Fish 2.0 Sponsors

Fish 2.0 Sponsors are a range of forward-thinking, solutions oriented organizations interested in building the field of sustainable seafood enterprises and investment into the field. The diversity of their specific interests in Fish 2.0 allows the competition to engage a broad array of businesses, advisors, investors and experts. Without the generous support of each sponsor, Fish 2.0 would not be possible.

Core Sponsors  

Packard Foundation

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation works with partners around the world to improve the lives of children, families, and communities—and to restore and protect our planet. The Foundation’s Marine Fisheries subprogram supports efforts to increase both the demand for and supply of sustainable seafood, using market forces to promote responsible fisheries and aquaculture practices.  We are excited about the potential that the Fish 2.0 has to expand the network of investors in the sustainable seafood sector. We believe the program will inspire successful businesses innovations that create both environmental and financial benefits. 


The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is committed to making a meaningful difference in environmental conservation, patient care and scientific research. Intel co-founder Gordon, and his wife Betty, established the foundation in 2000 to support bold ideas that create lasting impact around the world and at home in the San Francisco Bay Area. Supporting projects like the Fish 2.0 competition, a field-building business competition for the sustainable seafood sector, the foundation is enabling innovative solutions that deliver lasting results.

Walton Family Foundation

The Walton Family Foundation supports and promotes conservation solutions that make economic sense for local communities. The Foundation works to achieve lasting change by bringing conservation, business and community interests to the same table to build long-term solutions to big problems. As part of its Marine Conservation initiative, the foundation supports projects like Fish 2.0 that help build businesses that foster both environmental sustainability and economic growth.

U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State supports global efforts to maintain healthy and productive marine ecosystems. We also promote the economic benefits and food security of sustainable fisheries.  In collaboration with Fish 2.0, the U.S. Department of State will help sustainable fisheries, mariculture, and aquaculture entrepreneurs from the Pacific Islands develop their businesses and connect with potential investors. These efforts will promote a healthy ocean and sustainable fisheries, which are critical for the stability, economic prosperity, and welfare of the Pacific Islands region.


USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. USAID’s mission statement highlights two complementary and intrinsically linked goals: ending extreme poverty and promoting the development of resilient, democratic societies that are able to realize their potential. USAID fundamentally believes that ending extreme poverty requires enabling inclusive, sustainable growth; promoting free, peaceful, and self-reliant societies with effective, legitimate governments; building human capital and creating social safety nets that reach the poorest and most vulnerable.

Supporting Sponsors  

Marine Bio-Technologies Center of Innovation (MBCOI)

As a powerhouse in both marine science and biotechnology research, North Carolina is poised to become a global hub for marine biotechnology in the 21st century. To facilitate that process, the Marine Bio-Technologies Center of Innovation (MBCOI) combines a regional focus with a global perspective, to serve as the NEXUS for information, collaboration, and commercialization of marine biotechnologies among our stakeholders, both domestically and internationally

University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW)

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state's coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. Guided by our Strategic Plan, the university is committed to nurturing a campus culture that reflects its values of diversity and globalization, ethics and integrity, and excellence and innovation. A public institution with more than 15,000 students, UNCW offers programs at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels, including in marine biology.

Feed the Future

As the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future is transforming lives toward a world where people no longer face the agony and injustice of extreme poverty, undernutrition and hunger. Feed the Future works from farms to markets to tables to improve incomes and nutrition. Their goal is to reduce the prevalence of poverty and the prevalence of stunted children (a measure of undernutrition) each by 20 percent in the areas where we work. This means more families will be able to lift themselves out of poverty and pay for things like nutritious food, education and health care.


Winrock International is a recognized leader in U.S. and international development with a focus on social, agricultural and environmental issues. Inspired by its namesake Winthrop Rockefeller, Winrock combines scientific and technical expertise with entrepreneurial innovation to deliver market-based solutions that improve lives around the world. Winrock’s mission is to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources across the globe.


Rabobank Group is a global financial services leader with nearly $1 trillion in assets, and a strong commitment to our core mission: to create customer value. Rabobank provides wholesale and retail banking, leasing, and real estate services in more than 40 countries worldwide. In the Americas, Rabobank is a premier bank to the food, agribusiness and beverage industry, providing sector expertise, strategic counsel and tailored financial solutions to clients across the entire food value chain. We know that sustainability and innovation are critical in promoting a thriving food and ag industry that will feed growing global populations for years to come. The seafood sector presents an inherent opportunity to enhance supply chain sustainability, and Rabobank is pleased to support Fish 2.0 in its efforts to promote innovation in the seafood space.


