Blue Sea Labs, Cryoocyte, and Ho’oulu Pacific Win Fish 2.0 Business Competition

Monica Jain, National Geographic Ocean Views. Nov 21, 2013. 

Impact investors gather to learn about seafood start-ups.  

Investors interested in both doing well and doing good gathered at Stanford University last week to hear over 20 sustainable seafood start-ups pitch their enterprises in our Fish 2.0 Competition Finals and Investor Ideas Exchange.

The mix of people was exciting – I’ve worked with investors and entrepreneurs in this field for over 20 years, but I rarely see so many of them in the same room. We also had people from across the globe – Romania, Mexico, New Zealand, Europe, and the U.S. But what was most inspiring for me was to see over 150 impact investors, technical experts, grant-makers, experienced business leaders, and emerging entrepreneurs share ideas for the future of seafood. I expect that connections made last week will contribute to multiple new investments and business relationships in the sustainable seafood sector.Hooulu1

Getting to the Finals
After starting Fish 2.0 with over 80 entries last March, four rounds of online judging narrowed the field to 11 semi-finalists and 10 finalists who pitched their businesses to investors and judges at the finals event. The semi-finalists each gave a 90-second pitch (no easy task!), competing for a $2,500 fast pitch prize chosen by audience vote.  The ten finalists each gave a ten-minute presentation with question and answer time with our panel of  judges.

The Winners
All of the companies at the competition presented potentially profitable business ideas with positive environmental and social outcomes.

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The 2013 Competition & News