Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s seafood development agency and associate partner in the SAFER project, and HATCH, organise the 2020 Irish Aquaculture Accelerator programme. The two-week aquaculture workshop will take place from the 5th until the 15th of October in the RDI Hub in Killorglin, Co. Kerry.
The 2020 Irish Aquaculture Accelerator programme, an intensive fixed-term programme aimed at upscaling start-ups, including access to investors, workshops, and mentoring, is being funded under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. Initially this event will be a socially distant event, however, due to the influence of COVID-19 in Ireland, the possibility of moving to an online event is being considered.
Richard Donnelly, Development and Innovation Manager of BIM explained that “Last year’s aquaculture workshop, held in Dublin, resulted in 3 of the participating Irish businesses receiving significant capital investment and going on to join the Hatch Global Accelerator programme in Hawaii. It’s clear that many more concepts and ideas await discovery and development in Ireland given the right environment, investment and focus.”
In collaboration with HATCH, BIM are seeking to enable participants to turn their early stage technology concepts and ideas into start-ups. Ten start-up businesses from Ireland will have the opportunity to work directly with and receive mentorship from a global team of experts from aquaculture, fin-tech and marketing disciplines to grow and scale their business into a sustainable and profitable aquaculture company.
Wayne Murphy, Co-Founder and COO of HATCH said that “We are excited to partner with BIM once again to create and drive more opportunity and innovation within the aquaculture sector in Ireland. The ultimate aim with this initiative is to grow, develop and support more early stage ideas and talent in what is the fastest growing food sector in the world right now ($230B).”