At Fish 2.0’s Global Innovators Forum, the top innovators in six categories spanned the seafood industry, from packaging materials to blockchain.
Among the featured creations this year were: A fish transport box that replaces polystyrene containers; a barley-based fish feed; an antibiotic-free crayfish hatchery; a robotic fish outfitted with sensors to monitor offshore fish farms; an online B2B wholesale marketplace; and a blockchain-based traceability solution.
Those winners — Fortuna, Montana Microbial Products, Australian Seafood, Aquaai, Yorso, and Wholechain — were among 40 businesses that pitched at Fish 2.0's Global Innovators Forum, held in Stanford, California from 5-6 November. About 250 investors, business leaders, government representatives, and business people gathered for the forum, which was the fourth such event since 2013, and the final one.
“I’ve seen more high-quality companies and presentations at this year’s Fish 2.0 Forum than at any previous one,” Mitchell Presser, of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, said in a statement. Presser is an investor who has participated in every cycle of Fish 2.0 and invested in several companies, including 2017 Fish 2.0 award winner NovoNutrients. “You get to understand the dynamics of the market here and you see a lot of opportunities, so you can evaluate the best and move forward.”