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Finnova Foundation kicks off its cooperation with Ghana and Africa to face the challenges the 21st century poses through open innovation

  • International experts discussed last Friday the situation in Africa regarding mobility, green energies, and climate change as well as different disruptive initiatives that may be put in place.
  • Finnova Foundation presented several EU funding opportunities.
  • During the event, the open call to find potential partners in Africa within the framework of the Energy Africa Startup Europe Awards was launched, which will be held in early 2022.

Brussels, 23.11.2021

Finnova Foundation reaffirmed its commitment to the green transition in Ghana and Africa and their endeavours to combat climate change in an event on last Friday 19 November 2021 to assess the situation in Africa regarding mobility, green energies, and climate change.

The Next Ghana Generation. Mobility and Energy: New Opportunities and Challenges in Ghana and Africa webinar was held to commemorate the recent announcement on the start of effective implementation of the interim Economic Partnership Agreement (iEPA) between the EU and Ghana. This event was also held on the eve of Africa Industrialization Day, an initiative launched by the United Nations to foster Africa’s sustainable development.

The international expert panel featured Juan Manuel Revuelta (Finnova Foundation CEO); Alexander Charalambous (Team Leader, EU SWITCH to Green Facility); Juan Jesús Rodríguez Marichal (Chairman, Trade Department of the Cámara de Comercio de Fuerteventura); Jacob Fohtung (Research Associate, Global Prosperity at Clayton Christensen Institute); Prof Leendert de Bell (Researcher, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences); Gameli Adzaho (Regional Programme Manager, Just One Giant Lab); Cornelius Nartey (Volunteer, Africa Association of Entrepreneurs); Regina Nesiama Miller (Principal Renewable Energy Specialist, African Development Bank Group); Shantha Bloemen (CEO & Founder, Mobility for Africa); Festus Loma (Senior Commercial Specialist, Nigeria Electrification Project); Tony Tiyou (CEO & Founder, Renewables in Africa); Roberto Vigotti (Secretary General, RES4Africa Foundation); Gonzalo Piernavieja Izquierdo (RDI Director, Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias); Juan Viesca (EU Funds Director, Finnova Foundation), Alberto Navarro (HR and Training Manager, Finnova Foundation), and Yiboula Bazier Emmanuel, member of Foro Euroafricano.

Throughout the event, which was divided into five panels (institutions, innovation and entrepreneurship, energy and mobility, EU funds, and training and education), panellists presented different disruptive solutions, best cases, and initiatives conducted both in Ghana and in the rest of African countries in order to implement technologies and innovation in several domains like education, mobility, renewable energies, and the upgrade of infrastructures. It was also talked about the different barriers these countries must overcome to put in place these ideas, and an introduction of EU funds was also provided.

EU funding opportunities

The event was inaugurated by Finnova Foundation CEO Juan Manuel Revuelta, who provided some data regarding EU-Ghana cooperation since 2000 up until now, which encompasses some issues like climate change, food security, cross-border challenges, and how cooperation plans facilitate trade and the access to the EU market for exporting countries like Ghana.

“We hope that the EU-Ghana compromises will play a key role in facing the challenges that poses the green transition in Ghana and Africa as well as in terms of contributing to the United Nations’ ambition such as SDGs and the goals of Africa Industrialization Day”, said Mr Revuelta. “We believe that public-private partnerships remain crucial and that innovation is pivotal, as can be seen in all the projects we are involved and which were discussed at COP26, added Mr Revuelta.

According to Finnova CEO, “EU-funded initiatives like Startup Europe Awards as well as innovative and low-cost technologies will enable overcome our shared challenges, for which a public-private partnership approach will be required”.

Mr Revuelta mentioned other European projects upholding sustainability like LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0, which enables to transform sludge from wastewater treatment plants into green energy thanks to technology.

Energy Africa Startup Europe Awards

On the other hand, the event featured the launch of the open call to find potential partners to carry out the Energy Africa Startup Europe Awards in early 2022. This call takes place against a backdrop of the new 2021-2027 EU financial period which will help advance renewable energies and sustainable mobility. The announcement was made by Yiboula Bazier Emmanuel, member of Foro Euroafricano, and it was endorsed by World Diplomatic Institute.

As a sidenote, Finnova backs the CLIMA-RISK project, which will be presented during the Africa event, an international business platform which will be held from 30 November to 1st December on the island of Fuerteventura (the Canary Islands, Spain). Africagua seeks to connect the world with Africa from the Canary Islands, encouraging clean energies and sustainability.

Click here to watch the webinar.

About Finnova Foundation

Finnova Foundation is a Belgian-Spanish foundation which helps institutions and organisations receive funds for innovative projects. It aims 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.

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Finnova Foundation pledges its commitment to sustainable mobility and green energies in Africa and Ghana by holding Next Ghana Generation EU webinar

  • This event will be held to celebrate the recent announcement on the start of trading under the interim Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Ghana.
  • Panellists include inter alia representatives from institutions, scholars on EU-Ghana/Africa relations, several experts on mobility and energy, and entrepreneurs.
  • It will take place on Friday 19 November 2021 at 16:00 (CET)/15:00 (Accra time) on the eve of Africa Industrialization Day.
  • The event will feature the launch of the open call to find potential partners in Africa to carry out the Energy Africa Startup Europe Awards in early 2022.

Brussels, 18 November 2021 – To commemorate the recent announcement on the onset of effective implementation of the interim Economic Partnership Agreement (iEPA) between the EU and Ghana, Finnova Foundation will hold a webinar on Friday 19 November 2021 at 16:00 (CET)/15:00 (Accra time) with representatives from both regions. The event will also be held on the eve of Africa Industrialization Day (20 Nov.), an initiative launched by the United Nations to foster Africa’s sustainable development.

According to the European External Action Service (EEAS), the EU is one of Ghana’s key trade partners – Ghana’s total trade value with the EU was estimated to be nearly 20% in 2018. These figures, however, are expected to rise in light of the recent announcement on the start of trading and the effective implementation of the interim Economic Partnership Agreement between Ghana and the EU, which facilitates commercial exchanges and the removal of a number of technical hindrances.

