Biovilla is growing
Biovilla is a cooperative for sustainable development, that was created more than eleven years ago with the mission of promoting a regeneration culture to create a healthier, more harmonious, and fairer ecosystem. Its founders and cooperative members believe that it is possible to meet the needs of all people without compromising the future, in an economically viable, socially responsible, and environmentally positive way.
The cooperative intends to increase its regeneration capacity by investing in the expansion of its agrotourism, grocery store, and organic vegetable garden. By expanding its infrastructures, the area of intervention will double. This will allow to receive and impact more people and expand Biovilla’s mission.
The overall investment required to develop this program is 1 million euros. You can check this presentation (in Portuguese) to learn more about it.
One-fifth of this amount, 200.000€, will be raised through GoParity, and this is the first campaign to do so. These funds will be used to co-finance the following projects:
Biovilla Market expansion
The Biovilla's grocery store will have 30m2 for organic, fair, and local products, increasing the number and variety of available products. With this expansion, the Cooperative will own the first organic and bulk market in the Palmela region, offering its visitors the possibility to discover alternative products for a more sustainable lifestyle. From all organic food, personal hygiene, and household products, this project will promote circular and local economy, and production, following zero waste principles as much as possible. In addition to the physical store, an online store will also be opened, and a person will be hired to work exclusively in the Market.
Expansion of the Nature Tourism
The tourism accommodation capacity will double with the construction of four more family rooms, including private bathrooms and mini kitchenettes. This suite format will allow adapting the space to the new safety and privacy needs of the covid pandemic and reinforcing the guests' feeling of comfort. The lecture room will be broadened to more than 100 square meters allowing space for more retreats and workshops. A grey and black water recycling system will be installed in order to reuse water for toilets and landscaping irrigation. More water in the system also means more water for the vegetable garden and larger production of organic food. This expansion will make it possible to host more people, with better conditions and increased environmental sustainability.
This is GoParity's first convertible debt campaign
A convertible loan is the act of lending capital (money) with the option of converting it into equity or shares of the borrower entity (in this case, Biovilla). You can learn more about the concept here.
This means that all investors with a minimum investment of 2.000€, in this campaign, will be able to convert this amount into shares/equity in Biovilla Cooperative. In Biovilla, one bond/share costs 500€. In other words, the conversion of 2.000€ is equivalent to four shares in the Cooperative. Above the minimum amount, investors can convert multiples of 500. Investors who make this decision will join the group of eleven cooperative members. The conversion option can be exercised one year after the signing of the loan agreement.
Biovilla believes that the space will be so wonderful that investors will want to convert their investment into equity in the cooperative to enjoy this community in its various forms.
Biovilla cooperative members have special discounts and advantages:
Additionally, Biovilla will offer one night of free accommodation, each year of the contract, for every investment starting at 1.000€. This translates to five nights in five years.
Hectares for biodiversity
The project to increase Biovilla’s regenerative capacity will have an overall investment of 1 million euros. The majority of this amount will be financed as grants by the following programs:
About 20% of this amount has already been executed and the construction work to expand is scheduled to begin on October 11. The cooperative has now turned to GoParity to raise 200.000€ to co-finance this program. This is the first campaign to co-finance Biovilla's growth plan. The funds raised will be used to invest in the expansion of the Market, and the agrotourism facility as mentioned above.
The expansion of these main business areas will increase Biovilla’s sales. With these changes, it will be possible to host more people, with better conditions, which will contribute to an increase in tourism's revenue. To ensure that the lodging offers the best conditions to guests, two people will be hired for this purpose.
Key Investment Information Sheet
Biovilla was created by five co-founders in 2010 with the mission to show that it is possible to meet all our needs without compromising the future, in an economically viable, socially responsible, and environmentally positive way. Currently, the cooperative has eleven cooperative members and eight employees.
Expanding over 55 hectares, in Arrábida Natural Park, the Education for Sustainability and Regenerative project works as a physical showroom of the best practices in Palmela.
