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2017

Annual Report


Š Moldovan Environmental Governance Academy, 2018 MEGA Annual Report 2017

MEGA Annual Report 2017 represents the summary of the environmental and social projects realized, products developed, services delivered, events organized, results achieved, and positive environmental and social impact created by Moldovan Environmental Governance Academy (MEGA) throughout the year 2017. The Report also describes the support kindly provided to the organization by its partners and sponsors and how it was used for the good of society and the natural environment. All the partners, who offered this support, are acknowledged and appreciated. In the end of the Report, the main achievements and impact of MEGA in 2017 are displayed. For additional information and inquiries, please contact the MEGA Team by e-mail: hello@megageneration.com.

Prepared by: Alexandr Iscenco. Design: Alexandr Iscenco. Photos: Alexandr Iscenco, Felicia Cretu, Dreamups, Gabriela Isac, RoboPark, and Tekwill.

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Contents MEGA Roadmap in 2017 .................................................................... 3 About MEGA ........................................................................................ 5 Why MEGA?...................................................................................... 6 MEGA Vision, Mission, and Values .................................................... 7

MEGA Game ........................................................................................ 8 The Game with Impact ...................................................................... 9

Projects .............................................................................................. 10 The Codru Quest ............................................................................. 11 Hai Moldova ................................................................................... 12 ENVERACE....................................................................................... 13

Services .............................................................................................. 14 FACE ROBOTS.................................................................................. 15

Events ................................................................................................. 16 Awards ............................................................................................... 23 Founder Institute Chisinau Finalist Award ....................................... 24

Partners.............................................................................................. 25 Finance ............................................................................................... 27 Total Budget ................................................................................... 28 Sources of Revenue......................................................................... 28

MEGA in Mass Media ....................................................................... 29 Positive Impact .................................................................................. 33 Your Support ..................................................................................... 35 Financial Sponsorship by Transfer ................................................... 36 Allocation of 2% of Income Tax ....................................................... 36

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MEGA Roadmap in 2017 List of major projects, services, events, and achievements of MEGA that took place in 2017.

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Dear Friends, For us, the MEGA Team, 2017 marked the 4th year since the foundation of the Moldovan Environmental Governance Academy (MEGA). During these four years, we have experienced a true roller coaster of challenges and breakthroughs, losses and victories, failures and successes. Nevertheless, in spite of many “ups” and “downs” we succeeded in pushing the development of MEGA forward and bringing it to the present day. The Report that you are reading now is the evidence that our organization continues to exist and grow further. Looking back, we can characterize 2017 as the year of focus, determination, and metamorphosis for us. Indeed, throughout the year we were focusing our resources and efforts on developing the entrepreneurial side of MEGA and improving the MEGA Game platform. To do that we participated in two startup acceleration programmes: Rockstart Launchtrack Moldova and Founder Institute Chisinau. The outcome for us was not only the redesign of the social business model of MEGA, but also the creation of the spin-off startup ENVERACE. Much of 2017 was also dedicated to the realization of the project “The Codru Quest”. It was the first research endeavour on economic valuation of ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation implemented in the Republic of Moldova, and we were determined to conduct this pilot study in qualitative and scientifically sound manner. In spite of many challenges and limitations, but with the help of researchers from the University of Copenhagen and the support of our partners and sponsors we succeeded in presenting and explaining the attitude of Moldovan citizens towards biodiversity conservation and sustainable management of the Codru forest ecosystem, as well as their willingness to pay for these aspects of environment protection. The research project has also laid foundation for further editions of “The Codru Quest” to be realised in 2018 and beyond. Besides moving further with MEGA Game and environmental projects, we have experienced a number of changes in the composition of our team, the overall concept of MEGA, its mission and the strategy for the next three years. We believe these challenges will help with the metamorphosis of the MEGA “caterpillar” into a beautiful butterfly, which will “pollinate” other organizations and projects with its products, services, and value. To learn more about MEGA in 2017, we invite you to explore the following pages of the MEGA Annual Report 2017. We hope that our initiatives, achievements, and impact described there will inspire you to join us in the mission of connecting people for a sustainable world and MAKING IT MEGA TOGETHER!