The event will be held on the eve of Africa Industrialization Day (20 Nov.), which was proclaimed by the United Nations within the framework of the Second Industrial Development Decade for Africa (1991-2000). In 2016, the UN approved the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (2016-2025), which focuses on ensuring Africa’s sustainable industrialisation by respecting the planetary boundaries. Consequently, this event will devote a specific panel to discussing green energies and carbon-free mobility as a means to reach Africa’s sustainable industrial development. The webinar will be broken down into five main panels: institutions, innovation and entrepreneurship, energy and mobility, EU funds, and training and education. It will feature Finnova CEO Juan Manuel Revuelta‘s keynote address as well as the contributions of some institutional representatives like Regina Nesiama Miller (African Development Bank Group), Alexander Charalambous (EU SWITCH to Green Facility), and Juan Jesús Rodríguez Marichal (Cámara de Comercio de Fuerteventura); scholars and innovative entrepreneurs like Jacob Fohtung (Global Prosperity at Clayton Christensen Institute),Prof Leendert de Bell (Utrecht University of Applied Sciences), Gameli Adzaho (Just One Giant Lab) and Cornelius Nartey (Africa Association of Entrepreneurs); experts on mobility and energy like Shantha Bloemen (Mobility for Africa), Festus Loma (Nigeria Electrification Project), Tony Tiyou (Renewables in Africa), Roberto Vigotti (RES4Africa Foundation) and Gonzalo Piernavieja Izquierdo (Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias); and Finnova’s experts on EU funds i.e., Juan Viesca, as well as training and education i.e., Alberto Navarro.

“Finnova is committed to Africa’s and Ghana’s green transition and endeavours to tackle climate change. We hope EU-Ghana’s arrangements will play a decisive role in ensuring successful follow-through as well as contributing to the United Nation’s ambitions e.g., SDGs and the goals of Africa Internationalization Day. Similarly, we believe public-private partnerships remain crucial and that innovation is pivotal, as can be seen in all the projects we are involved in and which were discussed at COP26. In this regard, EU-funded initiatives like Startup Europe Awards and breakthrough and low-cost technologies will surely help meet our common challenges, which will require a public-private partnership approach”, said Juan Manuel Revuelta, CEO of Finnova Foundation.

This event will take place following Finnova’s participation at COP26, where it co-organised four official events, one of them being on green energies and bioeconomy and another one being on sustainable mobility. The event will feature the launch of the open call to find potential partners in Africa to carry out the Energy Africa Startup Europe Awards in early 2022. This announcement will take place against a backdrop of the new 2021-2027 EU financial period, which will enable to advance green energies and sustainable mobility. The announcement will be made by Foro Euroafricano (Josu Gómez Barrutia) and World Diplomatic Institute (Jean Aznar). As a sidenote, Finnova endorses the CLIMA-RISK project, which will be presented during the Africagua event as well as in the Next Ghana Generation EU webinar.

By holding this webinar, Finnova is kicking off its cooperation with Ghana and Africa. This event will provide a timely opportunity to bring together European and Ghanaian and African actors to meet the challenges the 21st century poses through open innovation.

If you represent a public or private institution, if you run a business, if you are a youth or if you have innovative or disruptive ideas, do not hesitate to join us by registering here: http://ghana.inscripciones.finnova.eu/.

About Finnova Foundation

Finnova Foundation is a Belgian-Spanish foundation which helps institutions and organisations receive funds for innovative projects. It aims 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.

About Startup Europe Awards

Startup Europe Awards is an initiative by DG CONNECT which has been implemented by Finnova Foundation since 2016. Startup Europe Awards is an open innovation mechanism to identify disruptive start-ups and to promote private-public partnerships. SEUA also seeks 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, SEUA also contributes to the circular economy, sustainable tourism, and the fight against climate change.

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CILIFO, the project that fights Forest Fires, is the winner of the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA)

On Tuesday, November 16th 2021, the European final of the EEPA awards took place in Portoroz, Slovenia, and the award was conferred to the Interreg CILIFO project on forest firefighting and prevention.

  • The CILIFO project gains European recognition, for implementing the world’s first accelerator/incubator focused on forest fires, called “Firefighting Open Innovation Lab“.
  • The Finnova Foundation receives the award in Portoroz Slovenia.
  • During the ceremony, the Finnova Foundation announced its commitment to create green jobs by extending innovation centers through to the European funds in Africa, Latin America and in other regions of Europe (Mediterranean, Atlantic, Macaronesia, Baltic Danube, Adriatic and Central Europe)

The European Commission, in association with the Committee of the Regions, has awarded the CILIFO project, funded by Interreg project coordinated by the Junta de Andalucía, along with the co-organizer, the Finnova Foundation, at European level within the 4th category: “Support for the internationalization of enterprises” of the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA).

Finnova was also present at the recent COP26 in Glasgow on November 8th, in a face-to-face and virtual event, together with Helmholtz Climate Initiative and Forestry Division of FAO, on deforestation and firefighting entitled “Forest ecosystems trends and innovation: satellite observation, simulations, and firefighting” which was also attended by the Minister of Ecological Transition, Fight against Climate Change and Territorial Planning of the Regional Government of Canary Islands, José Antonio Valbuena.

The proposal of the Iberian Centre for Forest Fire Research and Fighting (CILIFO) presented by the project partner Finnova, through the Firefighting Open Innovation Lab – CILIFO, enabled the achievement of this award by the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) of the European Commission.

The awards ceremony was held within the framework of the Annual Assembly of the European SME week that took place from November 15th to November 17th, in 2021 in Portoroz, on behalf of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Annual Assembly of Small and Medium Enterprises is the most important event for the SMEs across Europe.

Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for Internal Market, and Zdravko Počivalšek, Minister of Economic Development and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia headed the opening of the “2021 SME Assembly”. Thomas Wobben, Director for Legislative Works of the European Committee of the Regions, was also present, representing the institution that have conferred the prestigious European awards.

Support and recognition of entrepreneurship in the European Union

With a total of 6 categories, the prestigious European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) at the gala event “European Entreprise Promotion and Small and Mid-Caps Award” which are celebrating their 15th edition this year, recognized and rewarded those initiatives that exceptionally support the entrepreneurial spirit, foster entrepreneurship, and raise awareness of the innovative role that all the start-ups, SMEs and companies, collectively play within the European social fabric. Raúl Blanco, General Secretariat for Industry and Small and Medium Enterprises of the Spanish Government was the one who informed the consortium that CILIFO was the national winner of the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) within the 4th category: “Support for the internationalization of enterprises”. Moreover, the project has always counted on the support of the European Union and specifically the Sevillian Member of the European Parliament, Juan Ignacio Zoido.

