0 receives significant media coverage in the seafood press and the popular press globally. See the News on the Fish 2.0 website.
What are my chances of winning?
- Fish 2.0 has a specific track just for South Atlantic & Gulf Coast Shellfish/Crustaceans Businesses. You will work with the same materials, process and feedback as all global businesses, but compete against the companies within your track to gain a spot at the Global Finals.
- All judging is done by investors, using standard criteria for viable businesses.
- Fish 2.0 offers a cash prize to the leading shellfish/crustacean-focused enterprise.
- Fish 2.0 will recognize the top three ventures in this track and invite them to pitch to investors at the competition finals in California.
The Fish 2.0 South Atlantic & Gulf Coast Shellfish Workshop
March 15-17, 2017 in Wilmington, North Carolina
About the Fish 2.0 South Atlantic & Gulf Coast Shellfish Workshop
- Direct support and training to clarify, improve and communicate your business values to investors.
- A short business pitch ready to be shared with investors.
- An application that is ready to enter in the 2017 Fish 2.0 competition.
- Guidance on participating and succeeding in Fish 2.0.
What you’ll gain
- Insight into types of investment and the best fit for your business.
- A strategy for positioning your business to attract funding.
- An understanding of what investors are looking for.
- Knowledge on how to incorporate environmental and social sustainability & impacts into your business strategy.
Who can attend?
- Open to enterprises from Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
- Must be involved in any aspect of the shellfish industry (aquaculture, feed, harvest, food processing, transport, packaging, or regulatory).
- All businesses including start-up, early stage or established businesses can participate.
The workshop is FREE. No specific preparation needed
Applications to this workshop are now closed.
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