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Fish 2.0 Global Innovators Forum:
The Future of Seafood Is Here

The fourth biennial Fish 2.0 Global Innovators Forum, taking place Nov. 5–6, 2019, at Stanford University, is shaping up to be the most fun and productive yet. Here’s what to expect.

Meet and hear pitches from the Fish 2.0 Forty

Almost 50 experienced investors reviewed and scored 150 entries from seafood innovators around the globe over the past months. The top 40 businesses will present their innovations on stage at the Forum. Qualifying was very tough this year. Most companies that made the cut are operational and growing quickly.

A taste of what’s happening in seafood innovation:

  • Presenters are coming from the US, Australia, Brazil, Indonesia, Israel, the Netherlands, Norway, the Pacific Islands, the Philippines, Russia and the UK.
  • About half address some aspect of aquaculture innovation: fish feeds, genetics, disease control, sensors, production enhancement, automation and more.
  • Others are focused on kelp and algae, consumer products, non-plastic packaging, waste reduction, climate change mitigation and advanced trading networks.
  • Technology innovations include cameras and robotics for fisheries monitoring and aquaculture, high-tech fishing gear and traceability systems that work from sea to table.

Get insights into the future of seafood—and today’s hot topics

In addition to hearing pitches, Forum participants will engage with expert speakers to debate topics around the future of sustainable seafood and investment in the sector. Session topics include:
  • The future of seafood and the role of game-changing innovations
  • Navigating dilemmas around private profit from public funding and data sharing vs. privacy
  • The future of aquaculture
  • Fish 2.0 alumni on what they’ve learned from leading fast-growth companies
Confirmed speakers include: Adam Draper, Boost VC; Andrew Beebe, Obvious Ventures; Amy Novogratz, Aqua-Spark; Arvind Gupta, IndieBio; Beyhan de Jong, Rabobank; Dan Pullman, Fresh Source Capital; Dane Chauvel, Organic Ocean Seafood; Diane Durance, UNCW Center for Innovation; Frank McGrath, Oberon Securities; Guy Dean, Organic Ocean Seafood; Jacqueline Claudia, LoveTheWild; James Wright, Global Aquaculture Alliance; Kelly Lucas, Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center; Leigh Moran, Calvert Impact Capital; Michael Rubino, NOAA; Mike Edelhart, Joyance Partners; Mitchell Presser, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Monica Jain, Fish 2.0; Paul Doremus, NOAA; Rob Fletcher, The Fish Site; Sara Rademaker, American Unagi; Shally Shanker, AiiM Partners; and Taryn Goodman, TPG Rise Fund.


Interested in attending?

To enable deep networking, Forum attendance is limited to 300 and an invitation is required to register.
If you’ve received an invitation, now is the time to buy your tickets: they will sell out. After registration, investors will be invited to sign up to beta test the Fish 2.0 Connect online hub, where they can meet Fish 2.0 Qualified companies.
Investors and seafood leaders may request a Forum invitation here. Please write a short note about your interest in seafood innovation, or let us know who referred you.

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In the media


There's an Ocean of Opportunity for Startups Targeting the Seafood Sector. For returns, some investors look under the sea. (see article)

See our Medium publication, Fish 2.0 Currents, for a selection of our most popular articles on trends and opportunities in the seafood sector, including "Seatech's power surge," "Australia rising," and "Algae to the rescue."

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