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Finnova Foundation visits the Korean Cultural Centre in Brussels to explore cooperation

Bryan Eíto Millera, Asia Coordinator at Finnova; Javier Medina Padilla, Intern-Assistant Event Organiser; Chung Haetal, Head of Press and Communication; Massimiliano Luca Dragoni, Vice President of Finnova; Natalia Cediel, Communicator and Coordinator of International Relations and Entrepreneurship at Finnova; and Paula Antón Vega, Coordinator of Eastern Partnership and Youth Training at Finnova.

Brussels, 12 May – Finnova Foundation visited the Korean Cultural Centre in Brussels to explore lines and projects of cooperation with this associated entity of the Korean Embassy to the European Union and Belgium. Both the Korean Cultural Centre and the Hispanic-Belgian Foundation put on the table the importance of the cooperation between the European Union and South Korea, whose partnerships were established 59 years ago.

South Korea is a dynamic and attractive country, open to the values of the European Union. This is why the Finnova Foundation has expressed interest in joint projects to promote tourism, culture and entrepreneurship between the two regions. Mr Chung Haetal, Head of Press and Communication, welcomed the Foundation’s proposals in view of the anniversary of the EU-South Korea agreement in 2023.

During their visit to the centre, Finnova’s international cooperation team took the opportunity to discover the cultural richness of the country through the photo exhibition “Resonance of the trees” with artists such as Kim Jungman, Kim Sinwook, Kim Daesoo and Lee Jeonglok.

In various parts of the world, we are already seeing and breathing the “Hallyu wave” (the Korean pop culture movement) spreading among young people around the world. With this in mind, Finnova Foundation has emphasised its proximity to young Europeans in order to strengthen through them those links between the two regions that can provide mutually cultural feedback.

About the Finnova Foundation

Finnova is the European foundation that supports the financing of innovation in companies, regions and municipalities. Our areas of expertise include sustainable development, circular economy, water and waste management, employment and youth, ICT and tourism, among others.

About the Korean Cultural Centre Brussels

In the heart of Brussels, the capital of Europe, the Korean Cultural Centre has sought since its opening in November 2013 to promote cooperation and cultural exchange between Belgium and Korea, between the European Union and Korea, through various traditional and contemporary cultural activities.

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The Fuerteventura Ministry of Tourism, Diplomatic World, Proptech and Finnova meet in Brussels to establish cooperation alliances in the field of sustainable and intelligent tourism

  • The Finnova Foundation has received in its offices the Fuerteventura delegation together with its partner Diplomatic World and Proptech to materialise projects that promote sustainable and intelligent tourism. 
  • The four organisations are committed to positioning Fuerteventura as an island laboratory of good practices in sustainability and digitalisation.

Brussels, 26.04.2022. This week in Brussels, the Cabildo Fuerteventura Tourism Council, Diplomatic World, PropTech and Finnova met in Brussels to establish joint lines of cooperation and take advantage of all the opportunities in terms of transforming the tourism sector, in which Fuerteventura represents 80%. Each of the organisations has shared the potential of the territory to become the living laboratory of projects in renewable energies, energy efficiency and sustainable and smart tourism through Nextalentgeneration other funds.

The Councillor for Tourism of Fuerteventura, Jessica León, accompanied by her team José Ramón Rodríguez and Juan José Cabrera, has shared with Bárbara Dietrich and Jean Aznar, President and Secretary General respectively of Diplomatic World the needs of the territory. The Canary Islands are one of the most demanded tourist destinations in Europe and the challenges in sustainability are greater. For this reason, Diplomatic World has proposed to provide the hotels of Fuerteventura with a patented energy transformer equipment, manufactured in Europe, which will allow an effective saving of 7% of electricity per year.

Councillor León also expressed her interest and commitment to young people as a fundamental part of her work in the region, to which the general director of the Finnova Foundation, Juan Manuel Revuelta, expressed his organisation’s commitment to training young people through the Nextalentgeneration cluster. Furthermore, in this European Year of Youth, within the professional tourism sector, Revuelta proposed the training of young designers of new materials that respond to the needs of the region in the field of digitisation and sustainability. To this end, the European Union is making available the ERASMUS+ funding programme, which celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2022.

One of the funding programmes for Fuerteventura to achieve its environmental objectives in the tourism sector is LIFE nature. With 30 years this 2022, it is the first leading financial instrument of the European Commission. With a budget of 5,400 million euros, it can be used to finance projects that will respond to the challenges facing the Isla de Lobos and the Fuerteventura biosphere reserve, exploring possibilities for prevention in the fight against climate change with the aim of making it a neutral tourist destination.

The cooperation of these projects will help to reduce the costs arising from the energy crisis and explore new opportunities for the circular economy in line with funds such as those proposed by Interreg MAC, in which the Cabildo participates. 

In the second half of 2023, during the Spanish presidency, the africagua international congress will take place in Fuerteventura. This meeting point will be key for the Canary Biosphere Island to achieve certification as a sustainable destination and make visible its interest in the implementation of good practices and innovative technologies for hotels proposed by the president of PropTech Dirk Paelinck. This entity has launched a European startup competition to capture the most disruptive ideas that address the challenges of climate change in the real estate sector, which could be implemented as pilot projects with European funds.