Aqua-Spark is building an ecosystem of sustainable aquaculture SMEs across the value chain. They invest in alternative feed solutions, farming, technology, disease treatments and market access. The investments benefit from each other and from the larger network of experts and partners with the goal of shifting the industry toward one that is healthy, sustainable and affordable, while bringing returns that are comparable to today’s traditional industry.

Pacific Trade Invest
Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia creates jobs in the Pacific by facilitating trade and attracting investment into the region. PTI Australia is the lead agency supporting private sector growth to make sustainable improvements to the region’s economy and the livelihoods of Pacific Islanders.

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) strengthens national capacity and regional solidarity so its 17 members can manage, control and develop their tuna fisheries now and in the future. FFA was established to help countries sustainably manage their fishery resources that fall within their 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs). FFA is an advisory body providing expertise, technical assistance and other support to its members who make sovereign decisions about their tuna resources and participate in regional decision making on tuna management.

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat is the implementing body of the Pacific Islands Forum, a political grouping of 16 independent and self-governing states in the Pacific Islands region.

Lane Powell

Lane Powell is a multi-specialty law firm with nearly 200 attorneys in offices located throughout Washington, Oregon and Alaska. Our Sustainability team works closely with companies that strive to reduce the environmental impact of their offerings, as well as improve their labor, supply chain, distribution and production practices. We assist startups, investors and other participants in the sustainable seafood sector with mergers and acquisitions, corporate and maritime vessel financing, raising capital, corporate restructuring and governance, fund formation, North Pacific fisheries catch allocations and other regulations advancing species use and sustainability, cross-border transactional matters for Canadian companies, licensing and distribution transactions, fish and wildlife issues, and other commercial matters. Our team also regularly advises financial institutions with regard to fisheries loans. With the evolving focus on the relationship between environmental and human-influenced processes, the companies that succeed will be those who capitalize on ever-expanding opportunities, which is why we are proud to support Fish 2.0.

The F3 Fish-Free Feed Challenge launched in Nov. 2015 on the HeroX crowdfunding site to encourage innovation of alternative ingredients for aquaculture fish feeds, improve the industry's sustainability, and to reduce pressure on wild-caught fish to supply fish feed components. The contest is intended to help catalyze the development and sale of cost-competitive, viable aquafeeds free of fishmeal and fish oils.

Schmidt Family Foundation

The Schmidt Family Foundation works to advance the wiser use of energy and natural resources and to support efforts worldwide that empower communities to build resilient systems for food, water, and human resources.The Foundation is working to align its investment portfolio with its overall mission by seeking out and investing in innovative solutions to problems in the field of climate change and human rights. The investment team seeks opportunities to make both Mission Related Investment (MRIs) and Program Related Investments (PRIs) in the areas of oceans and food systems.

Legal Sea Foods

Legal Sea Foods was born in 1950 when George Berkowitz opened a fish market in the Inman Square neighborhood of Cambridge, Massachusetts. He opened it adjacent to his father Harry’s grocery store Legal Cash Market where customers were given “Legal Stamps” (forerunners of S&H green stamps) with their purchases. It’s here that the “Legal” name became synonymous with quality and freshness. George's son, Roger, has been at the helm since 1992 and has expanded the business into new markets while maintaining the company's focus on its proud tradition and core values.

Rasmuson Foundation

Rasmuson Foundation was created in May 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson to honor her late husband E.A. Rasmuson. The Foundation is a catalyst to promote a better life for all Alaskans.

The Salmon Innovation Fund

“The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased and not impaired in value.” Theodore Roosevelt
The Salmon Innovation Fund (SIF) is a seed stage fund investing in early stage technologies that benefit wild Pacific Salmon populations and/or resilience. Seattle-based SIF works closely with its conservation, scientific, tribal, government and industry partners to identify challenges being faced by those concerned with salmon population or resilience issues, identifies early stage technologies that solve those challenges, and invests in those early stage technology companies contingent on them making their solution available to SIF’s partners. SIF partners get access to new and better technology faster, building capacity and increasing speed in the space. SIF investors get competitive asset class returns (the early stage companies will likely obtain liquidity exiting outside of the fisheries industry,) while knowing their investment is directly impacting efforts to increase populations and resilience of the iconic fish of the North American Pacific Rim. For more information, please visit our web site at or contact Managing Partner Brock Mansfield at 206-778-7095.


