We are thrilled to announce a 2017 Fish 2.0 competition! Starting in January, we will invite seafood business leaders to compete to be one of 36 finalists to pitch to a diverse group of investors and industry leaders at Stanford University in November 2017. As in past competitions, the top businesses will receive cash prizes and opportunities to meet investors and advance their venture through connections and input from industry leaders.
Fish 2.0 - 2017 officially opens for entries in January
The 2017 competition will be divided into several thematic and regional tracks – and businesses in each track will compete against one another to pitch at the Fish 2.0 and to win cash prizes. Thematic tracks will allow ventures from around the global to showcase solutions to sustainable seafood challenges. Regional tracks will focus on highlighting ventures from specific countries or geographies. Several tracks in the competition are already confirmed and more tracks may be added before the January launch. Please share the news with interested businesses and ask them to sign up for the Fish 2.0 mailing list, so they’ll be notified of opportunities and details when we launch!
Regional Workshops: New for 2017!
Regional workshops planned for 2016 and 2017 will advance and connect businesses in selected geographies.
A series of in-person regional workshops will be held as a part of Fish 2.0 to offer entrepreneurs in selected areas a chance to learn more about Fish 2.0, gain advice about how they can present their ideas more effectively, make connections with other business leaders in their region, and receive assistance in completing their Fish 2.0 applications. These workshops will complement the Fish 2.0 online competition process, webinars and resources, which will be available to all ventures, investors and partners.
We are currently developing and expanding on tracks and workshops for these regions:
All workshops will be free to attend; and ventures must apply for an invitation. If you are interested in attending one of these workshops or in sponsoring a workshop in a region of interest, please let us know by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- US - West Coast
- US - New England
- Southeast Asia
- Latin America
- Pacific Islands (see below for dates and details)
Pacific Islands workshop will be held Nov. 6-8 in Suva, Fiji
Ventures from throughout the Pacific Islands region are encouraged to apply for the first regional workshop, to be held in Suva, Fiji, Nov. 6–8, 2016. Travel stipends are available. Please go to the Pacific Islands track web page for more information and to apply. Space is limited and the deadline is this week.
Also, please share this information with Pacific Island entrepreneurs who might be interested and encourage them to apply immediately.
Thank you to our track sponsors for making this workshop and early entry into the 2017 competition possible for seafood business in the Pacific Islands.
How to participate in Fish 2.0 2017
As we create the structure and focal points of the Fish 2.0 2017 competition, please tell others in your network about the opportunities to participate.
- We are still seeking new sponsors. We are actively developing partnerships with investors, foundations, government agencies and others to ensure Fish 2.0 can focus on the regions and themes in the sustainable seafood sector that are of interest to sponsors and which will advance the growing sustainable seafood movement. Contact email@example.com to learn more.
- Join us as a judge or advisor. When we launch, we will invite investors and industry experts to join us as judges and advisors. This is an unique opportunity to help innovative seafood ventures while learning about emerging technologies and trends in the sector. If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get in touch.
- Prepare to compete. We will announce full competition details in January 2017. Entrepreneurs can get a head start by visiting www.fish20.org and taking advantage of the resources there to help entrepreneurs develop investment-ready businesses.
- Share this. If you know of an entrepreneur or investor who might be interested in Fish 2.0, please forward this newsletter or suggest that they sign up for our mailing list on fish20.org.
Monica Jain recognized as a White House Champion of Change for Sustainable Seafood
The White House has named Monica Jain a Champion of Change for Sustainable Seafood in recognition of her achievements with Fish 2.0, as well as her longtime dedication to ocean conservation and advancing seafood sustainability. She will be honored at a White House event Oct. 7, along with 11 fellow Champions, including 2013 Fish 2.0 finalist Alan Lovewell, CEO and co-founder of Real Good Fish.
As the White House points out in its press release, “the U.S. 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. 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.” Follow the conversation at #WHChamps.
Thank you to all members of our network for supporting Fish 2.0 to make this honor and especially sustainable seafood change possible!
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For more information on Fish 2.0, please visit www.fish20.org or contact email@example.com.