Biggest Group Ever Advances in Competition
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.
Finalists are guaranteed to be diverse, both geographically and in their business focus, given our six regional and two global tracks: Chile and Peru, New England (U.S.), Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, South Atlantic and Gulf Coast Shellfish/Crustaceans, West Coast and Alaska (U.S.), Transparency and Traceability, and Supply Chain Innovation. The strongest companies in each track, plus a few overall standouts, will take the stage to pitch to investors at Stanford Nov. 7–8.
Registration for the finals opens in August. If you want to be there, note that we have limited capacity at this invitation-only event, and people who participate as advisors and judges have priority. We still need online judges for Phase 3 and are accepting volunteers through early August, so now is the time to sign up.
Our heartfelt thanks go out to the nearly 50 investors and experts who already have helped by scoring entries and providing detailed feedback to the enterprises in Phase 2 of the competition.
Get Up to Speed Fast with Our One-Page Investor Briefs
We’ve created Investment Insights briefings on six of the hottest sectors in seafood—algae products, community-supported fisheries, fish feeds, supply chain transparency solutions, oysters, and consumer packaged goods—plus an overview on investing in sustainable seafood. Each briefing packs information on market size and dynamics, key strategies and success factors, and top growth opportunities into a one-page quick read.
Download them all here.
Webinars and Impact Guide Help Businesses Excel
For entrepreneurs, we’ve put together a series of webinars designed to help them make a strong showing in the competition and build their businesses.
“How to Think About and Measure Your Venture’s Impacts,” on July 26, will guide businesses in selecting, measuring, and communicating their social and environmental benefits in a way that’s meaningful for both investors and partners. We’ve also produced a one-page Business Briefing on communicating impact, available to any business in the sector. (The webinars are open only to Fish 2.0 competitors.)
We’re expecting high interest in “Raising Equity in the Sustainable Seafood Sector,” a July 31 webinar featuring the CEOs of Fishpeople and Love the Wild, who will join us for a candid discussion of what it took to close their recent investment rounds and lessons they learned that could benefit others who are raising equity funding in the sector.
On Aug. 14, we’ll have an “Office Hours” webinar with the Fish 2.0 team, an open forum allowing competitors to ask questions about any aspect of the competition.
Register for webinars here.
In the News—About Our Entrepreneurs and Seafood Challenges
Fish 2.0 has been raising awareness of some of the innovations happening in seafood. Check out the latest articles from Fish 2.0 founder Monica Jain, all available on the Fish 2.0 website.
Bringing Transparency and Traceability to the Seafood Industry
When you browse the fish counter or order off a seafood menu, can you be sure the species label is accurate and the fish was caught or farmed ethically? In many cases, the answer is no. [read article]
Food, Fuel, Medicine, Wrinkle Reducer: Algae Does It All
You know what there’s really plenty of in the sea? Algae. And I am in love with them. Most people envision algae as slimy, possibly toxic, green scum. [read article]