By Cliff White, Executive Editor
Published on Monday, December 12, 2016
Fish 2.0, a networking and event nonprofit, has announced a three-day workshop in the Boston area designed to aid New England seafood businesses in promoting themselves and integrating social and environmental sustainability into their business strategy.
The workshop will take place 6 to 8 February 2017 at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts. Applications for the workshop are due by 6 January and can be made at Fish 2.0’s website, http://www.fish20.org/newenglandtrack.
The workshop is open to New England–based start-ups and established businesses focused on wild-capture seafood fisheries or on traceability, transparency, and supply chain innovation, such as new sources of fish feed for aquaculture, according to Fish 2.0. Participants are also encouraged to participate in Fish 2.0’s annual business competition, which connects seafood businesses from around the world with investors, giving entrepreneurs an opportunity to win cash prizes, gain international visibility, find strategic partners, and attract new investments, the company said.
In the 2017 competition, the top three businesses from a dedicated New England track will be invited to pitch to investors at the November final event at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, of the 6th District of Massachusetts, will open the workshop.
“I’m proud to represent a region with a history and livelihood so inextricably linked to fishing,” said Moulton. “Welcoming the Fish 2.0 workshop in my district is a huge opportunity for us to show how we’re leading the way in sustainable, innovative solutions to challenges facing the fishing industry. This workshop will allow participants to gain valuable business development skills and enable them to partner more effectively with investors. I am honored to be able to kick off this workshop in February, and grateful to Fish 2.0 for deciding to hold this event here.”
Workshop sponsors include the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and Massport, the Massachusetts port authority. The Gulf of Maine Research Institute and Salem State University are among the workshop partners.