Ulupono Initiative

Fish 2.0

International business competition that connects sustainable fishing and aquaculture businesses with potential investors.

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Background

Fish 2.0 is an international business competition that connects sustainable fishing and aquaculture businesses with potential investors. Competitors improve their business models, learn how to approach investors, and compete for over $180,000 in cash and service prizes. In turn, investors gain early access to new deals and learn how sustainable seafood can help build their portfolios. The goal is to create the business growth needed to drive social and environmental change in the seafood supply chain. 

As the only business competition focused on fisheries-related businesses, Fish 2.0 builds the knowledge and connections needed to increase investment in the sustainable seafood sector. Competitors identify and expand how their businesses’ environmental and social impacts contribute to competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Ulupono’s funding allows Hawaii’s fisheries and aquaculture businesses to enter the competition, increase their investment readiness, and build organizational capacity to develop financially viable projects.

In 2015 Fish 2.0 published market reports for investors wishing to get up to speed quickly on some key areas of interest relating to the sustainable seafood industry. The reports can be found at fish20.org/resources/investor-resources

Why We Invested

With approximately 86 percent of the world’s fisheries at or over their limits, Fish 2.0 provides a much-needed resource to increasing the sustainability of seafood production. Ulupono is proud to help Hawaii’s fisheries and aquaculture businesses find success so that we can sustain our local seafood industry.

Impact

  • Connects sustainable fishing and aquaculture businesses with potential investors.
  • Creates the business growth needed to drive social and environmental change in the seafood supply chain.
  • Increases investment in the sustainable seafood sector.
  • Much-needed resource to increasing the sustainability of seafood production.

At a Glance

Investment Area
Food
Investment Model
Social
 
Total Investment
$10,000
Website
Fish20.org