Get Fish 2.0 Qualified

The Fish 2.0 Readiness Assessment is a two-part online assessment designed to reveal a business’s fundamental strength, innovation level and potential for growth and impact. It helps determine whether a business is ready for investment and partnerships.

After submitting part one, you’ll receive scores and feedback from investors, which you can use to strengthen your part two submission. Investors also score and provide feedback on part two. If you get a passing score, you are Fish 2.0 Qualified, and can start using the Fish 2.0 Connect online hub. There you can meet potential investors and partners based on mutual interest. And if your scores qualify you for the Fish 2.0 Forty, you can get pitch training and present your business on stage during the Fish 2.0 Global Innovators Forum at Stanford.

  • See details about the assessment process and scoring

    Part 1 Entry


    The Part 1 entry is the first step to becoming qualified by Fish 2.0. Simply register on the Fish 2.0 portal, and answer 9 key questions about your business. Each has a maximum of 100-150 words, and you can save and return to it at any time.

    All businesses may apply directly to the online assessment, without attending a workshop.

    Part 2 Entry


    If you receive a qualifying score in Part 1, we will invite you to Part 2 of the qualification process.

    We will ask for more details on your business, financial projections and a short, informal video of you talking about your business. We will provide you with resources to help in the process.

    You will receive feedback from 3 or more investors,

    Your cumulative score (Parts 1 & 2) will allow you to qualify to join the Fish 2.0 online member network, and attend the 2019 Global Innovators Forum. Scoring details are here.

    Fish 2.0 Membership
    Global Innovators Forum Participation

    All qualifying businesses receive 1 year free membership in Fish 2.0 Connect where they can connect with Fish 2.0 investors and partners online and attend Fish 2.0 events, including the Global Innovators Forum in California.

    The highest scoring businesses in each track will be invited to pitch at the Global Innovators Forum.  See more Forum details.

    How long does it take to complete these entries?

    • Some businesses tell us that they complete the entry in less than one hour and others say that it takes a bit longer.
    • If your business plans are not clear, expect it to take you more time to answer the questions. However, you will need to be able to answer these questions in order to advance your business and work with investors or partners, so it will be time well spent.

    About the online system and deadlines

    • All entries, videos and pitches must be in English.
    • All deadline dates and times are in US Pacific time.
    • Early submission is encouraged. We will try to turn around scoring as soon as possible for Part 1 entries to allow you more time for Part 2. 
    • You may work with anyone you like to create your entry.

To see a diagram of how it works, click here.

Take the Fish 2.0 Readiness Assessment

STEP 1: Check if you are eligible - you must meet at least one of the track criteria

  • Check the track criteria

    • Australia Track Eligibility

      Apply to the Fish 2.0 Australia track events if you are a venture working on:  

      • Aquaculture production and technologies, including new fish feeds and disease control
      • Changing and improving seafood supply chains
      • New seafood products for consumers
      • Sustainable packaging and logistics, and reducing waste in seafood supply chains
      • Traceability and transparency
      • Wild capture fisheries and technologies supporting sustainability or fisher safety
    • Pacific Islands Track Eligibility


      Companies based in the following countries are eligible for the Fish 2.0 Pacific Islands track:

      Republic of the Marshall Islands
      Federated States of Micronesia
      Papua New Guinea
      Solomon Islands

      Seafood segments:

      Any business involved in seafood production, trade and/or supply chains is eligible, as are businesses providing services for fisheries management or businesses involved in aquaculture or mariculture, including corals, giant clams, seaweed, pearls or other products. Businesses with innovative products or services that support ocean climate resiliency in the Pacific Islands are also invited to participate this year.

      If you are unsure of your eligibility or based in another Pacific Island please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We will help you to find the best way to participate.

    • California Track Eligibility

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

      • Utilize or benefit California fishery resources, OR
      • Benefit California seafood supply chains, OR
      • Support ocean climate resilience in a way that would have a positive impact on California coasts.