The green and sustainable economic recovery

As Juan Manuel Revuelta, CEO of the Finnova Foundation, mentioned during his speech at the ceremony, we are witnessing the largest stimulus package ever, not only at European level, but worldwide. In the period 2021 – 2027, the EU will be endowed with an economic budget that is 12 times the Marshall Plan, for the recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic through the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and the NextGenerationEU recovery funds.

These funds are aimed not only at economic recovery, but also at achieving it in a sustainable manner. For all these reasons, the CILIFO project coordinated by the Junta de Andalucía together with the Finnova Foundation, exposed in this official act its objective of achieving an increase in the budget in order to be directly proportional in the field of forest management and recovery from forest fire, to continue with its work of mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

With the international recognition of this project financed by the Interreg POCTEP Spain – Portugal 2014 – 2020 Program with 24.6 M€, the largest budget in the field of forest fire prevention and extinction in the European Union, which is led by the Junta de AndalucíaConsejería de Agricultura, Ganadería, Pesca y Desarrollo Sostenible, the importance of these European funds in the economic and social recovery is highlighted.

Under the umbrella of CILIFO, extending its good practices to Castilla y León, Galicia, Extremadura and all Iberian Portugal, another project of the Junta de Andalucía has been framed, financed with European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), that seeks to strengthen cross-border systems for the prevention and extinction of forest fires and the improvement of resources for the generation of rural employment post Covid-19. This project, called FIREPOCTEP, dispose of 5.6 million euros and it is driven by the Interreg VA Spain-Portugal Cooperation Program (POCTEP) 2014 – 2020 financed by 75%.

Awarded the first accelerator in the world about forest management

CILIFO’s partner Finnova Foundation, which attended the ceremony to receive the award, has been implementing the Startup Europe Accelerator open innovation methodology for more than 10 years. In this sense, the public-private partnership with the Junta de Andalucía creating the “Firefighting Open Innovation Lab – CILIFO” is notable for being the first accelerator/incubator in the world, focused on prevention and extinction of forest fires, adaptation and mitigation to climate change.

The project currently counts on entities, applicable in the LIFE Programs within the European Union, with 32 accelerated entities at European level and two at intercontinental level (Mexico and Brazil). In order to contribute to the transfer of knowledge, the Firefighting Open Innovation Lab – CILIFO places at the disposal a “Catalogue of Innovative Solutions” which showcases up to 24 accelerated companies with their technologies.

The general director of the Finnova Foundation, Juan Manuel Revuelta, encouraged in his speech at the event to present projects, using a network of innovation centers in forest management, firefighting and climate change prevention with funding from the European Union. At the ceremony, the Finnova Foundation announced its commitment to create green jobs by extending innovation centers with European funds in Africa, Latin America and in regions of Europe (Mediterranean, Atlantic, Macaronesia, Baltic, Danube areas and  Adriatic and Central Europe) through Interreg, Life, Horizon and Euroclima funds.

About Finnova Foundation (www.finnova.eu)

Finnova is a foundation working to promote and develop innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit. It is a European foundation based in Brussels and Spain, whose objectives are to promote public-private cooperation through innovation to address social challenges such as employment, training, entrepreneurship, the United Nations SDGs, circular economy, etc. Finnova organizes the Startup Europe Awards, an initiative of the European Commission and the Finnova Foundation, to recognize the best European startups in the social field.

About StartUp Europe

StartUp Europe is driven by the European Commission to promote the business ecosystem for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) entrepreneurs so that their ideas and businesses can start to grow and affirm themselves in the European Union. With this initiative, the Commission seeks to respond to the challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

About StartUp Europe Accelerathon (www.acceleratho.eu) StartUp Europe Accelerathon is an acceleration program for innovative projects promoted by the Finnova Foundation that aims to find solutions and funding through an online system of applied open innovation that brings together the innovative ecosystem in different sectors. Startup Europe Accelerathon is based on the hackathon methodology, which aims to find innovative solutions to challenges. For this, an online competition methodology is established with training, mentors, jury and a prize “European acceleration ticket” with the aim of presenting the project to a European funding program, such as LIFE (2021-2027) with a budget of about 2 million euros and with a duration of 3 to 5 years. The challenges follow the indications of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

About Interreg FIREPOCTEP (www.firepoctep.eu)

The project, strengthening of cross-border systems of prevention and extinction of forest fires and improvement of resources for the generation of rural employment post Covid-19 (FIREPOCTEP), positions itself under the fourth call of the Interreg V-A Spain-Portugal Cross-Border Cooperation Program 2014-2020 (POCTEP), co-financed at 75% by the ERDF Funds with a total budget of 5.6 million euros. With a duration of 3 years (01/01/2019 to 31/12/2021) the project’s main objective is the analysis of the impact of climate change on fire risk and its effects in the environment of the Raya (Spain and Portugal). To this end, joint tools will be created to facilitate risk management in the cooperation territory through the capitalization of results, knowledge and best practices. FIREPOCTEP will not only improve cooperation and coordination of fire-fighting forces but will also serve as an example of good practices focused on the protection and promotion of the environment which, in turn, allows the creation of employment and innovation in rural areas through training actions, supporting the local economy and landscape conservation.

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European textile industry calls for more support into the transition to circular economy

  • The European project CircularInnoBooster and its accelerator CirCoAX were present at COP26.
  • Spanish company DeleiteWear won Nextextile COP26 Startup Europe Awards.

Brussels, 8.11.2021 – Re-inventing a fashion and textile sector that respects the limits of the planet and whose strategies are framed by social, environmental and economic sustainability. This was one of the main demands of the panel of experts from the textile sector at the Next Generation EU Startup Europe Awards (SEUA) for Circular and Disruptive Solutions in Textiles, led by the Finnova Foundation with the support of the non-profit organisation Zero Waste Scotland. The event was held Saturday 6 November to coincide with the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment. During the event held in La Palma at Isonorte Foundation, the winning project of Nextextile COP26 Startup Europe Awards Special Edition was announced, which went to the company DeleiteWear.

