[Learnings from the pandemic] Digital & Green (Or how we’ve evolved since 2020)

[Learnings from the pandemic] Digital & Green (Or how we've evolved since 2020)

What a year 2020 has been, hasn’t it?


A global pandemic crept up on us, catching us all off guard and leaving us poker-faced.


“What do we do now?”


That was the question we asked the most, at least in the beginning.


 Luckily, we at Genion are used to challenges.


So, once we got over the shock (and realised that this wasn’t going to be like those zombie movies where you’d better have a larder full of tin cans) we rolled up our sleeves and got down to work.


We had to adapt to the new normal and give a twist to our work.


You know what they say, if life gives you lemons….


As it turned out, we learned a lot, even in the most difficult periods of 2020, and were able to implement an effective and productive strategy.


The pandemic could not stop us.


We underwent a transformation, yes, but for the better.


Want to know what we learned and how we adapted? Here we go.


👉 We have not changed, we have mutated: we are now "Digital & Green".

Yes, we know.

It’s been a year since we wrote the last post on our Blog (one year, mondieu!).

There are no excuses.

2020 came in through the big door and we dedicated ourselves to doing, so much so that we ran out of strength to count.

And counting what we do is important, because we do a lot of interesting things.


  • Transformative.
  • Creative.
  • Activating.
  • Accompanying.
  • Community.
  • Project-related.
  • Etc.

That’s why we want this post to serve as the starting signal for a 2021 in which the Blog is going to go up in smoke.

In which we are going to tell you everything and we want to make you part of our journey.

An exciting journey.

Genion continues to be, in essence, a nexus of union to promote powerful initiatives, capable of having a positive impact.

That is why we say that we have not changed after the pandemic, but that we have mutated.


Because the way we approach our training programmes has evolved.

And also the management of our coworking spaces. Although (OMG) that is the subject of a separate post.

As well as the development of the online space La Network (you know, that space designed to bring the most creative and resilient entrepreneurial communities closer to the institutions that work to make our territory a better place, and which has us very much in love).

Wow, we’re promising a lot of quality content in the coming days. 😉

But let’s get our hands in the flour.

The real “mutation” has been to become more digital and greener.

We explain it below.

✅ 1. More digital

The confinement arrived in March 2020, and we were caught in the middle of the  Elda Avanza face-to-face programme.

A programme in which we accompanied 15 projects towards digital transformation.

How ironic, isn’t it?

Well, it was time to make lemonade out of those lemons that life gave us.

So we converted the programme into a totally digital format and we went from having 15 students to 100.

¡100! Which is an early word.

In the final networking, together with relevant companies and institutions of the territory (Distrito Digital GVA, Inescop, UNISA or Fempa, among others) we brought together nearly 200 people to talk about digitisation.


It was an intense few months.

It was time to focus our training programmes on 3 basic pillars:

  1. Teleworking.
  2. Digitalisation.
  3. Innovation.

That’s when we decided to take action and think about what else we could do to improve the situation.

And then came the rest:

More than 500 people on the other side of the screen learning how to do everything differently. And our team there, taking hours out of the day.

As you can see, we learned to take even more advantage of the opportunities offered by the online model.

We managed to implement a way of working that, at another time, would have taken us much longer. And we did it because we had to act and adapt.

We couldn’t just sit back and wait for everything to be sorted out! That’s not for us.

So we became more efficient, more digital.

Genion – 1, Pandemic – 0.

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✅ 2. Greener

It didn’t stop there. We learned another great lesson:

The planet that hosts us is much happier without us.

It may sound a bit harsh, but that’s the way it is. We are indebted to our home.

If we think about it, the countdown had actually started long before we realised it. Whether we as a population wanted to see it or not is another matter.

We, for our part, decided to take advantage of the “hiatus” that the world was taking to be more respectful of the earth (“with capital and small letters” as our Diego Tomás says).

It was time to reverse the damage.

With that in mind, in September 2020 we launched Transformacionales.

Our first programme entirely dedicated to responsible people and companies that want to partner with the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).

A programme, in short, dedicated to those who plan to lead companies:

  • Innovative.
  • Respectful.
  • Creative.
  • Curious
  • Optimistic.

With powerful ideas inspired by projects such as:

How we enjoy weaving alliances for change!

And we don’t stop: right now we are thinking about creating a digital Transformacional community in Alicante.

Would you like us to do it? 🤔

In short, we learned to value our planet, our earth, more. We learned to be greener.

Genion – 2, Pandemic – 0.

✅ 3. Jovempa Award

And wait for it… We also got an award!

The Federation of Associations of Young Entrepreneurs of the Province of Alicante (JOVEMPA) awarded the Jovempa 2020 Award for Young Entrepreneurial Talent in the Province of Alicante to our manager, Diego Tomás.

An award given for the management of collaborative workspaces and the promotion of innovative entrepreneurship programmes with a positive impact.

But, above all, for bringing public and private institutions closer to entrepreneurs (and vice versa) and for devising common initiatives to always grow in good company.

And the truth is that it feels good to have our work and our dedication valued.

It won’t go to our heads, but it does help us to keep giving 100% every day.

If you want, we encourage you to watch the moment when Diego receives the award (and gives a speech worthy of a movie). 👇👇👇

👉 This is Genion: we continue to network, to connect and to drive

That’s right.

We are still the same, but after all the learning from 2020, we may be a little better.

We have learned to be more sustainable and to know how to provide different solutions to the problems that arose (resilience in vein).

We have also learned to be more digital and to adapt with agility to new tools.

Ah! And with our coworking spaces always in our backpacks, making our life and work easier, filling our daily lives with positive experiences (here we explain in detail what coworking is for us).

And here we are, giving our all so that more and more people join us on this journey.

Will you join us too? 😉