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.
The South Atlantic track is made possible thanks to the support of:
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. www.uncw.edu/cms
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. www.uncw.edu/marbionc
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 www.ncidea.org.