Presented and moderated by Juanma Revuelta, CEO of Finnova, the event featured presentations from representatives of the textile sector who were able to analyse new models and processes that enable the achievement of the SDG within the framework of the 2030 Agenda, mainly to reach a circular and regenerative economy. Cutting-edge discussions were presented on collaboration and support for alternative models that close the circles of the value chain in the sector.  Also presented at the occasion were the CircularInnoBooster project and its accelerator CirCoAX, which aims to promote a change of model in the fashion and textile sector through an acceleration programme with training and funding. The call of this accelerator that closed last month has received more than 120 applications, which only 30 will receive the €12,000 funding of this COSME project of the European Commission endowed with €360,000 and funded at 75% for two years and whose partners are the European Institute of Design (IED),Texfor, Circulab, Finnova and The Circular Project with HumanNation.

The event was held at 18:30 CET in a hybrid mode, combining face-to-face participation from the island of La Palma with international online speakers. Representatives from the Canary Islands took part, such as Yurena Febles, Networking officer at Cide Canarias, Eduardo Javier Calderón Piñero, Director of Isonorte. The event featured a panel of experts in the fashion and textile sector in Latin America, the European Union, and Scotland, such as Michael Cusack, Head of Sustainability and Business Transformation at ACS Clothing Scotland; David Allo, Head of Sustainability at Texfor; Alejandra Gougy, President of the Asociación Moda Sostenible Argentina; Luis Lehmann, professor and writer; and Sharam Yalda, ecologist, expert in circular business design and founder of the consultancy Human Nation, who represented the EU project CircularInnoBooster and its accelerator CirCoAX.

Around 200 participants from the EU, Scotland and Latin America were able to learn first-hand about innovative EU projects, the importance of the circular economy in the textile and fashion industry and the need to establish climate change actions that promote the green recovery of textiles, which is the second most polluting industry in the world.

Innovation, collaboration and European funds

Juan Manuel Revuelta highlighted the need to understand the call for change in the textile and fashion industries and the importance of innovation, collaboration, and EU funds to achieve sustainability. “We are looking for new models to reinvent fashion and textiles that respect the limits of the planet and include an approach on social, environmental and economic sustainability”, he pointed out.

According to Mr Revuelta, “this COP26 edition will provide an unparalleled opportunity to reflect and to create a new roadmap towards sustainability based both on the goals set out under the Paris Agreement and the European Green Deal and on EU funding facilities like Next Generation”.

DeleiteWear, winner of the Nextextile COP26 Startup Europe Awards

In addition to the CircularInnoBooster project, the protagonists were innovation, clusters such as NextextileGeneration and initiatives that promote public-private partnerships. All of this materialised with the presentation of the Nextextile COP26 Startup Europe Awards Special Edition to DeleiteWear, a Spanish company that began by rescuing and recycling men’s shirts that, due to small imperfections in their fabrics, could no longer be sold. DeleiteWear’s philosophy is based on the certainty that alternatives to fast fashion exist. It is a triple-impact business that aims not only for economic interest, but also for environmental and social benefit. DeleiteWear, consisting of upcycling and circular fashion, is a Spanish project with a minimal carbon footprint and maximum social impact, which protects endangered biodiversity and employs women at risk of social exclusion and victims of trafficking.

The event is available here.

About Finnova Foundation

Finnova Foundation is a Spanish-Belgian foundation which finances innovation. Finnova aims to promote public-private cooperation through innovation to address societal challenges such as jobs, training, entrepreneurship, the UN SDGs, and the circular economy, among others. Finnova works at an EU-level and is headquartered in Belgium, although it also has several offices across Spain, Chile, and Panama.

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 the circular economy, sustainable tourism, culture and creativity, and the fight against climate change.

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Finnova co-organises four official events within the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26)

  • The UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties COP26 2021 will take place from 31 October to 12 November in Glasgow and Brussels.
  • Finnova is co-organising four side events to present European projects CILIFO, LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0, CirCoAX, and S-moving.
  • These projects deal with climate change mitigation, optimal production and use of renewable energies, the circular economy, and sustainable mobility, respectively.

Brussels. 27.10.201 From 31 October to 12 November, Glasgow (UK) and Brussels (Belgium) will host the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties 2021 (COP26). Finnova Foundation is co-organising four events to present a number of European projects focusing on the optimal production and usage of renewable energies, the circular economy, sustainable mobility, and climate change mitigation.

The COP26 events will be held in Glasgow and Brussels and they will also be live broadcasted. Attendees may register using this form.

LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0: European Sustainable Bioeconomy

Finnova’s first event will be ‘LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0: Powering the EU through 2050: Turning the Bioeconomy into Reality’. It will be a hybrid event from Brussels and the island of El Hierro (Canary Islands, Spain) within the framework of the Biosphere Reserve programme, and it will take place on Friday 5 November from 9:30 to 10:30 (CEST).

Panelists at this event, which is co-organised by Finnova Foundation, Metabolic Institute, and Global Omnium will provide an overview on the current situation of bioeconomy in Europe and they will discuss solutions to ensure the EU’s climate neutrality by 2050. The European project entitled ‘LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0’ will be presented as an innovative solution aiming to transform the sludge emanating from wastewater treatment plants using an automatic control software to subsequently pump them into anaerobic digesters to maximise the on-demand production of biogas.

This conference will feature the contributions of Harmen Dekker, Director of the European Biogas AssociationJuan Manuel Revuelta, CEO of Finnova Foundation, and a number of representatives from Global Omnium. The event will be topped off with the delivery of the Bioeconomy COP26 Startup Europe Awards (SEUA), where the most innovative idea, project, or start-up in bioeconomy will be awarded. This event will be held on the occasion of the COP26 Energy Transition Day and it will coincide with the celebration of the Primer Congreso Internacional sobre Canarias como “Kilómetro Cero Mundial de los Océanos” y la Reserva de la Biosfera de El Hierro como “kilómetro Cero de los Zifios” del Corredor Biológico Mundial.

Apply for the BieconomyCOP26 Startup Europe Awards here.

