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2017 Competition Is Open for Applications

Register to compete or to participate as an expert advisor or online judge.
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Fish 2.0 2017 business competition! Please sign up as a competing business (the Phase 1 application is short) or register to join us as an advisor or online judge during the course of the competition.

This year’s competition will be more global and broader than ever, and we appreciate your help in spreading the word to potential competitors and advisors.

In Fish 2.0 2017, businesses from around the world will compete for over $50,000 in cash prizes and the new ICX prizes (see below). Most of the competition takes place online. The 40 finalists, including the top businesses from each of the six regional and two global tracks, will present their ventures to a broad group of investors during the Global Forum and Competition Finals at Stanford University November 7 and 8.

Fish 2.0 give businesses an opportunity to gain visibility, find strategic partners, and ultimately garner new investments ranging from $100,000 to over $10 million. Investors who participate as advisors or judges see a variety of seafood businesses in one place and learn more about the seafood sector.

For details on each of the eight tracks and eligibility requirements, see the 2017 competition details on the Fish 2.0 website.

Competitors: please note that you are not automatically registered to participate in the competition as a member of this mailing list. You must sign up by going to "Register" on the Fish 2.0 website.  

Investors, business leaders, and sustainability experts: please sign up now to participate as an online judge or expert advisor. 

(http://fish20.org/investors/getinvolved)Judges and advisors gain early access to quality deals and priority access to the invitation-only final event.
 


Please help spread the word in your networks and  encourage participation.
Please send potential participants this one-page flyer about the competition and share it through your social media networks. 

Translated versions of the English document are available in Spanish, Thai, Bahasa Indonesia and Japanese.

Also, please follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, and retweet our updates.  


Diverse Sponsors Support Sustainable Seafood Growth Through Fish 2.0

We are excited to have a diverse group of more than 19 sponsors supporting our network development and events this year, including foundations, investors, industry leaders, and government entities. The breadth of sponsors involved reflects the continued and growing interest in seafood among investors with expertise in the technology, supply chain operations, and food sectors.


Core sponsors of the Fish 2.0 2017 competition are the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Walton Family Foundation.


Supporting sponsors to date are Aqua-Spark, Center for Ocean Solutions, F3 Fish-Free Feed Challenge, Feed the Future, Legal Sea Foods, Marine Bio-Technologies Center of Innovation, Massachusetts Port Authority, Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Pacific Islands Trade & Invest, Rabobank , Schmidt Family Foundation, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Winrock International, and Fish 2.0 creator Manta Consulting. New sponsors will be added in the coming months. Sponsor details are available on the Fish 2.0 website.
 


New in 2017! ICX Prizes Provide Industry Connections

All Fish 2.0 2017 finalists and runners-up (from all tracks) will be eligible to win one of a growing number of ICX (Industry Connection) prizes. These prizes are offered by leaders in the sustainable seafood industry and meant to help the winners accelerate their growth.

ICX prizes include opportunities for winners to meet and consult with leading seafood buyers, investors, and sustainability experts.
We currently have confirmed ICX prizes from Calvert Foundation, Fish Choice, Rabobank, RSF Social Finance, Stavis Seafoods, TomAlgae (a Benchmark company), and Wabel (Europe). Additional prizes will be added over the coming months.

Industry leaders: contact monica@fish20.org to explore offering an ICX prize.
 


Mark Your Calendars: Fish 2.0 Regional Workshops and Global Webinars

This year’s new track structure initially places participants in the competition with their regional peers or in one of two global themed tracks, with the top scorers from each track moving on to the global finals. Businesses can enter in a regional track: Chile & Peru, New England, Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, South Atlantic & Gulf Coast Shellfish, or U.S. West Coast; or in a global track: Transparency & Traceability or Supply Chain Innovation. Each track has specific eligibility criteria, detailed at http://fish20.org/competitions/2017tracks.  When in doubt of your eligibility, ask us!  We are happy to help.

Each of the regional tracks will include an on-site workshop in the region. The workshops build regional seafood innovation networks among entrepreneurs and give participants advice and training on business strategy, deal structure, and pitching to investors. Businesses that are not able to attend the regional workshops may still apply to the competition.

For global track participants and those who want to learn more from experts, we will provide a series of webinars from our team, resources on the website, and informational summaries about each sector.  While some resources will be available publicly, access to others will be restricted to competition participants, including sponsors, advisors, and judges. Participating is fun and does not take much time, so get involved and be a part of the network!

Events for the next two months include the following. Please click here to learn more.

Entrepreneurs interested in the workshops may apply on the website or contact andrea@fish20.org with any questions.

You do not need to attend a workshop to apply to the Fish 2.0 global competition, which takes place online. Businesses may apply to the global competition online until April 29.
 


SAVE THE DATE: Fish 2.0 Global Innovation Finals – Stanford, CA

November 7-8, 2017

The Fish 2.0 2017 Global Forum and Competition Finals will take place November 7-8 at Stanford University. Leading investors and industry experts will hear pitches from the top 40 ventures in the global competition, discuss trends in the sustainable seafood industry, and make new connections. If you are interested in attending, please email andrea@fish20.org and we will be in touch. 
 

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