After a decade of dedicated and industrious work invested in developing a successful small-scale mushroom-business model, Ekofungi was featured at the 19th International Society for Mushroom Science Congress. The congress, this year held the 29 May to 2 June in wonderful Amsterdam, is the flagship event in the mushroom domain and brings together leading mushroom scientists and businesses world over. Ekofungi was the exemplar model for sustainability on which Dr. Gunter Pauli build his inspiring presentation, and we are both proud and thankful for the opportunity. Attendants of the EkofungiSchool, the groundbreaking urban-mushroom duo from Rotterzwam, also presented their results to the distinguished audience. A better result for Ekofungi from its hard work and commitment to sustainable mushroom cultivation would be impossible.
The spring session of EkofungiSchool brought together colleagues with different ideas but one common core — to build a small and fair business to produce high quality food. Expect soon to hear more about the Fungimental company from Australia, the success of the Meracki People Group from Greece and the phenomenal project from Belfast.
Ekofungi pitched its exciting new idea at the Balkan Venture Forum in Zagreb. Our innovative business concept, a easy-to-use mushroom production package for farmers, is the result of a 3 month effort in the Pioneers of the Balkan accelerator. We look forward to the next step.
We have streamlined our education services into the EkofungiSchool. Check out our new site and feel free to let us know what you think.
Our colleagues Attila and Csilla from Butterfly Complex Regional Development spent an extended weekend with us to learn about mushroom cultivation. They will be setting up an urban mushrooms-from-coffee-waste social enterprise in Budapest, a joint project between Butterfly Complex Regional Development and Ekofungi. We had a productive and pleasant time and look forward to setting up shop soon.
Milena Murganic and Igor Milosavljevic, Ekofungi’s creative team, attended Serbia’s first Startup Bootcamp in Novi Sad. Under the tutelage of an expert team, participants were taught the basic core of turning a good idea into a successful commercial business. Ekofungi placed second in the agro-business category, behind the excellent Solagro team. Visit SerbiaStartup’s facebook page for more pictures, and website for more information.
Two young mushroom enthusiasts from Paris and Athens spent last week at Ekofungi learning about the specifics of industrial mushroom production. Jennifer Kendzior from Terra Candido SAS is interested in using urban wastes (e.g. spent coffee grounds) to produce urban mushrooms; Terra Candido is a distributor of fine foods in Paris. Andriana Kechagia is planning a large scale production of oyster and shiitake mushrooms in Athens. Andriana came with her fiance Salvador, a compost expert. We hope your efforts will come to fruition.