About Fish 2.0
Fish 2.0 builds connections to spur growth, investment, and innovation in the sustainable seafood sector globally. Fish 2.0 competitors engage in a challenging but fun and interactive process to improve their business models and learn how to successfully approach investors. In turn, investors who participate in Fish 2.0 gain early access to new deals, co-investors, and insights into sustainable seafood trends and opportunities.
"Initially, we started Fish 2.0 to connect sustainable seafood ventures with investors. We have since built a global network that is making connections and partnerships among new ventures, experts, industry leaders, and investors. Even ventures that already have investment are coming to Fish 2.0 to grow faster and more effectively."
- Monica Jain, founder, Fish 2.0
Our goal is to support business growth and innovation in sustainable seafood by bringing investment, partnerships, and expertise to those who are driving social and environmental change in the industry.
Seafood businesses hold the potential to improve global food security, climate resilience, ocean sustainability, and the livelihoods of local communities. To transform the seafood industry, these businesses need capital investments and global partnerships so they can grow and take advantage of new market opportunities.
What are the benefits of Fish 2.0?
Enterprise GrowthFish 2.0 regional events and online competition help innovative seafood companies gain confidence and visibility.
Investment and TradeCompanies that participate in Fish 2.0 make valuable connections with investors and global partners. More than $60M in investment has moved into Fish 2.0 enterprises since 2013.
Environmental and Social ImpactsAll Fish 2.0 businesses learn how to integrate environmental and social impacts in their strategies — and how to communicate them clearly and convincingly to investors.
Showcasing OpportunityFish 2.0 highlights the often unseen, unknown opportunities in sustainable seafood globally, including some in remote regions and seemingly peripheral business sectors. Our tracks have transformed how governments and investors view seafood investment.
Industry InnovationIndustry leaders and investors join the Fish 2.0 network to gain access to vetted, innovative ventures that are addressing sustainability challenges and growing the sustainable seafood field — and providing quality products in demand by wholesale and retail customers.
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What people are saying about Fish 2.0
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, investor in ag tech
We really value participating in Fish 2.0 as both sponsors and judges — it has expanded and strengthened our network.
- Amy Novogratz, Aqua-Spark
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
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
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
Fish 2.0 shows my investor base vetted, prepped organizations at sane expectations and valuations.
- Frank McGrath, Oberon Securities
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
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
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)
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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)