Sustainable seafood business competition Fish 2.0 has selected 37 companies to pitch to investors at its Stanford University final in November, with aquaculture-focused businesses representing over a third of the group.
The competition — which aims to help build knowledge and connections in the global seafood industry, after founder Monica Jain noticed a large, fish-shaped hole in investor portfolios — received 170 applications from businesses across the globe. This is twice the number that applied in the competition’s first iteration in 2013. Its geographical diversity has also widened to 17 countries to include the United States, Canada, Latin America, the South Pacific, Europe, and Southeast Asia.
“The diversity and breadth of the finalists shows that innovation in seafood is growing all over the world. We are especially excited to see sustainability and invention taking root in the markets where the fish are coming from, not just where they are consumed—and to see change happening throughout the supply chain,” wrote Jain in a press release.