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Fifth session of Next LATAM-EU Generation: “Training and Mobility Opportunities for Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs”

Fifth session of Next LATAM-EU Generation: “Training and Mobility Opportunities for Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs”

The goal of Next LATAM-EU Generation is to foster business cooperation between EU and Latam countries


This event is supported by Red Business Market and the Congreso Iberoamericano de Empresas Familiares y Pymes


A meeting will be held in Medellin (Colombia) in late 2021 to deliver the LATAM Startup Europe Awards


The fifth session of Next LATAM-EU Generation will be held on 10 August on the occasion of World Youth Day (12 August)


Brussels, 29.07.2021 – On Tuesday 10 August 2021, on the occasion of World Youth Day (12 August), Finnova Foundation and Startup Europe Awards will

launch the fifth session of Next LATAM-EU Generation, “Training and Mobility Opportunities for Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs”, together with Red Business Market and the Congreso Iberoamericano de Empresas Familiares y Pymes.

The main objectives of Next LATAM-EU Generation are the transfer of knowledge, the dissemination of information on available funding facilities for both continents, and the development of shared projects among Latin American and Europe countries in order to forge business alliances. Each Next LATAM-EU Generation session focuses on a specific world day based on the UN SDGs.

The upcoming event on 10 August will be chaired by Juanma Revuelta, one of the promoters of Next Talent Generation and CEO of Finnova, a foundation which endorses employment and training for young people. “Next Talent Generation enables to find paid internships across Europe in order to reduce the number of unemployed highly qualified young people”, claims Mr Revuelta.

The fifth session of Next LATAM-EU Generation, “Training and Mobility Opportunities for Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs”, will feature Bruno Castro, EU Relations with Latin America Officer at DG EAC (Education and Culture) in the European Commission; Moisés Álvaro, ecosystems developer in Italy and Spain, whose mission is to transfer EIT Climate-KIC strategic programmes to these countries; Lorena Pedrós, start-up advisor at IDEASUPV (Universidad Politécnica de Valencia); Frank Babinger, advisor to the Employability and Entrepreneurship Department of the Vice-Chancellor’s Office in the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), and María José Valero, CEO of Talent Growth Management and ambassador of Technovation Girls Comunidad Valenciana, among others.

Next LATAM-EU Generation was first launched after the success of the Congreso Iberoamericano de Empresas Familiares y Pymes, run by Red Business Market, and which was held on January 2021. It hosted 558 enterprises, more than 60 domestic and international speakers and nearly 9,000

attendees (enterprises). This event showed that transatlantic collaboration is needed in order to face shared challenges in both continents, such as digitalisation, sustainability and circularity after Covid-19.

Josu Gómez Barrutia, CEO of Red Business Market, says that “there is no doubt whatsoever that in an evolving and challenging era in terms of society, economy and geopolitics, creating meeting points, partnerships and strategic connections in the entrepreneurship, business development and cooperation domains between the EU and Latin America is crucial”. Click here to register for this event.

PREVIOUS SESSIONS

The first LATAM-EU session was held on March 8 on the occasion of International Women’s Day. It was run by several female speakers, such as Patricia Llombart, EU Ambassador in Colombia, Liskel Álvarez, External Actions Senior Officer at Cabildo de Tenerife, and Adriana Vargas, head of Trading Links of the Colombian Mission in the EU. The goal of this event was to discuss the role of women in business cooperation between Latam and the EU, especially as regards innovation and entrepreneurship.

The second session, which was held on April 6 – on the occasion of World Health Day (7 April) –, was named “Challenges and Opportunities for Tourism through Cooperation between Latam and the EU during Covid-19”. Its main topics were the challenges that the tourism sector has to face and how to. This session was attended by Manuel Vegas, president of Asociación

The third session, which was held on May 11 on Global Recycling Day (17 May), was named “Challenges of Circular Economy in LATAM-EU Cooperation as a Production and Consumption Model for Sustainability”. Speakers included Isabel Silva Souza, Ambassador of the European

Commission’s Climate Pact; Álvaro Hernández, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Inboplast; Sharam Yalda, partner of CirCoAX and founder of HumanNation; Alonso Salguero, CEO at GTA Ingeniería y Medioambiente, and Giuseppe Liberati, Executive Director at Bridging Value.

The fourth session of Next LATAM-EU Generation, “Entrepreneurship and Water: a Driver of Economic Recovery and Social Development of Regions and Municipalities” was held on 13 July on the occasion of World Population Day (11 July) and World Oceans Day (8 June). Speakers included Rafael Heredero, Policy Advisor at EurEau secretariat in Brussels, Javier Vázquez Hueso, CEO of EMALGESA and deputy mayor of Algeciras City Council, Luis Lehmann, international expert on circular economy, Miguel Lemos, CEO of Aguas de Gaia, and Ana Beccar Varela, water project manager at The Nature Conservancy.

Next LATAM-EU Generation is made up of nine online events which will take place every second Tuesday of each month. Each event is held on the occasion of an International Day in line with UN SDGs. To top it all off, if the health situation allows it, an on-site event will be held in Medellin (Colombia) to celebrate the final of LATAM Startup Europe Awards.

About Finnova Foundation

Finnova Foundation is a Belgian-Spanish foundation which helps institutions and organisations getting funds for innovative projects. Its objective is to promote private-public cooperation through innovation in order to address social challenges, e.g. employment, training, entrepreneurship, SDGs, circular economy, etc. Finnova is in charge of organising Startup Europe Awards, a joint initiative by Finnova and the European Commission to reward the best European start-ups. For more information, click on www.finnova.eu

About Startup Europe Awards

Startup Europe Awards is an initiative by DG CONNECT and has been implemented by Finnova Foundation since 2016. Startup Europe Awards are an open innovation mechanism aimed to identify disruptive start-ups and to promote private-public partnerships. They also seek to raise awareness on the importance of self-entrepreneurship as a driving force for job creation. In addition to promoting networks to meet the UN SDGs and the European Green Deal objectives, they also contribute to circular economy, sustainable tourism and fighting against climate change. For more info, click on http://startupeuropeawards.eu/seua/

About Red Business Market

Business Market is a forum connecting investors, businesses, entrepreneurs and start-ups from Ciudad Real aiming to create a network of business, financing and support for economic and business projects in that area. All this funding can be coupled with venture capital, business angels, personal investments and corporate or financial funds for innovative and disruptive initiatives with an added value which need funding to start operating. For more information, click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-vd9gSy19s

About Next Talent Generation

The Next Talent Generation programme was designed to create an European partnership bringing together entities from different backgrounds, e.g. non-profit organisations, enterprises, universities, European institutions, national administrative authorities… to offer training opportunities in the EU in a single platform. This tool seeks to list all programmes offering internship mobility opportunities across Europe in order to foster cross-border mobility and to enhance the level of employability of young people.

Currently, Finnova offers internships in all EU countries through the Programa del Sistema Nacional de Garantía Nacional Juvenil. For more information, click on https://nextalentgeneration.eu/

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Finnova Foundation organises a LIFE 2021-2027 Networking and Q&A Open Day

Finnova Foundation organises a LIFE 2021-2027 Networking and Q&A Open Day

This online event will take place on Wednesday 28 July


It is made up of several networking panels in order to create and to foster synergies among potential partners


This event aims to provide help for all those entrepreneurs, start-ups, and public and private entities having initiatives to become eligible projects under LIFE

Brussels 26-07-2021. On Wednesday 28 July, Finnova Foundation will hold an online networking and Q&A event about the recent LIFE call. The main goal is to break down into seven thematic panels all novelties about the recent LIFE Programme 2021-2027 call and to answer all questions which may arise. Every panel will feature experts on each specific domain.

Finnova Foundation has extensive expertise in drafting, implementing and managing European projects. In fact, it has had more than 30 LIFE projects approved, and it is determined to foster innovation and to generate new ideas regarding the environment. Therefore, Finnova organises this intensive open day to supplement the Info-Day organised by the Ministerio de Transición Ecológica y Reto Demográfico (Spanish Department for Green Transition and Demographic Challenge) and the European Commission’s European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) on July 27.

The LIFE Programme, launched in 1992, is the only EU fund entirely dedicated to environmental, nature-conservancy and climate objectives. To date, more than 900 projects have been approved in Spain5,400 projects in total across the EU. With regard to funding, the EU has granted a total amount of €781 million to projects which have been implemented in Spain – the total amount of funds amounts to €9 billion for projects implemented in all EU countries.

Finnova will organise this intensive networking and Q&A open day on Wednesday 28 July, from 09:00 to 18:00 (CEST). This event is broken down into seven thematic panels. See the schedule below.

Panel 1 (09:00) will address the “Next Cities Generation: Waste, Circular Economy and Water” challenge, and it will be chaired by the Congreso Greencities[1]. Juan Manuel Revuelta, CEO of Finnova, and Juan Viesca, EU Funds Director at Finnova, will answer all questions about the green transition cities must undertake presently and in the future. The panel will conclude by showcasing a best practice example – LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0. Click here to register for this panel.