About the Fuerteventura Delegation (http://www.cabildofuer.es/cabildo/

Corporation that takes advantage of the opportunities offered by digitalisation to promote a definitive rapprochement between the population and the Cabildo through a channel that aims to achieve a double communication. On the one hand, by offering information on the island’s development tools and on those municipal actions that the Cabildo and the Town Council carry out jointly. The island government is committed to transparency in management and to efficiency, efficacy and effectiveness, always with the ultimate goal of sustainable island development and the welfare and progress of our people.

About the Fuerteventura Delegation (http://diplomatic-world.com/)

A corporation that takes advantage of the opportunities offered by digitalisation to promote the definitive rapprochement between the population and the Cabildo through a channel that aims for a double communication. On the one hand, by offering information on the island’s development tools and on municipal actions carried out jointly by the Cabildo and the Town Council. The island government is committed to transparency in management and to efficiency, efficacy and effectiveness, always with the ultimate goal of sustainable island development and the welfare and progress of our people.

About PropTech Association (The European PropTech Association – PropTech House)

Our mission is to support a sustainable European PropTech market and create a positive impact on the European living environment and beyond. Our objectives: to increase cross-border collaborations, standardise European PropTech markets, create a legal framework adapted to PropTech, foster innovation in the real estate sector and facilitate access to finance.

About Finnova Foundation (http://finnova.eu/)

Finnova is the European foundation for financing innovation. Its objectives are to promote public-private cooperation through the transfer of the best available low-cost technological solutions. It aims to address societal challenges such as employment, entrepreneurship, the UN SDGs, the circular economy, waste recovery, sustainable tourism and the fight against climate change. The Finnova Foundation promotes green jobs, economic recovery and training and youth employment. 

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CM MÁLAGA CALLS FOR ENTREPRENEURS WITH INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO MEET THE CHALLENGES OF THE DIGITALISATION OF THE CULTURAL SECTOR

CM Málaga, Culture and Museums International Tech Forum, launches as a novelty in this second edition its first Call for Startups, which with seeks to promote emerging companies, entrepreneurs and digital artists of national and international scope, who contribute to the challenge of digital transformation in the cultural industry, with a focus on sustainability.

Four categories have been established from which the four finalist companies will be chosen.  Participants will have the opportunity to boost the visibility of their projects during CM Málaga, which takes place this year at FYCMA (Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Málaga) on 20 and 21 June. The selected initiatives will also receive a prize of 1,000 euros for each category.

CM Málaga, Culture and Museums International Tech Forum launches in its second edition the first Call for Startups, with the aim of promoting startups, entrepreneurs and digital artists who are providing the most innovative solutions to the challenges of digitisation of the cultural sector. In this way, the initiative includes four categories corresponding to ‘best startup in terms of social sustainability’, ‘best startup in terms of environmental sustainability’, ‘best startup in terms of economic sustainability’, as well as a special mention in the ‘art and technology’ section. Four winners will be selected from these categories and will have the opportunity to showcase their projects at CM Málaga, which will be held at FYCMA (Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Málaga) on next 20 and 21 June.

The call is aimed at startups and EDT companies in the cultural field, with innovative capacity both nationally and internationally. Likewise, entities related to artists, cultural and creative industries, tech companies specialising in culture, as well as suppliers of products, technological coverage and services related to museums and emerging cultural spaces are called to participate in this initiative. In this sense, the proposals must offer solutions to the main future challenges facing the management of the cultural sector, in general, and museums and cultural spaces, in particular.

Thus, the initiative aims to create a global community that promotes and consolidates the growth of cultural management based on technological solutions, as well as to improve the competitiveness of cultural companies through innovation strategies. The deadline for submitting applications opens on 18 April and will run until 4 May. Registrations can be completed through the CM Málaga website.

In addition to the actions aimed at increasing the visibility of the selected projects, the rules establish a financial prize of 1,000 euros per category, as well as participation in the exhibition area of this second edition of CM Malaga. The four finalists will also have the opportunity to increase their business opportunities with the programming of specific networking activities, the presentation of their projects to potential opinion leaders and commercial activities with visitors and exhibitors.

Specialised jury

The call has a specialised jury, made up of representatives of companies and cultural driving forces such as the FINNOVA Foundation; the Association of Museologists and Museographers of Andalusia (AMMA); ElektrART; Apuntes de Arte; the University of Malaga (UMA); Diario Sur; the Ministry of Culture and Historical Heritage of the Andalusian Regional Government; Andalucía Emprende, Andalusian Public Foundation – Ministry of Employment, Training and Self-Employment of the Andalusian Regional Government; the Andalusian Knowledge Agency – Ministry of Economic Transformation, Industry, Knowledge and Universities of the Andalusian Regional Government; Malaga City Council and FYCMA. 

