A thriving year: Celebrating our achievements in 2021
2021 was a thriving and a very successful year for Anteja. As we look back, we’re proud of the incredible growth of our company despite the pandemic. We’re fortunate to be considered for the Oracle’s Gaia Award for Innovation in Sustainability and honoured to participate in several World Bank Group consultancy projects, GIZ initiatives and EU Interreg programmes, which recognise our hard work and enable us to continue our journey towards sustainability.
We’re already excited for our new challenges in 2022, but let’s first review this year’s achievements:
3 new sustainability partnerships
Forming partnerships is an important step towards making value chains more sustainable and transparent, as it allows us to cover a wider range of areas where solutions are needed.
Nevertheless, we’re grateful for continuous collaboration and support from our longer-term partners VDI/VDE-IT, Arhea, Aconto, Sunesis, HiGroup, Abelium and others. Together, we will continue developing disruptive consultancy solutions and technologies to enhance transparency and sustainability in value chains.
Digital transformation of our business
Anteja has always been aware of the importance of digitalisation. Recently, we have implemented e-business across all our activities, which optimises our business processes and makes our internal administration processes more efficient.
This year we continued developing our existing digital transparency solutions and worked on new ones. While INATrace continues digitalising Rwandan coffee value chains, phy2app keeps on gaining new clients in the East African market and reaching investment readiness. In November 2021, phy2app was honoured with Startup Africa Roadtrip’s overall 3rd place of most promising agritech solutions among over 300 East African startups. In 2022, we will continue this journey and present our phy2app to Italian investors.
Establishment of 3 clusters in Uganda
Cluster development is one of Anteja’s key activities. This year, we supported the establishment of 3 clusters in Uganda: Moringa Cluster Uganda, Fruit Juice Cluster Uganda and Natural Cosmetics Cluster Uganda.
Inauguration of Anteja’s research group
In October we inaugurated the Anteja’s Research Group, led by Dr. Maja Berden Zrimec. As we study the fields of sustainability and value chains transparency, we will continuously publish reports and provide you with our latest findings. Read our Value Chain Resilience during the Covid-19 pandemic publication.
Participation at several international sustainability fairs and conferences
This year, our CEO Mateja Dermastia spoke at several international conferences and fairs:
- Digital Coffee Future Traceability Summit (October)
- Slovenian Marketing Conference (October)
- 5th African Diaspora Agrofood Forum (September)
- Sustainable Foods Summit (June).
Despite the pandemic, Anteja was fortunate to demonstrate significant growth and was able to open new job positions. We hired 3 new employees and are continuously hiring interns. Have a look at our recent Venture Development Internship posting.
All in all, it’s been a great year. And we can’t wait to see what 2022 has in store for us!