MENTORS

We have an exceptional network of highly experienced mentors, many of whom have successfully built companies through to exit - most of them in aquaculture.

Each and everyone of our mentors share our passion to encourage, develop and support entrepreneurial talent and believe in the importance of fostering an innovative mindset in aquaculture.

 
Andre Bravo    GM @Devonian Capital   Farm management, RAS technologies, Fin fish production

Andre Bravo

GM @Devonian Capital

Farm management, RAS technologies, Fin fish production

Björgólfur Hávarðsson MSc    Innovation Manager @ Seafood Innovation Cluster   Biologist, industry overview, tech, digitalisation, big data, IoT, AI

Björgólfur Hávarðsson MSc

Innovation Manager @ Seafood Innovation Cluster

Biologist, industry overview, tech, digitalisation, big data, IoT, AI

Assaf Shechter    Founder & CEO @Enzootic   Animal biotechnology, genetics, shrimp, entrepreneurship

Assaf Shechter

Founder & CEO @Enzootic

Animal biotechnology, genetics, shrimp, entrepreneurship

Cato Lyngoy    CEO @Hauge Aqua   Fish health, entrepreneurship, ex-group manager for technology & environment @Marine Harvest

Cato Lyngoy

CEO @Hauge Aqua

Fish health, entrepreneurship, ex-group manager for technology & environment @Marine Harvest

Cedric Komar    CEO @Ictyopharma   Fish health, entrepreneurship, innovative vaccines and disease treatments

Cedric Komar

CEO @Ictyopharma

Fish health, entrepreneurship, innovative vaccines and disease treatments

Sean O’Sullivan    Managing Partner @SOSV - The accelerator VC   SOSV invests $50 million per year and backs more than 150 new startups annually through its accelerators. Recognized in 2017 as the world’s #1 most active global early stage investor and the #2 most active global seed investor*, SOSV is also the #1 most active investor in hardware and life sciences, helping startups get further and go faster.

Sean O’Sullivan

Managing Partner @SOSV - The accelerator VC

SOSV invests $50 million per year and backs more than 150 new startups annually through its accelerators. Recognized in 2017 as the world’s #1 most active global early stage investor and the #2 most active global seed investor*, SOSV is also the #1 most active investor in hardware and life sciences, helping startups get further and go faster.

Christian Erichsen

CEO @Bergen.works, Chairman @Anteo.no

Serial entrepreneur, leader and technology executive, aquaculture tech investor

Cathal Lee    CEO @Lee Communications   Corporate communications strategy and Founder of @11point4.com

Cathal Lee

CEO @Lee Communications

Corporate communications strategy and Founder of @11point4.com

David Drew    MD & Co-Founder @AgriProtein   Entrepreneurship, insect production, angel investor

David Drew

MD & Co-Founder @AgriProtein

Entrepreneurship, insect production, angel investor

David Ireland    CIO @Thinkplace, Co-founder & Director @RockHorseFinancing   Serial Entrepreneur, Angel investor, innovation

David Ireland

CIO @Thinkplace, Co-founder & Director @RockHorseFinancing

Serial Entrepreneur, Angel investor, innovation

David Tze    CEO @NovoNutrients   Venture capital, finance, founder @Aquacopia

David Tze

CEO @NovoNutrients

Venture capital, finance, founder @Aquacopia

Donal O'Shea    CEO @Accelsys   Venture capital, pharma, angel investor

Donal O'Shea

CEO @Accelsys

Venture capital, pharma, angel investor

Greg FitzGerald    Entrepreneur in residence @Future of Fish   Tech, product development, analytics, robotics, traceability

Greg FitzGerald

Entrepreneur in residence @Future of Fish

Tech, product development, analytics, robotics, traceability

Jason Cleaversmith    GM @AKVA Group Scotland   Aquaculture innovation management, former director of innovation at SAIC

Jason Cleaversmith

GM @AKVA Group Scotland

Aquaculture innovation management, former director of innovation at SAIC

Gorjan Nikolik    Senior Industry Analyst @Rabobank   Market research, finance, M&A, venture capital

Gorjan Nikolik

Senior Industry Analyst @Rabobank

Market research, finance, M&A, venture capital

Halfdan Mellbye    Partner @Sands   Legal, aquaculture law, enviromental and fish health regulation

Halfdan Mellbye

Partner @Sands

Legal, aquaculture law, enviromental and fish health regulation

Jeremy McCrohan    Angel investor   Early stage investor, aquaculture innovation interest, China-Europe crossover focused

Jeremy McCrohan

Angel investor

Early stage investor, aquaculture innovation interest, China-Europe crossover focused

Jon Bradford    Co-Founder @F6S   Former MD of Techstars London, co-founder of @tech.eu, “Godfather of European Accelerators”

Jon Bradford

Co-Founder @F6S

Former MD of Techstars London, co-founder of @tech.eu, “Godfather of European Accelerators”

Jonah van Beijnen    Founder @ VB Consultancy and Co-Founder at Fins and Leaves   Sustainable aquaculture, ESG Risks and Southeast Asia. Grouper and Tuna.