      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.
      • 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 California 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.
    • US Aquaculture Track Eligibility

      1. All U.S. based aquaculture and aquaculture-related seafood businesses are eligible – from all 50 states.

      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. Businesses may be involved in any aspect of sustainable aquaculture in the United States including, but not limited to:

      • Finfish or shellfish production and related supply chains and technologies.
      • Algae production and related supply chains and technologies.
      • Aquaponics production and related supply chains and technologies.
      • Offshore, nearshore or land-based aquaculture.
      • Fish feeds that remove pressure from wild fisheries.
      • Disease management and control.
      • Reduction of waste in aquaculture.
      • Other innovations that will grow sustainable aquaculture in the U.S.
    • Global Traceability and Transparency track

      The Global Traceability and Transparency track is for companies whose products and/or services create solutions that advance the development, adoption and implementation of traceability in seafood supply chains and/or make seafood supply chains and best practices more transparent and more mainstream. These include any venture that will support one or more of the below impacts:

      Expand supply chain transparency and compliance with regulations with improvements to one or more of the following areas:

      1. At-sea monitoring and detection of IUU fishing
      2. Compliance and enforcement of anti-IUU protocols (e.g., PSMA, EU Carding, SIMP).
      3. Dockside and other supply chain monitoring and detection of landings and/or products caught or supplied by IUU vessels.
      4. Transparency of worker conditions (at sea, on farms and in supply chains) to reduce labor abuses in the seafood industry.
      5. Reduction of fraud and mislabeling in seafood supply chains.

      Expand traceability implementation, information, and benefits with improvements to one or more of the following areas:

      1. Companies’ ability to optimize purchasing and procurement of traceable seafood.
      2. Streamlined processes (e.g. reduce transaction costs, or wait times) during the import & export of seafood while maintaining traceability and transparency
      3. Standardization and/or interoperability of traceability systems and related platforms and tools for seafood supply chains.
      4. Interoperability of vessel tracking systems with fisheries compliance, monitoring, surveillance, and seafood traceability systems.
      5. Quality and/or availability of data for fisheries management.
      6. Fisher access to global supply chain actors supporting seafood traceability and transparency.
    • Global Tuna track

      The Fish 2.0 Global Tuna track is for companies whose products, technologies and/or services will advance the wild capture tuna fisheries sector and/or its management, or result in improvements in any of the following:

      1. At-sea and/or dock-side monitoring and detection - reducing tuna-related IUU fishing
      2. Tuna fishing and trade data collection and sharing in support of better fisheries management.
      3. Increase the value of and/or market access for wild capture tuna landings (to allow higher value, sustainable products to enter the supply chains from producing countries and be efficiently linked to markets that value those products).
      4. At-sea reduction in plastics use associated with tuna fishing.
      5. Increase yields of tuna at the point of capture or in supply chains, including by-catch and other waste reduction during processing or shipping.
      6. Reduce by-catch in tuna fisheries (e.g., seabirds, marine mammals, non-target tuna or seafood species).
      7. Increase the number of nationals working in the tuna industry in countries where tuna is sustainably sourced - in processing, management and/or harvest.
      8. Increase the economic and food security contributions of tuna catches to nations where harvesting takes place - without increasing fishing effort or the volume of tuna caught.
    • Global Aquaculture Innovation track Eligibility

      This track is for companies offering technologies, products, innovations and solutions that improve the growth, sustainability and profitability of aquaculture worldwide, reduce its impact on coastal and marine habitats, and improve sustainability and viability of land-based systems.

      All innovators and established ventures worldwide may compete who have products or services that support any of the following impacts for aquaculture:

      1. Reduce and optimize the use of energy and/or water inputs to operations, making them less resource intensive (and hopefully more profitable).
      2. Reduce waste or pollution from facilities.
      3. Create and/or make available alternative, cost-effective fish feeds, fish oils, and nutritional elements that reduce, or eliminate, extraction of wild capture fish.
      4. Improve data collection and prediction systems that help producers optimize production, reduce inputs, improve adaptability and sustainability, or prepare for climate-related changes.
      5. Improve equipment, farm design or other inputs that can decrease an operation’s footprint on surrounding habitats (while maintaining or improving profitability).
      6. Prevent or reduce disease and related loss in systems or surrounding ecosystems (without compromising ecological health).
      7. Improve the sustainability and viability of land-based production systems.
      8. Improve the sustainability, yields and efficiency of aquaculture in any other way.

STEP 2: Start your online Readiness Assessment

Create a password-protected profile on our portal. If you are already registered, sign in here.

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