With great respect and gratitude, The MEGA Team hello@megageneration.com www.megageneration.com

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About MEGA

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Why

MEGA (the complete name: Moldovan Environmental Governance Academy) is

MEGA?

gamification, serious game development, gamified trainings, and e-learning with

the social entrepreneurial organization focused on delivering services of

environmental and social value. MEGA was established in 2013 and since then has grown into a strong, experienced, collaborative, and important player in the community of environment-oriented organizations in Moldova and abroad.

The focus of MEGA is on implementing innovative solutions that address the most pressing environmental and social issues in the world. We succeed in realizing these solutions and in helping other organizations do it through gamification, citizen science, and collaborative environmental governance.

The purpose of MEGA is to change how environment protection and sustainable development are done these days. Instead of working with symptoms of environmental and social issues (planting more trees, cleaning up waste, etc., which we also do as part of the MEGA projects), we target the roots of these issues and resources (ideas, solutions, talents, etc.) needed for resolving them. In such way, we serve as collaboration-enabling platform with the set of modern technologies (gamification, e-learning, blockchain, etc.) necessary for system change in nature conservation and sustainable development.

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MEGA

MEGA Vision A sustainable future, where every person and organization contributes to nature conservation and sustainable development through creation of positive environmental and social impact in a collaborative, enjoyable, and fun way anywhere in the world.

Vision, Mission, and

MEGA Mission Connecting people for a sustainable future.* * This is the new mission of MEGA that our team developed and accepted in 2017. We understand this mission in a way that MEGA does not create a sustainable future only by itself; instead, it connects people and empowers them with tools to create the sustainable future all of us want.

MEGA Values PASSION: We exist to serve the nature and people COOPERATION: We believe in the power of communities SUSTAINABILITY: We act sustainably in everything we do EXCELLENCE: We strive for excellence in all our endeavours FUN: We do serious work in a fun way LEADERSHIP: We lead by example TEAMWORK: We make it MEGA TOGETHER!

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Values


MEGA Game

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The

MEGA Game: The Game with Impact continues to be the core product and

Game

on-line platform for managing environmental projects in an engaging,

service of MEGA. In 2017 we, as well as our partner organizations, used it as an

collaborative, and fun way.

with

MEGA Game includes a large number of features and functionalities: diverse

Impact

leaderboard of users and organizations, progression statistics, immediate

gamification* elements, map-based global collaborative space, e-learning tools,

feedback mechanics, and administration dashboard for complete customization of user experience. Due to these features, we were able to engage volunteers into our environmental projects, educate and prepare them for the upcoming tasks, manage their fieldwork “missions”, research existing environmental issues and solutions to them, conduct social surveys, and monitor the progress and positive impact achieved with these projects. Specifically, we used the MEGA Game platform for enhancing project management and participation of volunteers in such environmental initiatives as “The Codru Quest” and “Hai Moldova”. While benefitting from MEGA Game for our projects and supporting partner organizations in their use of the platform, we were also working on improving its stability and performance. In 2017, we modified mission markers on the map, added pop-up windows with brief mission details to them, and removed a swarm of bugs from the platform. The latest version of MEGA Game can be accessed at www.megageneration.com.

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Projects

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The

The Codru Quest is a scientific research initiative, which emerged from another

Codru

study on the economic valuation of ecosystem services and biodiversity

Quest Codru Nature Reserve, Moldova

project of our organization, MEGA Impact Championship. It is now a stand-alone

conservation in the Codru Nature Reserve and the Codru forest in Moldova. In 2017, we continued the Codru Quest project, which had started in 2016. We used the data and participants’ feedback collected during the expeditions to the Codru forest in 2016 to prepare and release the economic valuation survey to the targeted 201 respondents from the capital city Chisinau and nine villages near the Codru forest. To conduct the survey and estimate economic values we applied the choice modelling (CM) technique, which was done for the first time in Moldova.