CM Malaga has positioned itself as one of the main events in the international calendar based on the digital and technological transformation of the cultural sector. The event is thus configured as a meeting point for the main public and private entities that promote culture, related professional sectors and cultural industries, as well as service companies that support this field. The first edition of CM Malaga was attended by more than a thousand registered professionals from 700 public and private entities. During its two days of celebration, representatives from a total of 38 countries were able to share knowledge, business and experiences. The second edition of the event, which will also offer business opportunities through a full networking programme, as well as training spaces with practical workshops that will address current issues related to new management models, digital transformation, marketing and communication, sector synergies, financing opportunities and internationalisation.

CM Málaga is organised by FYCMA and the Department of Culture and Historical Heritage of the Andalusian Regional Government, with the support of Diario Sur. The Ministry of Culture and Sport, Malaga City Council, Malaga Provincial Council and Acción Cultural Española participate as institutional partners. Eulen Art and MuseumMate are also golden partners. Gnoss is a technological partner. The Andalusian Knowledge Agency – Andalusian Ministry of Economic Transformation, Industry, Knowledge and Universities, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, the Association of Museologists and Museographers of Andalusia (AMMA), Andalucía Emprende, Andalusian Public Foundation – Andalusian Ministry of Employment, Training and Self-Employment, the Spanish Association of Cultural Heritage Managers, the Spanish Association of Museologists, Hispania Nostra, the British Association of Cultural Heritage Managers and the Spanish Association of Museologists are collaborating entities, Hispania Nostra, the British Council, the Peruvian Chamber of Commerce in Spain, Elektrart, eNEM, Extenda – Andalucía Exportación e Inversión Extranjera – Consejería de la Presidencia, Administración Pública e Interior de la Junta de Andalucía-, Factoría de Arte y Desarrollo, Finnova, Gestores Culturales de Andalucía, International Council of Museums, the Polo Nacional de Contenidos Digitales, Principia Science Centre, the Network of Museums and Digital Strategies, the University of Málaga, Apuntes de Arte, the Federación Estatal de Profesionales de la Gestión Cultural, as well as YGBART Advising and Management.

More information at www.cmmalaga.com, on the Facebook page and on the Twitter @cmmalagafair, Linkedin and Instagram profiles.

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SEUA LAUNCHES WOMENFORTECH INITIATIVE ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Today, we celebrate International Women’s Day to commemorate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. To show our commitment to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5 (Gender equality), on this important day we are launching the Women 4 Tech and Girls 4 Tech Startup Europe Awards initiatives. 

 

We firmly support women’s success in technology because they are so underrepresented in this industry. According to a 2020 study by Deloitte, women only represent 23% of the workforce in technological professions. We believe that the introduction of Women 4 Tech and Girls 4 Tech will be a key factor in diversifying the industry, and helping women achieve their professional aspirations in such a large and important field. As President of the EU, Ursula von der Leyen, once said, “There is no such thing as jobs for men and jobs for women. Girls can do anything.”

 

The European Union is joining efforts and contributing to women entrepreneurship, including the introduction of major programs such as Women TechEU, which is an initiative designed to support the growth and development of women-owned companies in Europe. This initiative promises €75,000 in startup grants to help companies develop in their early stages, and has already begun its support of 50 different women owned companies across 15 different countries.

 

When it comes to women entrepreneurship, Startup Europe Awards is equally committed to helping promote success and growth. With the Women 4 Tech and Girls 4 Tech initiatives, we hope to provide the skills necessary for women to be able to innovate within the tech industry and be able to support their own businesses with the connections we hope to help them form. 

 

Women 4 Tech is an initiative designed to promote innovation and entrepreneurial success through a series of awards granted to women-run startup companies, which gives them access to European  mentoring projects and funding for their business through the Startup Europe Accelerator (SEUA) programme. Similarly, Girls 4 Tech is an education initiative targeted to girls between the ages of 8-18 to educate them in STEM fields and prepare them for success in the technological industry.

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THE EMPRENDE TVE PROGRAMME BROADCAST ON CANAL 24 HORAS WINS THE MEDIA TRANSFIERE STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS

Amós García Hueso, Secretary General of the Agricultural and Fisheries Management Agency of Andalusia, and Jordi Llinares, Deputy Director General for the Digitalization of Industry and Collaborative Environments and head of the Digital Innovation Hubs at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism handed over the award.

Amós García Hueso, Secretary General of the Agricultural and Fisheries Management Agency of Andalusia, and Jordi Llinares, Deputy Director General for the Digitalization of Industry and Collaborative Environments and head of the Digital Innovation Hubs at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism handed over the award.

The event was held on Wednesday, February 16 at 18.50 in the OPEN INNOVATION AREA DEMO CENTRE of the FYCMA exhibition centre

Málaga, February 17, 2022– The programme Emprende TVE broadcast by Canal 24 horas received on Wednesday, February 16, the Media Transfiere Startup Europe Awards 2022 at the European Forum for ScienceTechnology and Innovation. Programme director Juanma Romero and producer Luis Olivan received the European award from Amós García Hueso, Secretary General of the Agricultural and Fisheries Management Agency of Andalusia, and Jordi Llinares, Deputy Director General for the Digitalization of Industry and Collaborative Environments and head of the Digital Innovation Hubs at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism.

