The 2015 Competition is Open!
Register to participate and help us to spread the word to others.
We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2015 Fish 2.0 Business Competition today! Please sign up as a competing fisheries or aquaculture businesses (the Phase 1 application is short) or register to join us as an advisor or online judge during the course of the competition.
We expect to engage additional businesses and investors this year, and we would appreciate your help in spreading the word to potential competitors and advisors.
This year, businesses from around the world will compete for over $180,000 in cash prizes. 36 finalists will present their ideas to a broad group of investors during the competition finals at Stanford University. Fish 2.0 provides businesses with an opportunity to gain visibility, find strategic partners, and ultimately garner new investments in the range of $100,000 to over $10 million. Investors who participate as advisors or judges see a number of seafood businesses in one place and learn more about the seafood sector.
The 2015 competition will offer three tracks for businesses to compete with their peers. For details on these tracks and on specific business eligibility, visit the 2015 competition details on the Fish 2.0 web site.
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 "Participate" on the Fish 2.0 website.
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Broad Range of Sponsors Supports Fish 2.0
We are excited to have a diverse group of over 18 sponsors supporting our network development and events this year, including foundations, investors, business industry leaders and government entities. The breadth of involved sponsors reflects the growing interest in seafood among investors with expertise in seafood, technology, supply chain operations, and food sectors.
Our confirmed sponsors for 2015 include The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the International Diaspora Engagement Alliance, The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, The Walton Family Foundation, the Pentair Foundation, Humanity United, Tides Canada, the US State Department, the Calvert Foundation, RSF Social Finance, CEI Maine, Google Oceans, Toniic, AquaSpark, the Ulupono Initiative, the Schmidt Family Foundation, the Stanford Center for Oceans Solutions, Dynamic Planet, and Manta Consulting Inc. Sponsor details are available on the Fish 2.0 website.
Fish 2.0 Upcoming Events and Webinars
In 2015, we will be holding a series of fun, educational and informative events aimed at improving business knowledge of how to engage investors, investor understanding of the seafood sector and opportunities therein, and at building connections and strong businesses. You can expect monthly webinars from our team, new resources posted to the website, and informational summaries about the sector to become available. While some resources will be available publicly, access to others will be restricted to competition participants, including sponsors, advisors and judges. Events for the next two months include:
- February 2-4: Business Preparation Workshop in Pohnpei, Micronesia
Fish 2.0 is partnering with IdEA, the Micronesia Conservation Trust and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to offer a workshop on how to engage effectively with investors for Pacific businesses interested in participating in the competition.
- February 17: Webinar- Fish 2.0: What’s involved and Why get involved?
Interested enterprises, advisors and investors can learn more about the Fish 2.0 process, criteria and events, and ask questions directly to our team. 2013 competition finalists and semi-finalists will talk about their experiences during the competition and their achievements since the competition finals.
- March 10-12: Business Preparation Workshop in Nadi, Fiji Fish 2.0 is partnering with IdEA, WWF-Pacific and IUCN Oceania to offer a workshop on how to engage effectively with investors for Pacific businesses interested in participating in the competition.
- March 25: Webinar- Fish 2.0: What’s involved and Why get involved?
Interested enterprises, advisors and investors can learn more about the Fish 2.0 process, criteria and events, and ask questions directly to our team. 2013 competition finalists and semi-finalists will talk about their experiences during the competition and their achievements since the competition finals
Register for webinars on the website or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions on the Pacific workshops.
- April 14: Filling out your Fish 2.0 Entry Application Successfully
This webinar led by the Fish 2.0 Team, will guide you through the Fish 2.0 entry application for each of the three competition tracks. We will answer questions about how to complete the application and explain why each section of the application is important.
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We expect an exciting year of productive connections to be made between business, investors and experts interested in the seafood sector.
For more information on Fish 2.0, please visit www.fish20.org or contact email@example.com