WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Four North Carolina companies, including two with UNCW ties, are finalists who will present their ideas to promote a sustainable shellfish industry at the “Fish 2.0 Innovation Forum” for entrepreneurs Nov. 7-8, 2017, at Stanford University. Of the 40 finalists in the competition, which could lead to investment in their businesses as well as cash prizes, ShellTrak and ShellBond are Wilmington companies with ties to UNCW.
In March, UNCW and the Marine Bio-Technologies Center of Innovation hosted a Fish 2.0 workshop for entrepreneurs working to promote a sustainable shellfish industry through new technologies and business ventures. Four other Fish 2.0 finalists attended that workshop to polish their business models and presentations for the upcoming competition: The Sandbar Oyster Company of Morehead City; Kepley Biosystems of Greensboro; Gaskiya Diagnostics of Baltimore, MD.; and the Florida-based Pensacola Bay Oyster Company.
Diane Durance, UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship director and a previous Fish 2.0 competition finalist, was instrumental in organizing the regional workshop, which was made possible by a grant by NC IDEA to the UNCW-affiliated MBCOI. The university’s Strategic Plan encourages research that leads to new discoveries and commercial applications.