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Challenge / Goal

The objectives were to: Use this SSA as a test case for the development of a bio-lab in the Impact factory, the city’s planned Urban Resource Centre, which will promote collaboration between citizens, associations, entrepreneurs and researchers. Find out how the city can support start-ups/local associations that want to develop a circular business model Make the circular economy potential tangible to the broader public, including citizens of Mechelen Stimulate bottom-up innovation by teaching citizens the needed skills for circular entrepreneurship (offering open source tools, room and gear for experimentation and workshops)

Solution

The nursery uses coffee grounds and other organic waste streams (grasses from berm management) as a soil for local food production. Oyster mushroom nurseries on coffee grit struggle to survive because the current, classic business models are not profitable. This action wanted to change this, testing new ways to create value and income by promoting awareness raising through workshops and providing open source tools for citizens to grow mushrooms at home, through storytelling for businesses and exploring new ways of working across the value chain. 

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Time period

Implementation time: 1 to 2 years

Implementers

Thomas More (Higher Education) and Pronatura

Service providers

The City of Mechelen and Citamine

End users

All citizens, and entrepreneurs

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