The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) is a world class organization of people moving people and goods – and connecting Massachusetts and New England to the world – safely and securely and with a commitment to neighboring communities. Over the past decade, Massport and its transportation partners have invested more than $4 billion to improve and modernize their facilities and equip them with the latest time-saving and customer service amenities to provide a safe, comfortable and convenient travel experience.

Center for Ocean Solutions
The Center for Ocean Solutions is a collaboration among Stanford University (through the Stanford Woods Institute and the Hopkins Marine Station), the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Center researchers develop knowledge to solve ocean challenge and translate marine science and policy research for government, business and nonprofit sector decision-makers. The Center educates current and future leaders through graduate-level educational and research opportunities and sponsors outreach programs to inform and empower action by existing and emerging leaders and decision-makers within the public and private sectors.

Manta Consulting is the creator of Fish 2.0. Manta is a boutique consulting firm with extensive experience working in the sustainable seafood, impact investing and social entrepreneurship sectors. In developing the Fish 2.0 platform, Manta has drawn on it's deep knowledge and experience working in the field, as well as its networks with businesses, investors, philanthropists, NGOs and industry-related experts. Through Fish 2.0, Manta seeks to build the knowledge and access needed to increase investment in the sustainable seafood sector and drive positive environmental and social change. More information and resources for investors and businesses can be found here.

