Project deliverable Open Access
Many of the Edible City Solutions (ECS) supported by EdiCitNet have the potential to develop and provide more competitive products or services. These potential scenarios include the entire value-chain of food production, distribution and consumption as well as related services such as environmental education. Bringing ECS to global and local markets is a key-element of the project’s up-scaling and knowledge transfer strategy.
For this reason, EdiCitNet is developing an online marketplace for ECS business development as an integral part of the EdiCitNet public website. The goal is to connect ECS, entrepreneurs and interested parties at the local, regional and global level, enabling global knowledge sharing and ECS replication or benefit from other products and services provided by ECS initiative all over the world. The marketplace is built around the opportunities demonstrated in the EdiCitNet Living Labs and beyond.
The “EdiCitNet online Marketplace” is designed as an online meeting place to initiate collaborations promoting the replication and marketing of ECS business models, products and services. Furthermore, the marketplace compiles features and tools that allow the support of a growing buyer/seller community of ECS, promote a diversity of ECS products or services, and drive sales.
The main objective is to test the impact and the functionality of an ECS marketplace. During the project time, the results and findings of the activities implemented by the Business Consulting Team (BCT) and the work around the valorization of ECS in the project will feed the marketplace and let it grow into an independent platform, serving as the primary trading place for ECS worldwide.
The pilot of the marketplace will be constantly updated and thus naturally lead to a stable and independent marketplace surviving even after the project’ end. Our goal is to establish a sustainable platform, independent of the project website.