Panel 2 (10:00) will be chaired by Foro de Logística and it will tackle sustainable mobility. It will feature the best practice example “S-Moving”, a congress which will be held on site in FYCMA on 29 and 30 September. This panel will revolve around topics like sustainable and electric mobility, the use of 5G/6G to enhance citizens’ quality of life, and governance in the mobility domain. Click here to register for this panel.

The sustainable agri-food challenge will be the key topic of Panel 3 (11:00). It will be chaired by Balam Agriculture together with Smart Agrifood Summit. This panel will focus on issues related to the agri-food sector and the need to invest in research and innovation. On the other hand, the new Interreg HIBA (Hub Iberia Agrotech) project, which aims to create a multiregional ecosystem for the agrotech sector through Digital Innovation Hubs, will be introduced, and the HIBA Startup Europe Accelerathon will be launched. Click here to register for this panel.

Panel 4 (climate change) will start at noon and will be centered on climate change, more specifically on forest fire management. Inmaculada Vázquez, on behalf of Agencia de Medio Ambiente y Agua de Andalucía (AMAYA) from Junta de Andalucía, will head this panel and will talk about Interreg CILIFO, a best practice epitome of cross-border cooperation to prevent and to fight against forest fires. Questions will be answered by José Manuel Requena, Interreg CILIFO Project Coordinator at Finnova Foundation. Click here to register for this panel.

Panel 5 (“Real state, Sustainable Buildings and Bauhaus”) will feature association Proptech House. Slovak enterprise Sensoneo will be used to exemplify a best practice case in the proptech sector (it was awarded the Proptech Startup Europe Awards held in Paris in 2018). Sensoneo is a start-up which uses technology to enhance or to re-invent services and products in the real estate sector in order to adapt them to current needs and to societal demands in terms of sustainability. EU Project Drafting expert Íñigo Bilbao will answer all questions regarding LIFE and this particular domain. Click here to register for this panel.

The event will resume at 15:00 after a lunch break with a panel (Panel 5) devoted to sustainable energy. Enterprise Global Omnium, who will chair this panel, has coordinated and managed LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0. This project seeks to produce on-demand biogas with sewage sludge and agri-food waste. Questions on sustainable energy will be answered by Juan Manuel Revuelta and Juliana Herrero, a sustainable energy engineer. Click here to register for this panel.

Sustainable tourism could not be left behind in this event. That is why Panel 6 will focus on “Next Tourism Generation”. Suncruise Andalucía will take the floor first. Afterwards, Juan Manuel Revuelta and Íñigo Bilbao will reply to any questions attendees may have and they will discuss available options to adapt this sector to meet current sustainability standards. This panel will be wrapped up by the Asociación Española de Directores de Hotel (AEDH). Click here to register for this panel.

Last, before the closing address, there will be a one-hour session devoted to talking about CircularInnoBooster Fashion and Textile (F&T), a project under COSME programme with an initial duration of two years and a €1,128,000 budget. This project is being led by IED (Istituto Europeo di Design), and is supported by Finnova Foundation, Texfor, Circulab and The Circular Project with HumanNation. Its goal is to transform the highly pollutant fashion and textile industries through innovation and by fostering entrepreneurship to create business models based on the circular economy, thus turning SMEs and start-ups into sustainable and circular enterprises.

CircularInnoBooster’s accelerator, CirCoAX, will select 30 projects forming an international consortium and led by an SME (according to the definition provided by the European Commission). They will have to focus on creating a brand-new product, a process, a service or an innovative, sustainable and circular business model in the fashion and textile areas. They will directly receive up to 12,000 funding.

Representatives from all partners of the project will inform participants about the requirements potential applicants must meet in order to be selected. They will also explain the application process, deadlines, and they will also talk about the Nextextilegeneration challenge, which seeks to reach a more circular, greener, and fully SDG-orientated fashion industry. The call will be open up until Wednesday 13 October 2021 at 17:00 CET. Click here to register for the Info Day.

About Finnova Foundation

Finnova is a foundation which seeks to promote and to develop innovation and entrepreneurship across the EU. Its main HQs are located in Brussels, and it works in all EU countries thanks to collaborations and networks. Finnova’s experience in communicating and disseminating European projects is coupled with a solid expertise in creating enterprises and support programmes for businesses, such as accelerators, incubators and other events.

For more information, click on www.finnova.eu

About Startup Europe Awards

Startup Europe Awards is an initiative by DG CONNECT and has been implemented by Finnova Foundation since 2016. Startup Europe Awards are an open innovation mechanism aimed to identify disruptive start-ups and to promote private-public partnerships. They also seek to raise awareness on the importance of self-entrepreneurship as a driving force for job creation. In addition to promoting networks to meet the UN SDGs and the European Green Deal objectives, they also contribute to circular economy, sustainable tourism and fighting against climate change.

For more information, click on http://startupeuropeawards.eu/seua/

[1] The Congreso Greencities will be held at the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Málaga (FYCMA) on 29 and 30 September 2021.

 

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The CirCoAX by CircularInnoBooster project is presented as a reference for the sustainable transformation of the textile and fashion industry at the EU Green Week

The CirCoAX by CircularInnoBooster project is presented as a reference for the sustainable transformation of the textile and fashion industry at the EU Green Week

The online event will take place this Thursday, May 27th, at 16h00 (CEST).


The aim of the event is to point out the pollution of the conventional fashion and textile industry and to address solutions based on the circular economy.


The COSME project CirCoAX by CircularInnoBooster, which seeks to scale innovative fashion and textile SMEs and startups, will be presented.

Brussels, 24.05.2021 – This Thursday, 27th May 2021, the EU COSME project CirCoAX by CircularInnoBooster will be presented at the conference “Circular Economy: sustainability and new jobs for the textile industry”, a Partner Event at #EUGreenWeek. The Green Week is Europe’s largest annual environmental policy conference. This year it will be held from May 31 to June 4, under the main theme of“Zero Pollution”.

The aim of this event is to point out the problems of the current conventional fashion and textile industry, the second most polluting industry in the world, and to indicate lines of action to achieve the transformation of these sectors towards a circular model in its broadest sense, considering the environmental, economic, and social aspects.

The event, moderated by Carolina Lechado, director of Water and Circular Economy at Finnova Foundation, the event organizer, will be opened by Natalia Martínez Páramo, Second Head of Unit – DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission, followed by the intervention of Juanma Revuelta, CEO of Finnova, who will present the “Nextextilgeneration” platform, an initiative to disseminate information on the four COSME projects approved in the same F&T call.

In a first block, the conference will be attended by the different partners that make up the CirCoAX by CircularInnoBooster project who, in addition to presenting the project and encouraging interested SMEs and startups to join the accelerator to promote their innovative proposals, will delve into the key aspects of conventional industry that must be addressed under the prism of the circular economy. The workshop will be attended by José Francisco García, director of IED Innovation Lab, Adrián Noheda, EU Funding for Circular Economy of the Finnova Foundation, Paloma García, director of The Circular Project and president of SIC Moda, Sharam Yalda, founder of HumanNation, David Allo, sustainability director of TEXFOR, Confederation of the Textile Industry and Brieuc Saffré, CEO of Circulab. In addition to presenting the project, topics of interest will be addressed, such as the possibilities of applying for European funding to promote disruptive initiatives and the concept of regenerative economy that characterizes CirCoAX and that represents a further step in the circular model, creating value in society and the environment.

The implementation of this project contributes to achieving several of the United Nations SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals): end of poverty, zero hunger and gender equality, as well as decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation and infrastructure, responsible production and consumption, and partnerships to achieve the goals.

One of the key objectives, to which the project is strongly committed, is number 17, related to the creation of alliances. Cooperation and collaboration between public-private institutions of various kinds is the maximum guarantee that the project can be sustained over time, expanding its scope.

For this reason, the event will feature a block to give voice to “key players for the transformation of the F&T industry”, which will be attended by Tobias Biermann, from the delegation of the European Union in Colombia, Francisco Ferrando, head of Unit in the Area of European Programs of IVACE, Santiago Ramos Navarro, coordinator of the Green and Circular Economy course at the School of Industrial Organization and CEO Founder of Reloops and Tatiana Kaler, founder of the Mediapila Foundation. From each of their areas of expertise, they will provide their vision on how to achieve sustainable change in the fashion and textile sectors.

Furthermore, coordination between similar projects is also a vital requirement in the creation of synergies for the achievement of common goals, so, to conclude the event, there will be a round table with representatives from different COSME projects. This block will include the participation of Mari Saar, from the Fashion for Change project; Friori Zafeiropou, from Small but Perfect; Ingrid Willems, from the S4Fashion project and Clara Mallart, sustainability manager of the FASCINATE Project.

Haven’t registered for the event yet? You can do it here.

About CirCoAX by CircularInnoBooster

CircularInnoBooster Fashion and Textile (F&t) is a European project of the COSME Programme, with a 2-year duration and a budget of 1.128.000 €. It is 75% co-financed by the European institution. Led by the IED (Istituto Europeo di Design), together with the Finnova Foundation, Texfor, Circulab and The Circular Project with HumanNation, it aims to transform the highly polluting fashion and textile industries through innovation. It seeks to foster entrepreneurship to generate business models based on the circular economy, turning SMEs and start-ups into sustainable, circular, and regenerative companies.