What people are saying about Fish 2.0

  • Mitchell Presser - Freshfields US and Investor in Ag Tech
    Fish 2.0 is a fantastic forum, bringing together innovative and cutting edge ideas for the future of our most efficient source of animal protein
    - Mitchell Presser, Freshfields US and Investor in Ag Tech
  • Amy Novogratz - Aqua-Spark
    We really value participating in Fish 2.0 as both sponsors and judges — it has expanded and strengthened our network.
    - Amy Novogratz, Aqua-Spark
  • Brock Mansfield - Salmon Innovation Fund
    Participating in Fish 2.0 as a judge, mentor and investor has made connecting easy, at both the local and global level.
    - Brock Mansfield, Salmon Innovation Fund
  • Andrew Beebe - Obvious Ventures
    Fish 2.0 is a homerun event. The quality of entrepreneurs, co-investors and corporate players in attendance is off the charts. I can’t recommend it more highly.
    - Andrew Beebe, Obvious Ventures
  • Mike Velings - Aqua-Spark
    Fish 2.0 has brought us really interesting deals to look at, gives a good sense of challenges and opportunities in the global seafood sector, and is always a great time.
    - Mike Velings, Aqua-Spark
  • Frank McGrath - Oberon Securities
    Fish 2.0 shows my investor base vetted, prepped organizations at sane expectations and valuations.
    - Frank McGrath, Oberon Securities
  • Leigh Moran - Calvert Foundation
    Fish 2.0 is unique amongst business competitions in that investors are ready to invest and competitors actually get investment! That is all too rare in many business competitions
    - Leigh Moran, Calvert Foundation
  • Kate Danaher - RSF Social Finance
    Working with Fish 2.0 as an online judge and advisor has given us amazing exposure to great companies/pipeline but more importantly it has given us the opportunity to educate ourselves on the sector.
    - Kate Danaher, RSF Social Finance
  • Dane Chauvel - Organic Ocean Seafood
    Fish 2.0 helped us grow our business, but more importantly, it helped us optimize our business. We are doing more, and doing it better. I don’t believe we would have gotten here as quickly if we had not gone through the Fish 2.0 planning exercise.
    - Dane Chauvel, Fish 2.0 2013 Finalist (Canada)
  • Roxanne Nanninga - Tru Fish
    This was a great opportunity to pitch to a very relevant group of people. I made some very valuable connections.
    - Roxanne Nanninga, Fish 2.0 2015 Finalist (USA)
  • Sherry Flummerfelt - Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust
    I made some excellent connections, learned so much, and feel like our organization has grown considerably as a result of participating in Fish 2.0.
    - Sherry Flummerfelt, Fish 2.0 2015 Finalist (USA)
  • Mitchell Lench - Treetops Capital
    Awareness about sustainable seafood continues to rise, and impact investors want to support new initiatives in this arena, but it’s hard to find them. It was useful to see so many different types of sustainable seafood companies all in one place.
    - Mitchell Lench, Treetops Capital
  • Emmanuelle Bourgois - FairAgora
    Fish 2.0 competition has been a unique learning experience. It shaped the idea from a concept to a robust business model, boosted confidence in my entrepreneurship skills and is the real starting point of this amazing and innovative adventure.
    - Emmanuelle Bourgois, Fish 2.0 2015 Competitor (Thailand)
  • Alfred Kalontas - Alfa Fishing
    Fish 2.0 helped me understand my brand better. It helped me refine my business structure to represent my business brand.
    - Alfred Kalontas, Fish 2.0 2015 Finalist (Vanuatu)
  • Diane Durance - Harvest Food & Fisheries
    As a semi-finalist in 2013, I experienced first-hand how important it is to get your venture in front of investors who are knowledgeable and interested in your field. Fish 2.0 is the organization making that possible for entrepreneurs in aquaculture and sustainable fisheries.
    - Diane Durance, Fish 2.0 2013 Semi-finalist (USA)
  • Mike Betts - AgFunder
    Fish 2.0 provided a huge amount of value to the investor community in really getting exposure for and curating companies, that is super valuable. It's one of the best I have been to in the food and ag sector. Everything from the quality of the attendees and companies, the content, the engagement.
    - Mike Betts, AgFunder (USA)
  • What I liked about Fish 2.0 was
    the high-quality content and very well curated line-up of companies.
    - Investor, Fish 2.0 2015
  • Kelly Harrell - Alaska Marine Conservation Council
    For those in the fisheries world, Fish 2.0 has quickly become the go-to place for those interested in advancing cutting-edge business models focused on the triple-bottom line of social, environmental, and economic impact.
    - Kelly Harrell, Fish 2.0 2015 Finalist (USA)
  • Dr. Karsidete Teeranitayatarn - Green Innovative Biotech
    This made my company grow up and served as a springboard. We received interest and collaboration from around the world, including Fiji, Northern Canada, Alaska, Marshall Island, and venture capitalists from Silicon Valley.
    -Dr. Karsidete Teeranitayatarn, Fish 2.0 2015 Finalist (Thailand)
  • David Stover - Bureo
    It makes you kind of step back and look at what's actually going on, ... question what path are you on, where are we going ... in that sense, it's an extremely valuable process to kind of put things on paper and take a look at it.
    - David Stover, Fish 2.0 2015 Finalist (Chile)
  • Brett Haywood - Sea Quest Group
    Helped us look within and be able to convey our positive impacts, whether its socially, environmentally or resource based, and convey this to our markets and partners.
    - Brett Haywood, Fish 2.0 2015 Finalist (Fiji)
  • Andriet Tilfas - Hapmak Market
    It helped me connect with a lot of new business people around the world. Not only to help with our small scale in a remote island but to expand services because there are a lot of opportunities out there.
    - Andriet Tilfas, Fish 2.0 2015 Competitor (Micronesia)
  • This is the most professional event I’ve attended in this sector.
    - Investor, Fish 2.0 2015
  • Alan Lovewell - Local Catch Monterey Bay
    Fish 2.0 is a great way to expand your network. We learned about other fish businesses and opportunities for collaboration--that exposure is very hard to do on your own.
    - Alan Lovewell, Fish 2.0 2013 Finalist (USA)
  • Gary Ullstrom - Kuterra
    It’s not just a seminar, it’s the real thing – you’re pitching to real people with real money.
    - Gary Ullstrom, Fish 2.0 2013 Finalist (Canada)
  • Kit Barron - CapLog Group
    Fish 2.0 takes the fish by the fins and creates a much needed mechanism through which the right industry experience, innovative thinkers and financial backing can come together to move new ideas in seafood to market.
    - Kit Barron, CapLog Group, LLC and Fish 2.0 2013 Advisor
  • Ed Robinson - Acadia Harvest
    All the people we dealt with on the Fish 2.0 team were great to work with. We’d have no hesitation to do it again.
    - Ed Robinson, Fish 2.0 2013 Semi finalist and 2015 Finalist (USA)
  • Hoyt Peckham - SmartFish
    It changed the way I prepare for all sorts of investor interactions, and it greatly improved our success.
    - Hoyt Peckham, Fish 2.0 2013 Semi-finalist (Mexico)
  • Gary Beatty - Inland Shrimp Company
    People found us through the media around Fish 2.0 – people who want to have shrimp locally have gone out of their way to contact us.
    - Gary Beatty, Fish 2.0 2013 Semi-finalist (USA)