• Fish 2.0 Awards Second Round of Prizes in 2017 Competition

    • CARMEL, CA
    • December 12, 2017

    14 businesses will receive ICX prizes, designed to help innovative sustainable seafood ventures grow

    CARMEL, CA, December 12, 2017—Fish 2.0 today announced the winners of its 11 ICX (Industry Connection) prizes, the final awards in the Fish 2.0 2017 competition for sustainable seafood businesses.

    The competition’s cash prize winners were announced Nov. 8 at the close of the Fish 2.0 2017 Innovation Forum at Stanford University. Those awards went to the eight seafood ventures—one in each of the competition’s six regional and two global tracks—that earned the highest scores from investor-judges.

    All of the 39 finalists from around the world who presented at the Forum were eligible for ICX prizes. These prizes are unique opportunities for ventures to gain market insights and expertise from industry leaders who support growth and innovation in sustainable seafood. Offered by investors and buyers, intermediaries and other seafood companies, ICX prizes include invitations to work directly with industry leaders on investment structures and growth plans or developing branding and market penetration strategies; to attend investor and industry events; and to meet and present to retail and wholesale partners in Europe and the U.S.

  • Eight Sustainable Seafood Businesses Win Top Honors at Fish 2.0 Finals

    • CARMEL, CA
    • November 8, 2017

    Entrepreneurs from all over the world are responding to global trends driving market demand in the seafood sector and beyond

    PALO ALTO, CA, November 8, 2017 — Fish 2.0 closed out its 2017 Innovation Forum today by awarding cash prizes to the eight seafood ventures earning the highest scores in this year’s Fish 2.0 business competition. The winners are simplifying supply chains while increasing income for fishers and farmers, bringing to market creative approaches to aquaculture production and traceability, and getting consumers excited about seafood.

    Diverse panels of investor-judges chose the cash prize winners from among 22 presenters who came out on top in six regional and two global tracks. Judges picked the strongest business in each track based on the presenters’ 3-minute pitches and 5-minute question-and-answer sessions on stage at Stanford University. The winners by track are:

  • 40 Innovative Seafood Companies to Pitch at Fish 2.0 Innovation Forum

    • CARMEL, CA
    • September 18, 2017

    Business strength, global scope and potential for system-changing impact distinguish Fish 2.0 2017 business competition finalists

    CARMEL, CA, September 18, 2017 — Fish 2.0 today announced 40 companies that will pitch to investors Nov. 7–8 during the Fish 2.0 Innovation Forum at Stanford University, the culminating event in the Fish 2.0 2017 competition for sustainable seafood businesses.

    This exceptionally strong group of finalists—winnowed from an initial pool of 184 entrants—stands out for its market traction, global character and high potential for impact on the seafood sector. About 50 percent of the finalists are post-revenue businesses, and more than half are based outside the U.S.

  • Biggest Group Ever Advances in Competition

    • CARMEL, CA
    • July 18, 2017

    80 ventures move into Phase 3

    Fish 2.0 just welcomed our largest-ever Phase 3 pool of seafood innovators: 80 ventures (out of 110 that completed Phase 2) are moving forward in the business competition to work on their impacts, risks, and investment opportunities.

    This is an exceptionally strong group—we were thrilled to see investors’ positive comments about so many of these ventures across all eight tracks. We’re glad to have 40 spots available at this year’s finals, which means Phase 3 competitors have a 50-50 chance of making it to the end.

  • 161 Fish 2.0 Entries Demonstrate Growth in Wild Seafood Sector Innovation

    • CARMEL, CA
    • May 12, 2017

    Sustainable seafood business competition attracts outstanding ventures, with strong representation from Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Pacific Islands

    The 161 competitors in the third Fish 2.0 business competition for sustainable seafood are a diverse group of global, innovative businesses, and they demonstrate significant growth in wild fisheries and supply chain innovation.

