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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Dylan Howell – Lead Aquaculture and Dealflow Analyst
Passionate for understanding aquatic farming challenges, Dylan began breathing aquaculture in 2004. Through his post graduate and professional career, he focuses on practical production technologies and market research via visiting over 150 fish, oyster and shrimp farms and aquaculture exhibitions across Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East and North America.
His global network and exposure on the ground and online drives his mission to support Hatch with market insights on technical intelligence, current trends and future innovation opportunities.
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.
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.
Gracie White - Dealflow and Venture Support (Internship)
Gracie has been interested in sustainable aquaculture for several years now. She wrote her thesis at Yale on the ecosystem services provided by seaweed and shellfish aquaculture, worked for a kelp-farming non-profit, and went on to co-found an aquaculture company that grows shrimp and seaweed in a RAS system. She is now a masters candidate at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, working towards a degree in both Marine Resource Management and Strategic Environmental Communications.
Lianna McCurdy - Marketing & Content Creation Specialist (Internship)
Lianna has a strong background in content development. She has held various job positions in the communications field including Journalist for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Social Media Manager for small businesses on Oahu. Having grown up in Honolulu, Hawaii, Lianna has a passion for the ocean and environment.
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.
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.