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Fish 2.0 Global Innovators Forum

A packed house of over 200 investors, entrepreneurs, and ocean and seafood experts participated in the final Fish 2.0 Global Innovators Forum last week.  The Forum included pitches from 38 of the top businesses evaluated by investors in the 2018-19 online readiness assessment process.

The event was recognized as the best ever in terms of both company quality and investor interest.  “I’ve seen more high-quality companies and presentations at this year’s Fish 2.0 Forum than at any previous one,” said Mitchell Presser of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Presser, an investor who has participated in every cycle of Fish 2.0 and invested in several companies from its biennial cohorts.

Six companies from around the world received Top Innovator awards at the close of Fish 2.0’s 2019 Global Innovators Forum.

Top Innovators for 2018-2019

The Fish 2.0 Top Innovators by category are:

Global Seafood: Fortuna, a Philippines-based company whose Fortuna Cooler is the first fish transport box made of natural, locally sourced materials. The durable cooler replaces polystyrene containers.

U.S. Seafood: Montana Microbial Products, which produces high-quality barley protein concentrates for fish feed, a new fish-free alternative to traditional feeds.

Australian Seafood: Australian Crayfish Hatchery, whose state-of-the-art facility supplies antibiotics-free, pathogen-free hatchlings to farmers of the lobster-like crayfish in Australia and internationally.

Aquaculture: Aquaai, whose Fish as a Service platform is based on a robotic fish outfitted with cameras and sensors that monitor conditions in offshore fish farms.

Ocean and Seafood Technology: Yorso, an online B2B wholesale seafood marketplace that operates internationally and integrates with buyers’ and sellers’ CRM systems.

Supply Chain Change: Wholechain, a user-friendly, blockchain-based traceability solution that provides transparency throughout the seafood supply chain.

Thank you to all of our Supporters

This marks our final round of Fish 2.0. We would like to extend our deepest thanks to everyone who has supported us over the years to grow the sustainable seafood field and investment into it. You have helped hundreds of companies to become more investment ready, meet interested investors, and bring innovation into the front and center of the seafood field. We hope that you will stay in touch with us and we look forward to seeing how you continue to grow the sustainable seafood field.

Fish 2.0 Accomplishments over the years

Fish 2.0 was created to grow both innovation and investment into the sustainable seafood industry and with your help, we have been able accomplish and surpass even our stretch goals for the initiative. 

Since its start in 2013, Fish 2.0 has worked with 588 entrepreneurs from more than 40 countries in its online processes (and many more through its workshops and other events), built a network of over 700 investors, produced 27 investor briefings on topics ranging from algae products and aquaculture technology to traceability and tuna, and inspired 388 investors and experts to volunteer as advisors or judges to help sustainable seafood entrepreneurs develop their businesses. Over $300M has moved into participating Fish 2.0 companies - not including the results we expect from our strong 2019 cohort of innovators.

It's been fantastic to make this scale of change happen with all of you.  We will keep you on our mailing list and let you all know what we do next! Thank you!


In the press

With mission accomplished, pioneering seafood startup forum closes up shop. (see article)

Exit stage right: Fish 2.0 offers final set of winning innovators.  Six winners emerge in fast-paced sales-pitch contest. (see article)

Sea Change: How to Spark Sustainable Innovation in an Old-School Industry in Sustainable Brands looks at what we have learned over the past 7 years and Fish 2.0’s impact on the seafood industry. (see article)

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