Fish 2.0 ICX "Industry Connection" Prizes
In 2017, Fish 2.0, in collaboration with leading industry partners, will offer a number of ICX - "Industry Connection " Prizes. These prizes are intended to grow the sustainable seafood industry by offering Fish 2.0 finalists and runners up the following:
- Unique access and connection opportunities with industry leaders and investors
- An invaluable chance to gain insider knowledge, connections, and insights that will help them to expand their ventures.
All 2017 Fish 2.0 finalists and runners up (all tracks) will be eligible. ICX Prizes are awarded upon mutual agreement by the Fish 2.0 advisory panel and the prize-giver per the specific criteria for each prize. They do not include travel costs unless otherwise specified.
We are pleased to offer ICX prizes for 2017 from Stavis Seafoods, The Calvert Foundation, RSF Social Finance, Fish Choice, Wabel and Rabobank. Details are below.
With close to 100 years of combined experience, Albion Farms and Fisheries is one of Canada’s largest fully integrated suppliers of meat and seafood from all over the world. Formed by the strategic alignment of InterCity Packers and Albion Fisheries, they’ve earned the reputation for supplying the best beef, poultry, pork, lamb and seafood available in the market place. Albion Farms and Fisheries is committed to integrity, passion, quality, safety, sustainability, accountability and trust.
Albion's ICX Prize for Fish 2.0:
A Full day of expert consultation with Albion Farms and Fisheries Senior Leadership Team and CSO, including advice, insight and information on opening new market opportunities and business growth strategies at their headquarters in Richmond, BC.
The prize will be awarded to a finalist or runner that demonstrates a desire to work with a company like Albion Farms and Fisheries, is focused on new technology, supply chain efficiencies, new product development and sustainable seafood options.
Australis Aquaculture is an award-winning producer of delicious, healthy, sustainable seafood and a pioneer of Climate-Smart Ocean Farming. Founded in 2004, we are North America's first and premier producer of Barramundi, The Sustainable Seabass®. We own and operate one of the world's largest indoor aquaculture facilities located in Turners Falls, Massachusetts and a marine farm in Van Phong Bay, Vietnam that produces frozen Barramundi for club stores, national and regional supermarket chains, and institutional foodservice. Learn more at thebetterfish.com.
Australis Barramundi's ICX Prize for Fish 2.0:
A one day consultation with the Australis leadership team on how to introduce new products to market and/or scaling an aquaculture enterprise. The day will include a meeting with Founder and CEO Josh Goldman to review business strategy, a tour of the farm, and meetings with members of the Sales and Marketing Team.
Calvert Foundation enables people to invest for social good. Through its flagship Community Investment Note, Calvert Foundation has raised $1 billion in investment from more than 15,000 investors to invest in hundreds of nonprofits and social enterprises worldwide. Investor dollars empower women, fund the construction of affordable housing, increase access to healthy foods, provide loans to small business owners, increase access to healthcare, and support fair trade and sustainable agriculture.
Calvert Foundation's ICX Prize for Fish 2.0:
A half-day expert consultation with Calvert Foundation's lending staff who lead the "Women investing in Women" program, including mentorship, guidance and information on accessing financing.
The Prize will be awarded to a woman-owned or led seafood business or a seafood business predominantly benefitting women, preferably with two years of operating experience.
FishChoice.com is the leading online sustainable seafood platform designed to help businesses buy, sell, manage, and stay up-to-date on sustainability of seafood. FishChoice works with the leading sustainable seafood ratings and certifications organizations in aggregating and curating their information for seafood suppliers, products, guides, and more. FishChoice.com now has nearly 600 Supplier Members with 4,100+ product listings reaching a network of thousands of businesses and organizations primarily in the U.S. and Canada, and is expanding into new regions. FishChoice, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to create solutions that accelerate sustainability in the global seafood industry.
The FishChoice's ICX Prize for Fish 2.0
2 half-days or 1 full-day meeting with FishChoice’s Leadership Team for up to 3 people, sharing FishChoice’s expertise on sustainable seafood rating and certifications, including:
- Training and consultation on how the ratings and certifications work, variations in different markets and sectors, and how to incorporate them into training, marketing and other core business functions.
- Introductions and interviews with sustainable seafood opinion leaders identified by FishChoice and the prize recipient, such as chefs, retail buyers, and others.
Rabobank is a global financial services leader with nearly $1 trillion in assets, and a strong commitment to our core mission: to create customer value. Rabobank is a global financial services leader providing wholesale and retail banking, leasing, and real estate services in more than 40 countries worldwide. Founded over a century ago, Rabobank today is one of the world's largest banks with over $750 billion in assets. In the Americas, Rabobank is a premier bank to the food, agribusiness and beverage industry, providing sector expertise, strategic counsel and tailored financial solutions to clients across the entire food value chain. We know that sustainability and innovation are critical in promoting a thriving food and ag industry that will feed growing global populations for years to come. The seafood sector presents an inherent opportunity to enhance supply chain sustainability, and Rabobank is pleased to support Fish 2.0 in its efforts to promote innovation in the seafood space.
