Gloria Serra, manager of the Fundació Universitat Jaume I-Empresa, and Nela Gómez, director of the European and International Projects Office of the FUE-UJI, have travelled to Argentina for 10 days to develop an agenda of dissemination and impact of the project “Beekeeping entrepreneurship and circular economy to empower women and their families – ECOMAyA“. FUE-UJI participates as a partner in this project, funded by the European Union, together with SOGRES-UJI and coordinated by the Network of Professionals and Technicians of Emilia Romagna- PROTER.

This work agenda has prioritised the transfer of knowledge and links with institutions in the city of Mar del Plata, as it is a project based on beekeeping and activities related to textile production, food and construction and services, with the municipalities of General Pueyrredon, General Alvarado, Balcarce, Mar Chiquita and La Costa taking part in it. The activities in the framework of the visit began with the institutional reception by the Vice Consul of Spain, Claudia Álvarez, and later by the Undersecretary of Human Rights, Daniela Zulcovsky, together with the Director of Gender Policies of the Municipality, Belén Berruti, with whom proposals for complementary action on training issues were established.

This was followed by meetings with Women Entrepreneurs from UCIP; the CAECE University, Déborah Sabsay, delegate of the French-Argentine Chamber of Commerce; Florencia Miconi, President of the Centre of Builders and annexes of Mar del Plata, the Engineer Ana Sánchez, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, ending with a visit to the new ClonAr laboratory, a centre for biotechnological developments. In all these meetings, the different possibilities of joint work from the ECOMAyA project and networking have been studied.

During this work agenda, several seminars and workshops have also been organised with the participation of the Spanish delegation. Among the conferences presented by Nela Gómez and Gloria Serra, “Territorial Projects and International Financing in the European Union”, at the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences – UNMDP, stands out. More than 100 students attended the lecture “Sustainable enterprises. Analysis of cases of accommodation companies in Spain” at the Instituto Superior de Formación Técnica 222, in which the FUE-UJI emphasised the importance of working towards the
Sustainable Development Goals.

Finally, FASTA University shared with the ECOMAyA team the great work of its Innovation Lab, offering a workshop for first year students of the Faculty of Engineering under the model of digital entrepreneurship and work on educational inclusion and
quality education. Also, as part of the project, they participated in the showroom of Mujeres Emprendedoras Mar del Plata Batán, where more than 15 entrepreneurs were able to show their products and share their experiences. At this point, Nela Gómez and Gloria Serra remarked: “It is a great effort that women entrepreneurs in Mar del Plata are making, we believe that they are doing a great job and it is very enriching the process of entrepreneurship that exists in the city”.