The Media Transfiere Startup Europe Award, which is awarded in the framework of Startup Europe of the European Commission’s DG Connect, recognizes those media that, over time, have been characterized by their support for entrepreneurship and dissemination of technology transfer and practical opportunities of the European Union for entrepreneurs. Emprende TVE has been broadcasting EU content on Canal 24 Horas every week since 2013, and this year it is being recognized for its dissemination, educational and informative work in support of entrepreneurship and scientific and technological transfer. This recognition goes to TVE and the Emprende TVE team led by Juanma Romero, director of the programme and Luis Oliván, as EmprendeTVE producer, to highlight their work, creativity with content, as well as the effort to go to small municipalities in empty Spain to publicize rural entrepreneurship and cultural tourism.

Juanma Romero and Luis Olivan from EmprendeTVE collected the award from Amós García Hueso, Secretary General of the Andalusian Agricultural and Fisheries Management Agency, in recognition of the television programme’s support for technology transfer in the primary sector and digitalization.  For his part, Jordi Llinares, representing the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, highlighted EmprendeTVE’s contribution to innovation and access to recovery funds for Next Generation and España puede.

About Transfiere

Transfiere is an important European forum for science, technology and innovation, held annually in the Andalusian city of Malaga.

It is an event of great national and international relevance that will be held on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 February at the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Málaga, bringing together professionals, entrepreneurs, scientists, academics and authorities related to innovation. This forum aims to encourage debate on scientific and technological issues, while promoting synergies, relationships, alliances or ventures that will be necessary for the development of projects and the promotion of Spain as an innovative country.

https://transfiere.fycma.com/

About Finnova

Finnova is a Spanish-Belgian non-profit foundation based in Brussels (Belgium) with a presence in Spain in the Valencian Community, the Basque Country, Andalusia, the Community of Madrid and the Canary Islands. Finnova’s mission is to assist in the creation of innovative initiatives through appropriate funding and support. Finnova facilitates communication and information between different public and private entities with the aim of supporting and promoting EU funding streams in the thematic areas of environment, water, health, public works, energy, tourism, ICT and entrepreneurship.

Finnova’s experience in leading European project communication and dissemination activities is combined with a solid proven track record in start-ups and business support programmes, such as accelerators, incubators and ceremonial event selection and awarding. The Foundation has participated and/or mentored 27 projects with the Seal of Excellence, a quality label awarded to project proposals that have applied for funding from HORIZONTE2020, the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

In 2021 Finnova received the European Enterprise Promotion Award (EEPA) from the European Commission in category 4 of support for the internationalization of companies. In its commitment to innovation, Finnova has been organizing the Startup Europe Awards since 2016, an initiative of the European Commission’s DG Connect, to recognize the best European startups in the social field.

https://finnova.eu/

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Here come the 30 innovative proposals that will be part of the CirCoAX accelerator of the European project CircularInnoBooster

  • The COSME CircularInnoBooster project announces the 30 candidates selected to take part in the CirCoAX acceleration programme.
  • The aim of the acceleration programme, which will start in March, is to implement the circular economy model in the fashion and textile industry.
  • Each selected project will receive €12,000 in funding, as well as mentoring, visibility and workshops.

After several months since the start of the COSME CircularInnoBooster project and hard work to identify the most disruptive circular European economy projects for the fashion and textile sector, the time has come. More than a hundred transnational partnerships from several EU and COSME associated countries have submitted their applications to the CirCoAX accelerator. After several phases of analysis and interviews, the team of experts that make up CircularInnoBooster has its final verdict on who will be the 30 selected candidates. 

In March 2022, the European fashion and textile industry transformation accelerator programme CirCoAX will start. Over 8 months, beneficiaries will receive €12,000 in funding, mentoring, visibility, workshops, networking and opportunities to apply for further European funding. The aim of this unique opportunity is to help scale these proposals and turn them into international benchmarks.

Meet the CirCoAX 30

These are the 30 transnational partnerships that will contribute to the sustainable reform of the second most polluting industry. The selection criteria were based on the quality of innovation of the proposal, the triple bottom line impact and the commitment to the need to transform the sector into a circular and regenerative model, among others. Undoubtedly, the most important thing to be part of the programme has been to reflect in the proposal an alternative in the circular economy and the need for change not for fashion, but for responsibility and ethics. 

You can meet below the 30 selected candidates, #CirCoAX30, divided into categories according to their work area. Before starting the CirCoAX acceleration programme, these consortia will attend an online ceremony with networking rooms. CirCoAX Startup Europe Awards will be launched, a European recognition to the best of the candidates participating in the final with the other projects of Nextextilegeneration Startup Europe Awards 2022 cluster.   

In addition, before the start of the accelerator, the CircularInnoBooster project will be presented on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 February at Transfiere, the European Forum for Science, Technology and Innovation in Malaga. Throughout these days Transfiere becomes a common space to share scientific and technological knowledge, promote innovation and connect science and business. There will be several panels showcasing European funding opportunities and success stories of European projects that are at the forefront of innovation, such as this one.