Codru Nature Reserve, Moldova

The Codru Quest project resulted in three main publications: “The Codru Quest: Methodology”, the methodological guidebook to economic valuation with the CM technique; “The Codru Quest: Final Report”, the comprehensive report with the results of the project and our recommendations; and “The Codru Quest: Public

Codru Nature Reserve, Moldova

Codru Nature Reserve, Moldova

Codru Nature Reserve, Moldova

Policy Proposal”, the proposal document based on these recommendations.

Main Results:

6 Survey missions organized

6

Respondents surveyed

201 11 Respondents surveyed

101 Villagers interviewed

101

Valid responses analyzed

107 Valid responses analyzed


Hai Moldova is the annual national campaign supported by MEGA and focused on cleaning up the entire country of Moldova in one day. The campaign is part of the global movement for a clean planet “Let’s Do It, World!�. In 2017, MEGA continued offering organizational, administrative, and financial support to the Hai Moldova campaign. Although the National Cleanup Day, the

Hai Moldova Chisinau, Moldova

main annual event of the campaign, did not happen in that year, Hai Moldova still succeeded in achieving important results and creating positive impact in certain cities and villages of the country. These results and impact include engagement of

Chisinau, Moldova

43 volunteers into the campaign, cleaning up 3 locations in the city Chisinau, installation of waste management and urban recreational infrastructure in one of these locations, removal of waste and planting of trees in the village Tohatin,

Chisinau, Moldova

delivering lectures on proper waste management in one school, launching of an on-line awareness raising campaign on the issue of waste pollution, and organization of a summer school for prospective regional coordinators of the Hai

Chisinau, Moldova

Moldova campaign for it to continue in the following years.

Main Results:

43 Volunteers engaged

Chisinau, Moldova Young people educated

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4

Kg of waste removed

215

Cleanups organized

Chisinau, Moldova

Chisinau, Moldova

43

Young people educated

12

Kg of waste removed

Chisinau, Moldova


ENVER

ENVERACE is the talent pre-selection and recruitment agency focused on Green

ACE

create intelligent environmental job posts with automatic pre-selection of

Chisinau, Moldova

Tech, environmental science, and eco-innovation. Its main product is a tool to

applicants to help environmental organizations and Green Tech companies recruit suitable candidates. By using the ENVERACE tool organizations and companies can create customized job posts, where the pre-selection algorithm is added automatically based on the job requirements, share them on various channels,

Chisinau, Moldova

including in MEGA Game, monitor statistics of engagement for each post, and receive the most suitable environmental candidates for their open job positions. ENVERACE is essentially a for-profit startup created as a spin-off entity out of

Chisinau, Moldova

MEGA. In order to establish and develop it to an MVP (Minimum Viable Product) level in 2017 we completed two startup acceleration programmes: Rockstart

Chisinau, Moldova

Launchtrack Moldova and Founder Institute Chisinau. Nowadays ENVERACE functions as a stand-alone business with its own product. However, it is still connected to MEGA and the MEGA Game platform as a recruitment tool.

Chisinau, Moldova

Chisinau, Moldova

Main Results:

2

Product developed

1

Programmes completed

14 Business pitches delivered

Customers engaged

3

Chisinau, Moldova

Chisinau, Moldova

2

13

Product developed

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Serv


Services

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FACE

FACE ROBOTS is an interactive and practical course on social robotics, electronics,

ROBOTS

children and youth nurture their engineer mindset, acquire knowledge in

Chisinau and Riscani, Moldova

and hardware programming delivered in a gamified way. The course helps

constructing and programming social robots and innovations, and develop skills in electronics and hardware programming. The FACE ROBOTS course started in 2016 as one of the learning programmes of MEGA realized through MEGA Game. In 2017, it evolved into a separate educational service offered to individuals and organizations, who are interested in

Chisinau and Riscani, Moldova

the domains of social robotics, electronics, and hardware programming. The year 2017 was quite successful for FACE ROBOTS. Notable achievements of the course include the launch of the official FACE ROBOTS website, establishment of cooperation with Generator Hub in Chisinau and RoboPark in Riscani, delivery

Chisinau and Riscani, Moldova

of 17 trainings and workshops within the KidsHub and Weekids initiatives, education of 27 children and young people on social robotics, and support offered to them in creating 12 robots and electronic devices.

