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April 29 Is the Last Day to Apply for Fish 2.0 2017

Is your innovative seafood company seeking to grow? Do you know of one that is? The Fish 2.0 business competition is an unparalleled opportunity to connect with investors, suppliers, buyers, and potential partners — all while improving your business strategy. Apply now (by April 29) and spread the word!


In case you’re wondering...

  • Yes, it’s free! Participation in the Fish 2.0 competition is free, from start to finish.
  • Cash and in-kind prizes will be awarded to winners in each track.
  • Webinars and other resources provided throughout the competition are available only to registered competitors.
  • There’s no risk. We never publish the names of companies that compete but do not make it to the finals. Your venture’s reputation is safe — and even those that don’t make it to the end will get invaluable business help at NO cost.

There’s truly no downside to applying to the Fish 2.0 competition. So sign up by April 29, and encourage other seafood ventures to apply as well. Click here: Fish 2.0 Hub.

Important notes about our new tracks system:
  • The U.S. West Coast track includes Alaska-based businesses. Please urge Alaska seafood entrepreneurs to apply, as well as those in California, Oregon, and Washington.
  • The U.S. South Atlantic & Gulf Coast track is for both shellfish- and crustacean-related businesses.
  • Entrepreneurs from anywhere in the world can compete in either the Supply Chain Innovation track or the Transparency & Traceability track


Or contact us to discuss options for sponsorship, partnership or ICX prizes.

Strong Response to Fish 2.0 Workshops Reveals Deep Well of Entrepreneurs

Over 250 ventures applied and 150 entrepreneurs participated in six Fish 2.0 precompetition regional workshops. Active investors and sponsors joined us at each event, allowing entrepreneurs to fine-tune their business pitches and connect with each other and with local business leaders. We look forward to seeing many of these workshop participants and applicants in the 2017 competition. (Apply here)

Workshops took place in Fiji (for the Pacific Islands track), near Boston (U.S. New England track), Bangkok (Southeast Asia track), Wilmington, North Carolina (U.S. South Atlantic & Gulf Coast track), Santiago (Chile & Peru track), and Seattle (U.S. West Coast track).

23 Sponsors Support Fish 2.0 2017

We are thrilled to have a diverse group of sponsors joining us for Fish 2.0 2017, including foundations, investment leaders, seafood business leaders, and a variety of organizations and individuals who want to support growth and innovation in the sustainable seafood sector. Read about them here.

These sponsors make the Fish 2.0 competition possible, and we’re enormously grateful to them for their financial as well as in-kind support to seafood entrepreneurs who are building sustainable businesses.

ICX (Industry Connection) Prizes Provide Invaluable Connections and Support

ICX prizes give Fish 2.0 competitors the one-on-one access they need to connect substantively with industry leaders and investors. These unique prizes — from funders, seafood buyers, and service providers — can become the advantage that helps a business take off.

So far, we’ve lined up 10 ICX prizes for 2017: Albion Farms and Fisheries, AllTech, Australis Barramundi, Rabobank, Calvert Foundation, FishChoice, RSF Social Finance, Stavis Seafoods, Tom Algae (a Benchmark company), and Wabel (Europe). Check out the details here. Industry leaders continue to step forward with ICX prizes — if you’d like to contribute, please contact

In the News – About Our Entrepreneurs and Seafood Challenges

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Oysters Built the East Coast. Now Entrepreneurs Are Rebuilding the Oysters
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Entrepreneurs Shine a Light on Seafood Origins
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What’s Happened with Previous Fish 2.0 Participants? Read Their Stories of Impact

We recently caught up with a few Fish 2.0 finalists and runners-up, who filled us in on how they’ve progressed since competing at Stanford. Check out their inspiring stories here.

Fish 2.0 Track News

It’s been a busy few months, with lots of news about workshops and seafood entrepreneurs. Check out the latest Fish 2.0-related news for each track. We’ll update these pages regularly to showcase seafood innovation in each region and issue area:
Chile & Peru, U.S. New England, Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, U.S. South Atlantic & Gulf Coast, U.S. West Coast & Alaska, Supply Chain Innovation, Transparency & Traceability.

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 and we will be in touch. 

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We’re having an exciting year, filled with productive connections among businesses, investors, and experts who want to grow the sustainable seafood sector.


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