About COSME  

COSME is the programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises by the European Commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME).  

This programme assists SMEs to develop their business models, to receive funds, and to internationalise. This scheme also supports public administrations to enhance the entrepreneurial environment and to facilitate the economic growth of the EU. During the funding period of 2014-2020, this programme allocated €2.3 billion to support SMEs.  

About IED  

Istituto Europeo di Design is an academic institution working in education, training, and the research of fashion, design, visual communication, and management. IED has offices in Spain (Madrid and Barcelona), Italy (Milan, Rome and five other cities) and Brazil (São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro). IED works in several EU and COSME countries through collaborations and arrangements with institutions, business support organisations, teachers, experts, and mentors. IED has an extensive network of connections in the fashion and textile sector (F&T).  

About Finnova Foundation  

Finnova is a foundation working to promote and develop innovation and entrepreneurship across the EU. Headquartered in Brussels, it works through collaborations and partnerships across all EU countries. Finnova’s experience in communicating and disseminating European projects is coupled with an extensive and grounded experience in creating businesses and programmes to support enterprises, such as accelerators, incubators, and the selection and organisation of ceremonies and events.  

About Texfor  

Texfor is a leading textile association in Spain with roughly 400 members. Founded in 2010 and based in Catalonia, Texfor brings together enterprises from the textile value chain, i.e. from weaving to fabrics as well as accessories, textile finishing, printing, and dyeing for the dressmaking industry, textiles for households, and technical and industrial applications. Texfor has an extensive expertise as it has worked in relevant expert committees at an EU level: university and professional training, developing financial capacities, cross-cutting collaboration, fostering RDI, specialised services, and leadership in sustainability focused on the circular economy.  

About Circulab  

Circulab is a laboratory and design studio specialising in developing transformation methods, tools and programmes to help enterprises adopt circular and sustainable business models. Circulab has designed several tools to implement a circular business model in enterprises. It works in 23 countries – 9 out of them in the EU – and it supports projects via 60 independent entrepreneurial consultants. It applies circular methodologies and tools.  

About The Circular Project co-designed with HumanNation  

TCP (The Circular Project) favours and promotes a circular and sustainable fashion in different areas, offering the fashion industry a communication strategy based on a cross-cutting and systemic approach of the circular economy. TCP combines social, ethical, environmental, and economic aspects, and has a strong presence as well as connections in the sustainable fashion world. TCP has promoted the Circular Sustainable Fashion Week Madrid, a one-of-a-kind event, and also serves as HQ for the Spanish Association for the Sustainability, Innovation and Circularity in the Fashion Industry. TCP is also ambassador of Sannas (Triple Bottom Line Business Association) and has collaborated with a wide array of Spanish, European, and Latin American institutions and enterprises.  

The Circular Project works with HumanNation to co-design and develop CirCoAX. HumanNation is a consultancy enterprise specialising in the development of transformative and disruptive ecosystems of innovation and companies for the ‘new economy’. It is based on the fourth economic sector, systemic thinking, and co-creation. It raises awareness in organisations and ecosystems to respect the planetary boundaries and the social fabric, creating resilient local economies with a global perspective. 

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Finnova will be launching European instruments for financing innovation at the Transfiere Forum

  • Transfiere is the European Forum for Science, Technology and Innovation and will be held in Malaga on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th February.
  • Finnova will participate as a speaker in the Open Innovation Room-Demo Center and will carry out a parallel activity focused on European funds.
  • The Foundation will attend as a guest at the International Investment Forum in the Open Innovation Area in support of innovation by the selected Deep Tech Start-ups.

Finnova Foundation will participate on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 February in the Transfiere Forum to offer its expertise on attracting European funds and innovation in various sectors. The event, which will be held at the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Málaga (FYCMA), defined as the main R&D&I meeting in Southern Europe to share scientific and technological knowledge, promote innovation and connect science, technology and business. Finnova’s first intervention will take place on Wednesday 16 February at 18.35 hours (CET) with a presentation in the “Open Innovation Room-Demo Center” space. Juan Manuel Revuelta, CEO of the Foundation, will talk about various calls for proposals on entrepreneurship and the launch of new challenges in circular economy, waste management, digitalization and renewable energy in projects such as “Interreg Firepoctep” or “Interreg HIBA”. 

On Thursday 17 February at 13.00, Finnova will organize a parallel activity, focused on European funds, innovation and public-private collaboration. For this, two success stories will be presented such as the “CirCoAX by CircularInnoBooster” project and the “LIFE Ecodigestión 2.0”.

In addition to the presentations and parallel activities that the Foundation has prepared for Transfiere, Juan Manuel Revuelta will also attend the “International Investment Forum” in the “Open Innovation Area”, to participate in the voting for the best “Deep Tech Startup of Transfiere 2022“.

The Transfiere 2022 Forum brings together companies, organizations, institutions and brands for two days with the aim of offering a broad viewpoint to all sectors. The FYCMA Forum is a key environment in which to establish new B2B contacts, network, find partners, establish synergies and even to publicize new projects, innovative products or services.