CirCoAX: Circular Economy in the Textile Sector

The webinar called ‘Textile & Circular Economy: “Next Generation EU Startup Europe Awards (SEUA) for Circular and Disruptive Solutions in Textiles”’ will be held from La Palma island (Canary Islands, Spain) on Saturday 6 November from 18:30 to 19:30 CEST. The event seeks to foster the circular economy in Latin America, the EU, and Scotland in the fashion and textile industry – the second most polluting in the world.

Finnova Foundation and Zero Waste Scotland will lead this event, which will look at cooperation and supporting alternative models for the green transition of the textile sector using innovation, EU funded facilities, and clusters like NextextileGeneration. The event will feature the presentation of the CircularInnoBooster project and its accelerator CirCoAX as a success story funded by the EU. This project seeks to make textile and fashion companies more sustainable and circular. The event will be attended by Antonio Fernández, the president of the Consejo Científico de la Reserva Mundial de la Biosfera La Palma. The event will be wrapped up with the delivery of the Nextextile COP26 Startup Europe Awards (SEUA).

Apply for the Nextextile COP26 Startup Europe Awards here.

Interreg CILIFO: Fighting Forest Fires and Climate Change Mitigation

Finnova Foundation, Helmholtz Climate Initiative, and Forestry Division of FAO, will jointly hold this event on Monday 8 November 2021 from 18:30 to 19:30 CEST both in the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow and online. ‘Forest Ecosystems Trends and Innovation: Satellite Observation, Simulations, and Firefighting’ will provide a timely opportunity to assess the current and future state of forests, and special attention will be paid to fighting forest fires and mitigating climate change. The event will feature the contributions of the Minister of the Canaries Department for Green Transition, Climate Change Mitigation, and Cohesion, José Antonio Valbuena, and Bárbara Dietrich, a representative of Diplomatic World, inter alia.

Finnova’s contribution in this event will revolve around the CILIFO project and its accelerator Firefighting Open Innovation Lab which are being led by the Andalusia Regional Government and which endorse initiatives to prevent and extinguish forest fires, forest management, and climate change adaption and mitigation.

At the end of the event, the fundamental role of innovation and entrepreneurship will be acknowledged as the 3rd edition of the Firefighting Startup Europe Awards (SEUA-CILIFO) 2021 will be delivered. These awards are an open innovation tool to identify creative and promising start-ups capable of solving the current challenges in fighting forest fires. The goals of these awards are to spot enterprises offering products, services, or methodologies addressing the three main challenges in fighting forest fires: prevention, suppression, and regeneration. Innovations should focus on improving the efficiency of equipment in fighting forest fires, the creation of technological tools, raising social awareness, studying the evolution of fires, cataloguing the level of hazardousness of forest fires, and analysing fire meteorology and spatial and time patterns. The winner will receive an acceleration ticket from Startup Europe worth €10,000, along with mentorship sessions and technical assistance from Finnova’s experts and other external mentors.

Sustainable moving: Transitioning towards Sustainable Urban Mobility

The last event where Finnova will take part will be held on Friday 12 November from 11:00 to 12:00 CEST at Brussels Bloom Hotel (Brussels) – it will also be live broadcasted – and will focus on ‘Sustainable Mobility: Integrative/Complementary Approaches for Net-zero Urban Transportation”’. The event will feature the contributions of the Malaga City Council, the MobiliseYourCity and the Climate Rally project and will focus on proposals aiming to ensure a green transition towards sustainable and fair urban mobility. In this context, experts in mobility will discuss how innovation in the automobile sector can ensure a zero-emission future by presenting a number of proposals to integrate disruptive technologies and the correct access to EU funds to develop their ideas.

At the end of the event, the winners of the Sustainable Mobility COP26 Startup Europe Awards will be announced. This is a timely opportunity to spread innovations in mobility which are being implemented in cities like Malaga, which is at the forefront in these kinds of sustainable proposals.

Apply for the Sustainable Mobility COP26 Startup Europe Awards here.

About COP26 (https://ukcop26.org/)

Created by the United Nations 30 years ago, the COP26 is the most important international forum to address climate change. The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the annual summit set up by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which brings together 196 contracting countries plus the EU.

Although it was initially planned to be held in 2020, the COP26 had to be put off until November 2021 due to COVID-19. The 2021 edition will host on-site and online events from 31 October to 12 November in Glasgow and Brussels, and they will focus on engaging in new commitments to contain temperature rise to 1.5 degrees this century. This goal will only be met provided that global emissions are halved by 2030 and net-zero emissions are achieved by 2050.

About Finnova Foundation (www.finnova.eu)

Finnova is a European foundation located in Brussels and Spain providing funds for innovative projects. Finnova aims at promoting public-private partnerships through innovation to tackle social challenges like employment, training, entrepreneurship, SDGs, and the circular economy, among others. Finnova is in charge of organising the Startup Europe Awards, an initiative by the European Commission and Finnova Foundation to reward the best European social start-ups.

About StartUp Europe Awards (www.startupeuropeawards.eu)

StartUp Europe Awards (SEUA) is an initiative set up by the European Commission and is supported by the Committee of the Regions and the European Parliament. The implementation of SEUA falls on Finnova and StartUp Europe. These awards are an open innovation tool to identify promising start-ups capable of solving current challenges. Additionally, SEUA strives to scale-up start-ups using a new strategy based on innovation by encouraging entrepreneurs to take a step forward and cooperate with organisations or professionals.

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PUNCH presents its Hydrogen Concept Car to propel Barcelona into the future

PUNCH presents its Concept Car with H2-ICE (Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine) or “hot hydrogen” technology.

PUNCH demonstrates its real capacity and firm commitment to bring its own cutting-edge zero-emission technology to the Zona Franca, Sant Andreu and Montcada plants.

PUNCH will create 2,000 direct jobs and maintain the current network of local suppliers with an investment of €650 million by 2027 in hydrogen and battery facilities, products and technology.

Barcelona, September 14, 2021 – PUNCH today presented its concept car in Barcelona, a pick-up based on its own H2-ICE (Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine) hot hydrogen technology, which would be manufactured at Nissan’s Catalan plants in combination with other light commercial vehicles with battery technology. With this act, PUNCH demonstrates its firm commitment to Barcelona and its ability to guarantee a successful present and near future built on a strong investment in zero-emission technology and taking advantage of the experience and qualifications of the workforce and supplier base currently existing in the Catalan plants.