Chisinau and Riscani, Moldova

Chisinau and Riscani, Moldova

Chisinau and

Main Results:

17 Workshops delivered

17

Young people educated

27 15 Young people educated

12 Robots and devices created

12

New alumni graduated

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Events

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Besides developing MEGA Game, organizing environmental projects, and delivering educational services, the MEGA experience in 2017 included also participation of the MEGA Team in about 29 conferences, workshops, and training programmes in different countries. At each of these events, the team presented MEGA together with its projects, services, and collaboration opportunities for 2018. In comparison to the previous years, the year 2017 was notable for us in that it was full of pitching at different startup competitions, accelerators, and programmes focused on entrepreneurship. Overall, the most important events of 2017 for MEGA were the following.

Clean World Conference 2017, an international conference organized by the global movement Let’s Do It, World! in Tallinn, Estonia, in January 2017. At the conference, members of the MEGA Team, who were coordinating the campaign Hai Moldova, contributed to strategic planning of the World Cleanup Day, a global event happening in September 2018. In addition, we connected with participants from other countries and coordinated our activities with them.

Garage48 Hackathon, a weekend-long hackathon organized by Garage48 at Dreamups Innovation Campus in Chisinau, Moldova, in February 2017. While participating in this event we had learnt about the concept of Lean Startup and then had put this knowledge to practice by contributing to the development of a new startup Climactiv, a social game for improving the efficiency of natural resource use and contributing to the mitigation of climate change.

UNESCO Week for Peace and Sustainable Development: The Role of Education, an international conference organized by UNESCO in Ottawa, Canada, in March 2017. At the conference, we delivered a workshop “Hands On, Minds On” about the use of IT tools and games in education for sustainable development (ESD) and took part in the panel discussion about innovative pedagogies for ESD and gamebased learning. We also presented MEGA and FACE ROBOTS with a booth there.

Rural Waste Cleanup, organized by the organization Plantăm fapte bune în Moldova in the village Tohatin, Moldova, in March 2017. At this event, we joined Plantam fapte bune in Moldova to cleanup an area, an open waste dumpsite, near the village Tohatin that had been allocated for tree planting afterwards. Together with our partners, we gathered and removed a trailer of waste from the entire area and prepared the soil for the upcoming tree planting.

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Green Vision Forum, organized by the organization Tara Verde in Balti, Moldova, in March 2017. At the Forum, we had a stand, where we presented MEGA, displayed educational games developed by us, and discussed potential collaboration for the campaign Hai Moldova in 2017. We also benefitted from networking with other environmental organizations and learnt about nature conservation efforts in the northern part of Moldova.

Rockstart Launchtrack Moldova, a startup pre-accelerator programme organized by Rockstart in Chisinau, Moldova, in April – May 2017. During these two months, we had benefitted from valuable mentoring support from both international and local mentors. We improved the concept of MEGA Game, tested it with potential customers through a series of experiments and iterations, and ultimately pitched the new social business model of MEGA before the panel of investors.

“Sădim oxigen (Planting Oxygen)”, a tree planting campaign organized by the organization AVI Moldova in Chisinau, Moldova, in April 2017. We joined the campaign and contributed to it by planting five trees in one of the city parks. We also used this opportunity to see how other NGOs organize tree-planting events and how they educate and instruct their volunteers on proper way to plant and take care of trees.

Founder Institute Chisinau, a startup accelerator programme organized by Founder Institute and Dreamups Innovation Campus in Chisinau, Moldova, in May – July 2017. During the three months of this challenging programme, we had experimented further with the social business model of MEGA. Our participation and successful graduation from Founder Institute Chisinau resulted in the establishment and initial growth of the spin-off startup ENVERACE.

