The 2017 Competition 

The Fish 2.0 2017 Competition is underway. This is a unique opportunity for businesses and investors to come together and continue building partnerships and momentum in the sustainable seafood sector. We invite you to learn more and to get involved in our dynamic (and fun) network.

Regional and Global Thematic Tracks

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There are 6 regional and 2 global thematic tracks in this year’s competition. Participants are comptiting against other businesses in their track, and the best in all of the tracks will be invited to the Global Finals in California.

Learn About The Tracks >>>

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A Series of Regional Workshops and Webinars

In the regions where Fish 2.0 has a track this year, we conducted workshops for entrepreneurs who were interested in applying to the Fish 2.0 online competition. (All workshops took place before the online entry deadline of April 29, 2017). These regional workshops provided participants with connections and insights into business strategy and investor presentations, which will help them compete more effectively in the global competition. Workshop participation, however, was not required to compete in the Fish 2.0 online competition.


The Structure and Timeline

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The Fish 2.0 2017 competition runs throughout the year, and is conducted online so that seafood businesses anywhere in the world can participate. The competition has 4 phases, each of which provides resources as well as advisory or other support to all participants, then determines which companies are most ready to move on to the next phase. In Phase 4, the selected finalists and runners-up will receive individual pitch coaching and assistance that will help them prepare to give presentations in front of a broad group of experts and interested investors at the Finals.



Scoring Criteria

The Fish 2.0 competition selects companies based on the scores they receive online from investors and business experts who serve as judges. The judges read and score each entry based on information provided by the company, using a password-protected, online system. Each judge also provides brief, anonymous feedback to the companies that they score.

Judging begins at the end of Phase 2. If a business moves on to Phase 3, a different group of judges will do the scoring. In both Phase 2 and Phase 3, judges will provide scores AND feedback to help companies improve.

scoring pdfIf you already have a clear strategy to present to investors, the Fish 2.0 questions will be easy to answer and take very little of your time.

And whether your company is long-established or a start-up, it will have equal opportunity to win; all scores are relative to your business’ readiness for the investment it is seeking.



Roles for Businesses, Investors, and Sustainability Experts

Online Judges: Investors who serve as online judges for Fish 2.0 will learn firsthand about innovations, trends, and opportunities in the sustainable seafood sector. The more businesses you judge, the more you can learn about the sector, the more investment opportunities you can see early on, and the more you can contribute to the sector’s growth. The entire process is fun and does not take much time.

Business and Impact Advisors: Serving as an advisor for Fish 2.0 is a great way to learn about businesses in the seafood sector while sharing your expertise. Advising is done virtually, and the time commitment is minimal. Previous advisors have found Fish 2.0 to be highly rewarding and fun, and they’ve made long-lasting connections (we have their testimonials!). This year’s system will allow advisors to post a short description of their expertise and interests, and competitors will be able to “bid” on the advisor(s) they most want to speak with, thereby ensuring you are paired with ventures that value your input and feedback.



The Finals and Prizes

The Fish 2.0 Global Forum and Competition Finals will be held November 7–8, 2017, at Stanford University. Fish 2.0 Finalists and runners-up in each track will come together, socialize, talk shop, and pitch their businesses to dozens of interested investors. Winners will receive either a cash prize or the invaluable ICX “Industry Connection” prize, which is being offered for the first time by industry sponsors to competitors in the Fish 2.0 network.



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What people are saying about Fish 2.0

  • Margot Kane - Calvert Foundation
    Fish 2.0 helps fill a critical missing part of the ecosystem around financing sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. We look forward to connecting this effort to our thousands of investors motivated by positive social and environmental change.
    - Margot Kane, Calvert Foundation and Fish 2.0 2015 & 2013 Judge
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Beau Seil - Unitus Impact
    We believe that creating sustainable fisheries will have long-lasting impact on ensuring and improving the livelihoods of large populations in the developing world.
    - Beau Seil, Managing Partner, Unitus Impact
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Mike Betts - AgFunder
    Fish 2.0 provided a huge amount of value to the investor community in really getting exposure for and curating companies, that is super valuable. It's one of the best I have been to in the food and ag sector. Everything from the quality of the attendees and companies, the content, the engagement.
    - Mike Betts, AgFunder (USA)
  • Alan Lovewell - Local Catch Monterey Bay
    Fish 2.0 is a great way to expand your network. We learned about other fish businesses and opportunities for collaboration--that exposure is very hard to do on your own.
    - Alan Lovewell, Fish 2.0 2013 Finalist (USA)
  • 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)
  • Roxanne Nanninga - Tru Fish
    This was a great opportunity to pitch to a very relevant group of people. I made some very valuable connections.
    - Roxanne Nanninga, Fish 2.0 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)
  • Alfred Kalontas - Alfa Fishing
    Fish 2.0 helped me understand my brand better. It helped me refine my business structure to represent my business brand.
    - Alfred Kalontas, Fish 2.0 2015 Finalist (Vanuatu)
  • Dane Chauvel - Organic Ocean Seafood
    Fish 2.0 helped us grow our business, but more importantly, it helped us optimize our business. We are doing more, and doing it better. I don’t believe we would have gotten here as quickly if we had not gone through the Fish 2.0 planning exercise.
    - Dane Chauvel, Fish 2.0 2013 Finalist (Canada)
  • What I liked about Fish 2.0 was
    the high-quality content and very well curated line-up of companies.
    - Investor, Fish 2.0 2015
  • Fish 2.0 is the place to
    learn more about what kinds of technology and business advances are occurring in the seafood industry.
    - Investor, Fish 2.0 2015
  • 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)
  • Hoyt Peckham - SmartFish
    It changed the way I prepare for all sorts of investor interactions, and it greatly improved our success.
    - Hoyt Peckham, Fish 2.0 2013 Semi-finalist (Mexico)
  • 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
  • Gary Beatty - Inland Shrimp Company
    People found us through the media around Fish 2.0 – people who want to have shrimp locally have gone out of their way to contact us."
    - Gary Beatty, Fish 2.0 2013 Semi-finalist (USA)
  • 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)
  • David Stover - Bureo
    It makes you kind of step back and look at what's actually going on, ... question what path are you on, where are we going ... in that sense, it's an extremely valuable process to kind of put things on paper and take a look at it.
    - David Stover, Fish 2.0 2015 Finalist (Chile)
  • This is the most professional event I’ve attended in this sector.
    - Investor, Fish 2.0 2015