Fish 2.0 Team

Monica JainMonica Jain, Executive Director

Monica Jain, founder and executive director of Fish 2.0 and Manta Consulting Inc., is dedicated to growing networks that bring together her top passions: fisheries and the oceans, finance, and impact investment. She launched Fish 2.0 in 2013 to create a network of quality entrepreneurs and investors who could grow the sustainable seafood sector. Since then, she has worked with over 400 entrepreneurs, 300 investors, and 40 sponsors to grow Fish 2.0.

Monica was named a White House Champion of Change for Sustainable Seafood in October 2016 for her achievements with Fish 2.0 and her longstanding work advancing ocean conservation and sustainable seafood. Her career spans 30 years and 4 continents, encompassing marine biology, philanthropy, venture capital, banking and international development in such far-flung locales as New Zealand, Madagascar, Latin America and Spain, as well as the U.S.

Alongside Fish 2.0, she continues her work as a strategic advisor and consultant to foundations, investors and corporations, helping them launch initiatives and build partnerships. She has supported the development of corporate sustainability strategies, spawned philanthropic initiatives, and helped dozens of companies find aligned investment. Monica holds degrees from Stanford University and the Wharton School of Business.

Remy Garderet, Managing Director

Remy Garderet, co-founder of Fish 2.0 and Manta Consulting, has a 20-year career working with businesses, governments and investors to help mainstream clean technology and sustainable fisheries. Drawing on a varied and deep background in economics, policy and knowledge management, he designs strategies that attract entrepreneurs and investors into these markets. Since the launch of Fish 2.0, Remy has had a hand in every aspect of building the enterprise into a collaborative network that drives growth in the sustainable seafood sector.

Prior to Fish 2.0, Remy worked with the automotive industry and the government of California to develop alternative fuels infrastructure, and with New Zealand policymakers on utility-scale renewables strategy. He holds an M.A. in economics and energy policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. from Stanford University.

Track Associates

Corey PeetCorey Peet, Associate - Southeast Asia Track

Corey is the chief point of contact for competitors from Southeast Asia.  Corey has worked on sustainable seafood issues for more than 10 years including working on sustainability assessments, standards definition and implementation and more recently supporting stakeholders to build their own fisheries and shrimp aquaculture improvement tools in Southeast Asia. He has worked with many NGO’s including the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Program, World Wildlife Fund, 50in10, and the David Suzuki Foundation. Corey also has experience working directly with Seafood Buyers and trying to reconcile the needs of the marketplace with realities facing seafood producers. Corey has a MSc in Marine Conservation Ecology from the University of Victoria, B.C.

Seana Day, Associate - New England and Online Education

Seana is the chief point of contact for New England competitors, and also coordinates online education content creation and contributor relationships for Fish 2.0. Seana has over a decade of corporate and financial services experience. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of DH Consulting LLC, an advisory boutique specializing in Private Placement, M&A, strategic planning, and restructuring activities. Prior that DHC, she led operations and restructuring for Versata Enterprises, Inc. Seana's global advisory background spans AgTech, communications software, mobility, enterprise software, and digital media. She formerly worked at technology and middle market focused investment banks including AGC Partners, Ridgecrest Capital Partners, and Headwaters Merchant Bank. Seana has also held positions in private equity with Marsico Enterprises and retail investment advisory with Robert W. Baird & Co.

Seana received her MBA from Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver and holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  

Support Staff and Partners

Karl LarsenKarl Larsen, Associate - Online Platforms

Karl Larsen is the Associate - Online Platforms for Fish 2.0 and Manta Consulting. Karl’s primary responsibilities include streamlining the user interface for the Fish 2.0 website, contributing to the development of the Fish 2.0 site, and managing information for the competitors, judges, and advisors. Karl is a second year MBA / MA in International Environmental Policy Student at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

Karl graduated from the University of Rochester in May of 2015 with a BA in Economics and a minor in Spanish. While studying at the University of Rochester Karl worked as a Fisheries Bio-aide and Environmental Technician for several summers for various departments of the Idaho State Government.

Mary Ann McCarthy, Events Coordinator

Mary Ann manages the Finals Event for Fish 2.0 at Stanford University, including the venue, hotel arrangements and travel support. She is a returning member of the team, having overseen the 2013 Finals. Mary Ann has managed large scale events for businesses and non-profits for the last six years and has a prior experience working in non-profit fundraising and development, as well as in the financial services arena.

Nathan Gold, Pitch Trainer

Nathan Gold is the Pitch Trainer for Fish 2.0, specializing in designing, scripting, and delivering more compelling and memorable presentations and product demos. Nathan hails from the San Francisco Bay Area and travels around the world coaching and training people on how to prepare for high-stakes presentations. He does this through workshops, seminars, keynotes, live streaming, and 1-on-1 sessions, both in person and online.

Nathan has worked for both large and small companiesand has personally delivered over 15,000 presentations and over 12,000 hours of professional coaching and training. He is a pitch coach for dozens of accelerators and incubators around the world and is an Industry Fellow at UC Berkeley and a guest lecturer at Wharton Entrepreneurship.

Steffanie Munguía, Program Associate

Steffanie Munguía is a Program Associate at Fish 2.0. She serves as the main point of contact for applicants in the 2017 competition. As a first year graduate student at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California, Steffanie is completing a Masters of Arts in International Environmental Policy specializing in natural resource policy and management with a concentration in social impacts and a Spanish language certification.

Steffanie attended the University of South Florida, completing double Bachelors of Science in Integrative Animal Biology and Environmental Science and Policy. Steffanie made time to illustrate her global commitment to community service, education, and outreach through service in Costa Rica. She also served as the coordinator of a statewide leadership program for Audubon Florida.

Thinkshift Communications, Fish 2.0 Communications

 Thinkshift is a team of strategists, thinkers, writers, and campaigners inspired by the power of business to address pressing social and environmental problems. They help sustainable businesses, cleantech companies and social enterprises reach their goals through creative brand story platforms, PR and thought leadership strategies, and content marketing plans. Thinkshift is a Certified B Corp and a California public benefit corporation.

Yi Krooss, Visual Consultant

Yi Krooss is a freelance visual consultant living in Los Angeles, specializing in visual identity and front-end website development. She brings more than ten years of experience across various media including print, web and television at firms such as Pentagram Design, Robert Stern Architects and Fox Studios/Discovery Channel to Manta Consulting and her other clients. She has worked closely with Manta to creatively develop logos, web pages and other visuals for the firm and for our projects.

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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)