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Wednesday 3 July 2024

13:45pm - 16:00pm

STEAMhouse, Belmont Works, Cardigan St, Birmingham B4 7RQ

Lunch and Learn: Sustainability with DACAL (Somos Dacal) from Argentina – Presented by DAE Creative Bootcamp

Lunch and Learn: Sustainability with DACAL (Somos Dacal) from Argentina – Presented by DAE Creative BootcampWednesday 3rd July – 1.45pm – 4pm (Food and Refreshments provided)

We are joined by Flor Dacal, Creative Director for DACAL (Somos Dacal) based in Argentina. She’s a designer and educator, focused on textile recycling. Develops cultural projects towards creative participation, gender inclusion and ambiental consciousness. Collaborates in multiple projects with artists, designers, entrepreneurs, companies, institutions, governments and cultural venues.

Flor has been a speaker in multiple activities, representing Argentinian sustainable design since 2014. DACAL (Somos Dacal), based in Argentina since 2014 is a brand focused on sustainable clothing to reduce the environmental impact of clothing within education and partnerships.

They design garments to wear in harmony with the world and are dedicated to empowering businesses with the knowledge and tools they need to thrive.

DACAL (Somos Dacal) was awarded a seed fund from the programme “Argentine Exponential Design. Creative Bootcamp”, in which they participated in 2023. The programme is co-produced by the British Council and Bunge y Born Foundation in Argentina, in partnership with STEAMhouse. It aims to support creative and social economies in Argentina, selecting 15 entrepreneurs every year from the design sector working in the intersection between science, technology and sustainable development, and providing them with training, mentoring and the opportunity to compete for one of the 3 seed funds available.

During this interactive session, you will gain an overview of sustainability approaches and its real-world applications across various industries. They will take you on a journey to share the potential of sustainable practices to enhance SME operations and customer engagement.

Why attend?

Join us for STEAMhouse’s first International Lunch & Learn, where we wanted to share the great work, the British Council and Bunge y Born Foundation in Argentina, in partnership with STEAMhouse have been collaborating on, back to the UK.

You’ll gain an overview of sustainability approaches and their real-world applications across various industries. Flor will highlight the opportunities and challenges associated with adopting sustainability initiatives for business growth. You will gain a brief overview of the history of the brand and resume of their business model, alongside being able to experiment with some of the techniques being used.

About the Faciltator – Flor Dacal

Flor Dacal is the Creative Director in DACAL (Somos Dacal). She’s a designer and educator, focused on textile recycling. Develops cultural projects towards creative participation, gender inclusion and ambiental consciousness. Collaborates in multiple projects with artists, designers, entrepreneurs, companies, institutions, governments and culture venues. Flor has been speaker in multiple activities, representing Argentinian sustainable design since 2014.

STEAMhouse Forward is fully-funded by the UK government through the UKSPF (UK Shared Prosperity Fund) supporting Birmingham & Solihull businesses to innovate, collaborate and grow. The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local initiatives by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-shared-prosperity-fund-prospectus. Application forms are now open to all Birmingham and Solihull businesses to innovation, collaborate and grow via this link

Birmingham City University’s (BCU) STEAMhouse also proudly offers funded memberships to local digital SMEs through the Barclays Eagle Labs Ecosystem Partnership Programme called Digital Direction. This collaboration aims to fuel growth and innovation within the region for digital industry by providing exclusive access to resources, events, and mentoring opportunities. This programme is supported by the Barclays Eagle Labs Ecosystem Partnership Programmes, funded by UK Government.

Successful applicants gain entry to STEAMhouse’s Digital Labs, equipped with cutting-edge technology and business and industry mentors to facilitate hands-on experimentation and skill development. Supported by Barclays Eagle Labs, the Digital Direction initiative fosters a collaborative environment, driving digital innovation and creating valuable opportunities for local entrepreneurs and graduates. Find out about applying for Digital Direction via this link