Representing New Zealand at the AIS Startup Blue Business Summit 2023

Matthew Jackson has been chosen to represent Aotearoa, New Zealand, at the AIS Startup Blue Business Summit 2023. This summit is an offshoot of the Archipelagic and Island States (AIS) Forum. It aims to corral promising entrepreneurs to discuss and promote business ventures that positively contribute to ocean conservation and sustainable use. Scheduled to convene in Bali, Indonesia, from the 6th to the 12th of October, the hui promises many opportunities for learning, networking, and contributing to meaningful change. 

Matthew Jackson has long been a visionary in UNSDGS, employing cutting-edge technology and clever business models to protect our nature-based ecosystems. As a Kiwi-based startup, we specialise in sustainable waste-to-energy solutions that prevent indirect discharge into ocean environments. We aim to put economic viability and environmental sustainability front and centre. Utilising breakthroughs in machine learning, data analytics, and biotechnology, the Alimentary System aims to redefine how we understand and interact with our oceans.

 Given the growing challenges of climate change, overfishing, and marine pollution, the Alimentary System brings a fresh perspective. It offers clean energy, zero liquid discharge, and improved farming practices, significantly reducing freshwater systems and improving environmental impact. Moreover, the startup is committed to aligning its goals with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The AIS Startup Blue Business Summit 2023

The AIS Startup Blue Business Summit is a platform for entrepreneurs from AIS countries to collaborate on projects contributing to ocean conservation. It's a golden opportunity for participants to engage with like-minded folks, exchange ideas, and potentially attract investment for their ventures. Entrepreneurs will participate in events to bolster their capacity in various thematic areas related to AIS issues.

The summit will coincide with the 1st AIS Forum High-Level Meeting, which will see Heads of Government from all 51 AIS Forum countries coming together to discuss collaborative, sustainable development and conservation strategies.

Theme for 2023

The main theme of the 2023 Startups Business Summit, "Oceans of Solutions," suggests a focus on innovative and sustainable solutions related to the oceans and marine environment. This theme reflects the recognition that the oceans are vital for our planet's health and well-being and that entrepreneurial innovation can significantly address their challenges. The summit provides a platform to connect, inspire, and empower experts, researchers, industry leaders, policymakers, and innovators working towards a sustainable and prosperous future for our oceans.

Looking Ahead

Matthew Jackson is thrilled to represent Aotearoa, New Zealand, and aims to use this platform to further the reach and impact of the Alimentary System. He says, "Being chosen to represent my country in a forum of such global significance is a true privilege. I'm keen to collaborate with international peers and experts in the field to create actionable solutions for ocean conservation."

As Matthew Jackson and the Alimentary System's team gear up to take the stage at the AIS Startup Blue Business Summit 2023, there's an air of excitement and a weight of responsibility. The hui promises to be a transformative experience for all involved and a step forward in our collective journey towards a more sustainable and equitable world.

The Government of Indonesia and the AIS Forum Secretariat, in collaboration with UNDP Indonesia, deserve a nod for organising an event of such magnitude and relevance. With global leaders and innovative entrepreneurs like Matthew Jackson coming together, the future of our oceans looks a bit brighter.

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