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Fish 2.0 Competition Invites Pacific Island Business to Apply

Fish 2.0 Competition Invites Pacific Island Business to Apply
September 12
14:46 2018

The Fish 2.0 sustainable seafood innovation network has kicked off its  2018–19 competition for sustainable seafood ventures that reflects the speed of change in the sector.

It’s the most expansive competition and connection programme yet, with three global tracks, three regional tracks confirmed (more are expected), broader eligibility, more opportunities for entrepreneurs to meet investors and partners, and a new online connection platform launching later this year.

“The seafood sector is thoroughly reimagining products, supply chains, and technologies—much like the communications industry did after the iPhone—and it’s happening even faster than we expected,” says Fish 2.0 Executive Director Monica Jain.

“People see a lot of bad news about seafood. Fish 2.0 innovators bring the good news.

“The problems in seafood are solvable and they are being solved.

“We’re seeing remarkable advances aimed at aquaculture sustainability, ocean resilience to climate change, traceability and transparency, reducing waste, and enhancing economic opportunities for fishing communities.”

Accelerating these advances is what Fish 2.0 is all about.

The competition, always open to both established and early-stage enterprises, now welcomes businesses seeking partners rather than investors as well as those seeking growth capital.

Fish 2.0 has streamlined the online competition to make it efficient for ventures to participate and added networking receptions to workshops. So entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts can start forging connections right away. 

Three-quarters of 2017 finalists made crucial connections

At least 75 percent of finalists in Fish 2.0 2017 made connections during the programme that resulted in investment, new partners, or new customers.

2018–19 tracks focus on global issues, regional hotbeds, aquaculture

Global tracks:

Fish 2.0 2018–19’s three global tracks address some of the greatest sustainability needs and market opportunities in seafood. Ventures based anywhere in the world may apply to these tracks, starting today. Applications are due by October 28.

  • Traceability & Transparency is open to ventures that advance traceability in seafood supply chains, make supply chains more transparent, or mainstream best practices.
  • In the Tuna track, eligible businesses might improve management of wild-capture tuna fisheries, increase product value, reduce waste and bycatch, combat illegal fishing, or benefit the countries where the fish are caught.
  • Aquaculture Innovation is open to ventures that improve the growth, sustainability, and profitability of aquaculture; reduce its impact on coastal and marine habitats; or improve sustainability and viability of land-based systems.

U.S. Aquaculture:

Sponsored by NOAA, this track aims to grow U.S. aquaculture and is open to businesses in all 50 states—including those working on production, feed, technology, algae, aquaponics, or other innovations.

Fish 2.0 will hold three workshop and networking events connected with the track, starting with a November 7–8 East Coast programme at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET), the University of Maryland’s aquaculture innovation center in Baltimore. The other two events will take place in the Gulf region in February and Seattle in April. Ventures may apply and investors and experts may register on the U.S. Aquaculture track page.

Australia:

Sponsored by Australia’s Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and open to all Australian seafood ventures, this track starts with a workshop and networking event October 23–24, 2018, in Melbourne. September 16 is the deadline for ventures to apply and investors and experts to register.

Pacific Islands:

The Pacific Islands track, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, is designed for growth businesses looking to partner or trade with the U.S. and Australia.

Pacific Islanders with qualifying ventures are invited to apply for the October workshop in Melbourne, where they can connect with Australian partners and investors.

California:

This track, sponsored by the California Ocean Protection Council, is open to any California venture working on ocean climate resilience or any aspect of sustainable seafood, including increasing traceability and transparency in California, improving seafood supply chains and infrastructure, and supporting local fishing communities.

A kickoff workshop and networking event will happen later this year; sign up on the California track page for notifications.

Fish 2.0 expects to announce additional tracks and regional events by the end of this year.

To keep the pace brisk, regional and global tracks in Fish 2.0 2018–19 will have their own online competition schedules, and as soon as finalists are selected, they’ll gain admission to the cloud-based investor and partner connection platform.

After all tracks complete the submission and scoring sequence, the most innovative finalists from each track will be invited to present at the Fish 2.0 Innovation Forum in Silicon Valley next fall.

Entrepreneurs and investors with questions about workshop and networking events or the competition can contact Fish 2.0 at info@fish20.org. The latest information on all events and deadlines is on the Fish 2.0 website.

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