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170 Entries Received

Over 170 businesses applied to participate in Fish 2.0 this year.  Of these, 148 will advance into Phase 2.  This year’s Fish 2.0 applications illustrate the diversity of innovation happening in the sector. Participating businesses are making change by:
  • Shortening supply chains for value-added sustainable seafood products in the Pacific Islands, Alaska, Japan and Thailand.
  • Developing advanced aquaculture techniques to reduce energy costs, wastes and loss from disease.
  • Developing software to make fishing and fish farming businesses more efficient.
  • Improving seafood storage systems to reduce logistics costs, improve quality, and open new markets.
  • Bringing convenient sustainable seafood products to consumers.
  • Developing new fish feeds that reduce pressure on wild stocks.
  • Building supply chains promising traceability,
  • Providing healthy foods and income to communities that have few other options
  • And much more.
Thank you all for your help in spreading the word and encouraging participation.

Join us as an On-line Judge, Business Advisor, or Sustainability Advisor for Fish 2.0

We need a range of online judges to help out with the scoring of the entries that are received.  Scoring would take place between June 23 – July 4 and requires a two-hour commitment to review 4 entries.  Anyone that has more than 5 years of business or investment experience is eligible.  This is a great way to learn about the businesses that are emerging in the sector and to help out entrepreneurs with a few lines of feedback. You may sign-up and register your preferences and availability here.  If you don’t have business experience, you can participate as a sustainability advisor. Please share this opportunity with others you know who could help us in reviewing entries. 

If you serve as an advisor or judge, you also get access to the educational webinar series and will be invited to attend the invitation-only Finals event.

Upcoming Educational Webinars

Our webinar series is open to all participants in Fish 2.0, including competitors, advisors, online judges or sponsors.  There is no charge to attend. Upcoming webinars include:
May 15: “Understanding the Judging Framework and Scoring Criteria.”   
For all Fish 2.0 competitors to learn and ask questions about Phase 2.

May 19: “Customer Acquisition and Market Channel Strategies.”  
Learn about best practices, lessons learned and valuable experiences from customer acquisition and market channel strategies.  Speakers include Mark Magers, Jessica Kramer and Sarah Williams, who have built businesses around Fair Trade chocolate, farm to table produce, and convenience store foods. 

June 2: “The Colors of Money: Finding the right financial partners and types of capital for your enterprise.”  
Learn about the investor and lender ecosystem and who is the right type of financial partner for your business. Speakers include Paul Matteucci of US Venture Partners, Jana Dombrowski of Rabobank’s North American Lending Team and Charly Kleissner, of 100% Impact Network and Toniic.

June 16:  “Finding and Working with Large Scale Buyers. ” 
Learn about best practices for working with large scale buyers, wholesale / retail outlets, and other major players in the supply chain. A key theme in this panel will include the evolving landscape of sustainability and health in procurement.  Speakers include Pierre Asseo of Wabel, Phil Gibson of Resilinsea and former Seafood Group Director at Safeway USA, and Kendra Klein of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Get the details and register for webinars on the page of the Fish 2.0 hub.  

Thank you to everyone who helped us to spread the word about Fish 2.0 during the last few months.  Every email, phone call, and post is helping us to build the sustainable seafood network.

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