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Nov 5, 2013

Fish 2.0 Finals being held next week

21 of the 39 businesses that advanced into Phase 3 of the competition were selected by our investor judges to present pitches to an audience of impact and traditional investors, seafood experts, and foundations at the Fish 2.0 Competition Finals being held at Stanford University on November 12 and 13.  

Ten of the businesses were selected as finalists, and will be presenting 10 minute pitches and competing for prizes of $40,000, $25,000 and $10,000. Another 11 of the businesses were selected as semi-finalists and will compete for a 90-second short pitch prize of $2,500.  

Pitch coaching offered to Fish 2.0 competitors

In the last phase, we have offered each business several sessions of one-on-one advisory time with professional pitch coaches.  Ashley Simons of Simons Communications and Strategy and Nathan Gold of The Demo Coach have been working for the past month with the participants to improve their pitches.  Ashley brings many years of experience in the seafood and business sectors to her communications work, and Nathan brings significant experience coaching entrepreneurs to pitch to venture capitalists.  He was recently profiled in the Wall Street Journal for his work.

Fish 2.0 Finals agenda and speakers announced

We are pleased to announce that several prominent and experienced impact investors will be joining us for panels and discussions at the upcoming Fish 2.0 finals.  Julia Sze of Sonen Capital will be opening the event with a talk on the Power of Collaborative Impact Investing.  

Other speakers joining us include leaders from Santa Clara University and the Global Social Business Incubator, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Mission Point Capital, Treetops Capital, KL Felicitas, Toniic, Social-Impact International, Hawaii Investment Ready Program, Aqua Spark, RSF Social Finance, SJF Ventures and Oceanis Partners.

Please visit the Fish 2.0 website for more information.

Fish 2.0 in the press

We have continued to work to bring visibility to investment opportunities in the seafood sector.  Some recent publications include:
  • Smartfish: Catching Gold in the Fish Market. National Geographic's Amanda Nagai profiles one of the Fish 2.0 competitors. [view article]
  • Seafood Startups Stress Sustainability. Impact IQ's David Bank's looks at two Fish 2.0 competitors that are addressing issues of waste and traceability in the sector.  [view article]
  • Shaping Businesses that can Help both People and the Planet. The latest in the National Geographic Ocean Views series focuses on impacts, and how Fish 2.0 competitors are measuring and scaling these. [view article]

Rockefeller Foundation joins Fish 2.0 as a new sponsor

The Rockefeller Foundation has joined Fish 2.0 as a sponsor and member of our advisory committee   The Rockefeller Foundation supports work that expands opportunity and strengthens resilience to social, economic, health and environmental challenges-affirming its pioneering philanthropic mission since 1913 to promote the well-being of humanity. The Foundation's support of Fish 2.0 represents both its commitment to revalue ecosystems including oceans and fisheries, as well as to impact investing.  

Thank you to all the sponsors who have helped Fish 2.0 reach this point and who are providing ongoing support.

Website resources and updates 

The Fish 2.0 website has new information on all the above, as well as:
  • Competition Finals. Details of the Competition Finals and Investor Ideas Exchange, for November 12-13, can be found on the Final Event page.
  • Finals Judges.  The 5 judges for the Competition Finals have been announced. Check out their full bios on the website.
  • Past webinars.  The slides and live recording of the recent webinars are also available for download, on the News Page
    -  Perfecting your Pitch to Impact Investors.  Ashley Simons.
    -  What Lenders Really Think.  Erik Olsen
  • Pitching resources.  New resources on how to create a pitch that will resonate with investors are available on the Resources page
  • Impact Investment Resources.  New resources for impact investors or foundations interested in collaborating with impact investors are available on the Resources page.

IntraFish offers Fish 2.0 winners passes to London Investment Forum!

IntraFish Media, one of the world’s leading seafood news and information providers, has offered to provide two members of the winning team from Fish 2.0 with complimentary passes to the IntraFish Seafood Investment Forum in London, UK on November 19. In addition, IntraFish is offering all other Fish 2.0 finalists a 50% discount on the forum's attendance fee of GBP 350.  
“We’re excited to support entrepreneurship in the seafood sector,” IntraFish Media Publisher Paal Korneliussen said. â€œEvery investor is looking for the next big thing, and we are excited to see more companies that exhibit the kind of innovation and forward-thinking that Fish 2.0 is all about.”
IntraFish’s exclusive investment forums have attracted top-tier investors including executives from private equity, banking, and foundations. Their London event will feature panels on fishing, aquaculture and the private equity sector.  In addition, some of the largest companies in  seafood will be presenting new business ideas to prospective investors.
The IntraFish Seafood Investment Forum will be held at the May Fair Hotel in London. The event is sponsored by Norwegian bank DnB. For more information on the event, visit

New Manta Consulting briefing paper now available

The latest in the series, focused on Opportunities for Investors in Seafood Supply Chains and info on businesses in the Fish 2.0 pipeline is available on our website at

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