More than 250 investors, business leaders, funders, seafood experts and entrepreneurs gathered last week at the Fish 2.0 Competition Finals and Sustainable Seafood Innovation Forum to connect with one another and find opportunities to grow the sustainable seafood sector. The event featured pitches from 37 finalists and runners-up, insightful panel discussions led by industry and investor experts, and a Town Hall discussion on financing emerging sustainable seafood enterprises across the supply chain, as well as numerous networking sessions.
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Six sustainable seafood businesses win cash prizes at Fish 2.0 Finals
Six seafood innovators capped the Fish 2.0 Competition Finals and Sustainable Seafood Innovation Forum last week by earning cash prizes and top scores in their categories from the competition’s investor-judges. The winners, selected from the 18 finalists that presented 5-minute pitches, are bringing to market creative approaches to key challenges in aquaculture, building consumer demand for sustainable seafood, reducing waste and supporting local fishing communities.
- Pre-revenue startup category (Track A) winners: Kampachi Farms Mexico and SabrTech/RiverBox, Canada
- Post-revenue early stage category (Track B) winners: Salty Girl Seafood, USA, and Bureo, Chile and USA
- Growth-stage category (Track C) winners: Alaska Community Seafood Hub, USA, and ALFA Fishing, Vanuatu
Find short profiles of the winners and the other finalists here.
Audience chooses top runners-up
The 19 runners-up delivered 90-second pitches at the Competition Finals. The audience of investors and seafood experts chose Love the Wild (Colorado) and Pelagic Data Systems (California) in Track A (pre-revenue startups), GrowUp Urban Farms (England) in Track B (early stage ventures) and Geomar (Chile) in Track C (growth ventures) as the businesses in each track that they most wanted to connect with based on their successful pitches.
Prizes and awards
- A total of $30,000 in cash prizes was awarded to the top finalists in each track.
- All 37 businesses that competed at the Finals are also eligible for Professional Service Awards ($150,000 total, plus an additional $45,000 for Pacific Islands businesses).
- All 37 businesses are also eligible for Open Door Prizes, which provide unparalleled access to top-level industry buyers and analysts, training and other connections.
The prizes will be by announced mid-December.
Panels and Town Hall address key topics in sustainable seafood
Eleven experts provided in-depth perspectives on important issues in growing investment into the sustainable seafood sector, including:
- Is seafood investment riskier than other food investments?
- Can businesses based on recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) be profitable?
- How has impact in seafood supply chains evolved, from social, environmental and technology vantage points?
For details on the panels, see the Undercurrent News blog
At the end of the second day, a town hall discussion brought together all 250 members of the audience and allowed a broad range of investors and experts to engage in a conversation about strategies to close the capital gap in sustainable seafood investment. The discussion demonstrated the need for experts to work together across sectors in developing innovative strategies and structures to move the field forward.
Fish 2.0 2015 by the numbers
- Over 250 people attended this year’s Fish 2.0 Competition Finals and Sustainable Seafood Innovation Forum
- 120 experts and investors participated as advisors and judges
- 170 businesses applied
- 28 sponsors joined to support the effort
By all measures, Fish 2.0 is twice as strong as it was in 2013, its inaugural year. Thank you to everyone who participated and supported the growth of the Fish 2.0 network—together, you made thousands of connections possible.
Media coverage of the Finals
The Fish 2.0 Finals have been featured in a broad range of media. Here are some highlights:
We'll post additional Fish 2.0 Finals-related articles on our news page as they appear
Fish 2.0 Market Reports
The Fish 2.0 team has published a series of market reports to help investors better understand the investment opportunities that exist in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors. Market reports are available on: Aquaculture, Fish Feed, Tuna, Aquaponics, Traceability, Shrimp Farming, and Rights-Based Management.
Download the reports from the Fish 2.0 website investor resources page.
We will send out news on the prize winners of the Professional Service Awards and Open Door Prizes next month. Thanks for your interest in Fish 2.0.
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