EUROCREA MERCHANT (Coordinator)
Eurocrea Merchant is a management consulting company located in Milan and Naples. Over the years, it has steadily consolidated its multidisciplinary approach assisting business projects of excellence in various economic sectors. The team developed skills in the area of R&D management, finance, innovative management tools, HRs management, energy saving, quality control and assessment. Eurocrea is linked to a wide European network of public organizations, universities, research centers, chambers of commerce, regional development agencies, management consulting firms with whom we interact every day to distribute and import know-how. The team dedicated to the European projects is constantly focused on looking for the best funding opportunities offered by the European Community, in order to participate directly with the company and/or for its customers, especially in research and development, training and adult learning, local SMEs development, sustainability.
HUNGARIAN FOODBANK ASSOCIATION
The main goal of the Hungarian Food Bank Association, which is part of the European Federation of Food Banks (FEBA) that brings together 241 food banks in 18 countries in Europe, is to support the reduction of malnutrition and poverty by recovering food from the food industry and supply stores, European and National food aid programs or from individuals, and redistributing it to the charitable organisations and social services who support the most deprived. The Food Bank is searching for food that cannot be sold on the market for some reason but is still consumable, and takes care of the transportation, safe storage and distribution of the collected food stocks.
AVACA TECHNOLOGIES S.A.
Avaca Technologies S.A. is an independent software development house and IT integrator based in Athens, Greece, which provides advanced IT services (technical and consulting) in Greece and abroad. AT has an internal R&D team and has participated in the past in research projects either EU (FP5, FP6, LLP) or funded by the Greek Government. AT’s personnel has worked for many IT projects across many key areas (eProcurement, IP/trademarks, HRM, eServices, interoperability, B2B marketplaces) involving large EU governmental organization (DG RTD, OHIM, OPOCE) and is researching areas such as Green ICT, eVoting, Opinion Mining and Sentiment Analysis, augmented reality, user modelling and serious games.
GREENPORT INNOVATION CENTER
Greenport Venlo (Venlo, The Netherlands) is an economic network of businesses, organisations and institutions associated with the horticulture supply chain. Its Innovation Center was set up to support innovation in SMEs, focusing on 2 sectors: food & fresh and (agro) logistics. One of the actions lines is the aim to optimize wastestreams and to transfer the knowledge and skills to boost the competitiveness and performance of SMEs of the sector. The programme foresees to link back continuously with public government and research, and has links with cross-border organisations such as Agro Business Region Niederrhein, Foodvalley Wageningen, Health- Valley Maastricht and Nijmegen, Foodspot Helmond and Brainport Eindhoven. As such it is extremely well places to disseminate the acquired knowledge throughout the sector and beyond.
TEMPO TRAINING & CONSULTING
TEMPO is the biggest private training organization in the Czech Republic, operating in the field of adults training and vocational education and training since 1996. Currently composed by 3 independent divisions, this organization is covering areas related to the training, work with human resources and implementation of EU development projects. TEMPO disposes by highly expertise professionals from the fields of management, education & training, human resources and EU initiatives, who help to assure excellent services for customers from private and public sector as well as provide with unique quality in the preparation and implementation of the projects under the Structural and Community funds. Furthermore, TEMPO disposes by a large network of external experts and cooperating organizations that enables to effectively address different target groups and solve different issues in cross-sectoral contexts.
EUROPEAN RETAIL ACADEMY
The European Retail Academy is an academic network, created in 2005 the first place to generate a B2B-dialogue amongst universities/colleges of applied science, but also to help those in the retail industry who might be looking for addresses of institutions in selected countries. Adhering to the so-called ‘Bologna Process’, ERA promotes the international transfer of knowhow between business on the one side and universities at the other side, with the scope to act as a virtual platform and as an initiator of workshops/seminars/conferences to bring more transparency about retail-research and retail-education at universities or universities of applied sciences.
FEDERATION OF POLISH FOOD BANKS
Federation of Polish Food Banks is a non-profit organization, a voluntary association jointly created by different Food Banks in Poland. The mission of the FPFB is to fight food waste and to reduce the extent of malnutrition in Poland through its own activity and by supporting its members. Today, the Federation embraces 27 Food Banks and it distributes help systematically to approximately 3500 organisations and institutions, through which around 1ml people are supported. The FPFB participates in a number of government initiatives and is also an active organization, with a relevant experience in working on international projects fighting food waste and malnutrition.
CHARITABLE FOUNDATION “THE FOOD BANK”
The Lithuanian Food Bank was started in 2001 as a program run by the charity and since 2007 it operates as independent foundation. It coordinates 4 regional offices and warehouses, manages 150 volunteers and 13 employees, daily collects and distributes food in 32 Lithuanian cities, mostly food collected from the retailers that otherwise would be wasted. The Food Bank runs public campaigns advocating for food waste reduction, responsible consumption and healthy lifestyle.