The inaugural cohort of companies to take part in HATCH – the first ever aquaculture-focused start-up accelerator programme – has been announced today.
They include a company that grows seafood using cellular biology, one that helps shrimp farmers source top quality seed and one that aims to improve the treatment, management and prevention of sea lice outbreaks in the salmon industry.
The initiative, launched by Alimentos Ventures, an early-stage aquaculture investment firm, bridges the gap between innovative ideas and their commercialisation by helping start-ups become investment and market ready via the rapid development of their aquaculture market entry. And the first eight companies to take part in the programme come from seven different countries – India Thailand, Indonesia, Norway, Portugal, the US and the UK.
In announcing the details of the first cohort, Carsten Krome, HATCH CEO, said: “We are so excited to be working with these eight exceptionally talented teams, all seeking to deliver on their global ambitions. For some, their technologies are complimentary too, so we are anticipating significant synergies being achieved between the cohort companies”
HATCH aims to inspire the aquaculture industry to grow sustainably to meet global demand by connecting top teams and their ground-breaking aquaculture innovations with expertise and funding in order to reduce the costs and risks inherent to aquaculture growth and development. They also provide and foster a global go-to community for entrepreneurs, commercial players, researchers, and investors alike.
The first HATCH Programme is delivered in Bergen, Norway, from April – June 2018, in partnership with Bergen Teknologioverføring AS (BTO), where the accelerator space is located, and the Seafood Innovation Cluster.
“We have an ambitious schedule to get through over the next three months with the teams. Over that time we will welcome many of the world’s leading aquaculture experts, successful entrepreneurs and investors to Bergen in order to add significant value and accelerate the development of the teams by providing technical expertise, focus and incredible business experience,” says Wayne Murphy HATCH COO.
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