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Cimico, URBIM DT, Scoobic Urban Mobility y Washa Logistics SL, winners of the Greencities & S-Moving StartUp Europe Awards

  • The startups provide innovative solutions to the challenges of the ecological transition in cities. Furthermore, they are committed to the sustainable and smart transformation of cities, innovative entrepreneurship in the field of the circular economy, energy efficiency and the fight against climate change.
  • The awards were given at an event held within the framework of             S-Moving and Greencities held at FYCMA.

The startups Cimico, URBIM DT, Scoobic Urban Mobility and Washa Logistics SL have won the “Greencities & S-Moving StartUp Europe Awards” in the Municipal Waste to Energy, Greencities & New Bauhaus, S-Moving and Last Mille and Digital S-Moving Startup categories, respectively. The winners will benefit, among others, from a mentoring programme to access European funds.

The prizes were awarded at the “Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Málaga” (FYCMA) within the framework of the S-Moving and Greencities conference. In addition to the winners, the event was attended by some of the members of the jury, such as Carmen Alonso, Councilor for Mobility of the Fuerteventura Island Council together with Carlos David Gutiérrez (technical advisor), Massimiliano Dragoni, Senior Policy Officer at European Commission, Ainara Renteria Tazo, Head Automotive and Mobility sector at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo and Alberto Moreno, Managing Director of T-Box Delivery, 

The jury, made up of representatives from the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) of the European Commission; the Finnova Foundation; Málaga TechPark; Diario Sur; the European PropTech Association; the Junta de Andalucía; the Consejería de Transformación Económica, Industria, Conocimiento y Universidades (Regional Ministry of Economic Transformation, Industry, Knowledge and Universities); Andalucía Conectada; the University of Málaga; and the Málaga city council, has highly valued the applications received and has highlighted the difficulty in selecting the best projects presented in this edition. All of them come from startups and technologically advanced companies in the environmental sector. They also have innovative capacity at local, regional, national, and international level and are looking for pilot cities where they can apply their ingenuity. “We have evaluated the proposals submitted based on the social and environmental impact of the project, innovation and use of disruptive technologies, internationalisation and long-term objectives,” explained Dragoni. 

Winners

Inés Larrea Villanueva, CEO of CIMICO, received the award in the Municipal Waste to Energy category. Her project, Mapyfa, achieves a double objective, greatly facilitating the generation of biogas and drastically reducing (80%) the energy consumption of the biological process of wastewater treatment plants. In this way, it doubly reduces the impact on the environment and their operating costs.

In the Greencities & New Bauhaus category, María Pascual Sáez, General Manager Urbim DT, collected the award. The winning project aims to contribute to the understanding of data and its relationship with space as a means to design better buildings, infrastructures and communities for a sustainable and ethical planet. In short, to help asset managers make their communities more efficient and healthier.

José María Gómez Márquez, CEO of Scoobic Urban Mobility, received the award in the S-Moving category with a project for three-wheeled vehicles capable of transporting large loads, with zero emissions and helping logistics to become profitable again.  

Finally, in the Last Mile and Digital S-Moving Startup category, Edgar Chandre Armengol, CEO of Washa Logistics SL, received the award for his project of urban warehouses and light electric vehicles, which solve problems in deliveries to the Horeca and food retail channel. Thus, helping to reduce emissions and congestion in cities.

The four winning applications will benefit from a training and mentoring programme by Startup Europe Accelerator to access European funds (LIFE, EIT, among others), legal advice, networking and international communication, in particular.

Promoting sustainable entrepreneurship

The Startup Europe Awards are an initiative promoted by the European Commission and implemented by the Finnova Foundation in collaboration with Startup Europe Accelerator. Startup Europe Awards (SEUA) is the open innovation methodology of public-private collaboration that was created in 2016 and promotes the identification of innovative solutions by entrepreneurs to SDG and EU challenges. The process fosters collaboration between the different actors in the entrepreneurial ecosystem and aims to accelerate companies through the tools and mechanisms offered by the EU. These tools and mechanisms are networking and access to investors, training in EU legislation and funds, and mentoring to turn the idea into a real demonstration project such as Horizon Europe or Life, subsidised by the EU with up to €5 million per project.