About Transfiere

Transfiere is an important European forum for science, technology and innovation, held annually in the Andalusian city of Malaga.

It is an event of great national and international relevance that will be held on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 February at the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Málaga, bringing together professionals, entrepreneurs, scientists, academics and authorities related to innovation. This forum aims to encourage debate on scientific and technological issues, while promoting synergies, relationships, alliances or ventures that will be necessary for the development of projects and the promotion of Spain as an innovative country.

https://transfiere.fycma.com/

About Finnova

Finnova is a Spanish-Belgian non-profit foundation based in Brussels (Belgium) with a presence in Spain in the Valencian Community, the Basque Country, Andalusia, the Community of Madrid and the Canary Islands. Finnova’s mission is to assist in the creation of innovative initiatives through appropriate funding and support. Finnova facilitates communication and information between different public and private entities with the aim of supporting and promoting EU funding streams in the thematic areas of environment, water, health, public works, energy, tourism, ICT and entrepreneurship.

Finnova’s experience in leading European project communication and dissemination activities is combined with a solid proven track record in start-ups and business support programmes, such as accelerators, incubators and ceremonial event selection and awarding. The Foundation has participated and/or mentored 27 projects with the Seal of Excellence, a quality label awarded to project proposals that have applied for funding from HORIZONTE2020, the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

In 2021 Finnova received the European Enterprise Promotion Award (EEPA) from the European Commission in category 4 of support for the internationalization of companies. In its commitment to innovation, Finnova has been organizing the Startup Europe Awards since 2016, an initiative of the European Commission’s DG Connect, to recognize the best European startups in the social field.

https://finnova.eu/

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Finnova’s Women4Tech celebrates the International Day of Women and Girls in Science with an event to get girls into STEAM careers

– A hybrid day will be held on Friday 11 February 2022 from 9.15 a.m. to 1.45 p.m. (CET) to celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

– The aim of the event is to introduce young women to STEAM professions from a social perspective and applicability.

– Companies and institutions will give talks and workshops for pupils from various secondary schools.

 

Brussels, 10.02.2022

On next Friday 11 February 2022 from 9.15 to 13.45 (CET) a live digital conference will be held on the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, organised by Technovation Girls CV, Women4Tech of the Finnova Foundation, the Founders Association, the Valencian Engineering Board with its project “Yo, Ingeniera” and with the sponsorship of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Economic Innovation of the City Council of Valencia. Under the umbrella of the Womanation movement, the aim is to empower girls to decide to study fields such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

This initiative, which you can sign up here, will take place in the framework of the European Year of Youth. Its purpose is to bring young girls closer to STEAM professions from a social perspective and applicability in order to transmit to both girls and adults that talent, science and technology have no gender.

The event will be attended by Diana Morant, Minister of Science and Innovation; Pilar Bernabé, Deputy Mayor for Innovative Development of Economic Sectors and Employment at Valencia City Council; María José Valero, CEO of Talent Growth Management and Ambassador of Technovation Girls Comunidad Valenciana; Angélica Gómez, President of the Valencian Engineering Board; Julia Rodríguez, Communication Officer at the Finnova Foundation and Lola Bordás, representing Interreg CILIFO.

Activities of the event

In this event, presentations and workshops will be held in simultaneous digital rooms aimed at students from various educational centres divided by age and type of activities. In each room, institutions and companies such as Schneider Electric, American Space Valencia, EDICOM, Generación Espontánea from the UPV, ESERO and Google will present their activities and proposals. In this sense, each class must decide which room to join to participate live in the action.

To end up the day, a conference room will be held on high school students, university students and teachers in which they will showcase successful stories and presentations. At this conference, companies and schools will present the actions they are developing to promote the inclusion of women in STEAM, in which they participate.

To participate in this event, you can register here if you are a school and if you are part of a company, a high school student or a teacher you can register here.

Presentation of the Finnova challenges

The Finnova Foundation is participating in this event through the Finnova Challenges, in which real projects on circular economy, renewable energy generation, digitisation of agriculture, biodiversity protection or sustainable tourism will be presented. Finnova participates as a partner in order to make them known and attract new members. The deadline for submitting these projects is 5 June, coinciding with the celebration of EU Green Week.

  • CirCoAx project of CircularInnoBooster

CircularInnoBooster Fashion and Textile and its accelerator CirCoAx is a project funded by the Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) of the European Union that aims to replace the linear model of the conventional fashion and textile industry with circular, regenerative and sustainable enterprises. With this challenge, girls are invited to change the fashion and textile sector and reduce pollution through innovative proposals.

 

– INTERREG CILIFO and INTERREG FIREPOCTEP

Finnova collaborates in projects related to the protection of biodiversity, prevention and action against fires and regeneration of spaces in several areas of Spain and Portugal. Therefore, through these challenges they ask for innovative ideas that can be transformed into new projects.

 

– LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0

Another challenge has to do with the European LIFE Ecodigestion 2.0 project, financed by the LIFE programme, which converts organic waste into biogas on demand, through the anaerobic digesters of water treatment plants, favouring the reuse of this waste to obtain renewable energy and reducing costs. This challenge consists of developing an application that, depending on the waste we have, shows us how much energy we would be able to generate.

