GreenCareLab - A support network for nature-based businesses

A Finnish NGO used EAFRD funds to develop a network of nature-based service providers  and activities to support their development such as study trips and work groups.

Project summary: 

Demand for nature-based activities such as forest walks with animals has been growing. These ‘Green Care’ activities can help treat health and social-related issues. But new business start-ups often need advice and support in developing their activities. A Finnish NGO sought to develop a support network.

The Finnish NGO used EAFRD funding to develop a platform to mentor new businesses and  allow them to share best practices. It also developed activities such as study trips, work groups and road shows to enable them to develop.        

Project results: 

More than 100 Green Care service providers participated in the project events and activities during its first year.

Dozens of business start-ups participated in GreenCareLab, a platform for testing and developing business ideas and services.

Launch of four thematic groups for animal, farm, garden and nature-related Green Care services.

Service providers got to know each other and established new partnerships.