Summary of the final quarter 2017

First of all, we want to wish everyone a happy new year and hope that everyone had a great start thus far into 2018! Many of our results have been achieved thanks to our big network, our friends and visionaries that supported the team. Because of that the article name could only be called: “With a Little Help from My Friends”.

The last months of 2017 have been work intensive and exhausting but also exciting and full of great ideas. The following two pages are a little summary of our achievements. There were plenty events we have participated in last year like the Agritechnica, the Innovationswerkstatt of the Bioeconomy at marine locations (BamS) in Hamburg, a week in France thanks to an invitation of Business France and an event at the Fraunhofer meets Startups in Berlin. At all these events we have searched for interesting partners for the development of our project and we are in talks with many of them now this January. But as always step by step.


This event was not a 100% fit for us, which would be for example “fish international” which is the only specialised event for fish and seafood in Germany. Nevertheless Agritechnica was quite interesting for us and a success. We attended the event with our Startup friends “SeedForward” and were able to discuss about many interesting topics. Examples would be a discussion with the “Rentenbank” and an insurance company and one or the other sensor producing company. We were especially looking forward to go to the “FoodNext” event where we met lots of different agricultural Startups and companies like Metro and Bosch. All in all, the event was a success for us. After 3 days of conference we moved early in the morning on to Hamburg.

Foodnext Event

Competence aquaculture (KNAQ) in Hamburg

At the 17/11/2017 we went to Hamburg to the KNAQ meeting. At this event different entrepreneurs, associations, and researchers have met to discuss the cluster application “Bioeconomy at marine locations” (BamS), in regard to how to set it up and what competences are needed. The event was of high interest for us and we were anticipating many partnerships for upcoming projects. Among others we have met people from Bremen, Hamburg, and Kiel and are looking forward for great projects. The term bioeconomy from marine locations (BamS) according to north German standards shall become an example for a biorefinery concept in which food and animal feed as well as more expensive biobased additives and active components are gathered from an aquatic resource cycle. Their origin is located in the primary production of micro and macro algae and other aquatic biomass components and closely connects its products to ecosystem services, present agricultural systems and industry branches.

Dominik Pitchs
Lunch time

The goal of the concept is to show a pathway for efficient usage of aquatic resources and the structural potential of a bioeconomy based on aquatic organisms and systems based on the north German example. All this shall lead to an evolvement of the economy, local value acquisition and the concentration of excellent expertise’s. The acting members of the innovation area BamS will contribute to research and development as well as in the establishment of the concept. Furthermore the realisation at model locations shall be demonstrated which will ultimately lead to a long term benefit for the bioeconomy. Most importantly for us is that MonitorFish was granted the opportunity to participate in this large project.

BamS concept – Overlook

In the second part of our summary we will discuss more about our time in France and all the great people and innovators we have met there as well as our evening at the Fraunhofer.

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