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Deadline alert: Fish 2.0 application period closes on April 27!

The April 27 deadline for businesses to join Fish 2.0 is rapidly approaching. Please get your applications in and remind your colleagues to apply on time. The application does not take long but must be submitted on time. No late applications will be accepted.


Fish 2.0 is expanding globally. Please help us spread the word.

We have established a series of partnerships around the world to support and encourage overseas businesses to apply to—and benefit from—Fish 2.0 2015. Help us make sure everyone has an opportunity to participate. Share Fish 2.0 with your US and overseas networks. 
  • Email businesses this one-pager about Fish 2.0.  
    Available in English, Spanish, Thai and Japanese here.
  • Businesses in the South Pacific Islands, Japan and Thailand can gain support from our new regional partners in completing their applications and joining new local Fish 2.0 networks.
We were excited to receive over 120 applications to attend our new regional workshops in Micronesia, Fiji and Thailand and to have more than 80 businesses actively participate.  During these workshops, we seeded networks and new supply chains among participating businesses and taught attendees about impact metrics, impact investing and business strategy. We've seen firsthand that once people learn about Fish 2.0 and understand the benefits of joining the network, they want to continue to participate.


New Prizes offered by High Liner, Wabel, Fish Vet and more

We are pleased to offer a new set of invaluable prizes to Fish 2.0 finalists and runners up in 2015 - called the Open Door Prizes. The spirit of these prizes is to highlight the market readiness we see for growing sustainable seafood businesses. Prize sponsors have offered Fish 2.0 finalists invaluable opportunities - demonstrating that if a business is doing good - in terms of sustainability and growth potential - then lots of doors will open for them.
 
High Liner Foods, the leading North American processor and marketer of value-added frozen seafood, offers one winning business a half-day meeting with their Global Vice President of Procurement. 
 
Wabel, the first European B2B marketplace designed to facilitate connections between private-label retailers and global suppliers of fresh and frozen food products, offers one winning business a minimum of eight face-to-face meetings with European retailers such as Carrefour, Tesco, Auchan, Metro, Casino, Kaufland, and additional invaluable exposure to the European marketplace.

The Fish Vet Group, the world’s largest dedicated aquaculture health provider and
part of the Benchmark Holding group of families, offers a winning aquaculture enterprise a one day training session in aquatic health management at their lab in Portland, Maine
 
Intrafish Media, the world's largest seafood news and information provider, offers three winners complimentary passes to its Seafood Investor Forum in Spring 2016, which brings together seafood industry leaders, hedge funds, venture capital and institutional and private equity groups. To learn what these Forums offer or to register for the upcoming May 28th Forum in London, please click here.
 
Food Systems 6 (FS6), a new California based accelerator program created by leading investors and food systems experts, offers one winner a place in their cohort, providing the business with a six month long training program including investor connections, finance and marketing support, and other training to help the enterprise achieve its next major milestone.
 
More information on the full range of Fish 2.0 prizes and our growing range of Open Door Prize opportunities can be found on our web page, and on the news release announcing them. Please contact us if your company would like to offer an Open Door Prize to support the growing sustainable seafood business sector.


The Conservation Fund joins Fish 2.0 as a Sponsor

We are pleased to welcome The Conservation Fund  as a new supporting sponsor of Fish 2.0. The Conservation Fund is a leader in land and forest conservation and in aquaculture, through its Freshwater Institute. They work at the intersection of conservation and community, demonstrating that environmental protection is inseparable from economic vitality. The Fund works nationwide to support market-based solutions and provide strategic funding for innovative sustainability-minded entrepreneurs. We are very pleased to have them join our growing group of sponsors - all of whom support growth and innovation in the sustainable seafood sector. 


Mark your Calendars for our New Educational Webinar Series

Fish 2.0 will hold a series of educational webinars over the next several months on topics relevant to sustainable seafood business growth. In addition to offering participating businesses information to help them succeed in the competition, we will be bringing a series of experts in Business Structure, Customer Acquisition, Finance, Buyer Relationships and other topics of interest to offer guidance and advice to growing businesses and to experts working with seafood businesses.
 
After our April 27th application deadline, webinars will be freely and exclusively available to everyone participating in Fish 2.0, including businesses, advisers, impact advisers, sponsors, judges, and partner organizations. Learn more about these webinars and participating speakers on the Fish 2.0 webinar page.   If you would like to take advantage of these opportunities and are not yet participating in Fish 2.0, please contact us.  We have roles in the growing network for everyone! Please register to participate in our upcoming webinars including:
 
- Tue, April 14:   Filling out your Fish 2.0 Entry Application Successfully
- Fri, May 15:     Understanding the Fish 2.0 Judging Framework and Scoring Criteria
- Tues, May 19:  Finding the Right Customers for Your Business: Customer Acquisition and Market Channel Strategies
- Tues June 2:    The Colors of Money: Finding the Right Financial Partners and Types of Capital for Your Enterprise
- Later in June:   Finding and Working with Large Scale Buyers

Additional webinars will be offered through October 2015.


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  • Fish 2.0 continues to attract strong media interest. See coverage here.


Thinkshift Communications is our new Strategic Communications Lead

We are pleased to introduce Thinkshift as our new communications lead for Fish 2.0. Thinkshift is a team of strategists, thinkers, writers, and campaigners inspired by the power of business to address pressing social and environmental problems. They help sustainable businesses, cleantech companies and social enterprises reach their goals through creative brand story platforms, PR and thought leadership strategies, and content marketing plans. Thinkshift is a Certified B Corp and a California public benefit corporation. 


Save the Date: Fish 2.0 Finals at Stanford on November 10-11, 2015

The Fish 2.0 Finals will be held at Stanford University Nov. 10-11, 2015. Seating will be limited and priority will be given to investors and all those who participate in Fish 2.0 during 2015.   Please mark your calendars for these dates and look for registration and hotel information to be provided next month.  36 businesses from around the world will be pitching their opportunities at the event and there will be plenty of time for networking with our sponsors, investors, experts and other partners.

We look forward to seeing those of you who participate in Fish 2.0 there!
 
For more information on Fish 2.0, please visit www.fish20.org or contact info@fish20.org
Media inquiries, please contact Thinkshift Communications
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