All Diocesan Articles

 

 

Xavier Grad Wins $20,000 Entrepreneurial Award

Posted on January 12, 2021 in: School News

Xavier Grad Wins $20,000 Entrepreneurial Award

Xavier graduate Peter Goggins recently reeled in a $20,000 first prize in a competition for start-up entrepreneurs.

Goggins, ‘17, has a passion for improving the ecosystem that produces fish that ultimately end up on the dinner plate.

The UConn senior, an environmental science major, has a startup company, Pisces Atlantic, which makes commercial fish food with healthier ingredients - mainly vegetable and insect protein. Most commercial fish foods contain fishmeal, ground-up trash fish, which can be expensive and contain some levels of mercury and polycarbonate plastics.

“It gets passed on to the farm fish and eventually the consumer,” Goggins said.

That didn’t suit him well.

“Aquaculture will grow the fish of the future, Pisces Atlantic will feed them,” is a line on the Pisces Atlantic website.

People are eating more fish: The rise in worldwide aquaculture production from 1990 to 2018 is 527 percent, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The rise in fish consumption, as some turn away from meat, is 122 percent.

Goggins believes that the fish food needs to be healthy and the judges of the Wolff New Venture Competition believe in Goggins, who won the top prize in a competition that features five of the top startups coming out of UConn each year. Those finalists are selected from the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation Summer Fellowship program based on venture viability and value added to the market.

With that $20,000 he can keep going and says he’ll use it in part to grow sales. He now works out of rented space in East Hartford with a couple of interns and has advisers. His father helps out, too. In fact his father came up with the company name as they sat around one night.

Goggins grew up in Middletown but spent time in the summers with family in Clinton. He enjoyed fishing and was interested in working in the industry. About four or five years ago he read a story in National Geographic about the need for more sustainable and economical fish food, and that eventually led him to where he is today. 

Goggins says one of his most influential classes at Xavier was Advanced Placement Environmental Science taught by the now-retired Mrs. Linda Charpentier. She emailed him upon learning he had won. Goggins took a lot of science courses at Xavier and feels he would not be where he is without that strong background.

By Jeff Otterbein

.

 

 

Bookmark and Share  

Most Viewed Articles of the Last 30 Days

St. Michael School is Vibrant Part of Community
My Dear Friends, This month we highlight another one of the outstanding educational institutions of the diocese.  St. Michael School at West Broad, in Pawcatuck, has been a vibrant part of the community for more than 145 years.  The school is summed up in our mission to engage students in a program of Christian formation characterized by a challenging and enriching Catholic Classical curriculum, in a nurturing environment. So, what is a Catholic Classical curriculum? Students study the great ideas of Western civilization. Democracy, science, art, and lite...

Read More

An Autumn Journey

Posted on October 12, 2021 in: School News, ACA

255

An Autumn Journey
With the arrival of Autumn, I hope that you get to visit your favorite farm or orchard, enjoy a piece of warm apple cobbler and sip your favorite pumpkin-spiced coffee. Whether it’s the start of a new school year, a new job or perhaps a residential move, autumn can bring many changes. A journey can be defined as any course or passage from one stage or experience to another. As “One Faith, One Family,” we pray for the members of our diocese and for our Catholic school students as they continue their journey to grow in Christ’s love as the school ye...

Read More

Our Advertisers Support Our Ministries

Please Support Our Advertisers

Annual Catholic Appeal

 
Signup for Weekly Newsletter


    Recently Added Galleries
    Click to view album: Palm Sunday
    Click to view album: Blessing of the Fleet
    Click to view album: Mass of Ordination for Father Michael Bovino
    Click to view album: Rite of Election 2020
    Latest Articles
    St. Michael School is Vibrant Part of Community
    Sacraments 101: Elements of Marriage - 'Free, Total, Faithful, Fruitful'
    SVdPP Ministry is Looking for a Grant Writer
    CST Principles Address Needs of the Poor and Migrants
    Catholic Charities Diocese of Norwich: Key Dates and Milestones of the 1970s and 1980s
    Vigil Mass Kicks Off 40 Days for Life Campaign
    Cyclists Complete 5-Day, 337-mile Virtual Trip Across Haiti
    O Tannenbaum - Help Us Decorate a Tree

    Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich
    201 Broadway
    Norwich, CT 06360-4328
    Phone: 860-887-9294