    This year’s competition criteria is focused heavily on wild fisheries and supply chain innovation in most geographies, with aquaculture innovations highlighted mainly in Southeast Asia and on the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts of the U.S. The businesses promise a range of solutions to challenges throughout the sustainable seafood sector, with business models adapted to different contexts and seafood species, and experienced management teams.

  • Fish 2.0 2017 Competition Opens West Coast Track with Investment Event in Seattle

    • CARMEL, CA
    • March 15, 2017

    April 4 workshop and reception for Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington seafood businesses focuses on building networks and sparking interest from investors and buyers

    The intensive workshop, open to seafood entrepreneurs from the West Coast and Alaska, provides coaching on how to communicate persuasively with investors and seafood buyers. It also gives participants opportunities to meaningfully connect with other innovative seafood businesses that could be key partners. To attend, entrepreneurs must register online and be invited.

  • South Atlantic & Gulf Coast Shellfish Businesses: Apply Now for March Fish 2.0 Workshop

    • CARMEL, CA
    • January 25, 2017

    Fish 2.0 will hold a free three-day business development workshop for South Atlantic and Gulf Coast shellfish entrepreneurs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) March 15–17, 2017. Participants will learn how to communicate about their business in a way that attracts interest, practice pitching to investors and buyers, and get advice on integrating social and environmental sustainability into their business strategy. The simple one-page workshop application, available at www.fish20.org/atlanticgulfworkshop, is due by Feb. 13.

  • Southeast Asia Seafood Businesses: Apply Now for February Fish 2.0 Workshop

    • CARMEL, CA
    • December 23, 2016

    Fish 2.0 Competition Adds Dedicated Track for Southeast Asia Seafood Entrepreneurs

    New track guarantees three spots at final event for Southeast Asia participants; February workshop in Bangkok gives entrepreneurs a head start on applying for the global business competition

    Fish 2.0, the global competition and network for sustainable seafood businesses, is adding a special track for Southeast Asian entrepreneurs. The track will kick off with a three-day workshop focused on engaging investors and preparing participants to apply for the 2017 competition.

  • New England Seafood Businesses: Apply Now for February Fish 2.0 Workshop

    • CARMEL, CA
    • December 12, 2016

    Three-day program in Boston area provides business-building advice and training, plus a head start on applying for the global Fish 2.0 competition; workshop applications are due Jan.

    Fish 2.0 will hold a free three-day business development workshop for New England seafood businesses at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts, Feb. 6–8, 2017. Participants will learn how to communicate about their business in a way that attracts interest, practice pitching to investors and buyers, and get advice on integrating social and environmental sustainability into their business strategy. The one-page workshop application, available at http://www.fish20.org/newenglandtrack, is due by Jan. 6.

  • White House Recognizes Fish 2.0 Founder

    WASHINGTON, D.C., October 4, 2016. 

    Monica Jain named one of 12 White House Champions of Change for Sustainable Seafood

    On Friday, October 7, the White House will recognize Fish 2.0 founder Monica Jain, Fish 2.0 alumnus Alan Lovewell and 10 other people from across the country as White House Champions of Change for Sustainable Seafood. Jain earned the honor for her achievements with Fish 2.0, as well as her longtime dedication to ocean conservation and advancing seafood sustainability. Lovewell, the CEO and co-founder of Real Good Fish and a 2013 Fish 2.0 finalist, earned recognition for building a community-supported fishery that connects local fishermen with local consumers via weekly deliveries of high-quality sustainable seafood.

    “The United States fishing industry is critical to the economic health and well-being of communities across the country, supporting 1.8 million jobs and contributing over $200 billion to the economy in 2014,” the White House release says. “However, our marine ecosystems are under threat from multiple stressors, including climate change and ocean acidification. The need for innovation in sustainable fisheries has never been greater."

    “Local leaders serve as the backbone of our communities, working to build resilient coasts and striving to protect the at-risk towns whose futures depend on the recovery of our fisheries. The administration applauds the hard work, collaboration and sacrifice by many across the country to become responsible stewards and safeguard our seafood security. These Champions of Change are ensuring the United States is a global leader in sustainable seafood management.”