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South Atlantic Track

The Fish 2.0 South Atlantic track is for seafood business interested in growing by meeting investors and new partners, or investors or industry leaders interested in the latest innovations in seafood

Events and Online "Readiness Assessment"

A workshop and pitch session was held for the track in Wilmington, North Carolina, in April 2019. Since then, applicants have been entering the online Readiness Assessment process. The deadline for new applicants has now passed (it was May 19, 2019), and those that entered are currently being assessed by investors to see which qualify for the Fish 2.0 Global Innovators Forum, in November 2019.

  • South Atlantic track eligibility (Click for details)

    1. To be eligible, all businesses in this track must either

    • Utilize or benefit a fishery resources or supply chain related to the South Atlantic region of the United States (Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and the Atlantic Coast of Florida)
    • Be involved in aquaculture production (finfish, shellfish, algae, hatcheries, etc) or have developed a technology that will benefit aquaculture in the region
    • Support ocean climate resilience in a way that would have a positive impact on the South Atlantic region.

    2. Start-up, early stage and established businesses may participate.

    3. Ventures must be revenue generating or expect to be revenue generating. They should be seeking either investment or business/industry partnerships, not grant funding.

    4. Ventures may be involved in any aspect of seafood supply chains, climate resilience technologies or seafood production, harvesting and trade. Examples include, but are not limited to the following:

    • Seafood production, trade and/or supply chains.
    • Any type of aquaculture production or related supply chains and technologies.
    • Providing services for fisheries management.
    • Technologies and business models that increase climate resilience for fisheries and fishing communities.
    • Changing supply chains in ways that promote sustainability and local food systems.
    • Creating new forms of seafood storage and logistics, consumer products, processes or products that reduce waste, ways to shorten seafood supply chains or provide local seafood to regional consumers including CSFs and others, and other innovations are all eligible.
    • Increasing transparency and/or traceability in seafood supply chains.
    • Technology-based ventures are welcome and non-technology solutions are also eligible.
    • Financial enterprises and investment/loan funds that support sustainable fisheries and seafood.

    If you are in doubt about your eligibility, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



The South Atlantic track is made possible thanks to the support of:

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.

Event Partners

The UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) offers programs, services, and activities to promote and support entrepreneurship and the creation of innovative new ventures. It is an extension of the university and partners with both public and private organizations to support regional economic development. The CIE strategically focuses its activities in areas where regional strengths and university expertise converge – coastal and marine sciences, digital arts and media production, and education, health, and IT technologies.

UNCW’s Center for Marine Science (CMS) is dedicated to an environment fostering multidisciplinary approaches to coastal and marine research. The center supports and promotes education and basic and applied research by students and faculty in marine related fields: oceanography; fisheries; aquaculture; biotechnology; policy and education; biology; chemistry; geology; environmental studies.


MARBIONC (Marine Biotechnology in North Carolina) supports the discovery, development and commercialization of new products and technologies derived from ocean organisms. This 69,000-square-foot interdisciplinary research facility is an ideal environment for startups and established companies involved in all aspects of biotechnological research and development combines to advance marine biotechnology from the laboratory to the marketplace.

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center leads life science technology-based economic development for North Carolina by supporting the progression of ideas from research lab to the marketplace. NCBiotech invests in technology development, company development, and economic development, targeting emerging sectors to develop strengths that yield life science jobs across North Carolina.

Through our powerful combination of competitive grants and programs, and a network of strategic partners, we help entrepreneurs when they need it most. NC IDEA’s resources are highly competitive, enabling the foundation to support North Carolina’s most ambitious entrepreneurs. We believe entrepreneurs transform communities and view our work as a catalyst for positive change. Learn more at

We invite new partners to join as event sponsors for the Global Innovation Forum in Novemeber, 2019. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss this opportunity.

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