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  • CARMEL, CA
  • December 23, 2016

Fish 2.0 Competition Adds Dedicated Track for Southeast Asia Seafood Entrepreneurs

New track guarantees three spots at final event for Southeast Asia participants; February workshop in Bangkok gives entrepreneurs a head start on applying for the global business competition

Fish 2.0, the global competition and network for sustainable seafood businesses, is adding a special track for Southeast Asian entrepreneurs. The track will kick off with a three-day workshop focused on engaging investors and preparing participants to apply for the 2017 competition.

The Fish 2.0 competition connects seafood businesses from around the world with investors, giving entrepreneurs an opportunity to gain international visibility, win cash prizes, find strategic partners, and attract new investments. Investors, seafood industry leaders, foundations, and economic development agencies support the competition and interact with participating businesses. In the 2017 competition, the top three businesses from the Southeast Asia track will be invited to pitch to investors at the November final event at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Feed the Future Innovative Farmers Project Asia, implemented by Winrock International, is co-sponsoring the Southeast Asia track, along with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation, both ongoing supporters of Fish 2.0.

Over 60 percent of Fish 2.0 participants gain new investment, partners, or customers

Over 60 percent of the enterprises participating in the most recent competition, Fish 2.0 2015, gained investment, new partners, or new customers from connections they made during the program. The competition takes place over several months and pairs participants with investors and business advisors who work with them on developing their business strategy and positioning their enterprise to gain investment.

The Fish 2.0 competition is “a unique learning experience,” said Emmanuelle Bourgois, director of FairAgora Asia and Verifik8, a runner-up in the 2015 competition. “It shaped the idea from a concept to a robust business model, boosted my confidence in my entrepreneurship skills, and is the real starting point of this amazing and innovative adventure.”

Workshop provides a head start on applying and preparing for Fish 2.0 2017

Fish 2.0 will kick off the 2017 Southeast Asia track with a free business development workshop in Bangkok, Thailand, Feb. 28–March 2, 2017. Participants will learn how to communicate about their business in a way that attracts interest, practice pitching to investors and buyers, and get advice on integrating social and environmental sustainability into their business strategy. The one-page workshop application, available at www.fish20.org/seasiaworkshop, is due by Jan. 11.

“The workshop really opened up a new perspective for me on how I can improve my business and interact with investors” and was the “best investment training I’ve ever been to,” said two prior workshop participants. “The accelerator I’ve been participating in was general, [so] it was really wonderful to have seafood-specific questions guiding me toward seafood-specific investors,” said another.

The upcoming Southeast Asia workshop is open to start-ups and established businesses based in the Lower Mekong subregion and Indonesia. In Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar, aquaculture-related enterprises and businesses focused on traceability, transparency, and supply chain innovation are eligible to apply. In Indonesia, all types of seafood businesses are eligible, including wild capture as well as aquaculture. Workshop participants are not required to enter the Fish 2.0 competition, but they will get a head start on the application and learn what investors want.

Sponsors support sustainable seafood innovation in Southeast Asia

“Small aquaculture farms in Southeast Asia face ever lower margins due to rising costs and competition,” said Kipp Sutton, agriculture team leader at the USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia. “New technology can drive down costs through savings and increased production, providing better incomes and ensuring livelihoods while addressing food security in Asia.”

Kama Dean, program officer at the Walton Family Foundation, added: “Sustainable fisheries are profitable fisheries, and we believe the investment community has a lot to gain by seeking out and supporting companies committed to the triple bottom line. To make sure that happens, we are happy to support Fish 2.0’s efforts to improve the capacity and investment-readiness of Indonesian businesses and give these businesses a showcase among global seafood innovators.”

Detailed information on the workshop and Fish 2.0 is available at www.fish20.org/seasiatrack. For questions, please contact Corey Peet at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +1 (831) 224-9748, or on WhatsApp or Line.

About Fish 2.0

Fish 2.0 connects seafood businesses and investors to grow the sustainable seafood sector. Working through our unique global network, competition platform, and events, Fish 2.0 participants collaborate to drive innovation, business growth, and positive impact. Entrepreneurs meet potential investors, partners, and advisors that help them accelerate impact and growth. Investors and experts get early access to investment opportunities and learn about emerging technologies and trends. And industry leaders gain direct access to sustainable seafood suppliers and partners.