Jonah van Beijnen

Founder @ VB Consultancy and Co-Founder at Fins and Leaves

Sustainable aquaculture, ESG Risks and Southeast Asia. Grouper and Tuna.

Larry Feinberg    CEO @KnipBio   Entrepreneurship, microbial proteins, aqua feed

Larry Feinberg

CEO @KnipBio

Entrepreneurship, microbial proteins, aqua feed

Mark Kahn    Founder @Omnivore Partners   Venture Capital, ag-investments, impact investing

Mark Kahn

Founder @Omnivore Partners

Venture Capital, ag-investments, impact investing

Mark White    Manager @Marine Development Team   Mark holds a PhD in Marine Science and Co-founded Nowcasting International Ltd acquired by MeteoGroup.

Mark White

Manager @Marine Development Team

Mark holds a PhD in Marine Science and Co-founded Nowcasting International Ltd acquired by MeteoGroup.

Marvin Liao    Partner @500 Startups   Partner at Micro Venture Capital Fund, frequent speaker at many global tech startup conferences.

Marvin Liao

Partner @500 Startups

Partner at Micro Venture Capital Fund, frequent speaker at many global tech startup conferences.

Michael Dean    Co-founder & CIO @AgFunder   Venture capital, legal, management, project development

Michael Dean

Co-founder & CIO @AgFunder

Venture capital, legal, management, project development

Mary Moloney    MD @TeneoHoldings   International speaker including keynotes at Davos, The Web Summit, SouthxSouthWest, Salesforce World Tour, EU Parliament, Dreamforce and Buckingham Palace

Mary Moloney

MD @TeneoHoldings

International speaker including keynotes at Davos, The Web Summit, SouthxSouthWest, Salesforce World Tour, EU Parliament, Dreamforce and Buckingham Palace

Niccolo Manzoni    Founding Partner @Five Seasons Ventures   AgTech venture capitalist

Niccolo Manzoni

Founding Partner @Five Seasons Ventures

AgTech venture capitalist

Ole Kaae Hansen    Entrepreneur   Aqua feed, raw material, former owner @Hamlet Protein

Ole Kaae Hansen

Entrepreneur

Aqua feed, raw material, former owner @Hamlet Protein

Palmi Palmasson    Founder & MD @SeaCapital, Co-founder & COO @AquaHarvest    Serial entrepreneur, seafood, strategy, investment banking, investor

Palmi Palmasson

Founder & MD @SeaCapital, Co-founder & COO @AquaHarvest


Serial entrepreneur, seafood, strategy, investment banking, investor

Raj Samani    Chief Scientist @McAfee   A true thought leader and global tech speaker

Raj Samani

Chief Scientist @McAfee

A true thought leader and global tech speaker

Rui Gomes Ferreira    CEO @Longline Environment   Aquaculture insurance, data, modelling, risk management, market intelligence

Rui Gomes Ferreira

CEO @Longline Environment

Aquaculture insurance, data, modelling, risk management, market intelligence

Sheetal Walsh

Founder @Shanti Life & MetaCart

Technology, VC, social enterprise, angel investor, @DealMaker, philanthropist

Simon Porphy    CEO @MicrosynbiotiX   Fish health, entrepreneurship, genetics, biotech, micro algae

Simon Porphy

CEO @MicrosynbiotiX

Fish health, entrepreneurship, genetics, biotech, micro algae

Stephanie Kimber    Co-Founder @InnovationXchange    Initiator @Aquacelerator and @Blue Economy Challenge

Stephanie Kimber

Co-Founder @InnovationXchange

Initiator @Aquacelerator and @Blue Economy Challenge

Sven Kolsto    Founder Optoscale, Partner @CoFounder   Entrepreneurship, tech, data investment