 

– INTERREG NAPOCTEP 

NAPOCTEP is a cross-border project belonging to the Interreg POCTEP programme (Spain – Portugal) that aims to convert the heritage of the French invasion period into a quality and sustainable tourism product that can create wealth and employment in areas of Castilla-Leon and central Portugal threatened by depopulation and ageing. This challenge is open to ideas related to the creation of an application linked to cultural tourism that can increase tourist demand in a destination or solve a problem caused by tourism.

 

– HIBA – HUB IBERIA AGROTECH

The last of the projects to be launched to the Technovation girls is HIBA, within the framework of the Interreg V-A Spain-Portugal Programme 2014-2020 (POCTEP). This initiative seeks to improve the business capacity and sustainability of the agri-food sector through digitalisation, generating competitiveness and the development of small and medium-sized enterprises, the promotion of entrepreneurship, as well as boosting the creation of new businesses. This challenge encourages the search for ideas to enable the agricultural sector to modernise.

 

About the Finnova Foundation (www.finnova.eu)

European Foundation for the financing of innovation. It is a European foundation based in Brussels whose objectives are to promote public-private cooperation through innovation to address societal challenges such as employment, training, entrepreneurship, the UN SDGs, the circular economy, etc. Finnova organises the Startup Europe Awards, an initiative of the European Commission and the Finnova Foundation, to recognise the best European startups in the social field.

About Women4Tech (http://womenfortech.eu/)

Women4Tech is an initiative to support innovation, the creation of disruptive projects and public-private partnerships focused on women’s entrepreneurship of the Finnova Foundation.

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Finnova at FITUR 2022: sustainability, digitalization and training in European funds for tourism

Madrid, 21/01/2022

Once again, Finnova was present at FITUR, the International Tourism Fair, which was held from 19 to 23 January at IFEMA (Madrid Trade Fair Centre). After the hard blow of the pandemic to tourism, the foundation is committed to sustainability and digitalization as the cornerstones for the recovery of the sector through the Next Generation EU recovery funds.

FITUR TALENT, the importance of training in the tourism sector

The Finnova Foundation co-organized an event on European funds for training on Friday 21 January, as part of FITUR Talent, a monographic space that focuses on people, their talent, skills and professional training.

During the panel, the speakers discussed the importance of training in the tourism sector. Frank Babinger, Advisor, Vice-rectorate for Employability and Entrepreneurship at the Complutense University of Madrid, highlighted the importance of internationalization, such as internships outside Spain: “We must make an effort beyond the classroom,” he said. For his part, Manuel Vegas, President of the Spanish Association of Hotel Managers, pointed out the importance of training young people for the sustainable and environmentally conscious transformation of hotels.

Massimiliano Dragoni, from the European Commission, emphasized the importance of digitalization and logistics for the sector and also presented the Digital Europe programme, with 400 million euros to bring digitalization to companies, public administrations and citizens.  Carla Garcia, European projects technician at Finnova, highlighted the importance of programmes such as Erasmus+ that promote inclusion, sustainability and digitalization among young people.

Finally, Juanma Revuelta, CEO of Finnova and moderator of the event, presented two of the European projects in which the foundation participates as a partner. LIFE Ecodigestión, as a replicable model in the HORECA sector, and Circoax by CircularInnoBooster, where companies such as DeleiteWear participate, to recycle hotel sheets and towels, giving them life in the form of clothing.

Interreg Napoctep Project

Fitur was also the setting for the presentation of the Interreg NAPOCTEP project, a development alternative for rural areas based on the rich Napoleonic heritage of Castilla y León and the Central region of Portugal. The project, led by the Comunidade Intermunicipal da Região de Coimbra (CIM Regiâo de Coimbra), has created different tourist routes following the different scenarios of the War of Independence in Spain and Portugal, contributing through cultural tourism to boost the local economy, safeguard the environment and create employment in areas affected by depopulation. Íñigo Bilbao, coordinator of NAPOCTEP at the Finnova Foundation, was present in the space that the Junta de Castilla y León gave to the project in Hall 9, stand 9C10.

The foundation also collaborates with other European projects linked to the tourism sector such as Logroño Enópolis, the European Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe or the Interreg Atlantic MMIAH+.

About FITUR

FITUR is the premier annual event for global tourism professionals and the leading trade fair for inbound and outbound markets in Ibero-America. In the 2020 edition, FITUR broke participation records with 11,040 companies from 165 countries/regions, 150,011 professionals and 111,089 visitors from the general public. It is a unique place to promote brands, present new products, learn about the latest trends and fill agendas with contacts and prospects.

About NAPOCTEP

The NAPOCTEP project: Napoleonic Routes through Spain and Portugal is a project framed within the Interreg V-A Programme of Cross-border Cooperation Spain-Portugal POCTEP and whose aim is to enhance the cultural heritage of the Napoleonic period, through the creation of Napoleonic routes in an area that includes the central region of Portugal (Beiras and Serra da Estela) and the western provinces of Castile and Leon (Salamanca, Zamora, Valladolid, Leon and Avila), generating an innovative and attractive tourist product that generates economic activity and employment in an area affected by depopulation.

