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Open Coffee Sustainable Networking, a first year’s analysis

As part of the Canary Green team, I started this sustainable networking event in April 2019. For years, I personally felt that many networking events in Tenerife, were somehow too formal and set some sort of barrier for smaller businesses or new entrepreneurs. When in fact it’s actually just that type of business that very much needs to network, to create synergies and to get their brand out there. 

I had also noticed that the most sustainable companies, initiatives and projects mainly seem to be just those, the smaller newer companies. So I thought about giving them a platform and at the same time, how to make sure that brands still on a sustainable search, would find them and learn from them. That is how Open Coffee came about. As a more informal networking event to get professionals together and help make the Canary Islands more sustainable.

By now, Open Coffee Sustainable Networking has been held 7 times at The Beer Trap in Golf del Sur. Each edition has been quite interesting, and for me personally, this has definitely been a learning process but so far, I am happy with the results!

Who’s attending these events?

Since the first one in April, the response and feedback have been absolutely fantastic! It is very satisfying to see that the bigger brands are showing an interest as well. From big event organisers such as Futurcan (the company behind Futurismo and Sensitur) and EventoCorp (the company behind Canarias Digital), merchandising companies like Canarias Blue to official entities such as the Chamber of Commerce with their Canarias Internacionaliza program; they have all participated in our Open Coffees this year. 

And then there’s the smaller ones, such as Agüita (stainless steel bottles), The Loft (natural hair and skin care), Aguavapor (steam cleaning), Phil Crean Photography, and so many more that keep coming back. 

What’s in store for 2020?

Recently, we started a playlist on the Canary Green’s YouTube channel called ‘Sustainable in 60 seconds’. During each Open Coffee event, we give a couple of brands the chance to present the sustainable side of their company to the world in 60 seconds. This series enables us to highlight some of the amazing work that’s being done on these islands! In 2020 the goal is to be able to present many more sustainable brands and initiatives! If your brand would like to be featured, join us at one of the Open Coffees and contact me in advance.

I’m also looking to expand the event, i.e. organising it at different locations throughout the island. So from next year on, we might start organising it in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and probably Adeje as well, apart from The Beer Trap in Golf del Sur. I am proud to say that I even had a request from someone in Lanzarote to start there, and I would love to do so, but since this is still a volunteering gig for me and my Canary Green colleagues, that is probably not going to happen yet. Unless there is or are some companies out there that see the importance of supporting this event financially! 

Last but not least,

As Helen Keller once said ‘Alone we can do so little, Together we can do so much’! Creating synergies and working together is in my professional and personal opinion, the only way forward. I once again thank many people that have supported me from day one to turn each and every single Open Coffee in a success. Not just the entire Canary Green Team but definitely every single one of you that has shown an interest, that has attended one or more Open Coffees, that has helped promote the event in whichever way. 

I’m also looking to expand the event, i.e. organising it at different locations throughout the island. So from next year on, we might start organising it in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and probably Adeje as well, apart from The Beer Trap in Golf del Sur. I am proud to say that I even had a request from someone in Lanzarote to start there, and I would love to do so, but since this is still a volunteering gig for me and my Canary Green colleagues, that is probably not going to happen yet. Unless there is or are some companies out there that see the importance of supporting this event financially! 

Last but not least,

As Helen Keller once said ‘Alone we can do so little, Together we can do so much’! Creating synergies and working together is in my professional and personal opinion, the only way forward. I once again thank many people that have supported me from day one to turn each and every single Open Coffee in a success. Not just the entire Canary Green Team but definitely every single one of you that has shown an interest, that has attended one or more Open Coffees, that has helped promote the event in whichever way. 

And to finish this post, I would like to end once again requesting your help. To make sure we reach as many businesses as possible, I’ve created this small questionnaire: https://forms.gle/Hh8NKh2XNKAkZbGE8.

I need as many people as possible (with an interest in sustainability on a business level) to fill this out. So please, share this on your social media, via whatsapp, email, whatever suits you best. The answers will give us extra insight as in where and when to organise and what people expect from the event. 

