Ward Aquafarms, Dan Ward
Dan admitted that he was outside his area of expertise when it came to securing funds. Dennis started by helping Dan connect with aquaculture investors in Southeast Massachusetts. He prompted him to be a speaker at several commercial aquaculture conferences to build his personal
Dan Ward is not your average aquafarmer. An ambitious aquaculturist Dan built Ward Aquafarm in North Falmouth, successfully producing high-quality, reliable oysters, scallops, clams, and sugar kelp. While you can never understate the value of his hard work, much of Dan's success stems from the ongoing experiments and research ventures that he undertakes to create new ways to grow and sustainably expand aquaculture.
But when Dan's biggest innovation came about--a proprietary aquaculture production system he ran into obstacles. Initially, he was successful in earning grants to create a prototype of the system. But when he needed funds to build the business, the grants weren't there. That's when Dan realized he needed to step outside his world of grants and science to learn how other start-up businesses secure their funding. He emailed SCORE on a whim, having no idea if SCORE had the kind of expertise he needed. Well, we did! SCORE Cape Cod & the Islands paired Dan up with mentor, Dennis Walsh. With over 25 years of experience in marine biology and shellfish aquaculture along with additional experience in business, grant management, and government contracting, Dennis was the right guy to help Dan enter the world of venture capital and business.
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