AUTOMERCADOS PLAZAS AND IMPACT HUB CARACAS ARE SEARCHING FOR PROJECTS TO BE DEVELOPED USING ACUAPONIA SYSTEM
22 October 2019 - Adriana Lopez

Caracas, October 3rd, 2019.- In their commitment to preserve the environment and support quality nutrition, Automercados Plazas and Impact Hub Caracas – a community that promotes triple-impact ventures: financial, social and environmental – invited projects and companies to participate in Acuaponia, a sustainable challenge, starting Tuesday, October 1st, 2019. The objective of this program is to present preliminary projects for the Development of Aquaponia (a system that joins Aquaculture + Hydroponics). Projects presented must possess necessary potential to guarantee production suitable for consumption. In addition, selected teams will have the opportunity to implement their projects and access investors.

The president of the Plazas Foundation, Lisandro Rodrigues, said that: “this initiative goes beyond our commitment to social responsibility. We want to create sustainable impact in the communities. And we believe this is a good strategy to raise production rates, introduce Venezuelans to innovative techniques and also give them the opportunity to build sustainable businesses”.

Claudia Valladares, Co-founder and director of Impact Hub Caracas, highlighted the interest in continuing to promote joint initiatives between private companies and Venezuelan entrepreneurs. “Acuaponia, a sustainable challenge, is the best example of great things that can be accomplished when businesses and entrepreneurs work together. Acuaponia is an example of co-creation. Of how entrepreneurship can support agile and sustainable innovation in a corporation. And also, is an example of the opportunities business owners can offer entrepreneurs when they regard them as allies. We are convinced that by working together we can create triple impact, as we seek to generate financial, environmental and social value. We wish to demonstrate this by joining efforts between Impact Hub Caracas and Automercados Plazas”.

Impact Hub Caracas training and mentoring program manager, María Alejandra Hernández, explained the requirements to participate in Acuaponia, a sustainable challenge. “Proposals must respond to a green project: with low environmental impact when it comes to the types of energy they need. They must also demonstrate proper use of natural resources and raw materials. 

Projects must be sustainable and profitable. Their final products must provide significant nutritional value, and their facilities must be built in the city of Caracas and should be designed for an area of no more than 400 square meters.

“Projects must produce first harvest in a period no longer than 14 months from its inception. They need to be properly documented and have the capacity to be replicable,” said Hernandez.

What are you waiting for? Join this innovative challenge before October 31st, 2019. Please, register in our website https://caracas.impacthub.net/convocatorias-acuaponia/.