PUNCH has taken the opportunity of the presentation in Barcelona to confirm its intention to operate in the three existing plants in Zona Franca, Sant Andreu and Montcada, where there will be a gradual incorporation of the current workforce to reach 2000 direct jobs by 2025 and retaining its current local supplier base, with an investment of around €650 million until 2027.

The H2-ICE engine unveiled today has been developed at the PUNCH R&D Centre in Turin and is based on adaptations to a conventional diesel engine, varying the fuel injection system, the ignition system, the adaptation of an engine control module and specific software and the direct injection of hydrogen into the combustion chamber.

Guido Dumarey, CEO of PUNCH, who was present at today’s event, said: “We wanted to be here today with this prototype based on our hydrogen technology to demonstrate our strong commitment to a long-term, sustainable future for the Barcelona plants by leading the transition to a carbon-free future through multiple electric and hydrogen-based technologies. We are also delighted that Andy Palmer, former COO of Nissan Motor Corporation, will lead the PUNCH project in Barcelona, bringing his knowledge of Nissan, its electric vehicles and these three production plants.

Andy Palmer, leader of the Reindustrialisation Project, said: “PUNCH has proven with over 40 years of experience and a track record of successful reindustrialisation projects that our proposal is credible and real. Our Concept Car, which we are presenting live here today, is a tangible sustainable mobility solution for the near future, offering considerable advantages in terms of cost, range, refuelling times and commercial use.”

PUNCH has been presented in the framework of the European Mobility Week, joining the objectives of the European Green Deal on sustainability, decarbonisation and creation of green jobs. The Secretary General of the Consell Català del Moviment Europeu, Oriol Lázaro, together with the representative of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology InnoEnergy, Ignacio Huici, congratulated the initiative for the creation of public-private alliances to achieve the objectives of the European Union’s ecological transition. The CEO of Finnova Foundation, Juan Manuel Revuelta, emphasised the potential of PUNCH to draw European Next Generation funds which, coupled with the LIFE and Horizon Europe programmes, could obtain an amount of up to €50 million and turn the city of Barcelona into an economic centre in the field of hydrogen.

The PUNCH Group

PUNCH, 100% owned by the Dumarey family of Belgium, is an independent group with 40 years of experience in the automotive and technology industry. The group currently employs 1,750 people at its seven sites in Europe and Asia, with an annual turnover of more than EUR 500 million.

PUNCH’s portfolio ranges from automatic transmissions and gearboxes for eAxles (PUNCH Powerglide), engines and control systems (PUNCH Torino), kinetic energy storage and recovery systems (PUNCH Flybrid) to forged aluminium chassis parts (PUNCH Precision). PUNCH concentrated its existing hydrogen expertise through the creation of PUNCH Hydrocells, which aims to develop, supply and integrate hydrogen-based energy storage and propulsion systems, reinforcing the PUNCH group’s commitment to Zero Emission technology. PUNCH’s customer base includes renowned OEMs and automotive suppliers such as General Motors, BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, TATA, SAIC, Changan, ZF or Marelli, to name a few.

Contacts:
Oliver Nass, Móvil: +32 494 500 400, oliver.nass@punchcorporation.com

www.punch-group.com

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#NextLATAM-EUGeneration kicks off on the occasion of International Women’s Day and after the success of the Ibero-American Congress on Family Business and SMEs

23 influential Euro-LATAM women leaders took part in the event and people from 8 countries from all over the world attended.

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CD-Clean COVID-19 new disinfection formulation participates in the Post-COVID city challenges of the EIT Urban Mobility Virtual Summit 2020

 

  • EIT Urban Mobility has supported in its first year of operations a total of 76 international projects that provide mobility solutions, with an investment of over 27 million euros.

 

  • Among the initiatives are CD-Clean COVID-19 new disinfection formulation, a permanent disinfectant to eliminate COVID-19 which is being tested in the metro and buses in Barcelona with positive results and participated in international events and congresses.

 

 

Barcelona, ​​10 December 2020 – The challenges posed to cities as a result of the COVID-19 crisis is the central axis of the EIT Urban Mobility 2020 Summit, which will be held virtually from Wednesday 9 until Friday 11 of December. For three days, experts on urban mobility, scientists and businesses will present their proposals to make cities more liveable and will analyse how cities, industry and research and academia try to overcome the crises affecting urban mobility related to climate, health and the economy. The Secretary of State for Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda of the Spanish Government, Pedro Saura, the Councillor for Mobility of the Barcelona City Council, Rosa Alarcón, the Director of the European Institute of Urban Innovation (EIT), Martin Kern, and the CEO of EIT Urban Mobility, Maria Tsavachidis, opened the event.

 

Nearly 5 million euros have been allocated to fund 11 innovation projects as part of the exceptional COVID-19 Crisis Response call to address urban mobility challenges posed by the pandemic among them CD-Clean COVID-19 new disinfection formulation. As part of EIT’s Crisis Response Initiative, this is one of the projects that directly contribute to the European Union’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. By applying a vaporised disinfectant solution with a long-lasting effect, this new disinfection formulation represents an ecological alternative to conventional cleaning and disinfectant products.

 

CD-Clean COVID-19 new disinfection formulation is an innovative, environmental, scalable and inspiring solution for mobility infrastructures such as bus, metro, airport and train stations. Led by the global corporate Ferrovial, through its subsidiary Ditecpesa, it involves companies and organizations from Spain, Belgium and Poland such as Ferrovial, Barcelona City Council, the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB), Transports Metropolitans of Barcelona (TMB) and the Finnova foundation from Brussels.

 

 

 

 

Hands-on pilot tests

 

On September 3rd, the headquarters of the Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) hosted the kick-off meeting of the CD-Clean COVID-19 new disinfection formulation project. The purpose was to define the methodology and elements of public transport to be analysed in the laboratory and thus check the efficiency of the disinfectant solution. The selected users in the pilot test were the Barcelona Metropolitan Area and the Transports Metropolitans of Barcelona, whose function was to validate and apply the solution.