The aim of the Greencities & S-Moving Startup Europe Awards is to promote sustainable entrepreneurship in the field of circular economy, sustainability, mobility and the fight against Climate Change in an urban environment. 

The Greencities & S-Moving Startup Europe Awards had 4 categories:

  • Municipal Waste To Energy: best startup with a project in waste management for energy production such as biogas, green hydrogen (pyrolysis, thermocracking, etc) excluding incineration.
  • Greencities and la Nueva Bauhaus: best startup with a project that responds to the phenomenon of heat islands in cities with disruptive solutions that redesign the green use of the fifth façade and verticals. 
  • S-Moving: best startup that addresses the challenges of decarbonised and more efficient mobility in cities. 
  • Last Mile and Digital S-Moving Startup: best startup with a digital project that helps the development of a smart city. 

About the Finnova Foundation Finnova is the European foundation, of Spanish-Belgian origin, that helps finance innovation and seeks to promote public-private cooperation through the transfer of the best available low-cost technological solutions. Its aim is to address social challenges such as employment, entrepreneurship, the UN SDGs, the circular economy, waste recovery, sustainable tourism, and the fight against climate change. It is present in Spain in the Valencian Community, the Basque Country, Andalusia, the Community of Madrid, Extremadura, and the Canary Islands, where it promotes green jobs, economic recovery, training, and youth employment.

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Malaga embraces a sustainable future with LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0

  • Fycma hosts the event ‘Innovation for an energy transition in sustainable cities’ organized by Finnova in the framework of Greencities and S-Moving
  • The event was held during the European Sustainable Development Week and the European Sustainable Energy Week

On 21 September 2022, within the framework of Greencities and S-Moving, Fycma, Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Málaga, hosted the event “Innovation for an energy transmission in sustainable cities”, organized by Finnova. The LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0 project, led by the company Global Omnium and whose partners are Finnova and Águas do Centro Litoral, was the protagonist of this event in which key issues for the future of the European Union in terms of environment were discussed.

The event took place during the European Sustainable Development Week and the European Sustainable Energy Week, and featured two panels, one focused on the LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0 project and the other on sustainable mobility and smart cities.

Natalia Cediel, Communication and Institutional Relations Officer at Finnova, was in charge of opening and moderating the event. Cediel focused her speech on the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN. During her speech, she also explained the REPowerEU Plan, created by the European Commission in May 2022, to respond to the difficulties in the energy market caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. “In this way, the European Union seeks to find sustainable, safe and, above all, affordable energy for citizens,’ Cediel stressed.

Juanma Revuelta, CEO of Finnova, explained the main milestones of the LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0 project whose main objective is the scaling up of the technology for on-demand biogas production with WWTP sludge, using agri-food waste and slurry as co-substrate. “The innovative biogas-on-demand technology contributes to energy efficiency. In this way, the smallest possible amount of energy resources is used,” Revuelta said.

Lola Bordás, Marketing Officer of Finnova and president of Fundadoras, was in charge of talking about digitalization, female entrepreneurship and energy transition. “Three keys to the energy transition that the European Union seeks to experience, aiming at the digitization of all services to make it easier and faster to access them and that cannot leave women behind during this change”, she concluded. For her part, Inés Larrea, manager of Cimico, discussed the technical development of her project in biotechnology and the innovative treatment of wastewater.

Sustainable mobility and smart cities

The second block was opened by Alberto Moreno, CEO of T-box Delivery&Solutions, who stressed that “entrepreneurship for a sustainable future means stopping obsessing about algorithms and dreaming of unicorns” in an attempt to bring entrepreneurs back to the real world and forget about their presence on the internet.