CirCoAX LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/circoax-by-circularinnobooster

About COSME

COSME is the program for the Competitiveness of Small and Medium Enterprises of the Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises (EASME) of the European Commission.

Through this program, assistance is offered to SMEs to develop their business models, access financing and internationalize. Likewise, support is offered to public administrations to improve the business environment and facilitate economic growth in the European Union. During the 2014-2020 funding period, this program allocated 2.3 billion euros to support SMEs.

About IED 

The Istituto Europeo di Design is an academic institution that operates in the fields of education, training, and research in the disciplines of design, fashion, visual communication, and management, covering professional, vocational, and business design training. IED has branches across Spain (Madrid, Barcelona), Italy (Milan, Rome, and 5 other cities), and Brazil (São Paolo, Rio de Janeiro). It operates across several EU and COSME countries through collaborations and agreements with institutions, business support organizations, professors, experts, and mentors with whom it has established relationships. IED draws on a broad network of connections in the F&T sector specifically for this project, drawing on R&D in the areas of fashion design, product design, interior design, visual arts, communications, and management.

https://iedmadrid.com/

About Finnova

FINNOVA is a foundation that works for the promotion and development of innovation and entrepreneurship at the EU level. With headquarters in Brussels, it operates through collaborations and partnerships across EU countries. FINNOVA expertise in leading communication and dissemination activities for EU projects is coupled with strong proven experience in setting up businesses and entrepreneurial support programmes, like accelerators, incubators and selection and award/ceremonial events.

https://web.finnovaregio.org/

About Texfor

TEXFOR is the reference textile association in Spain with 400 members. Founded in November 2010 and located in Catalonia, it groups companies of the whole textile value chain, from yarns to fabrics including accessories, finishing processes, printing and dying for the apparel industry, home textiles, and technical/industrial applications. Texfor has specialization and experience, having worked on important EU-level expert committees: University and Vocational Training, Financial capacity building, Cross-Sectoral collaboration, R+D+I promotion, specialized services, and sustainability leadership focused on the circular economy.

https://www.texfor.es/

About Circulab

CIRCULAB is a business design lab and studio specialised in developing transformation methodology, tools and programmes to help businesses develop circular and sustainable business models. CIRCULAB has designed a toolkit for implementing Circularity in businesses and operates across +23 countries (9 EU countries), supporting projects through +60 certified independent CE consultants, applying the Circ methodology and tools.

https://circulab.com/

About The Circular Project co-designed with Humanation

TCP is a Circular and Slow Fashion promotion firm that collaborates with experts in the field to offer a communication strategy, platform and expertise on circular value chains, applying a broad and systemic approach to Circular Economy, integrating social, ethical, environmental and economic approaches. It has a strong presence and connections to the sustainable fashion world through the Asociación Española para la Sostenibilidad, la Innovación y la Circularidad en Moda, Sannas (Triple Bottom Line Business Association) and a broad institutional and industrial network across Spain, Europe and South America.

For this project, The Circular Project works with HumanNation for the co-design and development of the project. HumanNation is a consulting firm specialised in the development of transformative and disruptive ecosystems of innovation and business: the ‘New Economy’. Based on the Fourth Economic Sector, systemic thinking and co-creation, it promotes awareness within organizations and ecosystems to respect planetary boundaries and social fabric, creating resilient economies at the local level, with a global perspective.

https://thecircularproject.com/

https://humannation.earth

 

 

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The green transformation of cities and the future of public services the main topics during the webinar “Greencities 4 Fighting Against Climate Change” organised by FYCMA and Finnova

The green transformation of cities and the future of public services the main topics during the webinar “Greencities 4 Fighting Against Climate Change” organised by FYCMA and Finnova

The event promoted the generation of business, opportunities and alliances for a greener approach to the cities of the future


The online event took place on Thursday 13th May on the occasion of International Day of Light


This webinar is the prelude to the Greencities Forum, which will be held in Malaga on 29th and 30th September 2021

Banner of “Greencities 4 Fighting Against Climate Change”, an online event developed within the EU Green Week framework

 

Brussels, 14.05.2021 – Last Thursday 13th May 2021, on the occasion of International Day of Light, the Trade Fair and Convention Centre of Malaga (FYCMA), organised with the support of Finnova Foundation the webinar Greencities 4 Fighting Against Climate Change, which aligns with one of the 17 SGD of the United Nations, in particular with SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities.

The main objectives of this meeting, celebrated within the framework of the European Green Week 2021 #EUGreenWeek, were to present the latest developments in the development of smart, sustainable and efficient territories, to provide a space to generate business, to establish alliances promoting innovative ecosystems for the promotion of new industries. Thus, the meeting called for a management model based on green local development supported by sustainable and inclusive aspects and exchanged points of view on the redesign of the municipalities of the future based on the improvement of local public services.

With these challenges on the table, this webinar was attended by Katerina Fortun, policy analyst for adaptation to climate change at the European Commission, Yolanda Benito, director of the environment department of the Centre for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research (CIEMAT), Julio Andrade, director of the National Centre for the Training of Leading Authorities (CIFAL Málaga UNITAR), José Javier García Padernilla, manager of Ditecpesa and Elena Velázquez, technical director of UNEF and technical secretary of Fotoplat.

The CEO of the Finnova Foundation Juan Manuel Revuelta, opened the day by presenting the European project LIFE ECOdigestión 2.0, a system for dosing organic waste in WWTP digesters in order to maximize the production of biogas in the form of renewable energy.

Then, Katerina Fortun highlighted the importance of involving citizens in change through mechanisms such as the European Green Deal: “all together we are “co-creating” a new Europe where the important thing is prosperity, happiness and protecting what we love” .

Juan Viesca encouraged regional and local entities to use a financing service from the European Union to promote sustainable recovery in towns and cities: “A world of possibilities opens up for us to use these resources. Take advantage of them, do not leave a penny that is in Brussels that can help our municipalities to implement these actions ”.

For his part, Julio Andrade appealed to the role of those who have to lead this change: “throughout Europe, managers and leaders must take up this challenge because it will really be the only way to reach the year 2030 by fulfilling those commitments.”

José Javier García Padernilla focused his speech on the importance of reducing consumption as a cornerstone of green recovery: “The value and price of things do not reflect the impact we have on the natural environment.” Also, in his speech, he spoke of the CD-Clean project: Covid-19, a new disinfectant formulationin partnership with the Finnova Foundation, an aqueous and long-acting biocide solution that disinfects public surfaces to counteract the coronavirus.

The variant of self-consumption articulated a large part of Elena Velázquez‘s intervention, who argued that the regulatory changes that have occurred in Spain in recent years, a nearby school or a sports center”.

Also taking part in the discussion were Eugenio Martí, CEO of Graphene Solutions,, Xavier Jorge Cerdá, councillor for personnel, communication, innovation and tourism of Vilamarxant, Regina Monsalve, president of the College of Agricultural Technical Engineers and Graduates of Valencia and Castellón (COITAVC) and María del Carmen García-Peña, managing director of the CIEDES Foundation.

Eugenio Martí, winner of the Waste2Energy Accelerathon, highlighted numerous projects that are being carried out and that can transform cities after the pandemic, such as a COVID-19 detector in the air launched by a university and in whose commercialization they are still working or the regeneration and reuse of air conditioning water in public buildings or bioprotected fabrics for the citizens most exposed to the coronavirus.

From the municipality of Vilamarxant in the Valencian Community, Xavier Jorge Cerdá, councillor for innovation who led the Waste2Energy Startup Europe Accelerathon in this village, assured that Vilamarxant “wants to become the first city council with zero energy expenditure”. With the support of Finnova, Vilamarxant launched the Túria Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre (CEI Túria) to encourage entrepreneurs and the use of technologies.

In her presentation, Regina Monsalve emphasized the concept of bioprotection and COITAVC’s commitment to using natural infrastructure as a green solution for cities, as is the case with agricultural roads in Valencia: “For us, their use as livestock is absurd, but they would represent a perfect radial system so that all the nearby population centres could reach the capital and the centre through green routes ”.

From Andalusia, María del Carmen García-Peña pointed out that planning and ordering a “roadmap” for green cities is essential for the success of the implementation of lasting actions: “Without that, we can do many projects, but in the end, it will be one way in which we will “patch” the problem and we will not be transforming our development model “.

For her part, Yolanda Benito, although she could not attend the appointment, did not want to miss the opportunity to participate in this session through a video in which she highlighted that one of the challenges of the European Missions is to convert 100 cities in climate neutral. “The European Commission needs to give an approach in which entire systems are modified, and for that it is necessary to involve the majority of actors, people, entities and administrations.”

At the end of the presentations, the attendees had the possibility of interacting in the event through a multiple-choice questionnaire that they answered with the knowledge acquired throughout the webinar.

The webinar “Greencities 4 Fighting Against Climate Change” serves as an online precedent for the urban intelligence and sustainability forum Greencities, an event that will take place at the Trade Fair and Convention Centre of Malaga on 29th and 30th September 2021 with all the necessary anti-COVID security measures.

