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 - Managing Partner 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 - Director 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 - Managing Partner 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 - Business Development

Crystal co-founded a successful technology company with locations in Hawaii, Europe and the US mainland. Her company was recognised 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 the founder of Kaizen Reserve, which serves as an investment advisor to family offices and corporations, helping align their existing assets with synergistic startups. He is also the founding partner of Vintage Capital Investments, which focuses on technology and media investments in sports. Before his transition to venture capital, Kai cofounded, FieldLevel, the social network dedicated to sports recruiting and participated as an entrepreneur in the inaugural Los Angeles Dodgers Accelerator. He works closely with accelerators across multiple industries and is also Hatch's Entrepreneur-In-Residence, actively mentoring its cohort companies.

 
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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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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.

 
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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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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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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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.

 

Advisory Board

 
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Einar Wathne

Einar is the former CEO of Ewos and was instrumental in its sale to Cargill for USD 1.5B in 2015. He since has led what became Cargill Aqua Nutrition as President and has stepped down in January 2019. He is now the COB of the Seafood Innovation Cluster, an organization formed by the major Salmon farmers and suppliers in Norway to promote industry innovation. Einar comes with an important skill set in cold-water fish farming and fish farming supply (feed, health products etc) as well as a wealth in leadership and management experience.

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Bryan Wynn

Brian Wynn is the founder and former CEO of Rubicon Resources, a vertically integrated sustainable shrimp farming business that he bootstrapped to USD 230M in sales and sold to Highliner for USD 107M in 2017. Brian brings an excellent skill set and network of supply chain and warm-water farming (shrimp) to the table. Brian is based in LA.

 
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Kai Sato

Kai is the founder of Kaizen Reserve, which serves as an investment advisor to family offices and corporations, helping align their existing assets with synergistic startups. He is also the founding partner of Vintage Capital Investments, which focuses on technology and media investments in sports. Before his transition to venture capital, Kai cofounded, FieldLevel, the social network dedicated to sports recruiting and participated as an entrepreneur in the inaugural Los Angeles Dodgers Accelerator. He works closely with accelerators across multiple industries and is also Hatch's Entrepreneur-In-Residence, actively mentoring its cohort companies.

 
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Eric Archambeau

Founding Partner of Astanor Ventures, Eric is a former Silicon Valley entrepreneur turned venture capitalist now focusing on technology-enabled sustainable agriculture and food investments. Notable investments include Infarm - an indoor farming Berlin based company specialized on micro-herbs and Ynsect, a large-scale insect production company for the pet food and aquaculture markets. Since 2015, Eric has been serving as Global Chairman of the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation. Eric comes to Hatch with extensive entrepreneurial and venture capital experience.

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

Þór Sigfússon  Founder and chairman of Iceland Ocean Cluster (IOC)  Entrepreneur, author and speaker, serial entrepreneur, investor

Þór Sigfússon

Founder and chairman of Iceland Ocean Cluster (IOC)

Entrepreneur, author and speaker, serial entrepreneur, investor

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

Arturo Clément  Chairman of Salmon Chile, Founder of BluGlacier  Entrepreneurship, Finance, Salmon, Seafood market expert

Arturo Clément

Chairman of Salmon Chile, Founder of BluGlacier

Entrepreneurship, Finance, Salmon, Seafood market expert

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

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

Assaf Shechter

Founder & CEO @Enzootic

Animal biotechnology, genetics, shrimp, entrepreneurship

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Donal O'Shea

CEO @Accelsys

Venture capital, pharma, angel investor