Carlos David Gutiérrez, coordinator of the Fuerteventura Smart Island, coordinator of AFRIMAC and professor at the National University of Distance Education (UNED) presented his Fuerteventura Smart Island project, which he described as a “case of success and good practice”. “This initiative, chosen within the 1st Call for Smart Islands, seeks to turn the island into a smarter territory thanks to new technologies,” he explained.

Thereafter, Jesús Cumplido, Technician of the Andalusian Entrepreneurship Centres (CADE) of Málaga, in charge of subsidizing women’s businesses, helping innovative companies and the creation of new products, among other incentives, took the floor. Carmen Alonso Saavedra, Councillor for Transport, Communications, Accessibility and Mobility of the Fuerteventura Island Council, was in charge of closing the event, highlighting the potential of her territory to capture innovation and implement projects in the field of sustainable mobility.

About Greencities and S-Moving

Greencities, Intelligence and Urban Sustainability, and S-Moving, Intelligent and Sustainable Mobility is a national and international reference forum on sustainability, urban management and intelligent mobility. It is a space for the dissemination of research, experiences, success stories and analysis. In the 2022 edition, more than 250 international experts, 200 companies from around thirty countries and 2,500 total attendees will participate to share knowledge and opportunities for a more sustainable and digitized urban management.

About LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0

The LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 project presents a digital automatic control system for the dosing of organic waste in anaerobic digesters of WWTP (Waste Water Treatment Plant) to maximize the production of biogas on demand as renewable energy. This project has a budget of more than 970,000 euros. The pilot project, which has a duration of four years (2020-2024), is led by Global Omnium Medioambiente (Spain) and has as partners the Finnovaregio Foundation (Belgium) and Águas do Centro Litoral (Portugal). The production of biogas to cover energy demand and reduce the amount of waste in landfill contributes to compliance with the European Landfill Directive.

About the Finnova Foundation

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

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LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0 will be presented at the FYCMA Greencities and S-Moving forum in Málaga

On next Wednesday 21st September at 11:00 CEST, the event “Innovación para una transición energética en ciudades sostenibles” (“Innovation for an energy transition in sustainable cities”) will take place in the framework of the European Sustainable Development Week and the European Sustainable Energy Week. The event will take place at the Greencities & S- moving in Fycma — Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Málaga­ — and virtually to present projects, institutions and experts committed to the energy transition in sustainable cities.

Likewise, during this place, topics related to renewable energies generated by circular economy processes and the use of energy and biofuels in mobility will be discussed. As a success case, the European Project LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0 will expound the importance of energy efficiency in this transition.

Every year the S-moving and Greencities forum brings together companies, professionals, institutions, cities and public administrations and all the agents involved in the construction of sustainable and smart cities and mobility. In 2022, more than 300 companies and organisations will be present, proposing and exposing the tools that will transform the territories of the present and future. In this sense, the partner of the European Project LIFE ECODIGESTION, 2.0 Finnova Foundation, is organising a parallel event in which it will highlight the fundamental role of an energy source, such as biogas, to achieve urban sustainability.

Speakers from the public and private sectors will meet with LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0, reaffirming their commitment to innovation at a time when the REPowerEU strategy is urgently needed.  The LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0 system for on-demand production of biogas from organic waste not only aims to save energy and accelerate the use of renewables, but also to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 24,343 tonnes.

To attend the event virtually and free of charge, those interested must register in the following form before the date of the event. Face-to-face attendance is for those participants who have access to the S-moving and Greencities forum.

About Greencities and S-moving

Greencities, Intelligence and Urban Sustainability, and S-moving, Intelligent and Sustainable Mobility is a national and international reference forum on sustainability, urban management, and intelligent mobility. It is a space for the dissemination of research, experiences, success cases and analysis. In the 2022 edition, more than 250 international experts, 200 companies from around thirty countries and 2,500 total attendees will participate to share knowledge and opportunities for a more sustainable and digitized urban management.

About LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0

The LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 project presents a digital automatic control system for the dosing of organic waste in anaerobic digesters of WWTP (Wastewater Treatment Plant) to maximise the production of biogas on demand as renewable energy. This project, which has a duration of four years (2020-2024), is led by Global OMnium Medioambiente (Spain) and has as partners Finnovariego Foundation (Belgium) and Águas do Centro Litoral (Portugal). The production of biogas to cover energy demand and reduce the amount of waste in landfill contributes to compliance with the European Landfill Directive.

