Meet the team: Alan Ramos
Alan Ramos is the Programme & Startup Coordinator at the ProVeg Incubator. He is originally from Mexico but was raised mainly in the United States. After graduating from university, Alan moved to Taiwan to continue his Mandarin Chinese studies before joining the Incubator in early 2019.
Alan, what do you do at the ProVeg Incubator?
As the Programme & Startup Coordinator, I am actively involved in putting the cohort together, (recruiting, screening, interviewing, and selecting startups). Afterwards, I provide support by putting together tailored programme topics and content for our selection of startups.
During the programme, I support startups by coaching them through workshop activities, deliverables and strategic planning. Lastly, I manage our alumni community with post-incubation check-ins to continue providing support after startups graduate from the Incubator.
How did you end up working in this position?
After receiving my Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, I was admitted to law school in the US. However, I chose to defer my admission for one year while I moved to Taiwan to master my Chinese language learning.
During my time in Taiwan, I realised that what I was truly passionate about was improving our current climate crisis and its collateral damages. Once I came across a project that addressed these issues through my second biggest passion, food, I knew I had to take part.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I often find myself saying how grateful I feel to wholeheartedly love my job.
Working with so many diverse teams and innovative products allows me to learn something new every day. However, one of my favorite aspects of the job is working closely and learning from amazingly talented entrepreneurs from around the world united by the same mission.
It is incredibly motivating and nourishing to find oneself in a room full of people from different backgrounds and walks of life all pushing for positive change.
What are some of the challenges of your job?
Because our project is so dynamic, there are always new and exciting challenges to face. However, one of the main challenges is not being able to help all the interesting projects that apply to our programme.
There are so many talented teams and amazing ideas from around the world aimed at helping us achieve our mission to reduce global animal consumption by 50% by the year 2040.
Choosing which companies to support is always a challenge because you want to help so many of them, but that is of course, not always possible.
What are the values that drive you?
The values that drive me are environmentalism, social justice, and human rights. It is important for me to help create and co-exist in a society where all beings are recognised, respected, and appreciated for their differences.
It’s important for me to conduct myself with integrity, humility, and love and treat others with empathy, dignity, and respect.
Alan, tell us three interesting facts about yourself?
- I’ve lived and worked on three different continents.
- I spend a lot of my time in the kitchen cooking up the plant-based goodness.
- I’m a martial arts enthusiast. I’ve competed in mixed martial arts and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and actively train both.
What are your top three podcast/book/documentary recommendations?
- Las Venas Abiertas de América Latina [book]
- Ice On Fire [documentary]
- How I Built This [podcast]
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Mainly spending time with friends. I like attending festivals, gatherings, and going out for food together. When I’m by myself, I enjoy writing, reading, and exercising.
If your flat was on fire, what items would you save? (assume family and pets are safe)
I would save my bag of personal collections, which include photos, postcards, and notes from friends and my bill collection, which contains bills from most of the countries I’ve visited.