Sven Kolsto

Founder Optoscale, Partner @CoFounder

Entrepreneurship, tech, data investment

Viggo Halseth    Chief Innovation Officer @Skretting/Nutreco, Member of the board @Nutreco   Former COO of aquaculture division and director of R&D @Nutreco

Viggo Halseth

Chief Innovation Officer @Skretting/Nutreco, Member of the board @Nutreco

Former COO of aquaculture division and director of R&D @Nutreco

Stephen Hall    Principal @Avalerion Capital   Former director @World Fish, director @Aqua-Spark, sustainable development, system leadership

Stephen Hall

Principal @Avalerion Capital

Former director @World Fish, director @Aqua-Spark, sustainable development, system leadership

Christian Rangen    Serial Entrepreneur   Strategy & innovation consultant, corporate accelerator expert, keynote speaker,workshop facilitator, author, serial entrepreneur and business school lecturer.

Christian Rangen

Serial Entrepreneur

Strategy & innovation consultant, corporate accelerator expert, keynote speaker,workshop facilitator, author, serial entrepreneur and business school lecturer.

Alex Dehgan    CEO @Conservation X Labs   Former chief scientist @USAID, conservation, impact investing

Alex Dehgan

CEO @Conservation X Labs

Former chief scientist @USAID, conservation, impact investing

Thorsten Thiele    Founder @Global Ocean Trust   Ocean finance, technology, governance

Thorsten Thiele

Founder @Global Ocean Trust

Ocean finance, technology, governance

Tom Prins    Analyst @Aqua-Spark   Venture capital, finance, impact investments

Tom Prins

Analyst @Aqua-Spark

Venture capital, finance, impact investments

Kelly Moulton    Serial Entrepreneur   Software entrepreneur and active angel investor with over 20 years experience in early stage investing.

Kelly Moulton

Serial Entrepreneur

Software entrepreneur and active angel investor with over 20 years experience in early stage
investing.

Kathy Taylor    Business Development Manager @Aqualife   Services Ltd entrepreneur, fish health, global vaccination service development, quality management.

Kathy Taylor

Business Development Manager @Aqualife

Services Ltd entrepreneur, fish health, global vaccination service development, quality management.

Bjørn Myrseth    CEO @Vitamar   Aquaculture industry icon and founder.

Bjørn Myrseth

CEO @Vitamar

Aquaculture industry icon and founder.

Willem van der Pijl    Director @ Seafood Trade Intelligence Portal   Seafood Trade Intelligence Portal (STIP) is an independent social enterprise aiming to increase transparency in seafood supply chains and develop investment partnerships, leading to a more sustainable seafood industry.

Willem van der Pijl

Director @ Seafood Trade Intelligence Portal

Seafood Trade Intelligence Portal (STIP) is an independent social enterprise aiming to increase transparency in seafood supply chains and develop investment partnerships, leading to a more sustainable seafood industry.

Pat Riley    CEO @ GAN - Global Accelerator Network   Helping empower startups everywhere as CEO of GAN and Managing Partner at GAN Ventures.

Pat Riley

CEO @ GAN - Global Accelerator Network

Helping empower startups everywhere as CEO of GAN and Managing Partner at GAN Ventures.

Chris Hyde    Commercial Director @OTAQ   Tech, engineering, product development, manufacturing

Chris Hyde

Commercial Director @OTAQ

Tech, engineering, product development, manufacturing

Einar Wathne    Head of Seafood @ Cargill Aqua Nutrition   Former president of Cargill aqua nutrition with over 30 years of experience in aquaculture feed.

Einar Wathne

Head of Seafood @ Cargill Aqua Nutrition

Former president of Cargill aqua nutrition with over 30 years of experience in aquaculture feed.

Lars Henrik Platou    Associated @ Zacco   Intellectual property

Lars Henrik Platou

Associated @ Zacco

Intellectual property

Tanja Hoel    CEO @NCE Seafood Innovation Cluster   Cand. Scientist in Marinebiology from the University of Bergen and an Executive Master from theNorwegian Business School.

Tanja Hoel

CEO @NCE Seafood Innovation Cluster

Cand. Scientist in Marinebiology from the University of Bergen and an Executive Master from theNorwegian Business School.

Brian Tsuyoshi Takeda    Founder & CEO@Urchinomics   Venture capital, asymmetric partnerships, branding and communications

Brian Tsuyoshi Takeda

Founder & CEO@Urchinomics

Venture capital, asymmetric partnerships, branding and communications