Did you miss the webinar? You can watch it here.

About Finnova Foundation

Hispano Belga Foundation for the financing of innovation, whose main objectives are to promote public-private cooperation through innovation to address social challenges such as employment, training, entrepreneurship, the United Nations SDGs, the circular economy, etc. In its commitment to innovation, Finnova has organized the Startup Europe Awards since 2016, an initiative of the DG Connect of the European Commission.

Finnova, headquartered in Belgium and Spain, has its own branches in Chile and Panama. In Spain, it is present in the Valencian Community, the Basque Country, Andalusia, the Community of Madrid and the Canary Islands.

For more information: www.finnova.eu

About FYCMA

FYCMA (Trade Fair and Convention Centre of Malaga) has established itself as one of the most active trade fair organisers in Southern Europe, specialising in the conceptualisation and development of professional events linked to the field of innovation, digital transformation and knowledge generation. These forums, highly specialised and with an international vocation, share the common goal of attracting talent and investment, while seeking convergence between the capabilities of the Spanish productive and research fabric and providing physical and virtual spaces for generating business, launching disruptive projects, new opportunities and establishing alliances. The venue contributes with them to the positioning of Malaga and Andalusia among the key prescribers of advanced sectors, as well as strengthening the Spain brand in an increasingly digital and connected world.

For more information: www.fycma.com

About Greencities y S-MOVING

Greencities, Intelligence and Urban Sustainability and S-MOVING, Movilidad Inteligente y Sostenible, Intelligent and Sustainable Mobility, will hold their next editions on 29th and 30th September in person at FYCMA (Trade Fair and Congress Centre of Malaga) converging in a single business and knowledge space, and also providing a comprehensive view of the challenges of the territories and their management through a global concept of sustainability. Thus, positioned as the main national platform on tools, solutions and ideas for the development of smart, sustainable and connected territories, they will address in depth topics such as technology and connectivity as tools against depopulation -smart rural-, the opportunities of smart tourist destinations, collective transport as the axis for sustainable mobility, 5G and connected and autonomous mobility, or the potential of green hydrogen, among others.

For more information: www.greencitiesmalaga.com y www.smovingforum.com

About Startup Europe Awards

It is a methodology of the European Commission’s DG CONNECT, implemented by the Finnova Foundation since 2016. The SEUAs are an open innovation tool for identifying disruptive startups that promotes public-private collaboration and raises awareness of the importance of self-entrepreneurship as a driver of employment. In addition to generating alliances that help to meet the SDGs of the United Nations and the actions of the European Green Deal, thus contributing to the circular economy, the fight against climate change and sustainable tourism.

For more information: www.startupeuropeawards.eu/seua/

About Startup Europe Accelerathon

Startup Europe Accelerathon aims to identify innovative ideas that can be funded by the European Union, such as the LIFE programme, Green Deal, Horizon 2020 or NextGenerationEU. Startup Europe Accelerathon follows the indications of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, contributing from each challenge to the proposed SDGs; in the framework of the Startup Europe Awards methodology of the European Commission’s DG CONNECT, which was born from the DG Research and Development in 2020 with the pan-European campaign Hackthevirus. It has been successfully carried out with governments such as that of the Valencian Community with the challenge of industrial polluting waters or the Andalusian Regional Government with the challenge of the fight against climate change, forest management and innovation in the prevention, fight against fires and regeneration of burnt areas.

For more information: www.accelerathon.eu

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The Accelerathon Spain-Portugal: innovation and cooperation against COVID-19 and climate change closes with winning proposals HiCard and KrattWorks

The Accelerathon Spain-Portugal: innovation and cooperation against COVID-19 and climate change closes with winning proposals HiCard and KrattWorks

The Accelerathon Euroregion Alentejo-Algarve-Andalusia promoted two projects for the two challenges posed: KrattWorkson climate change and Hi Card on the fight against COVID-19.


BioAgro (climate change) and Lockeep (COVID-19), the other two finalist initiatives, will enjoy partial mentoring through a European aid information service.


Startup Europe Accelerathon is the open innovation program to drive innovative.


The initiative is co-financed by the Ministry of the Presidency, Public and Interior Administration of the Junta de Andalucía.


07.05.2021. On Thursday May 6 2021, at 17:00h CEST (Brussels time) the final ceremony of the Accelerathon Spain-Portugal took place: innovation and cooperation against COVID-19 and climate change. Through this open innovation system, an initiative implemented by the Finnova Foundation and co-financed this time by the Ministry of the Presidency, Public and Interior Administration of the Junta de Andalucía, has sought to promote innovative technologies for the challenges of combating OVID-19 and climate change in the AAA Euroregion (Alentejo-Algarve-Andalusia).

The Startup Europe Accelerathon methodology follows the indications of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), contributing from each challenge to the seventeen proposed SDOs – in this case,  SDS 13: taking urgent action to combat climate change and its effects. The Accelerathon develops within the framework of theStartup Europe Awards, a methodology of the European Commission’s DG CONNECT that was born from DG Research, Development and Innovation in 2020 with the pan-European Hackthevirus campaign.

The call for this Accelerathon Spain – Portugal was presented on March 9 2021 with a clear objective: to finance talent and innovation through cross-border cooperation between the actors of the Euroregion and the European Union thus responding to the common challenges between the two. The inaugural online event was  attended by 22 experts  and  representatives of the Alentejo-Algarve-Andalusia Euroregion, including personalities such as  Juan Ignacio Zoido, MEP member of the Commission of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Parliament, José Enrique Millo Rocher, Secretary General of External Action at the Ministry of the Presidency of the Junta de Andalucía,  Joao Bule, National Coordinator of POCTEP in Portgual  and María de Lurdes Carvalho, Director of Services of the Coordination and Regional Development Commission of the Algarve. The inaugural event was attended by more than 100 people.

The closing ceremony on Thursday, May 6 2021 was attended by José Enrique Millo Rocher, Secretary General of External Action of the Ministry of the Presidency, Public and Interior Administration of the Junta de Andalucía, responsible for the opening and closing of the event as a body that co-finances this initiative. Massimiliano Dragoni also participated in the opening, representing the DG Connect of the European Commission. On this occasion 81 people (15 from Belgium, 2 from Estonia, 2 from LATAM – Mexico and Argentina – and 2 from Portugal) were registered; however, the highest peak in audience was 75 people. If you couldn’t watch the event, you can see it here: https://youtu.be/CthF8euGF0Y

José Enrique Millo Rocher highlighted the importance of cross-border cooperation, with cooperation in the Alentejo-Algarve-Andalusia Euroregion being one of the main axes of external action of the Junta de Andalucía. It also emphasized the great role played by the European Union in the development of these cross-border regions. Cross-border cooperation “must be asked what to do and how to plan for the future, as the development of border regions depends directly on cooperation between adjacent regions.”

Massimiliano Dragoni explained that the objective of the European Commission’s DG Connect is to bring together all European startups to leverage their talents and skills, as well as to encourage the search for funds to make possible new European projects from all areas, including technology. The Startup Europe Awards, he explained, are an incentive for new start-ups with a commercial and sustainability vision. In addition, Dragoni, highlighted  the Interreg POCTEP Programme  as  a program with a vision of sustainable growth and cooperation between Spain and Portugal.

The closing ceremony was moderated by Juanma Revuelta, CEO of the Finnova Foundation and driver of the Startup Europe Accelerathon  initiative and was structured in several blocks. The first focused on European funding sources for the fight against COVID-19 and climate change, with presentations Ramón González Carvajal, President of Sevilla Futura, Adrián Noheda, director of the area of internationalization and business innovations at the Finnova Foundation and Juan Viesca, Director of European Funds at the Finnova Foundation.

The director of Sevilla Futura, Ramón González Carvajal, explained that Sevilla Futura aims to respond to one of the main problems of innovative systems in countries that do not have the same capacity to attract private financing. The aim of Sevilla Futura is to make innovative ideas a success in terms of entrepreneurship and sustainability. Innovative ideas come from foreign investment, “but funding in southern Europe is not as easy as in northern countries,” he said. Finally, Carvajal encouraged the mobilization of Community funds, as they have a “quite slow absorption and there is an excess of bureaucracy”.

Adrián Noheda focused his presentation on the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator program, formerly known as the “SME Instrument”, possibly the most interesting program for entrepreneurs. It offers up to 2.5 million euros and is open to all innovations, “it is a platform to catapult small and medium-sized enterprises with innovative and sustainable ideas. 1 billion euros of European money to invest in this program”.

For his part, Juan Viesca began his speech by congratulating the Portuguese on having been the most agile in presenting his recovery plan. Viesca spoke of the Recovery Plan for Europe:  EU Next Generation  and  React-EU,saying that Spain “will be the most benefited country by these funds”. Finally, the Director of European Funds at Finnova spoke of the new LIFE Program, which  will cover the following areas: nature and biodiversity; circular economy and quality of life; mitigation and adaptation to climate change; and transition to clean energy.

