The fourth Fish 2.0 Global Innovators Forum announced the six lucky winners of its final competition round earlier this week. A group of 200 investors, entrepreneurs, and aquaculture experts selected the winners by voting on presentations from 40 finalists. Most companies in the competition were at the operation and growth stages, according to Fish 2.0. Winners were announced at the fourth and final Fish 2.0 Global Innovators Forum in Stanford, California last week.
The 18-month program featured workshops with seafood businesses in addition to an online readiness assessment. Investors, businesses, and impact advisors provided feedback to each startup and assisted them with developing strategies to position their concept for investment. At least five investor judges scored each competitor during the semi-final round.
“I’ve seen more high-quality companies and presentations at this year’s Fish 2.0 Forum than at any previous one,” said Mitchell Presser of PE firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in a press release announcing the winners. “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.”