• Why Seafood Is Poised for Silicon Valley-Style Disruption

    National Geographic
    • Ian Evans
    • November 17, 2017

    Fish 2.0 brings together startups and investors that want to make seafood more sustainable. Founder Monica Jain says emerging technologies and market forces will push the industry to change – sooner rather than later.

    WHEN 40 STARTUPS from all over the world gathered at Stanford University in November, it was not a typical Silicon Valley pitch day. The entrepreneurs competing in the Fish 2.0 Innovation Forum saw themselves more like the next Cargill than the next Google.

    Monica Jain, Fish 2.0’s founder and executive director, believes the seafood industry is on the brink of dramatic change, driven by environmental concerns and market shifts such as a growing and more health-conscious global middle class and a boom in aquaculture.

  • Fishmeal alternatives, artisanal fishing focus of startups’ innovation efforts

    • Jason Smith
    • November 16, 2017

    PALO ALTO, California, US -- Two very different corners of the seafood sector — efforts to improve conditions for traditional fishers in developing countries and ways to reduce fishmeal makers’ dependence on wild-caught fish — are attracting a fair amount of attention from entrepreneurs.

    Speaking during seafood startup competition Fish 2.0’s “Wild Fisheries and Innovative Fish Feeds” category presentations, six presenters made their cases for funding that they say will help them scale up their successful new ideas.

  • Cucalorus Connect Panel Discusses Accelerating State's Seafood Economy

    • Jessica Maurer
    • November 15, 2017

    One of the topics during the recent Cucalorus Connect conference was the "Acceleration of the North Carolina Seafood Economy."

    The session included a panel led by David “Clammerhead” Cessna of Sandbar Oyster Company; Barbara Garrity-Blake, co-author of Living at the Water’s Edge and instructor in marine fisheries policy at the Duke University Marine Laboratory; and Ryan Speckman, co-founder of Locals Seafood.

    Panelists identified several key problems within the U.S. fishing industry, including the fact that 90 percent of all seafood consumed in the U.S. is imported. With a lack of domestic processing facilities, the U.S. is bringing in seafood from across the world, in many cases from countries with scant regulations regarding the handling of seafood. This leads to a wide scope of issues ranging from mislabeling to quality control, panelists said.

  • Flush with interest, startup contest Fish 2.0 to hold year-round selection

    • Jason Smith
    • November 15, 2017

    PALO ALTO, California, US -- The organizers of Fish 2.0 have some changes in store that aim to increase collaboration between seafood startups, investors and others in the sector, but co-founder Monica Jain made it clear that one thing won't change.

    The biannual seafood startup business competition, recently held for the third time at Stanford University, won't update its name to "Fish 3.0" or "Fish 2.1" as if it were a piece of software, Jain said, adding the "2.0" moniker was molded after the user-created content attributes of internet standard Web 2.0.

  • Eight winners announced in Fish 2.0 competition

    • Ben Fisher
    • November 14, 2017

    Eight sustainable seafood businesses won cash prizes at the Fish 2.0 Innovation Forum in Palo Alto, California, U.S.A. last week, beating out a competitive field that had been narrowed down to 22 presenters.

    Among the winners were Real Oyster Cult, based in Duxbury, Massachusetts, U.S.A. which delivers fresh oysters to customers with overnight shipping, and EnerGaia, which is based in Bangkok, Thailand, and grows spirulina, an algae superfood, on building rooftops in the Thai capital.

  • Aquaculture innovators come out of their shells at Fish 2.0

    Global Aquaculture Advocate
    • James Wright
    • November 13, 2017

    Oyster businesses, oral vaccines and a land-based eel farm among the tantalizing seafood investment opportunities

    At the Fish 2.0 Innovation Forum last week, a few dozen visionary seafood entrepreneurs cast their lines in a room full of seafood-focused investors, hoping to find one (or more) who could catapult their business to commercialization.

    For some, the global connections forged at the event were reward enough. But for others, their dreams took a step forward toward reality.

    Held at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., the biannual conference/competition showcased 40 new seafood businesses, or related services, from around the world. Each was represented by a single entrepreneur who had mere moments – some had 90 seconds, others a full three minutes – to win over a panel of expert judges (not to mention a room of 200-plus attendees) evaluating their pitch, their product, their technology, or their business model.

    Event Founder and Executive Director Monica Jain, whose team vetted 184 applications – many of which were “investment-ready businesses” – said the record-high interest indicated the fast pace of change throughout the sector.

  • ANALYSIS: How The US Is Aiding Training For Resilient Communities

    • Sheldon Chanel
    • November 11, 2017

    The United States government supports various training and climate change-related programmes with the ultimate goal of building resilient communities in the Pacific.

    Through its Embassy in Fiji, it has funded several relief efforts including the distribution of aid through the Fiji Red Cross Society in the immediate aftermath of Cyclone Winston.

    Last Thursday, US Ambassador to the South Pacific, Judith Cefkin, opened a two-week long workshop held at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva dedicated to Ocean Acidification Measuring and Monitoring.

    The phenomenon has been recognised as a major threat to the wider global marine ecosystem.

    The US Government has also made a pledge to forward gender equality initiatives in the region, with expectations that climate change may give rise to further inequalities.

    Ambassador Cefkin, in an interview, discussed the plans behind the goal of building stronger, more resilient communities in the Pacific.

  • Seafood traceability swims into Silicon Valley

    • Anya Khalamayzer
    • November 10, 2017

    Forget the romantic image of a lonely fisherman chasing his catch on the open water. Fishing supply chains have become sprawling, technology-driven operations rife with overfishing and human rights abuses.

