Calling All Innovators in the World of Aquaculture!

The Global Aquaculture Challenge is accepting applications for the chance at an 8-12 week mentorship program, plus the chance at a $100,000 price that goes toward the advancement and commercialization of that technology. Read on to learn more.

Aquaculture is the fastest growing segment of the food industry. Globally, there is a need for technology and data-driven solutions to improve production, the environment, food safety and ensure uninterrrupted supply chains.

Created by The Yield Lab Institute (nonprofit) and The Yield Lab Asia Pacific, The Global Aquaculture Challenge invites innovators from across the globe and all aspects of the supply chain to share their ideas, whether it be lab, technology or policy-based, to ultimately improve the circular aquaculture approach. The intent of this challenge is to increase collaboration among established industry, experts and the selected innovators.

"Our goal for the future of aquaculture is to stimulate innovation that will increase production of this important protein, at a higher quality and a better return, to the producer with full traceability to the consumer," said Larry Taylor, co-founder of The Yield Lab Asia Pacific.

This non-dilutive accelerator program will identify innovative aquaculture solutions, ultimately choosing eight applicants and pairing the selected inventors with mentors experienced in these markets. The companies selected will have multiple opportunities to present in front of investors at industry events during the program. At the final investor event, the teams will pitch their technologies to the global investor community, with the grand-prize winner receiving $100,000. Applicants will also have opportunities to win other prizes. Details on other prizes will be released shortly.

The invitation is open to innovators from industry, academia and public institutions who are:

  • Early-stage to late early-stage startups.
  • Research organizations, public and private, NGOs.
  • Seafood farming companies or seafood industry.
  • Supply chain, compliance, and public policy.
  • Technologists who have an application relevant to aquaculture.

The challenge welcomes more innovation in areas such as, but not limited to:

  • Water management solutions and resource usage in farming systems.
  • Supply chain, cold chain and traceability systems.
  • Smallholder farms’ economically viable systems.
  • Tropical species diversity and efficiency.
  • Regenerative systems, seaweed, microalgae, integrated multi-trophic aquaculture.
  • Environmental footprint metrics.
  • Recirculating aquaculture systems, sensors, monitoring and other systems (iot, ai, mr).
  • Zootechnics, animal health, disease management, feed and nutrition.
  • Public policies including compliance, certification, traceability.

For more information on the challenge and to see a list of the strategic advisors, visit The Aquaculture Challenge website.

Apply for The Aqua Challenge here. Applications are due Feb. 28, 2021.  

USSEC is a proud sponsor of The Aquaculture Challenge. To learn more about our work in aquaculture, visit our website here.

“Innovation challenges are a great way to bring new ideas and technologies to the table,” said Karey Claghorn. “The Soy Nutrition Value Calculator that we are now sharing with customers around the world is the direct result of an innovation challenge. We want to be able to harness the power of disruption and transform the aquaculture industry into a space that’s not only environmentally friendly but one that’s also efficient, helping to provide a good source of protein in diets around the world.”