The spring season was exhausting but full of great events for MonitorFish. In February and April, we had a very productive time with the Fraunhofer IGD in Rostock. We together worked on our collaborative product OptoFish (see video) which we also presented at another Pitch event. As you might have seen we successfully won this TechBridge competition and were the first team ever that received 60.000€ price money, a whopping 10.000€ more than usual. So once more we want to thank the whole TandemCamp team for this opportunity! We are already in busy exchange with our TandemCamp partner, the Fraunhofer IGD and have gathered valuable input from our TechBridge supervisors to promote development of our MVP.
Soon after this event we had to switch our focus and had to prepare for the FutureAgroChallenge (see video) in Istanbul. At the event in Turkey we have met many international teams and learned a lot about various projects. Some of our discussions were about alternative production processes in agriculture and others about options that allow shifting of current methods towards sustainability and climate protection. Furthermore, we debated about how to bring products to market and how to advertise them as sustainable and climate neutral.
We also had the chance to meet some investors and to connect with them. Thanks to this we now have more contacts in the European market but also the Asian market, which is an exciting option for the future.
The discussions with many different investors gave us invaluable advice how such a market entry could look like. Probably the most important memory of this event is the talk we had with Theo de Jager, the president of the world farming organization. His vision of the future of farming and his general view of the farming situation inspired us and will be an important guideline for our future progression of the project.
Besides all the hard work and networking at the event we have also visited Europe’s biggest city to visit markets and enjoy the local cuisine. We enjoyed the view of the Bosporus in the evenings over the roof tops of the city while having a beer with friends. Our accommodation was directly in the city center and the district was rather linear, thus it was an ideal location for us to go out and discover. All in all, our trip to Istanbul was a complete success and we have learned so much and strengthened us for the coming TechBridge Challenge.
The World Arctic Fund held a press conference at the Norwegian Embassy in Berlin to celebrate its North Pole Sailboat Expedition 90 years to the day after the airship Italia crash, while a panel of sustainability and environment experts discussed climate change and other hot topics representing companies including Vice Germany, Ruptly, Bundesverband Deutsche Startups e.V. and Monitorfish represented by Dominik Ewald, Mindfuel, MiriquidiStudios World Arctic Fund and Norwegische Botschaft in Berlin. Thanks so much to everybody for making the press conference a huge success!!! We had the best time discussing the environment and sustainability.
The world populations is growing, the income of people worldwide is rising and with this also the demand for seafood. Oceans can no longer provide people with the amounts of fish, which is in demand. Many fishing sites are exhausted and over fished, a potential solutions for this could be aquacultures, which already caters around half of the global fish demand. The tendency for this trend is rising. With this rising demand for aquaculture fish also the importance of research and development in this field is growing, which unfortunately isn’t as far developed as for other production animals.
To embrace the aquaculture in Schleswig-Holstein, a forum was established in 2010 for exchange about current developments and trends. This event is the Büsumer Fischtag. Intention of the event was to discuss and elaborate principles and possibilities for aquaculture. We enjoyed our time there and had great discussions and went home with some new ideas.
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