About Finnova Foundation

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

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The Finnova Foundation and the Ghanaian Embassy in Belgium renew their commitment to collaborate on entrepreneurship, innovation and European funds

  • Finnova Foundation, ambassadors of the Afrimac 2 project, visits the Ghanaian Embassy in Belgium 
  • The Embassy of Ghana presents its priorities for the new term of office
  • EntreNaranjos International School was present at the meeting to reinforce the importance of encouraging STEM careers in girls
Maame Abena Gyamerah, First Secretary for Diaspora and Economic Affairs; Harriet Sena Siaw-Boateng, H.E. Ambassador of Ghana to Belgium; Juan Manuel Revuelta, CEO Finnova and Senior Advisor Next Generation EU Economic Diplomacy at the Diplomatic World Institute; Yasmine Horta Rodrigues, Junior International Cooperation in Africa at Finnova; Natalia Cediel Contreras, Coordinator of the International Cooperation Department at Finnova; Celia Arroyo, Junior International Cooperation and Female Entrepreneurship; and Rafael Arias Guardiola, Co-Director of Entrenaranjos International School.

In the framework of the Afrimac 2 project, of which the Finnova Foundation is ambassador from Brussels, and in view of the next Afrimac 3 call, the Finnova international cooperation team and the Ghanaian diplomatic corps met at the premises of the Ghanaian Embassy in Belgium. In addition to presenting the activities in which the embassy can participate in Afrimac to promote female entrepreneurship, the different projects of the foundation in the fields of energy, circular economy, agriculture, tourism, fire fighting and prevention, and the Girls4Tech and Women4Tech platforms have been put on the table.

“Innovation and the involvement of women and girls in this process are currently among the topics of greatest interest to the embassy,” said Ambassador Harriet Sena Siaw-Boateng. “The project launched by Finnova and Rafael Arias Guardiola, Co-director of Entrenaranjos International School, which promotes STEM education for girls is certainly of great interest to us” she said.

During the meeting, the Finnova Foundation expressed its commitment to the new generations in this European Year of Youth. In this sense, it made a commitment to the embassy to carry out international mobility programmes from which young people who want to learn about the world of European funds and projects can benefit. In the same line, Juan Manuel Revuelta, CEO of Finnova and Senior Advisor Next Generation EU Economic Diplomacy of the Diplomatic World Institute, offered his practical knowledge of European funding to the Ghanaian institution and entrepreneurs.

New projects

An important phase for the Finnova Foundation and its cooperation with Ghana has begun again in 2022. Last year, the Spanish-Belgian foundation launched the NextGhanaGeneration collaborative platform, and this year it aims to further strengthen the ties and affinities it has with the African country.

Thus, after this meeting, the Embassy of Ghana and Finnova are preparing to undertake new projects and collaborate on those they are currently working on. The future call for Interreg MAC 2023, events and initiatives within the current Afrimac 2, youth mobility programmes, the promotion of STEM careers in girls, European projects, open innovation initiatives such as Startup Europe Awards and communication on online platforms such as NextGhanaGeneration, are some of the topics that will be developed in the coming months. 

Yasmine Horta Rodrigues, Junior International Cooperation in Africa at Finnova; Maame Abena Gyamerah, First Secretary for Diaspora and Economic Affairs; Harriet Sena Siaw-Boateng, H.E. Ambassador of Ghana to Belgium; Juan Manuel Revuelta, CEO Finnova and Senior Advisor Next Generation EU Economic Diplomacy at the Diplomatic World Institute; Natalia Cediel Contreras, coordinator of the international cooperation department at Finnova; Celia Arroyo, junior international cooperation and female entrepreneurship; and Rafael Arias Guardiola, co-director of Entrenaranjos International School.