Media contacts

Sandra Stewart, Thinkshift Communications  (USA)
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Tarinee Youkhaw, USAID Feed the Future Asia Innovative Farmers Project (Thailand)
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What people are saying about Fish 2.0

  • Gary Ullstrom - Kuterra
    It’s not just a seminar, it’s the real thing – you’re pitching to real people with real money.
    - Gary Ullstrom, Fish 2.0 2013 Finalist (Canada)
  • Kit Barron - CapLog Group
    Fish 2.0 takes the fish by the fins and creates a much needed mechanism through which the right industry experience, innovative thinkers and financial backing can come together to move new ideas in seafood to market.
    - Kit Barron, CapLog Group, LLC and Fish 2.0 2013 Advisor
  • David Walfish - Ho'olou Pacific
    The Fish 2.0 organizers have done a fantastic job creating the world's first fishing and aquaculture business competition. Our advisors and the webinars have been top-notch, and the amount of interest and number of investors Fish 2.0 has attracted is incredible.
    - David Walfish, Fish 2.0 2013 Third Place Winner (USA)
  • This is the most professional event I’ve attended in this sector.
    - Investor, Fish 2.0 2015
  • Kelly Harrell - Alaska Marine Conservation Council
    For those in the fisheries world, Fish 2.0 has quickly become the go-to place for those interested in advancing cutting-edge business models focused on the triple-bottom line of social, environmental, and economic impact.
    - Kelly Harrell, Fish 2.0 2015 Finalist (USA)
  • Fish 2.0 offers
    a unique mix of innovative business ideas and people who have the influence to make them succeed.
    - Dick Clime, CEI Maine
  • Ed Robinson - Acadia Harvest
    All the people we dealt with on the Fish 2.0 team were great to work with. We’d have no hesitation to do it again.
    - Ed Robinson, Fish 2.0 2013 Semi finalist and 2015 Finalist (USA)
  • Andriet Tilfas - Hapmak Market
    It helped me connect with a lot of new business people around the world. Not only to help with our small scale in a remote island but to expand services because there are a lot of opportunities out there.
    - Andriet Tilfas, Fish 2.0 2015 Competitor (Micronesia)
  • Dr. Karsidete Teeranitayatarn - Green Innovative Biotech
    This made my company grow up and served as a springboard. We received interest and collaboration from around the world, including Fiji, Northern Canada, Alaska, Marshall Island, and venture capitalists from Silicon Valley.
    -Dr. Karsidete Teeranitayatarn, Fish 2.0 2015 Finalist (Thailand)
  • Alfred Kalontas - Alfa Fishing
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    - Alfred Kalontas, Fish 2.0 2015 Finalist (Vanuatu)
  • Beau Seil - Unitus Impact
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    - Beau Seil, Managing Partner, Unitus Impact
  • Fish 2.0 is the place to
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    - Investor, Fish 2.0 2015
  • Margot Kane - Calvert Foundation
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    - Margot Kane, Calvert Foundation and Fish 2.0 2015 & 2013 Judge
  • Sherry Flummerfelt - Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust
    I made some excellent connections, learned so much, and feel like our organization has grown considerably as a result of participating in Fish 2.0.
    - Sherry Flummerfelt, Fish 2.0 2015 Finalist (USA)
  • David Stover - Bureo
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    - David Stover, Fish 2.0 2015 Finalist (Chile)
  • What I liked about Fish 2.0 was
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    - Investor, Fish 2.0 2015
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    - Roxanne Nanninga, Fish 2.0 2015 Finalist (USA)
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    - Hoyt Peckham, Fish 2.0 2013 Semi-finalist (Mexico)
  • Diane Durance - Harvest Food & Fisheries
    As a semi-finalist in 2013, I experienced first-hand how important it is to get your venture in front of investors who are knowledgeable and interested in your field. Fish 2.0 is the organization making that possible for entrepreneurs in aquaculture and sustainable fisheries.
    - Diane Durance, Fish 2.0 2013 Semi-finalist (USA)
  • Brett Haywood - Sea Quest Group
    Helped us look within and be able to convey our positive impacts, whether its socially, environmentally or resource based, and convey this to our markets and partners.
    - Brett Haywood, Fish 2.0 2015 Finalist (Fiji)
  • Emmanuelle Bourgois - FairAgora
    Fish 2.0 competition has been a unique learning experience. It shaped the idea from a concept to a robust business model, boosted confidence in my entrepreneurship skills and is the real starting point of this amazing and innovative adventure.
    - Emmanuelle Bourgois, Fish 2.0 2015 Competitor (Thailand)
  • Mike Betts - AgFunder
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    - Mike Betts, AgFunder (USA)
  • Alan Lovewell - Local Catch Monterey Bay
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    - Dane Chauvel, Fish 2.0 2013 Finalist (Canada)
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