    For that reason, fishing companies and the stores that sell their products are increasingly on the hook for the environmental and human effects of their supply chains. The need to know where fish comes from for legal compliance purposes and resource preservation, from sea to shelf, has spawned "seatech."

    Monica Jain, founder of Fish 2.0, an organization that fosters entrepreneurship in sustainable fishing and aquaculture, describes this space as "new monitoring, visibility, production and processing tools for the seafood industry."

  • Ag Industry Brief: Perdue to Re-Evaluate GMO Reg Changes, Fish 2.0 Announces Winners, Bosch Partners on Driverless Tractor, more

    • Louisa Burwood-Taylor
    • November 10, 2017

    Fish 2.0 Awards 8 Sustainable Seafood Businesses

    The seafood business competition Fish 2.0 held its Innovation Forum last week announcing the eight winners out of the 184 seafood ventures that applied. The winners are “simplifying supply chains while increasing income for fishers and farmers, bringing to market creative approaches to aquaculture production and traceability, and getting consumers excited about seafood,” according to a release.

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  • Eight sustainable seafood businesses win top honors at Fish 2.0 Finals

    • Laurence Williams
    • November 10, 2017

    Entrepreneurs from all over the world are responding to global trends driving market demand in the seafood sector and beyond

    Fish 2.0 closed out its 2017 Innovation Forum today by awarding cash prizes to the eight seafood ventures earning the highest scores in this year’s Fish 2.0 business competition. The winners are each simplifying supply chains while increasing income for fishers and farmers, bringing to market creative approaches to aquaculture production and traceability, and getting consumers excited about seafood.

  • Fish 2.0 crowns winners

    • November 10, 2017

    Winners include firms from the United States, Canada, Peru, Solomon Islands and Thailand.

    Fish 2.0 announced Wednesday the eight winners in its 2017 competition for sustainable seafood businesses during the Fish 2.0 Innovation Forum at Stanford University in California.

    Here's a look at the winners and their categories:

  • Fish 2.0: Connecting Sustainable Seafood Businesses in the Pacific with Global Networks

    • Judith Cefkin
    • November 8, 2017

    Fisheries are critical to economic livelihood and food security in the Pacific. Inshore fisheries provide the primary or secondary source of income for up to 50 percent of Pacific households (SPC 2015). Government, business, civil society, and international partners must work together to ensure sustainable management of marine resources for current and future generations. When the U.S. Department of State learned about the Fish 2.0 competition, we took the bait. We are proud to be sponsors of an effort that supports sustainable seafood businesses by linking them to global networks of experts and investors.

    Fish 2.0 is a year-long competition conducted online, so that seafood businesses anywhere in the world can participate. During the competition, each business receives feedback from expert judges, and competitors also take part in webinars that provide additional knowledge building on topics such as winning investment, legal fundamentals, and working with large scale buyers. The competition has four phases, and finalists have a unique opportunity to present their business ideas to a broad range of investors and supply-chain partners who are interested in seafood and can help their businesses grow.

  • Eight Sustainable Seafood Businesses Win Top Honors at Fish 2.0 Finals

    • CARMEL, CA
    • November 8, 2017

    Entrepreneurs from all over the world are responding to global trends driving market demand in the seafood sector and beyond

    PALO ALTO, CA, November 8, 2017 — Fish 2.0 closed out its 2017 Innovation Forum today by awarding cash prizes to the eight seafood ventures earning the highest scores in this year’s Fish 2.0 business competition. The winners are simplifying supply chains while increasing income for fishers and farmers, bringing to market creative approaches to aquaculture production and traceability, and getting consumers excited about seafood.

    Diverse panels of investor-judges chose the cash prize winners from among 22 presenters who came out on top in six regional and two global tracks. Judges picked the strongest business in each track based on the presenters’ 3-minute pitches and 5-minute question-and-answer sessions on stage at Stanford University. The winners by track are:

  • 40 innovative seafood companies to pitch at Silicon Valley innovation forum

    • Laurence Williams
    • November 8, 2017

    Business strength, global scope and potential for system-changing impact distinguish Fish 2.0 2017 business competition finalists.

    40 companies are currently pitching to investors during the Fish 2.0 Innovation Forum at Stanford University, the culminating event in the Fish 2.0 2017 competition for sustainable seafood businesses.

    This exceptionally strong group of finalists—winnowed from an initial pool of 184 entrants—stands out for its market traction, global character and high potential for impact on the seafood sector. About 50 percent of the finalists are post-revenue businesses, and more than half are based outside the U.S.

  • Eight startups win Fish 2.0 contest

    • Jason Smith
    • November 8, 2017

    PALO ALTO, California -- Seafood startup competition Fish 2.0 has named eight startups as its latest crop of winners. Each will receive a $5,000 cash prize.

    The competition, which was held for the third time on Nov. 7 and 8 at Stanford University, saw startups in eight tracks, which winnowed down from 39 finalists.

  • Fish 2.0 Innovation Forum Coverage

    • Jason Smith
    • November 7, 2017

    PALO ALTO, California -- Follow all the news from the Fish 2.0 business competition, held for the third time since 2013 at the campus of Stanford University. The event awards up to $40,000 in cash prizes to the top-scoring businesses among 39 finalists who seek to launch or expand ventures in the sustainable seafood sector. An additional 11 companies are also offering mentorship opportunities, consultation and other prizes.

    There were 184 companies entering from around the world participating in this year's competition up from 170 in 2013. Investors from around the world also attended the event.

    Of those 184, 80 made it into the semi-finals, a field that was winnowed down to 39.

    Undercurrent News will be live-blogging the two day event.