About the Embassy of Ghana in Belgium:

The Ghana Mission in Brussels is accredited to the Kingdom of Belgium, The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the European Union and is responsible for the coordination, promotion and protection of the national interest of Ghana and Ghanaians in the host countries in a manner as to meaningfully contribute to the enhancement of the country’s security and socio-economic development. The Mission provides an efficient one-stop reference for general information on Ghana for the effective promotion of trade, investment and tourism.

About Finnova Foundation :

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

About Afrimac 2:

AFRIMAC 2 is a programme for business, technological, entrepreneurial and innovative exchange in matters of high economic impact between the Canary Islands and West Africa. The main objective is to improve the internationalisation of companies in the cooperation area through the creation of networks and the generation of a knowledge environment with a gender focus.

About Entrenaranjos International School:

Educational institution in Valencia (Spain) that focuses on the cultivation of universal values and the formation of autonomous learning based on study habits and cooperation.

About Diplomatic World Institute:

Sister organization of the Diplomatic World Group (Magazine). The Institute acts as an interface between industries, societies and administrations by creating sustainable partnerships and forums with specific focus on hot-topic global issues such as the development of Africa, creating cultural conditions conducive to understanding, innovation or global transition. The creation and maintaining of a special economic zone with strong free trade and direct investment connections, is of prime concern to the institute. All actions of the Institute have the ultimate goal making an active contribution to protecting worldwide peace and prosperity. The global exchange of cultural and economic goods prevents armed conflicts and increases personal and social wealth. Therefore, the Diplomatic World Institute – among others – acts in close cooperation with FEMOZA – The World Free & Special Economic Zones Federation.

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The Finnova Foundation and the Afrimac Project visit African institutions that promote female entrepreneurship on the continent

The search of alliances for the ongoing project and the third call in 2023 were the objectives of these visits made in commemoration of Africa’s Women’s Day.

  • AFRIMAC 2 has been spread among African organizations for the development of future activities
  • The Finnova Foundation, set to cooperate with other working entities on the Afrimac Project.

Brussels, 08.08.2022. Fuerteventura’s Government Representative and AFRIMAC 2 Project Coordinator, Carlos D. Gutiérrez, paid a visit to the European capital in order to scout potential alliances in upcoming activities and calls. This is a project 85% co-financed by the European Union through the Interreg MAC program (Madeira – Açores – Canarias) that aims to enhance the internationalization of companies within the frame of cooperation between the Canary Islands and Western Africa, relying on exchanges and knowledge generation with a gender approach. By the agency of the Finnova Foundation team in Brussels and its General Director, Juanma Revuelta, synergies have been built with the Ivory Coast Embassy and two organizations committed to female entrepreneurship.

The AFRIMAC 2 project puts the focus on activities aimed at female entrepreneurship in the Canary Islands, Cape Verde and Senegal, adding up a great interest to the collaboration with organizations committed to this cause. On the one hand, training and support for women has been the focus of discussions with Emilie Lubukay, head of Women Entrepreneur Excellence. On the other hand, the spaces that offer the necessary tools to empower women have been the reasons to meet with Bouchra Al Mehraj, entrepreneur and founder of the non-profit organization The Urban Women. Both entities have valued the importance of these projects and have stated their interest in taking part in the initiatives of AFRIMAC 2 and other future calls.

Carlos D. Gutierres, AFRIMAC 2 Project Coordinator and Fuerteventura’s Government Technician; Natalia Cediel, European Projects Communication Officer and Finnova’s International Relations Department Coordinator; Emilie Lubukay, head of Women Entrepreneur Excellence and Yasmin Horta Rodrigues, Junior Cooperation Projects Officer for Africa at Finnova;

Natalia Cediel, European Projects Communication Officer and  Finnova’s International Relations Department Coordinator; Yasmin Horta Rodrigues, Junior Cooperation Projects Officer for Africa at Finnova; Bouchra Al Mehraj, Founder of the non-profit organization The Urban Women and Carlos D. Gutierres, AFRIMAC 2 Project Coordinator and Fuerteventura’s Government Technician.

