TEAM

 

We are a team of aquaculture enthusiasts and entrepreneurs who know that the fast growth of aquaculture over the next decades will be challenging. But in providing great support for the best innovations, we can realise a sustainable future for the sector. 

 
 
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Dr. Carsten Krome - CEO and Co-Founder

Carsten worked as a technical analyst for an aquaculture investment fund before launching Alimentos Ventures. He oversaw equity investmentsin various aquaculture feed, health, IT and production start-ups.

He worked as a technical analyst for an aquaculture investment fund where he oversaw equity investments in various aquaculture feed, health, IT and production start-ups before founding HATCH in 2017. Carsten holds a PhD in aquaculture nutrition from the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, has been a lecturer at Yale University and has a number of published works focusing on alternative feed.

Furthermore, he has co-founded various other successful ventures in the aquaculture space, additionally to a track record in successful IT investments.

Carsten holds a PhD in aquaculture nutrition from the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling.

 
 
 

Wayne Murphy - COO and Co-Founder

Wayne has a wealth of experience in the management, planning and delivery of global accelerator programmes. He has managed a number of accelerator programs across different sectors including Selr8r, a sales focused accelerator run by SOSV, the Bank of Ireland Accelerator and StartPlanetNI, an accelerator project funded by InvestNI and Northern Ireland’s premier startup programme. Over 950 Startup companies have applied to join these programmes from 55+ countries. He has consulted on various other startup programme, is a mentor @RebelBio and an Advisory Board Member @SXSW. 

He holds a HDip in Business Management & Strategy and is co-founder and CEO of StartPlanet.

 
 
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Georg Baunach - Development Director and Co-founder

Georg is a molecular biotechnologist with a background in synthetic biology and biofuels research experience from Harvard Medical School. In parallel to his studies he worked on the development of insect and algae based products.

He founded a renewable energy company in Ghana in 2015, which workswith commercial and industrial clients to reduce energy costs throughclean tech. Georg holds a Masters in Management from London BusinessSchool and is passionate about aquaculture and entrepreneurship.

 
 
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Jeremy McCrohan - Head of Strategic Partnerships

Jeremy worked for several years in the Australian horse racing sector consulting to the biggest players on customer acquisition, strategy and growth, as well as risk management and minimisation. During a period of intense consolidation he worked with and assisted a number of companies at various stages from startups to global players. He has capital raising, transactional and exit experience at an international level and has invested across a number of different sectors.

His broad range of experience means he fulfils a number of roles at Hatch including assisting with the fund setup and capital raising, developing strategic partners and assisting the portfolio companies.

 
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Crystal Johnson - Entrepreneur in Residence 

Crystal co-founded a successful technology company with locations in Hawaii, Europe and the US mainland. Her company was recognized as one of Hawaii’s “Fastest 50 growing companies” for 5 consecutive years and rated one of Hawaii’s “Top 25 Women Owned Businesses”. 

Being immersed in an oceanic lifestyle, born into her father’s seafood business and mentored by him in the ways of wholesale seafood distribution, mass marketing and international business from an early age gave her an in-depth knowledge of the fishing industry, running commercial fishers, and seafood development and procurement.  

Crystal’s true passion has always been sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.  Applying everything she’s learned to developing sustainable feeds, farms and products. She has a deep understanding and appreciation for Marine Management, the environment and all things seafood.

 
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Kai Sato - Entrepreneur in Residence

Kai is a founding partner of Vintage Capital Investments, a venture capital firm focused on early-stage sports technology and media companies. He is also a regular columnist for Inc., the Huffington Post and Entrepreneur Media, where he writes about business, mentorship, and sports technology. Kai dedicates time as a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California and has spoken at various conferences across the country, including South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, TX.

Prior to Vintage, Kai co-founded a sports social network called, FieldLevel, that helps high school athletes fulfill their dreams of playing in college. While at FieldLevel, he oversaw all outward-facing aspects of the company, primarily business development, marketing, and sales. In 2013, he was named to the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Twenty in Their 20’s.”

 
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Emil Lindfors - Norway Representative

Emil is heavily involved in the Bergen aquaculture startup ecosystem. He set up his own AquaTech startup, worked in salmon farming and has extensive event organization and front end programming experience.  


Emil holds a BS in Aquaculture Biology from the University of Bergen and is currently pursuing a MS in Innovation & Entrepreneurship from the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.

 
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Jamie Stein - Investment Advisor

After working in management consultancy (Bain and Co.) and financial services (St. James’ Place Capital and Russell Investment Group), Jamie established Fonte Capital to support clients who have exceptional engineering expertise, scientific knowledge, or operating know-how. He works closely with them to build pipelines of commercial opportunities and / or to establish relationships with different forms of capital. In some cases, Jamie takes on non-executive positions and invests personally in their businesses.

 
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India Boyer - Dealflow Manager

Indias role is to source, analyse and select early-stage aquaculture startups for the Hatch Accelerator Programme. Previously India worked as an Investment Associate at Passion Capital Investments, an early-stage technology investor based in London, and had direct involvement in 22 deals. She is passionate about sustainable aquaculture and the environment.

India holds a BSc in Ecological Sciences (Hons) from The University of Edinburgh.

 
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Ivan Paladin - Business Intelligence

After working as a financial analyst in New York for 3 years, Ivan attended graduate school at the Norwegian School of Economics, where he specialized in economics of natural resources. Ivan has since worked as a financial analyst foran aquaculture investment fund and completed a second masters degree in international management from CEMS.

Ivan specializes in developing advanced financial models and analysing big data. 

 
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Moritz Müller - Head of Marketing and Communications

Moritz takes on all things concerning marketing and communications at HATCH. He is extremely passionate about sustainable aquaculture and has gathered first entrepreneurial experience when he co-founded a marketing agency during his studies in Munich.

Moritz holds a BA in Marketing & Communications Management from the Macromedia University of Applied Sciences in Munich and is currently finishing his MSc in Sustainable Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at the TU Berlin.

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.

 
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.

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   Helping startups get further and go faster through SOSV, the most active global early stage investor.

Sean O’Sullivan

Managing Partner @SOSV - The accelerator VC

Helping startups get further and go faster through SOSV, the most active global early stage investor.

Christian Erichsen

CEO @Bergen.works, Chairman @Anteo.no

Serial entrepreneur, leader and technology executive, aquaculture tech investor

Ronnie Tan    Board member @Calysta, former exec at Blue Archipelago and Regal Springs   Asia, integrated shrimp & tilapia aquaculture, aquaculture feeds, management and marketing.

Ronnie Tan

Board member @Calysta, former exec at Blue Archipelago and Regal Springs

Asia, integrated shrimp & tilapia aquaculture, aquaculture feeds, management and marketing.

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

David Drew

MD & Co-Founder @AgriProtein

Entrepreneurship, insect production, angel investor

Oscar Hennig   Appointed Operations Director for Benchmark’s shrimp breeding program, author, stock development researcher

Oscar Hennig

Appointed Operations Director for Benchmark’s shrimp breeding program, author, stock development researcher

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

Andre Bravo

GM @Devonian Capital

Farm management, RAS technologies, Fin fish production

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

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

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

Chris Hyde

Commercial Director @OTAQ

Tech, engineering, product development, manufacturing

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.

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

David Tze

CEO @NovoNutrients

Venture capital, finance, founder @Aquacopia

Lars Henrik Platou    Associated @ Zacco   Intellectual property

Lars Henrik Platou

Associated @ Zacco

Intellectual property

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

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