Elena Jiménez Romero is a young
entrepreneur from Spain who dreams of starting her own business to educate
people about sustainable food culture and contribute to building a greener
world. She decided to participate in the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs
programme to achieve her goals. She chose Anne Katrine Heje Larsen, from
Denmark, as her host entrepreneur. Anne runs DISIE, an innovative community of
start-ups and small businesses that promotes social, cultural and environmental
initiatives. Both entrepreneurs discovered the EYE programme through
entrepreneurship advisers and EU institutions. They were excited by the
opportunities the programme offers and wanted to benefit from the chance to
network, build new collaborations and learn about new markets.
Elena began their exchange by developing food waste fundraising events,
building community through plant-based meals, collecting surveys for the CHESS
project, and researching the Danish food system, Nordic cuisine, and cookbooks.
But suddenly they had to face challenges like the lockdown and new measures due
to the Covid 19 outbreak. Needless to say, they had to change the activity plan
they had previously made together and focus more on communication and graphic
design. They tried to support each other as much as possible during a difficult
time. This exchange was a unique experience for both of them. Currently,
Grandma Sita is a member of DISIE, which has the common goal of contributing to
green change and a more sustainable world.
achieved 3 concrete results so far through Grandma Sita: she has launched the
Cooking Workshops against Food Waste, supported by food providers such as EAT
GRIM and Kaffe Bueno, both former members of DISIE, among others. In
particular, the "SUSTAINABILITY TASTES GREAT" workshops were developed
to cook from surplus, use sustainable substitutes, and enjoy delicious,
plant-based meals together while inspiring action. The Waste-free Aprons are
the result of a collaboration between Grandma Sita and WAIR, also a former
member of DISIE. Together they give textile and food waste a new life. The "BIG
AND LITTLE FOODIES APRONS" are made from discarded tablecloths with cool
pockets made from unwanted jeans and naturally dyed with avocado peels and seeds
to create pink hues from natural sources. And finally, Grandma Sita gave birth
to a mobile game technically supported by HackYourFuture Copenhagen, current
member of DISIE. "EAT THE PAIR" is a memory game where the goal is to
find pairs of traditional Danish foods.
Sita collaborates in other DISIE projects and events such as Green Impact Week, and CHESS Final Conference. The plan is to expand the collaboration to Creative Business Cup, Days of Impact and Climate
For more information, please contact the local contact points involved in the exchange:
New entrepreneur's contact point:UNINOVA- SOCIEDADE PARA A PROMOCIÓN DE INICIATIVAS EMPRESARIAIS INNOVADORAS, S.L.
(Santiago De Compostela) Host entrepreneur's contact point:InterCollege ApS
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