Then Beatriz Martínez, communication officer at the Finnova Foundation, presented to the members of the jury and the 16 proposals that chose the winners of this edition of Startup Europe Accelerathon Spain-Portugal and that  will be advised and mentored  by the Finnova Foundation in order to have access to various European financialopportunities. Subsequently, the finalist proposals proceeded to their presentations.

For the Climate Change Challenge, on the one hand, José Luis Bustos of BioAgro Tech presented his mobile intelligence technology for cultivation, based on ICT that collects and integrates data reducing water scarcity in a very innovative way. For his part, Mattias Luha of Krattworks, explained the proposed system, which gives a quick knowledge of the situation to firefighters, rescuers and policemen with the artificial vision installed in the drones to detect the line of fire.

For the Covid-19 Challenge Masta Castander explained her solution, HiCard, based on blockchain technology that will help promote the safe return of the international tourism. Finally, José Vicente González Calatayud, José María Espinosa González and Alejandro Romero Fechoz, LocKeep’s team, presented a device to insulate spaces by creating negative pressure inside by actuating an empty pump.

José Enrique Millo Rocher oversaw announcing the winning project in the two challenges for which he competed. In the Climate Change Challenge, the winner was Krattworks’ proposal, which uses drones to, thanks to Artificial Intelligence, obtain real-time information on the objectives and people on burning ground. The second finalist was  BioAgro, a proposal that uses low-cost technology to collect crop information to make the water and fertilizer supply effective.

For the Covid-19 Challenge, the winning proposal was the HiCard, an application that seeks to promote the mobility of people through a Universal Digital Health Card thanks to technologies such as blockchain, from which a database is created that makes it easier for citizens to always carry their medical data with them in order to be taken care of beyond their borders. The second finalist in this challenge was LocKeep, a project from which safe spaces are created in front of COVID-19 using a device installed in the doors of the rooms that allows, by means of a vacuum pump, to isolate the air from inside the room so that it does not encounter the outside air.

Among the participants in the climate change challenge, projects and start-ups as interesting as: Miracoil,  based on the reintroduction of waste in the economic cycle, treating them locally and expanding their lifecycle by producing a synthetic fuel for transport; the Food Growing Guidance System (FGGS) project, which uses the technology to carry out daily monitoring of crop water quality, favoring its performance; CleanSpot, a mobile application that promotes recycling and reuse in municipalities through information, awareness raising, incentives and gamification to achieve the European Union’s recycling objectives; NitroFirex, a project  that  applies  an innovative advance to the use of drones: thanks to night vision, it allows to act against the spread of fire at night from the air; Wild Hopper, a Drone Hopper proposal  for the fight against fires through a powerful drone with capacity to load 600 liters of water to cover an area of 2,000 m2; I-SEE, an aerial observation platform that allows, by light aircraft and drones, to detect fires and quickly alert the authorities; Wildcard devices, which has created an ergonomic low weight handle that improves performance and productivity while reducing the likelihood of fatigue or injury; and  E-gather, a platform energy management in coastal territories, promoting local Energy Communities.

Also, among the proposals focused on combating COVID-19 was the participation of OK Located, an interesting Smart platform that favors COVID-19-free tourism, collecting through a single application information of interest, plans, etc. of the cities, and HRTH (Halal Tour Help), which promotes a safe and free halal tourism of Covid-19 through a mobile application, raised for the Muslim community but applicable to a greater number of tourists.

Among the initiatives involved in the two challenges are, under the curious name, Tengo una Paja en el Ojo, a project that aims to promote the employment of people with disabilities and women victims of gender-based violence in the construction with rice straw of schools and housing, and Biodivernus  a project based on machine learning technology to collect information on permits, cultivation techniques, potential studies, recovery plans, etc. on the NUS or marginalized and underutilized crops, thus protecting biodiversity.

The experts who participated in the opening event and who launched challenges and encouraged entrepreneurs and startups to present their projects were also members of the jury. This is the case of José Manuel Requena, Manager of European Projects; Pedro Chaves, Forestry Technician at the Forestry Technical Office of the Intermunicipal Community of the Algarve (AMAL); Nuno Guiomar, researcher at the University of Evora; Sofia Martins, project manager at IrRADIARE; Valentín Gómez, Deputy Director of Innovation and Development of Tragsa; Jesús Cumplido Medina, technician at the Andalusia Emprende Foundation; José  Luis Muñoz, senior advisor Next Generation EU; María José Valero, director of Talent Growth Management; Josu Gómez, strategic consultant and founder of Red Business Market; Guillermo Fernández, representative of AROSA R&D Consulting; and  Manuel José García Gómez, General Manager of AGQ Labs.

About Startup Europe Accelerathon (www.accelerathon.eu)

Startup Europe Accelerathon aims to identify innovative ideas capable of obtaining funding from the European Union, such as LIFE, Green Deal, Horizon 2020 or NextGenerationEU program. Startup Europe Accelerathon follows the directions of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by contributing from each challenge to the proposed SDP objectives; under the European Commission’s DG CONNECT Startup Europe Awards methodology from DG Research and Development in 2020 with the pan-European Hackthevirus campaign. It has been successfully carried out with governments such as the Valencian Community with the challenge of industrial polluting waters or Junta de Andalucía with the challenge of combating climate change, forest management and innovation in the prevention, firefighting and regeneration of burned spaces.

About Startup Europe Network

Startup Europe is an initiative of the EuropeanCommission, DG CONNECT, to connect and promote high-tech startups, scaleups, investors, accelerators, corporate networks, universities and media.

Learn more about Startup Europe: Startup Europe | Shaping Europe’s digital future (europa.eu)

About Startup Europe Awards (HIS) (www.startupeuropeawards.eu)

It is a methodology of dg CONNECT of the European Commission, implemented by the Finnova Foundation since 2016. SEUA is an open innovation tool to identify disruptive startups, promote public-private collaboration and raise awareness of the importance of self-priming as an employment-generating engine. In addition, to build partnerships to help meeting the United Nations SDS and the actions of the European Green Pact, thus contributing to the circular economy, the fight against climate change and sustainable tourism. The winners get support to turn their projects into larger ones financially supported by the EU (between 500,000 euros and 17.5 million euros), international legal support and lobbying, strategic mentoring, international networking, investor access and support for internationalisation worldwide.

About CILIFO – Collaborating Project (www.cilifo.eu)

The Iberian Centre for Forest Fire Research and Combat (CILIFO) is funded by the Interreg V-A Spain – Portugal – POCTEP Cross-Border Cooperation Programme (2014-2020), has a total budget of 24.6 million euros and is the Interreg project with the highest funding in the history of the forest fire programs. It focuses on the fight against forest fires and their consequences for climate change adaptation and mitigation; in a framework of cross-border cooperation for the prevention of risks and the improvement of the management of the natural resources of Spain and Portugal in the Euroregion Alentejo – Algarve -Andalusia. The project follows the directions of Un Sustainable Development Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its effects.

About Firefighting Open Innovation Lab – CILIFO (www.innovation.cilifo.eu)

The CILIFO Project through its Firefighting Open Innovation Lab – CILIFO (accelerator – incubator managed by Finnova) supports the initiatives of entrepreneurs and companies in the field of prevention and fight against forest fires. There are currently 18 companies affiliated to the accelerator and are being mentored and guided to initiatives in the search for European funding.

About Finnova (www.finnova.eu)

European Foundation for the financing of innovation headquartered in Brussels and with offices in Andalusia (Sevilla), Basque Country (Vitoria), Valencian Community (Valencia), Madrid, Canary Islands (Fuerteventura, Santacruz and Gran Canaria), and with antennae in Romania, Panama and Chile and whose objectives are to promote public-private cooperation through innovation to address social challenges such as employment, training, entrepreneurship, the United Nations SDS, the circular economy, health, digitization, water and renewable energies. One of his priorities is the training of young talent in Managing European Affairs in Brussels.

Contact

Beatriz Martínez Muñoz, European Projects and communication officer at the Finnova Foundation.
E-mail: beatriz.martinez@finnova.eu

 

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Finnova Foundation and Startup Europe Awards join #EuropeDay commemoration and highlights its active collaboration in European programmes

Finnova Foundation and Startup Europe Awards join #EuropeDay commemoration and highlights its active collaboration in European programmes

It is celebrated on the 9th of May in honour of the Schuman Declaration.


EU institutions open their doors to citizens and organise activities to commemorate this date.


 Finnova has been supporting Europe for ten years through its participation in various European innovation programmes and Startup Europe Awards from 2016 too.

Brussels, 07.05.2021- Europe Day will be celebrated on the 9th of May, a day to celebrate peace and unity on the continent. This commemoration coincides with the anniversary of the historic declaration of Schuman, the French foreign minister in the 1950s, who set out his idea of a new form of political cooperation that would make war between European nations unthinkable in a speech in Paris in 1950.

The aim was to create a European institution to join and manage coal and steel production. A year later, the treaty creating this institution was signed. Schuman’s proposal is thus considered the beginning of what is today the European Union.

To celebrate this day, the institutions of the European Union open their doors to citizens in Brussels and Strasbourg at the beginning of May. EU representations in Europe and around the world organise a variety of activities and events for all ages. Every year thousands of people attend visits, debates, concerts and other events to celebrate the day and raise awareness of the EU.