The cooperative is physically visited by about 10.000 people every year. Among them are tourists, interns, academic students, schools classes of all levels, participants of Biovilla's training sessions, volunteers, and the curious.
The promoter and its partners provide access to more technical and/or specialized teaching materials, practical guides, as well as access to seminars and training/workshops exclusively online. Its founders believe that informing and raising awareness among citizens about the role of Nature in our lives and economic activity will have a direct impact on restoring the relationship between Man and Nature, leading to a paradigm shift and greater pro-activity towards environmental issues.
Biovilla follows eight fundamental pillars for an active regenerative citizenship
Co-founder of Biovilla, social entrepreneur, graduated and master in management at NOVA SBE with over 10 years of academic and professional experience in sustainable consumer behavior. He has a PhD in marketing for conscious consumption, culminating his study in the development of "The Good Business Model", a methodology for creating and improving conscious businesses that is being implemented in eight national business incubators and accelerators (among which, three of Turismo de Portugal – Green Up, Tourism Up and Taste Up), impacting more than 200 entrepreneurs in Portugal and Brazil in 2019. Coach and mentor of social innovation projects, she dedicates her life to transforming the national sustainable and regenerative ecosystem. He speaks in his own voice through what he created via Biovilla for the world and vibrates with what he still intends to create.
Born in 1984 in Lisbon, he graduated in Economics (2006) and holds a Masters in Economics and Public Policy (2015), both at ISCTE-IUL. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the Doctoral Program in Policies for Sustainable Development and Climate Change (2016-2020). Filipe has been working as a researcher at CCIAM / CE3C since 2012, participating in European research-action projects such as BASE, SIRCLE and GO TO DIVERS. He is also co-founder of several associations and cooperatives, including Biovilla, Coopérnico, ECOLUTION and Conexão Lusófona. His research areas range from social entrepreneurship, ecological economics, complementary currencies, and participatory action research.
Patrícia Gonçalves, President of the Board of Directors
With a degree in Social Communication from the Portuguese Catholic University and a post-graduate degree in Museology and Heritage from Lusíada University, she has wanted to change the world, and give voice to other stories, from a young age. She started her professional career, working in National Museums and Palaces, then moved on to Television Production, and later worked in communication for large events. Patricia developed projects in three continents before looking around and realizing that our global home was in an accelerated process of degradation. She dropped everything in search of a life with purpose, and three and a half years ago, she fell in love with Biovilla, an Education for Sustainability project set up in the Arrábida Natural Park, where she has been contributing to the dissemination of this theme and the regeneration of the surrounding ecosystem. She believes that if people get closer to Nature, they will fall in love with it again and have the will to preserve it. And it is this idea that she pursues, daily, step by step, providing sustainability experiences and sharing the knowledge she has acquired, to impact one heart at a time.
Awards and accolades
Nominees for Best European Practice - Rising Star European Commission - 2020
Medal of Merit from the city of Palmela- 2017
Green Project Awards - Tourism Category - winner of the edition 2018
“We are Nature Regenerating”
Biovilla's value proposition is simple, direct, and transparent. It is based on the principles of Regeneration and focuses on the eight assumptions of its mandala: Cooperativism, Personal Development, Organic Food, Home for All, Renewable Energy, Water Care, Native Forest, and Zero Waste.
The cooperative creates value by welcoming and providing spaces of comfort and pleasure to its own and to its visitors. Via education, from 8 to 80 years old, transforming minds and hearts by the regeneration of its landscape and the abundance of our nature.
Biovilla's main business areas are:
70% of the funds come from direct billing of these products and services.
Since its creation, the cooperative has had a constant and solid growth using current capacity. Even during the pandemics' toughest year, it did not present negative operating results.
The cooperative was the first project to raise private social investment in Portugal, thanks to Vieira D'Almeida.
Tourism, Agriculture and Education
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