About Finnova Foundation

It is a European foundation based in Brussels whose objectives are to promote public-private cooperation through innovation to address social challenges such as employment, training, entrepreneurship, the UN SDGs, the circular economy, etc. Finnova organises the Startup Europe Awards, an initiative of the European Commission and the Finnova Foundation, to recognise the best European startups in the social field.

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Smart Delivery project, at the forefront of sustainable logistics, presented at Urban Electric Logistics event

  • During the event, organized by Las Naves, the results of the last mile urban logistics project SmartDelivery were presented.
  • The initiative provides solutions for decarbonization with zero-emission vehicles.
  • The event was attended by the heads of the consortium formed by Las Naves, T-Box, the Finnova Foundation and the co-financing entity EIT Climate-KIC.

Brussels, 21.12.2021

On Tuesday, December 21, the results of the SmartDelivery project have been presented in the webinar “Electric Urban Logistics, adaptable experiences to your city” organized by Las Naves, the Valencian center for social and urban innovation.

Smart Delivery is an innovative logistics model that transforms the urban distribution of goods. Developed by the Valencian company T-Box Delivery & Solutions, S.L., it has been launched in Valencia thanks to the consortium formed by TBox, Las Naves and Finnova, and has the support and co-financing of EIT Climate KIC, the European Innovation and Knowledge Community, which aims to accelerate the transition to a carbon-free economy.

Towards the digital transformation of cities

The session was opened by Ignacio Chanza Banzó, head of innovation at Climate-KIC, who highlighted that “we live in a prosperous, inclusive and climate-resilient society with a net-zero emissions circular economy, whose mission is to catalyze systemic change for climate action through a portfolio approach”. “This initiative is an opportunity for the transformation of cities and to improve the habitat and health of inhabitants, as it brings new business models and uses technologies for logistics transformation,” he said.

Álvaro Reina, European energy project manager of the Finnova Foundation, explained the genesis of the project and the reasons why it is necessary to bet on a transformation of the current urban logistics model, “due to the fact that road transport is one of the most polluting sectors”. On the other hand, reina has unveiled the European Mission 100 climate-neutral cities by 2050, which aims to enhance the European Green Pact and accelerate compliance with the Paris Agreement.

The Smart Delivery project and changes in urban logistics

Smart Delivery aims to adapt the logistics sector to a new digital and sustainable era that is in line with the objectives of the Green Pact. The project was awarded the Mobility Startup Europe Awards, presented on November at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26).

The #SmartDelivery last mile solution is positioned as an example for the delivery of goods in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. The switch to the SmartDelivery logistics model avoids 79.31% of greenhouse gas emissions thanks to the definition of suitable routes, multi-product warehouses – microhubs and electric vehicles. The initial project has been implemented in Valencia and combines a consolidation center (micro-hub), the use of electric vehicles and the digitalization of the sector.

Alberto Moreno, CEO of T-Box, explained that “to achieve this goal, it is necessary to talk in terms of logistics network, modifying the conventional conception of supply chain. The project is based on streamlining the generation of hubs and micro-hubs and last-mile urban logistics services under public-private collaboration“. To this end, it focuses on several key points: decarbonization, using sustainable vehicles to provide a more efficient and resilient delivery service; automated multi-product warehouses to make stocking more effective; and technology to support end-to-end operations. As a result, delivery productivity has increased by 27%. .

Finally, Ángel Navarro, mobility and European projects expert at Las Naves, was in charge of giving a workshop on “transfer in electromobility and urban logistics”, in which he explained the challenges and opportunities presented by the sector, as well as the capacity for change and adaptation of the current logistics model. The Multi-use lanes, the cargo space reservations or the distribution point ticket offices are some of the innovative initiatives that are already being worked on. Navarro emphasized the wide range of alternatives that can contribute to promoting change in logistics.

About Finnova Foundation (www.finnova.eu)

Finnova Foundation is a Belgian-Spanish foundation that helps institutions and organisations to receive funds for innovative projects. It aims to promote private-public cooperation through innovation in order to address societal challenges, e.g., employment, training, entrepeneurship, SDGs, the circular economy, etc. Finnova organises Startup Europe Awards, a joint initiative by Finnova and the European Commission to reward the best European start-ups.

About Las Naves (https://www.lasnaves.com )

Las Naves is the center of social and urban innovation of the city of Valencia. A public entity that depends on the Delegation of Innovation and Knowledge Management of the City Council of Valencia and promotes urban and social innovation by putting people at the center of their actions. Las Naves supports development and innovation to provide solutions to the real needs of citizens.

About T-Box (https://tboxds.es )

T-Box is a company that offers advanced logistics solutions and whose core business is focused on the efficient management of the supply chain, with special attention and performance in the “last mile.

About Climate-KIC (https://www.climate-kic.org )

EIT Climate-KIC is a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon and climate-resilient society. With the support of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, they identify and support innovation that helps society mitigate and adapt to climate change.