Chisinau Mini Maker Faire, an exhibition event organized by Atelier 99 and Makers Moldova in Chisinau, Moldova, in May 2017. At the event dedicated to makers and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) enthusiasts we delivered two workshops on hardware programming, DIY electronics, and Arduino-based robotics for interested visitors and their children. We also managed to present them the course FACE ROBOTS and gather subscriptions for its next edition.

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World Environment Day Celebration, organized by GEF SGP and UNDP Moldova in Chisinau, Moldova, in June 2017. At the event, MEGA and Hai Moldova had a stand, where we presented our organization and projects, as well as the opportunity to participate in the National Cleanup Day of the Hai Moldova campaign. We also organized a gamified EcoQuest for interested visitors to find hidden messages, solve puzzles, and get rewards while cleaning up the city park.

Startup Grind, an entrepreneurial speech-and-networking event organized by Google for Entrepreneurs and Dreamups Innovation Campus in Chisinau, Moldova, in June 2017. At that edition of Startup Grind, we enjoyed the sharing of entrepreneurial experience by Martin Reents, a serial entrepreneur from Germany and CEO of hetras GmbH. Before the event, we had also done mentoring discussions about MEGA and its spin-off startup ENVERACE with the speaker.

Social Entrepreneurship Forum, a conference on the topic of social entrepreneurship organized by EcoVisio in Chisinau, Moldova, in June 2017. At the Forum, we interacted with other environmental organizations and social entrepreneurs from Moldova, Ukraine, and several other countries and discussed different opportunities for collaboration with them. In the end, we agreed on partnership with a Ukrainian environmental club “Green Wave”.

“Bucurie în Mișcare Moldova (Happiness in Movement in Moldova)”, a sports festival organized by the organization AVI Moldova in Chisinau, Moldova, in June 2017. It is not all about environment, gamification, and modern technology in MEGA. We also try to stay healthy and happy and maintain good work-life balance. Therefore, we took part in this marathon by running a short course of 5 km in a city park.

Wiki Loves Earth Moldova Award Ceremony, organized by Wiki Loves Earth Moldova in Chisinau, Moldova, in July 2017. This photo competition was one of the winning projects in our Eco-hackathon from 2016. Therefore, we were happy to see its Finals, admire the photographic results of the competition participants, and award the winners with some prizes from MEGA. Certainly, we contributed to the competition with some of our own photos of the Moldovan nature as well.

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Sustain Your Way, an international youth exchange project organized within the Erasmus+ programme in Tbilisi, Georgia, in July 2017. There, two members of our team joined other young people from Estonia, Poland, Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova to learn how to live an environmentally friendly life. They also contributed to the creation of the Knowledge Kit of Eco-Friendly Youth, a publication on how young people can start an eco-friendly lifestyle.

Hai Moldova Summer School 2017, an annual educational event organized by us as part of the Hai Moldova campaign in Chisinau, Moldova, in July 2017. At the summer school, we brought together about 20 volunteers as ambassadors and potential local coordinators of Hai Moldova and trained them on different aspects of leadership, community building, nature conservation, and other topics. We also facilitated the ideation process for possible local Hai Moldova initiatives.

Academic Skills CafĂŠ, a training programme organized by Diaspora Engagement Hub in Chisinau, Moldova, in July 2017. At the programme, we joined other researchers from different fields of science and together learnt how to transform academic research into marketable products or concrete public policies. An outcome of our participation at the Academic Skills CafĂŠ was the Public Policy Proposal elaborated based on the research results of the Codru Quest project.

Seedstars Chisinau 2017, a national startup pitching competition organized by Seedstars and Tekwill in Chisinau, Moldova, in September 2017. Before the competition, we benefitted from trainings on public presentation and business pitching. Then, on the pitching day, we presented our newly established spin-off startup ENVERACE, its business model, and how it is connected to MEGA. This resulted in several contacts of potential partners and one interested investor.

