24. Funding for production line development!
With new funding from a private sponsor, we are able to realise the necessary steps in our production line development to be able to produce affordable prototypes for large scale testing in the field!
23. Moving to a new workshop
After saying goodbye to our lovely workshop in the North of Amsterdam, we are happy to move into our new home in Zaandam! An area known for its wind-powered industry during the industrial revolution in the Netherlands. For us low-tech enthousiasts this is a symbolic place to continue working on our innovation and research.
22. Looking for new funding opportunities!
We are grateful to RVO for the first push to the current level. We feel plenty of energy to set up something new. Especially since our Business Plan is finished, we are ready for a new step with new opportunities.
21. Business Plan
We finalized our Business Plan for the next five years. It is both fundamentally innovative in terms of social entrepreneurship, as well as a strong business case. We can’t wait to share it..
20. Dutch Design Week 2019
The Ecokick is present at the Dutch Design Week 2019! On top of that, the Dutch National TV program ‘De Toekomstbouwers’ (VPRO) dedicated one full episode to the Ecosystem Kickstarter, in which they interviewed Thom as designer of the product.
19. Partos Innovation Festival
We are very happy to announce that we are shortlisted for the Partos Innovation Spindle Award. During the Festival our team had the chance to give a pitch about Ecokick and we met plenty of people from different organisations that could be relevant to cooperate in the (near) future..
18. Prototype production in Amsterdam-Noord
In our workshop in Amsterdam-Noord, the first prototypes of 2019 are being developed. These versions of the Ecokick will be implemented in the field in two different locations in Uganda in August 2019. We’re excited to dig them in the soil!
17. Implementation in Uganda
We visit the field locations in Uganda to test the product together with our local consultants and interns. The main goal of the experiment is to measure the impact on soil erosion reduction of the Ecokick.
16. Wageningen University Greenhouse Experiments
In the greenhouses at Wageningen University and Research, we have started to develop various experiments to monitor all kind of variables to better design the Ecokick. For example, we monitor root development over time for different plant species. Come have a look if you want!
15. Steam pan brainstorm session
The team took a dive into the nature in the East of the Netherlands and locked itself into a high-pressure pan brainstorm session. We discussed our shared vision and targets for this year and developed the business plans further.
14. Winning a year of funding!
After concluding the feasibility research and presenting our future plan for the project, the funding for the next phase is granted by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and we are able to invest a full year in developing the project and proving our impact!!
13. Designing the low-tech production cycle
We are working on the new prototype and will start building our low-tech production machine soon.
12. Gathering our dreamteam
After getting to know a lot of great entrepreneurs we will start partnering up with two new start-up buddies to reenforce our team.
11. Workshop Bududa
Giving a workshop in the Bududa district together with Laurie van Reemst gave us a lot of insights. Using the PIP approach helped us to focus on intrinsic motivation of the farmers. The PIP approach is an innovative way of transforming small-scale subsistence farm households into more productive and sustainable farms. It is based on a visionary Integrated Farm Plan (PIP in French acronyms) which is developed and drawn on a map by all family- or community members, as well as a concrete action plan how to realize that vision.
10. GLF Bonn
During the Global Landscape Forum 2018 in Bonn we had the opportunity to be a part of the CIFOR youth workshop. Meeting wonderful young people from all over the globe, motivated to change the world. Given the opportunity to present our project during the conference got us in contact with many interesting NGO’s and people within the landscape restoration network.
09. Presenting at Padova University
Presenting our project at the Padova University in Italy at a seminar on Sustainable land Management.
08. Kiteezi Landfill
To get an idea of the necessity of a sustainable solution we visited a big landfill near Kampala. This is the place where non-degradable material is dumped and will stay for the next decades. The visit offered insights in the current recycling and collection methods and showed us the huge potential and need for a new way of using our resources.
07. School of Agricultural Sciences
Testing our product on the Makerere University plot was a great way to get in contact with the students and teachers. Direct feedback and tips from local agricultural experts was extremely valuable for our project.
06. Feasibility study Uganda
We travelled to Uganda and took the first prototypes with us in the rainy season to observe the effects of water runoff and accelerated decomposition in humid circumstances. The presence of our prototypes turned out to be a great way to get in contact with local stakeholders and to get a first insight in every link of the chain of our future project.
05. GLF Nairobi
We had the opportunity to present our Ecosystem Kickstarter project during a landscape talk in Nairobi. Many key organisations and government institutions are present at this conference to get in contact with new innovations. The Global landscape forum has become powerful movement for a greener world.
04. Assembling team!
With the first test-plots in sight, the last prototypes needed to be assembled on time for the journey to Uganda. A team of friends and family came to the rescue!