 

Members of the consortium participated in the definition of the elements to carry out the verification tests and in the work of extracting the elements to be taken to the laboratories, where the effectiveness of this solution would be checked as the test runs over the periods of 7, 14, 21 and 28 days.  After much research and working hours, the first real application of permanent disinfection against COVID19 was carried out the 30th of September and 1st of October. Currently, these elements where the solution was applied are being tested and studied with coronavirus strains.

 

Protecting people’s Health, the environment and restoring confidence to tourists and public transport users

 

 

CD-Clean COVID-19 new disinfection formulation commitment is to both the health crisis, and urban mobility, as well as the climate emergency. Furthermore, the project is committed to the Agenda 2030 for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: 3 (Good Health); 6 (Clean Water); 7 (Clean Energy); 8 (Economic Growth); 9 (Industry and Infrastructure); 13 (Climate action) and 17 (Partnership). Which is why it has been presented through online webinars within the framework of the EU Green Week in October, the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) in November and disseminated on congresses and forums related to environmentally sustainable disruptive solutions tackling the current health crisis. Next online event takes place on Wednesday 16th of December from 17:00 to 19:00 and will be about the future applications of this solution and others fighting against the health crisi with the participation of international organizations such as the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

 

 

About EIT Urban Mobility

 

EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), aims to accelerate solutions and the transition towards a user-centric, integrated and truly multimodal transport system. As the leading European innovation community for urban mobility, EIT Urban Mobility works to avoid fragmentation by facilitating collaboration between cities, industry, academia, research and innovation to solve the most pressing mobility challenges of cities. Using cities as living labs, its industry, research and university partners will demonstrate how new technologies can work to solve real problems in real cities by transporting people, goods and waste in smarter ways.

 

For more information visit https://eitumsummit2020.eu/ and www.eiturbanmobility.eu. Follow EIT Urban Mobility on:

 

 

Ferrovial-Ditecpesa:    

 

It is one of the leading global infrastructure operators, committed to the development of sustainable solutions. The company is listed on the IBEX 35, forms part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and FTSE4Good, and applies the principles of the United Nations Global Compact, signed by the company in 2002, to all its operations.  Ditecpesa, leads this innovative project and is the one who has joined the efforts of Startups through its open promotion. 

www.ferrovial.com/es-es/ditecpesa/ 

 

Finnovaregio Foundation:

  

Belgian foundation that supports the financing of innovation in companies, regions and municipalities. Its areas of expertise are technology transfer and innovation in sustainable development, the circular economy, water and waste management, employment and youth, ICT and tourism. In this project Finnovaregio is in charge of the communication and legal dimension.  

www.finnova.eu 

 

Intelligent Infrastructure Innovation Centre (IC3): 

 

Non-profit foundation that develops innovation projects and consultancies in cities, highways, buildings, airports, water and environment. It has extensive experience in national and European subsidised projects.

http://www.fci3.es/

 

 

 Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (MAB):

 

It is the public administration of the metropolis of Barcelona, a large urban conurbation formed by a total of 36 municipalities. It designs and plans metropolitan mobility and manages metropolitan public transport services. Among the main services, the MAB plans and manages the Metropolitan Bus and the Metro. It is precisely in these two services that the MAB is coordinating, together with MTB, its own direct management operator, the pilot tests of the European CD-Clean project. www.amb.cat/s/es/   

 

Metropolitan Transports of Barcelona (MTB):

 

It is the main public transport operator in Catalonia and a true benchmark for transport and citizen mobility companies in Europe and around the world. Together with the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona, it coordinates the pilot tests of CD-Clean, providing its own facilities and means of transport for the first tests outside the laboratory. https://www.tmb.cat/es/home

 

 

Press Contact Details:

Europa Press Comunicación

Àgata Sala – agatasala@europapress.es – +34 600 90 55 38

Isana Navarro – isananavarro@europapress.es – +34 600 90 55 65

 

EIT Urban Mobilty

Bernadette Bergsma

Head of Communications and Stakeholder Relations

bernadette.bergsma@eiturbanmobility.eu

 

 

Contact: Press Officer:

Lola Bordás‐ E: cmo@finnova.eu ‐ T: +34 619110266

Natalia Cediel Contreras‐ E: interpret@finnova.eu ‐ T: +32 494398505

 

 

 

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Bioferric, winner of the IVACE Water Startup Europe Accelerathon makes its official presentation at European level

“ExIt”, is a system that uses magnetic particles for the elimination and recovery of microplastics present in waste water that avoids discharge into the environment and contributes to the circular economy model.

On 14 October 2020, the Finnova Foundation, the Valencian Community IVACE and Bioferric will officially present the winning IVACE Water Startup Europe Accelerathon project in the field of water: “LIFE EXIT “Extracction Microplastic”. The event will take place between 11:00 and 13:00 and is part of the European Commission’s European Week of Regions and Cities and Green Week.
The Generalitat Valenciana has adopted a clear leadership position in the dissemination, monitoring and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its territory. The Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, approved by the United Nations, has marked a new global paradigm through the implementation of a new development model which highlights the strategic role of Local and Regional Governments, social and economic actors in these territories and their Associations in tackling these challenges.
Different plans have been developed to raise awareness, to integrate the ODS in its context of action, to create alliances with municipalities, cities and universities in the Valencian Community, as well as to work with civil society organisations. An example was the success of the IVACE Water Startup Europe Accelerathon held last June, where the winners were Bioferric Ink. With its Acceleration Ticket award, this event was held within the framework of both GreenWeek and EURegions. In addition to the presentation of the LIFE EXIT “Extracction Microplastic” in July within the Environment and Resource Efficiency section, for which they will be eligible for a total of up to 2 million euros per project subsidised by the LIFE programme, with the help of experts from the Finnova Foundation for its drafting; and also awarded the CaixaBank “New Business Ideas” prize, which grants 3,500 euros to the best project presented by professional training technicians.
Water and microplastics

The presence and increase in the quantity of microplastics in aquatic environments is a global reality, affecting both living organisms and the environment itself, and is largely motivated by the ‘throwaway’ lifestyle implemented in today’s society. If until recently the source of the problem was the rubbish of large plastics (up to 270 billion tonnes in the oceans), since the last third of the last century the fragments of plastic, fibres and granules, known as microplastics, have been seen as a new type of pollutant of emerging environmental concern in its own right.

Microplastics generate a large number of environmental impacts, especially when they reach continental or oceanic waters, but they are also detected in waste water and even consumer water, although in the latter there is no known risk to humans to date.