Workshop on Proof of Concept in South-Eastern Europe, organized by the Joint Research Centre in Trieste, Italy, in September 2017. At the workshop, we enriched our set of fundraising tools for environmental research projects of MEGA with new opportunities and on-line resources. We also found new partners from Ukraine for collaboration in our upcoming research initiatives. Finally, we visited a scientific festival and explored environmental science in a fun way there.

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Klaus Toepfer Fellowship (KTF) Alumni Meeting, organized by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) in Berlin, Germany, in September 2017. As graduates of the KTF programme on leadership in nature conservation and hence members of its community of alumni, we gladly joined this meeting. There we reconnected with other fellows, presented the updated concept of MEGA and ENVERACE to them, and set up several strategic partnerships for 2018.

MEGA Team Get-away and Strategic Planning Meeting, organized by us near Chisinau, Moldova, in October 2017. This was an inside event only for our team to get to know each other better, do some teambuilding activities together, rethink and redesign the concept of MEGA and ENVERACE as one hybrid entrepreneurial ecosystem, and prepare strategic development plan for the following three years. We also enjoyed some outdoor time and the beauty of nature in rural Moldova.

Emerging Innovators Bootcamp, a training-and-networking programme organized by Ashoka Changemakers and American Express Leadership Academy in Berlin, Germany, in October 2017. This programme became a great opportunity for us to connect with other social entrepreneurs, share the concept and mission of MEGA with them, and agree on several collaborative projects. The Bootcamp also helped us to develop inner leadership and to improve social business model of MEGA.

IalovEco, an educational and mentoring project organized by the IalovEco initiative in Ialoveni and Chisinau, Moldova, in October 2017. We were invited to their event in Chisinau to speak about ways to protect the environment, social entrepreneurship, and MEGA as a combination of these things. We were happy to inspire 15 young people from Ialoveni to commit to nature conservation, pursue career related to environment, and initiate environmental projects in their city.

“Să discutăm despre apa (Let’s talk about water)”, a roundtable discussion organized by the organizations ASIST and Global Playground Stockholm in Chisinau, Moldova, in October 2017. We joined this event as invited speakers and panellists to contribute to the discussion about water quality issue in Moldova, share our experience in dealing with the issue in our project MEGA Impact Championship 2016, and present our Water Map of Moldova.

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Chisinau Startup Week, a conference and a series of events about startups organized by Techstars and Tekwill in Chisinau, Moldova, in November 2017. There we presented MEGA and ENVERACE to visitors with a booth, pitched the ecosystem of our organization and its spin-off startup to a panel of investors, and discussed its further developments with several international mentors. We also learnt a lot about financial investor pitch from a workshop by Steinar Korsmo.

National Conference on Social Entrepreneurship, organized by the organization Eco-Răzeni in Chisinau, Moldova, in November 2017. At the conference, we learnt about the updates to the legislation on social entrepreneurship in Moldova and got to know how social entrepreneurship is practiced in other countries from the presentations of international speakers. While listening to the speakers, we had elaborated several ideas on how to improve the social business model of MEGA.

Tree planting campaign, organized by the organization Plantam fapte bune in Moldova and the movement Million Trees Moldova in the villages Mereni, Budesti, and Baltata, Moldova, in November 2017. We joined the organizers in Baltata and helped them with educating volunteers on proper tree planting, monitoring the quality of the process, and recording the event on video with a drone. At the same time, we managed to plant about ten trees on our own.

sTARTUp Moldova 2017, a startup pitching competition organized by the Agency for Innovation and Technology Transfer (AITT) in Chisinau, Moldova, in November 2017. Before the competition, we benefitted from a series of useful trainings on business development, team management, financial management, and investor pitching. Then, at the pitching day, we presented the latest version of the social business model of MEGA, thus testing it with a panel of local investors.

Startup Grind, an entrepreneurial speech-and-networking event organized by Google for Entrepreneurs and Dreamups Innovation Campus in Chisinau, Moldova, in December 2017. At the last edition of Startup Grind in 2017, we met with Niket Desai, an entrepreneur and Investment Fellow at UC Berkeley. Before the event, we received some mentoring support regarding MEGA and ENVERACE from him. Then we enjoyed listening about his vast entrepreneurial experience.

