“It was a little intimidating pitching; these are international investors and very successful business people. Their feedback has been so valuable …”

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Situated on an island in a remote part of the Pacific Ocean, Green Banana Paper is a crowdfunding success story. Green Banana Paper shows that having a story and using the power of social media to share that story, can generate capital from around the world to expand a business.

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In April 2017, Vanuatu coffee producer Tanna Coffee announced it had secured an A$656,000 impact investment – a milestone deal for Vanuatu and the Pacific Islands. One year on, we take a closer look to understand how the investment came about and the impact it has made so far.

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At the finale of the Fish 2.0 Innovation Forum, the pitch was the deciding factor of success. While this was a competition, the art of pitching is the same if you are pitching to judges or potential investors.

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Pacific RISE and Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia have formalised their partnership to strengthen their reach and impact in the Pacific Islands. ‘While philanthropy and grants have historically been a significant part of capital flow in the Pacific, opportunities for investing with a social impact are largely untapped. The Pacific is fertile ground for innovative ideas,’ Caleb Jarvis, Trade & Investment Commissioner, PTI Australia. 

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Three Pacific Island sustainable seafood businesses have been announced as finalists in the Fish 2.0 2017 competition and will travel to Stanford University, USA to pitch to investors in November.

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