Circular economy

The volume of treated water is growing every year due to the scarcity of this resource. Each time the water is reused for other functions. To this end, a tertiary treatment of the waste water is carried out in the Wastewater Treatment Plants so that this water can be used in different applications such as crop or garden irrigation. However, not only the water bodies are reused, but also the sludge. That is, following principles of circular economy, the idea is to recirculate the waste produced when treating water and convert it into energy or resources to close the cycle of water use and management.

Apart from showing the success of this first Accelerathon, companies with high experience and innovative technologies related to the treatment of waste water will participate. All of this will take place within the framework of the Agenda 2030 policy for achieving sustainable development objectives and under the new legal framework for wastewater treatment.

Link to register for the event:

https://form.jotform.com/202673303349352

European Week of Regions and Cities 2020

The European Week of Regions and Cities (#EURegionsWeek) is an event held in Brussels every year (this year from 12 to 15 October) that is mainly focused on regional policy. It is a communications and networking platform where regions and cities from all over Europe come together through different political representatives, officials, experts or academics.
This year the main themes will be: Green Europe; Cohesion and cooperation; Empowering citizens.

There is the option of organising parallel events in digital form related to the themes covered in #EURegionsWeek between 5 and 9 October , 12 and 16 October, or 19 to 22 October 2020

European Green Week 2020:

EU Green Week 2020 will take place from 19 to 22 October 2020 and will focus on nature and biodiversity. Following the adoption of a new EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 in May, Green Week will emphasise the contribution that biodiversity can make to society and the economy, and the role it can play in supporting and stimulating global recovery from the pandemic, creating jobs and sustainable development. European Green Week is an event convened by the European Commission’s Directorate-General.

https://www.eugreenweek.eu/es

Bioferric:

Winner of the IVACE Water Startup Europe Accelerathon
Bioferric is a company focused on the management of projects aimed at the treatment and/or revaluation of waste produced by both the industrial and urban sectors. They carry out this work based on cutting-edge technologies whose potential and effectiveness are studied and developed in the laboratories where their headquarters are located, the Science Park of the Miguel Hernández University.

https://www.bioferricink.es/

Accelerathon:

Accelerathon is a programme for accelerating innovative projects promoted by the Finnova Foundation. This methodology of the Finnova Foundation aims to find solutions and funding, through an applied open innovation online system that brings together the innovative ecosystem in the environmental sector, in which the European Commission works in the framework of the LIFE programme.

This will involve training, mentoring, jury work and very special prizes including the possibility of the winning project being eligible for validation under the LIFE programme: a project of up to ?2 million over three years

IVACE:

The Valencian Institute of Business Competitiveness (IVACE) is a public body belonging to the Generalitat Valenciana, attached to the Regional Ministry of Sustainable Economy, Productive Sectors, Trade and Labour of the Generalitat Valenciana.
IVACE is responsible for promoting policies to encourage innovation and offering support to industrial SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) in the Region of Valencia. It provides aid to companies and non-profit organisations that collaborate with SMEs in different areas such as: technology and R&D, quality and environment, training and technological cooperation or development and creation of companies.

https://www.ivace.es/

Finnova Foundation:

European Foundation for the financing of Innovation. Based in Brussels, Madrid, Catalonia, the Basque Country, Valencia, Andalusia and the Canary Islands, its objectives are to promote public-private cooperation through innovation to address social challenges such as employment, training, entrepreneurship, the United Nations’ ODS, water, waste, fire fighting, the circular economy, etc.

http://finnova.eu/

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FINNOVA FOUNDATION & DIPLOMATIC WORLD INSTITUTE JOIN EFFORTS ON THE CREATION OF AN AWARENESS PLATFORM FOR THE NEXT EU ECONOMIC DIPLOMACY GENERATION

(Brussels, 10th July 2020)  –  FINNOVA FOUNDATION Its name is intended to evoke the drive of innovative initiatives (Innova) through the appropriate European financial instruments.

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 publicizing the different ways of financing by the European Union in the areas of environment, water, health, public works, energy efficiency, sustainable tourism, ICT and entrepreneurship.

Both parties decided to join their efforts by signing a Partnership agreement with the aim to create a better awareness of all Finnova’s Foundation initiatives within the Worldwide Diplomatic Community and beyond.

Juan Manuel Revuelta, CEO Foundation of Finnova said “It is an honor for Finnova and especially myself to be here today partnering with the Diplomatic World Institute. By doing so, we will reinforce the strategies of economic diplomacy that Finnova and I have been working on for more than 20 years in the framework of circular economy, creation of green jobs, sustainable development, and private public partnership. Together we intend on supporting the talented and promising world of European startups through a series of tools such as e-learning platforms, roundtables, and networks, all of which will allow young Europeans to learn from experts and better understand the concepts of innovation, sustainability, and entrepreneurship, as well as the role that the EU institutions play in funding at the local, regional, and international level. Additionally, I would like to take advantage of this opportunity to extend an invitation to all embassies to encourage their nationals under 30 years old to participate in a 3-month training program in Brussels that includes a course in Management of European Funds. Finnova has already had the pleasure to host students through cooperation with the Embassies of Chile and Panama.

Barbara Dietrich, owner and CEO of Diplomatic World & Jean Aznar, Public Relations of Diplomatic World said “Finnova’s Foundation expertises in guiding and structuring innovative start-ups with the support of European Financial instruments is very important to create prosperity, welfare and peace for all next and future generations to come within any country worldwide.”

FINNOVA FOUNDATION is the European Foundation that works for the constant bet of the business innovation and the excellence of the applied knowledge through the development of the talent and its international and interregional connection. To this end, it promotes multiple networks and high-level events with the purpose of seeking resources and European funding related to technological transfer, modernization and competitive development of public and private entities at all levels at international, regional and local. Its head office is located in the heart of Brussels (Belgium) a short distance from the Institutions of the European Union.

FINNOVA FOUNDATION

www.finnovaregio.org

www.accelerathon.eu

www.startupeuropeawards.eu

www.startupeuropeawardsmexico.org

Juan Manuel Revuelta,   juanmarevuelta@finnova.eu                    + 32 475 97 42 77

For more info about the training program: direccion@finnova.eu