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Awards

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Founder

In 2017, there was an award that we are very proud of. Specifically in July 2017,

Institute

graduation from the Founder Institute Chisinau programme. This was a startup

our team received the Founder Institute Chisinau Finalist Award for successful

accelerator programme organized by Founder Institute and Dreamups Innovation

Chisinau

Campus.

Finalist

and scalable startup. From about 25 participants, who were accepted into the

Award Chisinau, Moldova

Founder Institute Chisinau was a very challenging journey to establishing a viable

programme in May 2017, only five “survived� all the tough assignments and multiple trials of investor pitching and hence made it until the final pitching event and graduation ceremony in July 2017. Among these graduates was our team with the newly established spin-off startup ENVERACE. As an award from Founder Institute Chisinau, we received three months of free residence in the co-working space of Dreamups Innovation Campus in Chisinau,

Partner sChisinau, Moldova

Moldova. We also became members of the global community of Founder Institute graduates and are now benefitting from webinars and advice from various Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. More information about the award can be found in the Mass-media section of the ENVERACE website at www.enverace.com.

Partner s

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Partners

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The greatest strength of MEGA lies in not only the professional capacity and grittiness of the MEGA Team, but also in the international community of Partners and Friends, who support the organization along with its projects, services, and events. By offering their financial, in-kind, and consultative support, these Partners and Friends help MEGA create positive impact for the natural environment and civil society and accomplish the mission of connecting people for a sustainable future. Thus, by listing here the following partner organizations, companies, institutions, and foundations we express our gratitude, respect, and appreciation to all of them for the kind support offered and work done together in 2017.

We are also appreciative to thousands of MEGA amazing people, who contributed to the organization in 2017 as team members, employees, volunteers, participants, respondents, supporters, and simply great friends!

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Finance

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In 2017, MEGA continued to use financial resources coming mostly from grants of foundations and sponsorships of companies that supported the mission of the organization and its environmental and social projects. We also contributed to the total budget of our organization with our personal funds in the amount of 388 EUR. In comparison to the previous years, in 2017 we invested a large share of the MEGA budget into personal and professional development of the MEGA Team. These investments included participation in the Rockstart Launchtrack Moldova and Founder Institute programmes, travel costs to international conferences and trainings, and other related expenditures. We expect to see their positive effect on the performance of our team and the growth of MEGA in the following years.

Total

Distribution of the Total Budget in 2017, MDL

Budget

50910; 18%

287 197 MDL

31611; 11%

(13 991 EUR) 204675; 71%

MEGA Game development & projects

The total operational budget of MEGA in 2017

Administrative expenditures Salaries and other personnel costs

Sources Sources of

of

Revenue Revenue

Distribution of Revenue by Sources in 2017, MDL

287 184 MDL (13 990 EUR)

713; 0%

150802; 53%

6152; 2%

129517; 45%

287 197 MDL (13 991 EUR)The total revenue of MEGA from different sources in 2017

The total operational budget of MEGA in 2017

MEGA 28 in

MEGA Game services Grants Corporate sponsorships Interest


MEGA in Mass Media

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In 2017, MEGA, its projects, and the spin-off startup ENVERACE were mentioned in 18 news bulletins and articles by 16 different mass-media agencies and other organizations. Among them, there were four television channels with their on-line websites, five on-line news portals, five blogs of organizations and universities, a website of a foundation, and an on-line platform. Their geographical origin and primary audience included such countries as Moldova, India, Spain, the UK, and the US.

AGORA Au fost desemnați finaliștii programului Founder Institute Chișinău. Află ce startup a câștigat călătoria în Silicon Valley. August, 2017.

CANAL3 În era noilor tehnologii, tot mai mulți tineri acced cu pași siguri spre titulatura de „inventator”. August, 2017.

