The mushroom Academy for SMEs

The Mushroom Academy for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises is platform to teach you all the elements you need to know to cultivate mushrooms on an urban waste stream and build a profitable business model. 

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Shorten your learning curve

When you are walking the learning by doing route, you are losing time and money. Are you going to experiment and not make any revenue in the interim? 

Theory & Practice

We share the theoretical part and then let you apply that the same day. That way you have experienced all proceedings and the knowledge is guaranteed to stick.

Small groups

The maximum size of the groups is 6 entrepreneurs. This way everybody gets enough attention to ask their questions.

Key learning outcomes

There is so much information that we share, that we cannot list it all here. But below you find the key learning outcomes of our Mushroom Master program.

Construction and Design

  • Access to farm floor plans
  • Access to multiple construction drawings
  • How to ideally construct your mushroom farm
  • How to construct growing rooms with off-the-shelf components

Operations and Maintenance

  • How to prepare different kinds of substrate both manually and automatically
  • How to properly and effectively clean your farm
  • How to harvest, package, and store conforming to product and legal requirements
  • Oversee the complete in- and outbound logistical challenges
  • Understanding how to scale the different production methods

Business and Compliance

  • Access to licensed earning models
  • Access to open-source earning models
  • Knowing how to construct a healthy business model
  • Knowing where to look to meet [local] legal requirements

Knowledge and Best Practices

  • Being able to reproduce the hooks to which you place your sustainable story
  • Insight into which costly mistakes to avoid
  • Know to recognize, prevent, and combat green mould
  • Knowing when to apply which production method
  • Understanding the complete mushroom biology


  • Full access to our E-learning program
  • Access to the alumni network

Over 80 entrepreneurs by rotterzwam - Over 300 entrepreneurs by Ekofungi

Over the past years we have had the privilege to see how 370+ entrepreneurs created a mushroom shockwave in their community. See the full list of testimonials on our YouTube channel

Pricing Options Mushroom Academy

We have several offers for the beginning mushroom farmer.
The rotterzwam program focuses on an urban setup using Coffee grounds as a substrate base. The Ekofungi program is a general program for mushroom production on a bigger rural scale with a diverse range of substrate resources.


3 days

4 days


Urban farming & local waste streams like coffee grounds

Urban farming & local waste streams like coffee grounds

Group size

Max 10

Max 4

Acces to e-learning modules

Full access

Full access


NOT included

NOT included

Making substrate

One time

Multiple times and multiple substrate

Online support afterwards

2 hours

2 hours


Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Rotterdam, The Netherlands