Finnova, a European and pro-European foundation, has been supporting Europe for ten years, supporting business innovation and excellence in applied knowledge through the development of talent and its international and interregional connection. To this end, it promotes multiple networks and high-level events in order to seek European resources and funding related to technology transfer, modernisation and competitive development of public and private entities at international, regional and local level.

In this sense, Finnova offers a structured and integrated dialogue in strategic information systems, training, dissemination of results at global and local level and the exchange of information and communication between entities as diverse as international financial institutions, technological institutes, universities, private sector companies and public administrations with the aim of raising awareness of the different forms of EU funding in the fields of environment, water, health, public works, energy efficiency, sustainable tourism, ICT and entrepreneurship.

Finnova Foundation has a head office located in the heart of Brussels (Belgium) within walking distance of the European Union institutions and, in addition, different delegations in Spain with presence in Madrid, Catalonia, Valencia, Andalusia and the Basque Country, as well as in the Canary Islands and Latin America.

Thus, Finnova participates in numerous projects within European programmes such as Interreg, LIFE, COSME, CILIFO and Horizon 2020, initiatives on which the foundation is currently working.

The LIFE Ecodigestion 2.0 project 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.

For its part, NAPOCTEP is a project within the POCTEP programme that encompasses a series of routes in areas of the national territory with low population rates that revolve around the figure of Napoleon as a way of promoting sustainable tourism by enhancing the value of rural environments.

The Interreg CILIFO project (Iberian Centre for Research and Fight against Forest Fires) covers prevention and action against fires and regeneration of burnt areas in order to protect and conserve biodiversity.

On the other hand, COSME CircularInnoBooster through its accelerator CirCoAX aims to transform the fashion and textile industry into circular, regenerative and sustainable models.

For a united Europe, Happy Europe Day!

 

About Finnova Foundation

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 social challenges such as employment, training, entrepreneurship, the United Nations 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. www.finnova.eu

About Startup Europe Awards

It is a methodology of the European Commission’s DG CONNECT, implemented by the Finnova Foundation since 2016. The SEUAs are an open innovation tool for identifying disruptive startups that promotes public-private collaboration and raises awareness of the importance of self-entrepreneurship as a driver of employment. In addition to generating alliances that help to meet the SDGs of the United Nations and the actions of the European Green Deal, thus contributing to the circular economy, the fight against climate change and sustainable tourism.

For more information: www.startupeuropeawards.eu/seua/

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FYCMA and Finnova launch the webinar “Greencities 4 Fighting Against Climate Change” to address the green transformation of cities by improving municipal public services

FYCMA and Finnova launch the webinar “Greencities 4 Fighting Against Climate Change” to address the green transformation of cities by improving municipal public services

The online event will take place on Thursday 13th May from 16h00 to 17h30 (CEST).


The event will promote the generation of business, opportunities and alliances for a greener approach to the cities of the future.


This webinar is the prelude to the Greencities Forum, which will be held in Malaga on 29th and 30th September 2021.

Banner of “Greencities 4 Fighting Against Climate Change”, an online event developed within the EU Green Week framework

Brussels, 07.05.2021 – On Thursday 13th May 2021, the Trade Fair and Convention Centre of Malaga (FYCMA), with the support of Finnova Foundation, organises in the framework of the European Green Week 2021 #EUGreenWeek the webinar “Greencities 4 Fighting Against Climate Change” on the occasion of the International Day of Light, thus aligning itself with one of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), specifically with SDG 11: sustainable cities and communities.

The main objectives of this meeting are to present the latest developments in the development of smart, sustainable and efficient territories, to provide a space to generate business, to establish alliancespromoting innovative ecosystems for the promotion of new industries and to boost disruptive changes in areas such as circular economy electronic administration , tourism and smart transport, among other measures to prevent or treat the consequences of environmental pollution in cities.

Migration from rural areas to urban centres in recent decades has led to 55% of the world’s population being located in cities, a trend that is expected to increase to 68% by 2050. This percentage, combined with global population growth, could add some 2.5 billion people to urban areas in just 30 years.

The high concentration of population in cities has led to a greater impact of climate change in cities, which are responsible for 70% of global CO2 emissions (around 25 gigatonnes). Cities are therefore the main threat to the climate, but they can also be an important part of the solution to the problem through their citizens and city councils, who have to take the lead in urban climate change mitigation and adaptation actions.

With these challenges on the table, this webinar will count with the participation of different experts, among them Julio Andrade, Director of the National Centre for the Training of Leading Authorities – CIFAL Malaga UNITAR; Katerina Fortun, Political Analyst – Adaptation to Climate Change at the European Commission; Regina Monsalve, President of the College of Agricultural Technical Engineers and Graduates of Valencia and Castellón – COITAVC; and Eugenio Martí, CEO of Graphene Solutions.

This webinar aims to claim a management model based on green local development supported by sustainable and inclusive aspects and will exchange views on the redesign of the municipalities of the future from the improvement of local public services, therefore, the areas of discussion will range from governance to citizen participation through energy, mobility, building and technological solutions to implement these changes.

“Greencities 4 Fighting Against Climate Change” serves as an online precedent for the urban intelligence and sustainability forum Greencities, an event that will take place at the Trade Fair and Convention Centre of Malaga on 29th and 30th September 2021 with all the necessary anti-COVID security measures.

Haven’t you registered yet? You can do it here.

About Finnova Foundation

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 social challenges such as employment, training, entrepreneurship, the United Nations 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.

For more information: www.finnova.eu

About FYCMA

FYCMA (Trade Fair and Convention Centre of Malaga) has established itself as one of the most active trade fair organisers in Southern Europe, specialising in the conceptualisation and development of professional events linked to the field of innovation, digital transformation and knowledge generation. These forums, highly specialised and with an international vocation, share the common goal of attracting talent and investment, while seeking convergence between the capabilities of the Spanish productive and research fabric and providing physical and virtual spaces for generating business, launching disruptive projects, new opportunities and establishing alliances. The venue contributes with them to the positioning of Malaga and Andalusia among the key prescribers of advanced sectors, as well as strengthening the Spain brand in an increasingly digital and connected world.

For more information: www.fycma.com

About Greencities y S-MOVING

Greencities, Intelligence and Urban Sustainability and S-MOVING, Movilidad Inteligente y Sostenible, Intelligent and Sustainable Mobility, will hold their next editions on 29th and 30th September in person at FYCMA (Trade Fair and Congress Centre of Malaga) converging in a single business and knowledge space, and also providing a comprehensive view of the challenges of the territories and their management through a global concept of sustainability. Thus, positioned as the main national platform on tools, solutions and ideas for the development of smart, sustainable and connected territories, they will address in depth topics such as technology and connectivity as tools against depopulation -smart rural-, the opportunities of smart tourist destinations, collective transport as the axis for sustainable mobility, 5G and connected and autonomous mobility, or the potential of green hydrogen, among others.

For more information: www.greencitiesmalaga.com y www.smovingforum.com

About Startup Europe Awards

It is a methodology of the European Commission’s DG CONNECT, implemented by the Finnova Foundation since 2016. The SEUAs are an open innovation tool for identifying disruptive startups that promotes public-private collaboration and raises awareness of the importance of self-entrepreneurship as a driver of employment. In addition to generating alliances that help to meet the SDGs of the United Nations and the actions of the European Green Deal, thus contributing to the circular economy, the fight against climate change and sustainable tourism.

For more information: www.startupeuropeawards.eu/seua/

 

About Startup Europe Accelerathon

Startup Europe Accelerathon aims to identify innovative ideas that can be funded by the European Union, such as the LIFE programme, Green Deal, Horizon 2020 or NextGenerationEU. Startup Europe Accelerathon follows the indications of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, contributing from each challenge to the proposed SDGs; in the framework of the Startup Europe Awards methodology of the European Commission’s DG CONNECT, which was born from the DG Research and Development in 2020 with the pan-European campaign Hackthevirus. It has been successfully carried out with governments such as that of the Valencian Community with the challenge of industrial polluting waters or the Andalusian Regional Government with the challenge of the fight against climate change, forest management and innovation in the prevention, fight against fires and regeneration of burnt areas.

For more information: www.accelerathon.eu

 

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Third webinar of the LATAM-EU Generation series: Challenges of circular economy in LATAM-EU cooperation as a production and consumption model for sustainability

Third webinar of the LATAM-EU Generation series: Challenges of circular economy in LATAM-EU cooperation as a production and consumption model for sustainability

The aim of this series is to promote business cooperation between Latin-American and European Union countries


The Red Business Market and the Ibero-American Congress on Family Business and SMEs collaborate in this event


A meeting will be organised in Medellin (Colombia) at the end of 2021 to celebrate the LATAM Startup Europe Awards


The workshop will be held on 11th of May on the occasion of Global Recycling Day


Banner of the third webinar of the LATAM-EU series

Brussels, 04.05.2021 – Next Tuesday, May 11th 2021, on the occasion of Global Recycling Day, Finnova Foundation and Startup Europe Awards are launching the third event of the Next LATAM-EU Generation series: Challenges of the circular economy in LATAM-EU cooperation as a model of production and consumption for sustainability, with the collaboration of Red Business Market and the Ibero-American Congress on Family Business and SMEs.