Diez.md Oportunitate pentru tineri. „Hai Moldova” recrutează voluntari în echipa sa. February, 2017. Participă la Școala de Vară organizată de Hai Moldova și devino ambasador al mișcării. May, 2017.

Dreamups Innovation Campus „În lumea competitivă a startup-urilor mai există „insule” de colaborare și parteneriate bazate pe încredere și suport reciproc”, Alexandr Iscenco, cofondator ENVERACE. November, 2017.

Emerging Europe Innovative Startups. MEGA: Moving towards a Vision of a Sustainable World. March, 2017.

La Evaluación de los Ecosistemas del Milenio de España (EME) The Codru Quest: El juego en el que se valoran los servicios de los ecosistemas. February, 2017.

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Locals Rockstart Launchtrack powered by Tekwill: инновационная программа для молдавских стартаперов. May, 2017.

Privesc.eu Founder Institute Chișinău Graduation Day. July, 2016.

Realitatea.md ”HAI, MOLDOVA” schimbă țara! Membrii organizației au jertfit o zi de week-end pentru a face orașul în care trăiesc mai curat (Video). April, 2017.

Rockstart Meet our 13 Early Stage Startups of the Rockstart Launchtrack Moldova. May, 2017.

SSMART for SDGs Strengthening Environmental Governance in Moldova through Communityparticipation and E-learning. November, 2017.

The Rufford Foundation The Codru Quest: Economic Valuation of the Ecosystem Services of the Codru Protected Area by Using Gamification. September, 2017.

TV8 Ei sunt finaliştii programului Founder Institute Chişinău. Află ce startup a câștigat călătoria în Silicon Valley. August, 2017.

UNESCO MGIEP YouthINK – Day 1. A daily conference bulletin by the youth reporters. March, 2017.

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University of California, Berkeley MEGA in 2016: New Opportunities and their Implications for Environment in Moldova. January, 2017. ENVERACE, New Startup by ELP Alumnus in Moldova, is Looking for Partners and Core Team Members. October, 2017.

Youth.md Devino ambasador ”Hai Moldova” participând la o școală de vară. May, 2017.

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Positive Impact

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2 Projects

1 Research

7 Events

with positive environmental and social impact realized

on economic valuation of ecosystem services completed

related to environment and entrepreneurship organized

27 Trainings

WE MADE IT

1 Course

on gamification and nature conservation delivered

271 People

on social robotics and programming implemented

TOGETHER!

engaged in environmental research and protection

47 Youth educated in environment protection and social robotics

215 Kg

1000 Trees

1 Startup

of waste removed from the natural environment

planted together with our partners and volunteers

with ready-for-the-market product established

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Your Support

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If you believe in the MEGA Vision and Mission, would like to join the MEGA Partners, or just want to see our organization growing further and producing positive impact in 2018, we invite you to support MEGA with your contribution. This contribution can be in the form of financial sponsorship by bank transfer or as an allocation of 2% of your annual income tax. We will be grateful for any way you choose to express your support.

You can send your sponsorship directly to the MEGA account by entering the following information in your bank transfer: Recipient name:

A.O. Academia de Guvernare a Mediului din Moldova (MEGA)

Registration number:

1013620010125

Address:

11, Moscova Street, ap. 420, MD2068, Chisinau, Moldova

Account nr. / IBAN:

MD24MO2224ASV89165577100

Bank name:

BC 'MOBIASBANCA – GROUPE SOCIETE GENERALE' S.A.

BIC / SWIFT code:

MOBBMD22

Allocation of 2% of Income Tax

Financial Sponsorship by Transfer

If you are a resident of the Republic of Moldova, you can support MEGA by allocating 2% of your annual income tax to the organization. To do that, please follow these 3 steps:

Before April 30, 2018, download and fill in the Income Tax Declaration (Form CET15).

In section 6 of the Declaration, enter the registration / ID number of MEGA: 1013620010125.

Submit the Declaration to your tax office in person or by using the on-line tax services.

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MEGA Annual Report 2017  

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