The Rabobank ICX Prize for Fish 2.0
The Rabobank Prize aims to help a growing seafood business gain knowledge on how to strategically use debt and successfully structure investments as it grows, and also to better understand the marketplace, competitive forces and trends which will impact the business’s growth and success.
- One half-day Meeting and Consultation with Rabobank’s North American seafood lending team.
- A consultation with Rabobank’s global seafood analyst.
The winning business will be a finalist or runner up of the Fish 2.0 2017 Competition that is a growing North American seafood enterprise that demonstrates a readiness to work with a commercial lending partner and for whom business growth will generate strong positive environmental and social impacts.
RSF Social Finance is a financial services organization dedicated to transforming the way the world works with money. RSF offers investing, lending, and giving services that generate positive social and environmental impact while fostering community and collaboration among participants. Our growing community of clients is furthering the work of social entrepreneurs in the fields of Food & Agriculture, Education & the Arts, and Ecological Stewardship. Building the field of social finance through community-based economic practices and a productive ecosystem of social finance partners is part of our work toward a human centered culture of finance. Since 1984, RSF has made over $275 million in loans and over $100 million in grants to non-profit and for-profit social enterprises. RSF is proud to support Fish 2.0 as it provides a much-needed opportunity for sustainable fishing and aquaculture entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and connect with investors.
RSF Social Finance ICX Prize for Fish 2.0
One day visit to the RSF Social Finance Offices for coaching sessions with the Social Enterprise Lending Team and the RSF Marketing Team.
The Prize will be awarded to a company that is growing a sustainable seafood business, and has an interest in mission-aligned financing and a desire to review its marketing for opportunities with branding and outreach.
Stavis Seafoods is committed to providing a wide range of sustainable seafood options. We work with leading independent organizations involved in fishery improvement projects (FIPs), sustainable seafood certification programs and the development of sustainable seafood or fisheries management plans. We are also committed to educating customers about their sustainable options and offering products tailored to meet those requirements. For more information about Stavis Seafoods, please visit www.stavis.com.
Stavis Seafoods' ICX Prize for Fish 2.0:
A half day of expert consultation with Stavis Seafoods CEO and Responsible Sourcing Manager including mentorship, guidance and information on accessing new market opportunities.
The prize will be based on the innovative nature of the product being brought to market and the direct benefit to the fishing community. Special attention will be placed on products using underutilized and low-value species.
TomAlgae is a Belgium-based micro-algae producer, and a part of the Benchmark Holdings Group of innovative aquaculture companies. It’s algae production unit is the world’s first algae production facility dedicated solely to aquaculture feed and is focused on the juvenile (hatchery and nursery) stages of growth. TomAlgae combines a unique cultivar, state-of-the art facilities and decades of knowledge in horticulture and algae production to ensure freeze-dried algae products that are not only practical to use, but are also of a higher nutritional quality and purity than live algae cultured in most aquaculture scenarios.
TomAlgae's ICX Prize for Fish 2.0:
2 day consultation with specialists from TomAlgae to offer advice and expertise to a growing oyster aquaculture venture that will help them to normalize their algae supply in the hatchery and nursery stage as they scale production.
The Prize will be awarded to a North American Aquaculture Fish 2.0 Finalist or Runner-up that is growing algae to use in the hatchery and nursery stage for oysters and that will benefit from advice and services offered by TomAlgae.
Wabel is the first European B2B Marketplace that facilitates connections and agreements between Private Label (PL) Retailers and Manufacturers of retail products worldwide. Wabel offers major retail groups the opportunity to easily search, connect and meet industrial partners and producers for their private label product ranges. This facilitates success for private label retailers in the €120 billion European private label market. Through growing demand, Wabel is now expanding to the US market.
Wabel Retail ICX Prize for Fish 2.0:
- An invitation to one Wabel Summit in 2018. (Frozen or Fresh, depending on winner’s profile) .
- A minimum of 8 pre-qualified face to face meetings with fish buyers from European largest retail groups, such as Carrefour, Tesco, Auchan, Kaufland, Metro, Casino.
- A keynote presentation to European retail decision makers.
- A one-year silver member subscription to the Wabel online Club (www.wabel.com).
The Wabel Retail Prize will be awarded to a Finalist or Runner-up of the Fish 2.0 2017 Competition that is a seafood producer or supplier and whose business supplies products of potential value to European big-box retailers and who is seeking market opportunities in Europe.