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.
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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.
Today we were pleasantly surprised to receive a package with stamps from Taiwan. Yi Jen Li, who visited us earlier this year, sent us a terroir taste of Taiwan, from the mountains where she is currently establishing her production. Coincidentally, Jennifer Kendzior was with us with experience in tea tasting and showed us how to properly enjoy the splendid flavors of Taiwan’s high mountain teas. Thank you very much Jen.
Dear colleagues from San Patrignano came this weekend to Ekofungi to learn about production of oyster mushrooms. San Patrignano is an organic agricultural community in Italy for rehabilitation of drug-dependent persons. They believe that oyster mushroom production fits in with their philosophy of rehabilitation through community-support and agricultural work.
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For the occasion of Europe day, Ekofungi was invited to present its results from two innovation projects at a soiree at Belgrade’s city hall. The two project were supported by Serbia’s Innovation Fund, World Bank, and EU’s pre-accession funds. Together with peers from other innovative firms, director Ivanka Milenkovic promoted the concept that SME innovation is a viable pathway to economic growth and job creation to government officials, Belgrade’s diplomatic community, and Mr. Johannes Hahn from the European Commission.