I for one, can’t wait till next year, and am definitely excited to keep this event going and make it worthwhile for all of you!

Happy Holidays

Kim De Coster

https://twitter.com/LifeInTenerife

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimdecoster/

https://www.facebook.com/conceptoyoga

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As part of the Canary Green team, I started this sustainable networking event in April 2019. For years, I personally felt that many networking events in Tenerife, were somehow too formal and set some sort of barrier for smaller businesses or new entrepreneurs. When in fact it’s actually just that type of business that very much needs to network, to create synergies and to get their brand out there. 

I had also noticed that the most sustainable companies, initiatives and projects mainly seem to be just those, the smaller newer companies. So I thought about giving them a platform and at the same time, how to make sure that brands still on a sustainable search, would find them and learn from them. That is how Open Coffee came about. As a more informal networking event to get professionals together and help make the Canary Islands more sustainable.

By now, Open Coffee Sustainable Networking has been held 7 times at The Beer Trap in Golf del Sur. Each edition has been quite interesting, and for me personally, this has definitely been a learning process but so far, I am happy with the results!

Who’s attending these events?

Since the first one in April, the response and feedback have been absolutely fantastic! It is very satisfying to see that the bigger brands are showing an interest as well. From big event organisers such as Futurcan (the company behind Futurismo and Sensitur) and EventoCorp (the company behind Canarias Digital), merchandising companies like Canarias Blue to official entities such as the Chamber of Commerce with their Canarias Internacionaliza program; they have all participated in our Open Coffees this year. 

And then there’s the smaller ones, such as Agüita (stainless steel bottles), The Loft (natural hair and skin care), Aguavapor (steam cleaning), Phil Crean Photography, and so many more that keep coming back. 

What’s in store for 2020?

Recently, we started a playlist on the Canary Green’s YouTube channel called ‘Sustainable in 60 seconds’. During each Open Coffee event, we give a couple of brands the chance to present the sustainable side of their company to the world in 60 seconds. This series enables us to highlight some of the amazing work that’s being done on these islands! In 2020 the goal is to be able to present many more sustainable brands and initiatives! If your brand would like to be featured, join us at one of the Open Coffees and contact me in advance.

I’m also looking to expand the event, i.e. organising it at different locations throughout the island. So from next year on, we might start organising it in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and probably Adeje as well, apart from The Beer Trap in Golf del Sur. I am proud to say that I even had a request from someone in Lanzarote to start there, and I would love to do so, but since this is still a volunteering gig for me and my Canary Green colleagues, that is probably not going to happen yet. Unless there is or are some companies out there that see the importance of supporting this event financially! 

Last but not least,

As Helen Keller once said ‘Alone we can do so little, Together we can do so much’! Creating synergies and working together is in my professional and personal opinion, the only way forward. I once again thank many people that have supported me from day one to turn each and every single Open Coffee in a success. Not just the entire Canary Green Team but definitely every single one of you that has shown an interest, that has attended one or more Open Coffees, that has helped promote the event in whichever way. 

Canary-Green-team

And to finish this post, I would like to end once again requesting your help. To make sure we reach as many businesses as possible, I’ve created this small questionnaire: https://forms.gle/Hh8NKh2XNKAkZbGE8.

I need as many people as possible (with an interest in sustainability on a business level) to fill this out. So please, share this on your social media, via whatsapp, email, whatever suits you best. The answers will give us extra insight as in where and when to organise and what people expect from the event. 

I for one, can’t wait till next year, and am definitely excited to keep this event going and make it worthwhile for all of you!

Happy Holidays

Kim De Coster

https://twitter.com/LifeInTenerife

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimdecoster/

https://www.facebook.com/conceptoyoga

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2 thoughts on “Open Coffee Sustainable Networking, a first year’s analysis”

  1. I’m delighted that you started these events and I’ve met many interesting people and have collaborated with some. It has been a very worthwhile use of my time to come along and I look forward to the next one.

  2. It’s been an absolute pleasure seeing you at these events! Happy to read that they’re a worthwhile use of your time! Such comments definitely motivate me to keep going!

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