Lava Legato was founded in 2001. It is a foundation and its mission is to stimulate entrepreneurship and international activities among young people.
From 2004 to 2006 a Lava Legato representative (Jessie Voermans) was contracted by the Dutch government (Agentschap NL (Ministry of Economic Affairs) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education)) to contribute to the grant program Education and Entrepreneurship to stimulate entrepreneurial learning within the educational setting -from primary school up to university-.
The Lava Legato foundation has extensive experience in setting up a variety of learning companies and social businesses. In 2005 the foundation set up a social supermarket, named SuperStar. Vocational students were doing their internship there; people on social welfare were allowed to purchase products in the supermarket for reduced prices (because of for instance misprinted labels or damaged packaging). Lava Legato withdrew from the project in 2007.
In 2009 the learning company trattoria Borgo d’Aneto was founded. It is a commercial restaurant where special education students do an internship. In 2011 the restaurant was separated as business and still exists, focusing on the same social goals.
In 2011 the Rotterdamsche confituur was set up. This is a social-commercial project with the aim to produce organic fruit preserve. Together with international volunteers, local volunteers, and special education students, the six different flavors of fruit preserves are delivered to hotels, restaurants and shops. In 2013 a first shop was opened where the fruit preserve is produced. In 2017 a second Rotterdamsche confituur shop will open its doors.