The main objectives are the transfer of knowledge, to raise awareness of the funding mechanisms available between the two continents and the development of common projects between different countries in Latin America and Europe in order to create business alliances on both sides of the Atlantic, focusing each even on the celebration of a world day in line with the United Nations SDG.

The third event of the Next LATAM-EU Generation cycle, entitled “Challenges of the circular economy in LATAM-EU cooperation as a model of production and consumption for sustainability”, will be held on 11 May from 16h30 to 18h00 (CEST). It will be attended by Guillermo González, head of the Circular Economy Office of the Chilean Ministry of Environment, Silvio Ruiz manager of the Colombian Association of Recyclers – GAIAREC, Álvaro Hernández, president of the Board of Directors of Inboplast, Sharam Yalda, partner of CirCoAX and founder of HumanNation Giuseppe Libertati, global leader, author, energy disruptor and smart data investor and Alonso Salguero, CEO of  GTA Ingeniería y Madioambiente, among many other speakers. Haven’t you registered yet? Do it for free here.

During the first event, which was celebrated last 8th of March coinciding with International Women’s Day, the vision of women in LATAM-EU business cooperation was discussed, within the framework of innovation and entrepreneurship. The workshop was divided into three blocks: institutional, in which several women members of international institutions participated; entrepreneurship, which was attended by 8 influential women entrepreneurs; and European projects, which focused on the importance of funding mechanisms when it comes to entrepreneurship.

The first workshop was entitled ‘Women’s vision in LATAM-EU family business cooperation, in the framework of innovation and entrepreneurship’. Some of the women who participated were Patricial Lombart, European Union ambassador to the Republic of Colombia, Liskel Álvarez, Delegate Councillor for External Action of the Cabildo of Tenerife, Adriana Vargas, Head of the Trade Section of the Colombian Mission to the European Union, Ruth de los Reyes Cánovas, CEO of Microbiotech SL, a company accelerated by the CEI Túria, and Martha Lagunes, Head of Strategic Planning at Startup Europe Awards Mexico, among many others. If you missed the first webinar, you can watch it here.

La segunda jornada, que tuvo lugar el pasado 6 de abril, titulada “Retos y oportunidades para el turismo a través de la cooperación LATAM-UE en el contexto de la crisis sanitaria COVID-19” y que se celebró con motivo del Día Mundial de la Salud, versó sobre los retos a los que se enfrenta actualmente el sector turístico y sobre cómo poder frente a éstos partiendo de la siguiente premisa “el turismo es un sector tractor de generación de empleo”, tal y como declaraba Juanma Revuelta, CEO de la Fundación Finnova.

It was divided into three blocks: the first, entitled “Challenges and opportunities for tourism, the second, “Health and tourism in the context of COVID-19“, and the third and last before de round of questions, “New developments and opportunities”. This event was attended by speakers such as Manuel Vegas, President of the Association of Hotel Managers (AEDH); Antonio López de Ávila, Co-founder and CEO of Tourism Data Driven Solutions (TDDS); Irene Sánchez, Business Creation Manager at the health area of EIT Health Spain; José García Padernilla, Manager at Ditecpesa (Ferrovial) and leader of the CD CLEAN COVID-19 New desinfection formulation and Víctor Badorrey, Director of Institutional Relations at SEGITTUR.

Couldn’t you attend the event? You can watch it here.

Next LATAM-EU Generation was born after the success of the Ibero-American Congress on Family Businesses and SMEs, organised by Red Business Market, which took place last January. With the participation of 558 companies, more than 60 national and international speakers and almost 9000 companies attending, the congress reflected the need for transatlantic collaboration to face common challenges in the two continents, such as digitalisation, sustainability and circularity after COVID-19.

Josu Gómez Barrutia, CEO of Red Business Market, states that “certainly, in a time of profound changes, challenges and transformations in the socio-economic and geopolitical sphere, the commitment to meeting spaces, alliances and strategic connections in the fields of entrepreneurship, business development and cooperation between the European Union and Latin America are fundamental”.

The Next LATAM-EU Generation series is divided into nine online events that will take place on the second Monday of each month referring to an international day celebrated during the same month. In these training spaces, different support tools, challenges and opportunities will be presented to promote entrepreneurship and innovation through business and public-private collaboration, with an emphasis on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – Agenda 2030, prioritising one or the other depending on the region.

As culmination, at the end of this year, if the health situation allows it, an in-person meeting will be held in Medellin (Colombia) where the final of the LATAM Startup Europe Awards will be held. Startup Europe Awards (SEUA) is a methodology of European Commission DG-CONNECT implemented by Finnova Foundation since 2016, whose main mission is to help StartUps and ScaleUps to be more efficient, intelligent and successful, to promote innovation and the exchange of experiences and to influence the Scaleups process, all from a sustainable approach.

About Finnova Foundation

The European foundation for innovation funding. 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 United Nations SDGs, the circular economy, etc. Finnova organises the Startup EuropeAwards, an initiative of the European Commission and the Finnova Foundation, to recognise the best European startups in the social field. www.finnova.eu

About Startup Europe Awards

It is a methodology of the European Commission DG CONNECT, implemented by the Finnova Foundation since 2016. The SEUAs are an open innovation tool for identifying disruptive startups that promotes public-private collaboration and raises awareness of the importance of self-entrepreneurship as a driver of employment. In addition to generating alliances that help to meet the SDGs of the United Nations and the actions of the European Green Deal, thus contributing to the circular economy, the fight against climate change and sustainable tourism. http://startupeuropeawards.eu/seua/

About Red Business Market 

Business Market is a connection forum between investors, companies, entrepreneurs and startups in Ciudad Real whose objectives are the generation of a business network, financing and support for the development of economic and business projects in the territory. All this, hand in hand with the possibility of being able to have a direct relationship with venture capital funds, business angels, family investment assets and corporate or financial funds addressed to innovative, disruptive and value-added initiatives that need an economic boost to its development.

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Awards ceremony: Europe Accelerathon Euroregion Alentejo-Algarve-Andalucía for Covid-19 challenges and climate change

Awards ceremony: Europe Accelerathon Euroregion Alentejo-Algarve-Andalucía for Covid-19 challenges and climate change

An open innovation programme to promote innovative technologies in the Alentejo-Algarve-Andalusia Euroregion.


The final webinar, organized by Finnova, will take place next Thursday, May 6, 2021.


A presentation webinar was in support of the Portuguese Presidency of  the Council of the European Union, as indicated in its priorities:  “It is time to act: for a fair, ecological and digital recovery”.


Initiative co-financed by the Ministry of the Presidency, Public and Interior Administration of the Junta de Andalucía.

Seville, 28.04.2021. The “Accelerathon Spain-Portugal: innovation and cooperation against Covid-19 and climate change” seeks to address the challenges facing the Alentejo-Algarve-Andalucía Euroregion (Euroregion AAA) on issues related to Covid-19 and climate change. Next Thursday, 06 May 2021 at 17:00 Brussels time, the final ceremony of this open innovation programme (www.accelerathon.eu) will be held to boost innovation in the Alentejo-Algarve-Andalusia Euroregion in the fight against Coronavirus and climate change. This initiative is co-financed by the Ministry of the Presidency, Public and Interior Administration of the Junta de Andalucía.

During the event, in webinar format, the name of the three finalists of the Accelerathon Spain-Portugal will be announced. The jury has evaluated a total of 15 initiatives presented, of which the 5 with the highest score will be disseminated through the Finnova communication channels and the Firefighting Open Innovation Lab – CILIFO. The jury will choose the best proposal, which will receive advice and be mentored for a possible presentation of their project to a European call. The remaining four initiatives will benefit from the financial aid information service provided by Finnova, the finalists will participate in the final webinar in which they will make a pitch of 5 minutes.

  • The first finalist proposal will be mentored and advised by Finnova for the search for European financial opportunities of interest.
  • Proposals remaining in second and third positions will receive partial mentoring, benefiting from a financial aid information service provided by Finnova.
  • The top five proposals will be always disseminated – respecting the protection of business secrecy – to help its dissemination and increase the chances that entities interested in investing in them will know them.

The final webinar envisages the participation of the entities that collaborate with Finnova in this initiative (University of Evora, IrRADIARE and the Intermunicipal Community of the Algarve-AMAL) for the realization and implementation of the tasks included in the celebration of the “Accelerathon Spain-Portugal: innovation and cooperation against Covid-19 and climate change”.

Webinar registrations at:

https://form.jotform.com/finnova/Final-Accelerathon-EuroAAA

About Startup Europe Accelerathon (www.accelerathon.eu)

Startup Europe Accelerathon aims to identify innovative ideas capable of obtaining funding from the European Union, such as the LIFE, Green Deal, Horizon 2020 or NextGenerationEU programme. Startup Europe Accelerathon follows the directions of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals contributing from each challenge to the proposed STO objectives; en the framework of the European Commission’s DG CONNECT Startup Europe Awards methodology that has been born since DG Research and Development in 2020 with the pan-European  Hackthevirus campaign. Se has successfully carried out with governments such as that of the Valencian Community with the challenge of industrial polluting  waters or Junta de Andalucía with the challenge of combating climate change, forest management and innovation in the prevention, firefighting and regeneration of burned spaces.

