Social Entrepreneurs and Investors Explore Sustainable Oceans Sector.
Monica Jain - NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC - OCEAN VIEWS, Aug 15, 2013
Early next month, entrepreneurs, investors, and other thought leaders will gather at the annual Social Capital Markets meeting in San Francisco. Known to many as SOCAP, this annual meeting started over five years ago. It focuses on using capital markets to advance social well-being and has covered topics ranging from mobile phone technology to agricultural finance. This year, I’m pleased to see a strong emphasis on entrepreneurial opportunities in the ocean.
This oceans focus is a first for SOCAP, and it speaks to growing activity in ocean issues by the investment and social enterprise community.
We see this momentum building with Manta Consulting’s Fish 2.0 business programAlaksa Boats (stock) too. Our Fish 2.0 Network has grown to over 600 members, and more investors and entrepreneurs are joining the program every day.
Through a variety of efforts, ocean-related businesses are gaining traction – in seafood supply chains, technology, and waste reduction. As a result, more and more investors are exploring the ocean sector. And as they do so, investors see that there are both big financial gains to be made in these markets and great opportunities to improve the condition of ocean environments and coastal communities.
I’m excited about this trend. Really excited. Here’s why....[FULL ARTICLE]