AFRIMAC 2 Awards and Iniciatives

Meetings with the various associations in Brussels have served to motivate by sharing experiences, messages on female entrepreneurship and knowledge covering this year’s second semester initiatives. The representatives of AFRIMAC 2, in collaboration with the Finnova Foundation, will launch the European contest Fuerteventura Women Startup Europe Awards within the framework of the Starup Europe Awards initiative implemented by the Finnova Foundation and promoted by the DG CONNECT of the European Commission.

Likewise, next October will be welcoming the 100 women to change West Africa event, to be held in a hybrid format in Fuerteventura in order to celebrate the semifinal of this European competition. The objective will be to promote the participation of women from the Canary Islands, Senegal and Cape Verde, giving acknowledgment and visibility to their ideas and projects. To close with a final flourish, the final ceremony of these awards will take place virtually in November within the framework of the Women Impact Summit, one of the largest international gatherings for women.

Upcoming Calls for AFRIMAC 2

To ensure the continuity of AFRIMAC, knowledge and plans have been shared with the diplomatic corps from the Ivory Coast Embassy in Brussels. It is important to highlight that this is one of the four countries that will benefit from the European funding program for next year’s call.

Officials Mr. Aka Ane, Chief of the Embassy of Ivory Coast’s Consular Section and Mr. Adingra Yao Kouman, First Secretary and Ivory Coast Embassy’s European Institutions Officer have expressed their interest and introduced some of the areas that this future edition should revolve around, in order to leave the best possible mark. Following this premise, the General Manager of the Finnova Foundation, Juanma Revuelta, also introduced the projects, funding lines, training programs and Finnova’s experience available to diplomats.

Carlos D. Gutierres, AFRIMAC 2 Project Coordinator and Fuerteventura’s Government Technician; Yasmin Horta Rodrigues, Junior Cooperation Projects Officer for Africa at Finnova; Embassy Management Crew; Aka Ane, Chief of the Embassy of Ivory Coast’s Consular Section; Natalia Cediel, European Projects Communication Officer and  Finnova’s International Relations Department Coordinator; Adingra Yao Kouman, First Secretary and Ivory Coast Embassy’s European Institutions Officer; Paula Anton Vergara, International Relations and Human Resources Officer at the Finnova Foundation and Juanma Revuelta, CEO of Finnova.

About the Finnova Foundation:

Finnova is the European foundation for the funding of innovation. Objectives include the promotion of public-private cooperation through the application of the best available low-budget technological solutions. It aims to address social challenges such as employment, entrepreneurship, the United Nations SDGs, circular economy, waste recovery, sustainable tourism and the fight against climate change. The Finnova Foundation promotes green employment, economic reactivation, training and youth employment.

About Cabildo Fuerteventura:

Insular scope Local Administrative Body in the island of Fuerteventura (Canary Islands-Spain).

About Afrimac 2

AFRIMAC 2 is a program for business, technological, entrepreneurial and innovative exchange regarding major economic impact matters between the Canary Islands and West Africa. The main objective embodies the enhancement of internationalization for companies in cooperative space, through the creation of networking and the generation of a knowledge environment with a gender approach.

About Ivory Coast Embassy:

It represents a bilateral mission in Brussels and promotes the interests of Côte d’Ivoire in Belgium. The Embassy also plays an important role in development, cultural issues and in press relations.

About Women Entrepreneur Excellence:

The consulting and strategy firm that supports entrepreneurs and companies through the development of their business.

About The Urban Women

The Urban Woman is a unique space that welcomes all people, regardless of race, religion, nationality, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age. The Urban Woman is the first women’s center dedicated to giving you the tools and guidance to become the woman you’d really like to be.

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Finnova Foundation

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

About the Korean Cultural Centre Brussels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Specialised jury

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

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

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

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

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SEUA LAUNCHES WOMENFORTECH INITIATIVE ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Transfiere

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

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

https://transfiere.fycma.com/

About Finnova

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

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

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

https://finnova.eu/