BeeOdiversity’s mission is to develop projects and offer advice on how to boost biodiversity, food diversity and the well-being of everyone by protecting pollinators, via a global, innovative and scientific approach while uniting and raising awareness amongst all the stakeholders (the corporate sector, private citizens, farmers, scientists, beekeepers, public institutions). Protecting pollinators and biodiversity requires the commitment and cooperation of these various stakeholder communities. This virtuous circle guarantees that the beneficial impact will be enormous!
Description of scaling process
BeeOdiversity has adapted rapidly their business model, from selling products (honey) to services (monitoring of pollution). This pivot was realized with coaching support of Oksigen Lab. BeeOdiversity now provides monitoring tools to companies and cities about pollution and biodiversity using bees and beehives. Beeodiversity is currently active in Belgium and France. International scaling is planned for 2017. The model of BeeOdiversity is based on scientific intelligence and in order to grow internationally they need to reinforce the staff with this expertise as well. To scale-up will require additional engagement with their community, mobilizing all stakeholders (citizens, beekeepers, companies, public entities…) for a higher leverage.
By rendering important value-added services via bees (including the monitoring of the environment for cities, companies…) they managed to make bees an important and valuable resource for companies, cities, etc. The same will be done for plants through the launch of major therapeutic gardens in 2016. In the near future they are launching services related to urban and sustainable agriculture, as well as education programs in several schools.
From 2013 to 2015, turnover grew from 25,000 Euros to 250,000 Euros and FTE from one to three. Over the last two years BeeOdiversity has been able to secure funding of 75,000 Euros to finance their growth and in 2016 they will be hiring two more employees. In the last three years the projects of BeeOdiversity have been able to preserve the biodiversity on 31.000 ha (equivalent to 46.000 football fields) and have regenerated hundreds of bee colonies per year.