HATCH, the world’s first sustainable aquaculture accelerator program, is currently calling for applications from aquaculture startups all over the world. The 15-week long program run in the second half of 2019 (August 26 - early December) adds various components that had not been previously explored, one of them being the doubled funding support, (€100k per team, 50k cash, 50k in kind) as well as the three core locations.
The cohort will start in Hawaii where it will be located at the National Energy Laboratory of Hawaii (NELHA), an innovation hub of aquaculture perfectly positioned in the extremely diverse Hawaiian ecosystem. From here on, the accelerator will move on to its current Headquarters in Bergen, Norway and benefit from the one-of-a-kind ecosystem the “silicon valley of the seas” has to offer. HATCH has partnered with the local innovation hub VIS who they share and offices with as well as direct neighbors international giant Cargill.
The program will then move to the tropics and take a deep dive in tropical aquaculture at the gleaming Asian technology innovation metropolis of Singapore, partnering with Enterprise Singapore (ESG). In Singapore, the program focus lies on showing the cohort companies what Asian aquaculture looks like (visiting feed mills, hatcheries and farms) while connecting them with the region\'s largest players and relevant VCs.
HATCH is aiming at accelerating 14 sustainable aquaculture technology startups per cohort. Applications are now open for:
- Genetics and new species.
- Farm tech and/or services.
- Novel production systems.
- Health solutions.
Apply by June 28 here.