About Startup Europe Network

Startup Europe is an initiative of the European Commission, DG CONNECT, to connect  and  promote high-tech startups, scaleups, investors, accelerators, corporate networks, universities and media.

Learn more about Startup Europe: Startup Europe | Shaping Europe’s digital future (europa.eu)

About Startup Europe Awards (HIS) (www.startupeuropeawards.eu)

It is a methodology of dg CONNECT of the European Commission, implemented by the Finnova Foundation since 2016. SEUA is an open innovation tool to identify disruptive startups, promote public-private collaboration and raise awareness of the importance of self-priming as an employment-generating engine. In addition to building partnerships to help meet the United Nations SDS and the actions of the European Green Pact, thus contributing to the circular economy, the fight against climate change and sustainable tourism. The winners get support to turn their projects into large projects financially supported by the EU (between 500,000 euros and 17.5 million euros), international legal support and lobbying, strategic mentoring, international networking, investor access and support for internationalisation worldwide.

About CILIFO – Collaborating Project (www.cilifo.eu)

The Project The Iberian Centre for Forest Fire Research and Combat (CILIFO) is funded by the Interreg V-A Spain – Portugal – POCTEP Cross-Border Cooperation Programme (2014-2020),has a total budget of 24.6 million euros and is the Most Funded Interreg project in the history of the forest fire programme. It  focuses on the fight against forest fires and their consequences for the adaptation and mitigation of climate change; in a framework of cross-border cooperation for risk prevention and improvement of the management of the natural resources of Spain and Portugal in the area of the Alentejo – Algarve-Andalusia Euroregion. The project  follows the indications of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its effects.

About Firefighting Open Innovation Lab – CILIFO (www.innovation.cilifo.eu)

The CILIFO Project through its Firefighting Open Innovation Lab – CILIFO  (accelerator – incubator managed by Finnova) supports the initiatives of entrepreneurs and companies in the field of prevention and fight against forest fires. There are currently 18 companies affiliated to the accelerator and are being mentored and guided to initiatives in the search for European funding.

Finnova opens (www.finnova.eu)

European Foundation for the financing of innovation headquartered in Brussels and with offices in Andalusia, the Basque Country, the Valencian Community, Madrid, the Canary Islands, and with its own delegations of local law in Romania, Panama and Chile and whose objectives are to promote public-private cooperation through innovation to address social challenges such as employment, training, entrepreneurship, the United Nations SDS , the circular economy, health, digitization, water and renewable energies. One of his priorities is the training of young talent in European affairs management in Brussels.

Contact

Beatriz Martínez Muñoz, European project and communication officer at the Finnova Foundation.

E-mail: beatriz.martinez@finnova.eu

Phone: +34 605 52 10 84

 

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Transfiere European Forum for Science, Technology and Innovation closes its tenth edition by awarding prizes to three disruptive and innovative startups

Transfiere European Forum for Science, Technology and Innovation closes its tenth edition by awarding prizes to three disruptive and innovative startups

More than 2,000 participants took part in the tenth edition and there were more than 3,000 networking meetings.


The tenth edition of the Transfiere Forum included support activities for emerging companies, which had the opportunity to present their projects to national and international investors.


The event was held in person at the FYCMA (Trade Fair and Congress Centre of Malaga).

Prize-giving ceremony of the Open Call for Deep Tech and Deep Science Startups

Malaga, 16th April 2021-. The Transfiere Forum, in its tenth edition, brought together more than 2,000 professionals and more than 30 universities and managed to schedule more than 3,000 networking meetings in a completely safe space thanks to the establishment of a rigorous health protocol, where participants were able to learn about opportunities for internationalisation, digital transformation and Industry 4.0, research and financing of ideas and projects, etc.

The forum was organised by Malaga City Council, the Andalusian Knowledge Agency and the Ministry of Science and Innovation and was attended by public and private entities such as foundations, technology centres, universities, city councils and clusters. Among those present at the meeting were  Association of Science and Technology Parks of Spain (APTE),  the Centre for Technological and Industrial Development (CDTI),  the Spanish National Research Centre (CSIC), the ICEX Spain Export and Investment, the EIT Health, the Finnova Foundation, the Grupo CPS, ACM servicios, AERTEC, PCT Cartuja, Tourism Data Driven Solutions (TDDS), Enisa, Ayming and FI Group, among many others, thus consolidating its position as one of the main meeting points for the innovation ecosystem in Southern Europe.

This year’s edition was also attended by more than 30 universities and the participation of some of the rectors of the different universities in Andalusia. Among them were the Universities of Alcalá, Cádiz, Castilla-La Mancha, Granada, Córdoba, Zaragoza, Sevilla, Málaga, la Universidad Católica de Murcia y la politécnica de Valencia, among others.

Juanma Revuelta, director and founder of Startup Europe Awards (SEUA) an initiative of the European Commission DG CONNECT and implemented by the Finnova Foundation since 2016, was part of the evaluation committee of the “Open Call for deep tech & deep science Start-ups”, coordinated by the Enterprise European Network  (EEN), which was held on Wednesday 14th April in the afternoon and whose awards ceremony took place one day later, on 15th April, in the Open Innovation Area, from 10:45 to 11:30. In addition to the prize awarded by Transfiere, the Finnova Foundation awarded two acceleration tickets valued at €5,000 to two other disruptive startups.

Besides, thanks to this call, national and international startups with deep tech and science projects had the opportunity to increase their visibility to national and international investors who are experts in the sector.

The project ‘Biel Digital Glasses’, an augmented reality glasses to help visually impaired people perceive their environment was awarded by Transfiere.

The smart glasses combine 3D machine vision, robotics, artificial intelligence and mixed reality to adapt the user’s spatial context to their remaining visual capacity, thus improving conditions for people with low vision. The start-up was chosen through a novel virtual voting system among 11 candidate start-ups, five international and six national, all of them with a high level of scientific knowledge and have had the opportunity to present their projects to a number of investors.

For its part, Startup Europe Awards, the jury of the Open call, awarded two acceleration tickets worth €5,000 to two disruptive and innovative startups in deep tech and deep science. The first, Simplicity Works, a Spanish company founded in 2011 by a team of researchers and engineers led by Adrián Hernández, founder of the company and creator of the 3D bonding technology line, based on direct polymer injection bonding. Since its beginnings, Simplicity Works’ objective has been to modernise the footwear sector through new developments, patents and manufacturing techniques born from constant R&D&I work. The second ticket went to KrattWorks, a startup with an autonomous surveillance system for firefighting with artificial vision and artificial intelligence. KrattWorks has developed a smart drone controller with a mobile communication module and artificial intelligence, allowing drones to operate in an unlimited range, using artificial vision and artificial intelligence on the board of the flying drone and distributing the data collected to multiple users in different rescue teams, mission control centre and authorised third parties.

Adrián Hernández, founder of Simplicity Works and creator of the technological line 3D bonding

During the event, the Finnova Foundation attended at their stand to entrepreneurs and visitors interested in the Next Generation EU Funds and other funds such as EIC Accelerator and presented the projects LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0, CirCoAX, CILIFO y NAPOCTEP. In addition, the Foundation had as special guests Borja Sorli, from CEI Túria, Xavier Jorge Cerdá, councillor of Vilamarxant Town Council and Francisco José Gutiérrez and Maria del Mar Reyes, representing Coria del Río Town Council, among others.

 

About Finnova Foundation

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 social challenges such as employment, training, entrepreneurship, the United Nations SDGs, the circular economy, etc. Finnova organises the Startup EuropeAwards, an initiative of the European Commission and the Finnova Foundation, to recognise the best European startups in the social field.

For more information: www.finnova.eu

About Startup Europe Awards

It is a methodology of the European Commission’s DG CONNECT, implemented by the Finnova Foundation since 2016. The SEUAs are an open innovation tool for identifying disruptive startups that promotes public-private collaboration and raises awareness of the importance of self-entrepreneurship as a driver of employment. In addition to generating alliances that help to meet the SDGs of the United Nations and the actions of the European Green Deal, thus contributing to the circular economy, the fight against climate change and sustainable tourism.

For more information: www.startupeuropeawards.eu/seua/

About FYCMA

FYCMA is a convention and trade fair centre located in the city of Malaga with an exhibition area of 19,500 m² spread over different buildings. It is currently one of the most active trade fair organisers in Southern Europe, being highly specialised in the conceptualisation and development of professional events linked to the field of innovation, digital transformation and knowledge generation.

For more information: www.fycma.com

About Transfiere

The main R+D+I meeting in Southern Europe for sharing scientific and technological knowledge, promoting innovation and connecting science and business. It is a key professional and multi-sectoral forum for knowledge transfer, improving competitiveness in the business sector and generating business and networking opportunities. Transfiere brings together every year in Malaga the main public and private agents relevant to the field of research and knowledge transfer.

For further information: https://transfiere.fycma.com/