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La jornada organizada por Turisfera y Finnova pone sobre la mesa los retos ante los que se encuentra el sector turístico tras la pandemia

  • El evento se celebró en el Hotel Taburiente de Santa Cruz de Tenerife al que acudieron 40 personas 
  • La jornada puso el foco en la absorción de fondos europeos e impulsar el turismo en las islas 
  • Se realizó el lanzamiento oficial de los HORECA Startup Europe Awards para buscar a las startups más disruptivas del sector  

 

Bruselas [23/09/2021] – Turisfera y la Fundación Finnova organizaron una jornada presencial y online el miércoles 22 de septiembre en el Hotel Tabuirente de Santa Cruz de Tenerife. En este evento se pretendía ofrecer una reflexión sobre los retos que tiene por delante el sector turismo tras la experiencia vivida con la Covid-19, aunque a esta situación se suma el desastre natural acontecido en La Palma, para el cual se propusieron vías de actuación que intenten impulsar los negocios tras la tragedia.  

Los primeros panelistas pusieron el foco en el turismo en las Islas Canarias. David Pérez, consejero delegado de Turismo de Tenerife, participó de forma online y destacó las múltiples posibilidades de las islas “más allá del sol y la playa” . En esta misma introducción, también participaron Juan Manuel Revuelta, director general de la Fundación FINNOVA que además fue el encargado de moderar las jornadas, Lola Rodríguez de Azero, CEO y fundadora de SmartLinking miembro de la Junta Directiva de Turisfera y Juan Pedro González Armas presidente AEDH (Asociación Española de Directores de Hoteles) en Canarias, todos ellos desde la versión presencial del evento en Santa Cruz de Tenerife.David Pérez, consejero delegado de Turismo de Tenerife (izq) y Juan Pedro González Armas presidente AEDH en Canarias (dcha)

Durante sus ponencias, los panelistas destacaron el sentimiento de ofrecer un destino orgulloso y diferente capaz de destacar sobre el resto a través del potencial de la gastronomía, la cultura, los orígenes y el patrimonio local.  

En el encargado de abrir el segundo bloque dedicado a la digitalización del turismo fue Pablo Martín Carbajal, director de programas (coordinador del programa de competitividad turística) de la Cámara de Comercio de Tenerife. Durante su ponencia online, comentó las posibilidades de colaboración que ofrece la Cámara de Comercio tinerfeña a emprendedores y empresas en lo relacionado a la innovación a través de nuevas ideas y proyectos.  

Por su parte, Jose Javier García, jefe de proyecto y director de DITECPESA (Grupo Ferrovial), presentó el proyecto CD-CLEAN - EIT Urban Mobility KIC, una propuesta en favor de la protección y desinfección de elementos comunes en diversos espacios, sean establecimientos turísticos u otros, como puede ser el transporte público. 

A continuación, se presentó “Hi+Card y la Tarjeta Verde Europea” de la mano de Ainhoa Raso de VP Innovación y Nuevos Desarrollos en TDDS, que a través de sus proyectos pretenden aportar soluciones para ofrecer mayor seguridad en el turismo. Lola Rodríguez de Azero, CEO y fundadora de SmartLinking intervino para exponer la idea de su empresa como una consultora de turismo inteligente y digital. En línea con la digitalización, intervino el director ejecutivo de la empresa tecnológica Padword, Javier Afonso, para presentar el proyecto “Tu llave”. Una herramienta diseñada para facilitar el acceso e incrementar el ahorro energético para el hotel, la propuesta utiliza tecnología blockchain que envía la documentación al hotel para facilitar el acceso del huésped. 

Siguiendo con los procesos innovadores en el turismo, Jordi Díaz CEO de Play&Go experience, reflexionó sobre los beneficios de la tecnología exponiendo que los valores humanos, la creatividad y la sostenibilidad, son elementos que unificados a los nuevos avances tecnológicos conectan al visitante con el destino. 

En el segundo bloque se presentaron diversos proyectos y experiencias personales que contaron con la intervención de Francisco Molina, director de Ecogénesis que trabaja en sus plantas de hidro gasificación Green Clean, un proceso para generar energía para los hoteles a través del tratamiento del agua.  

En la segunda ponencia de esta nueva mesa , Carmen Díaz Innovation Project Manager de Senda Ecoway, abogó por un producto turístico personalizado capaz de acercar el destino a los visitantes, ofreciendo los ejemplos que ellos trabajan en su empresa. Llegados a este punto, se presentó una empresa distinta que plantea la sostenibilidad desde el ámbito textil, la cofundadora de Deleitewear, Nuria Cavia explicó las bases de su marca y los beneficios que supone estar ligado a un territorio. 

Tras estas intervenciones, llegó el turno de MaríHontoria Fernández, responsable de UO Enología S.T. de Calidad y Valoración Agroalimentaria una empresa que fomenta el mantenimiento del paisaje y la preservación del territorio para ofrecer un producto ligado a las bases locales. Más tarde, Cayetana de la Guerra directora Talent Seniors: Delegación Canarias y Andalucía, propuso a los asistentes el uso del talento Senior en el sector turismo para generar un sector comprometido con una población que cada día va a ser mayor 

Finalizando con las intervenciones de este segundo bloque, participó Carla García Hernández, Coordinadora Área de Innovación Social de Finnova Tenerife, que durante su intervención animó a los asistentes a solicitar los fondos europeos que están por llegar. 

Como cierre de las jornadas, Massimiliano Dragoni, Responsable de políticas en DG CONNECT – Digital Innovation and Blockchain : “Blockchain y Turismo” de la Comisión Europea, intervino ofreciendo su punto de vista sobre el turismo y la digitalización en Europa. Destacó el uso de la tecnología como elemento para optimizar los trabajos, no como sustitutivo de las personas, recordando que la digitalización;“permite un control y harmonización de las herramientas de todo lo que pasa en el territorio, derivando en una optimización de prestación de servicios”. 

Por último, el moderador, Juan Manuel Revuelta, presentó los HORECA Startup Europe Awards, una metodología de la DG CONNECT de la Comisión Europea, implementada por la Fundación Finnova desde el año 2016. Los SEUA constituyen una herramienta de innovación abierta para identificar startupsdisruptivas que promueve la colaboración público-privada y sensibiliza sobre la importancia del autoemprendimiento como motor generador del empleo, además de generar alianzas que ayuden a cumplir los ODS de las Naciones Unidas y las acciones del Pacto Verde Europeo, contribuyendo así a la economía circular, la lucha contra el cambio climático y el turismo sostenible 

 

Sobre Turisfera 

Turisfera es el primer Cluster vinculado al sector turístico en las Islas Canarias. Surgió en el año 2010 y a raíz de la necesidad de crear un espacio de colaboración para innovar. Su misión es generar y canalizar las iniciativas novedosas de las empresas del sector turístico, y crear una red de empresas turísticas que emprendan con sus proyectos; generando una red que fortalezca modelos de negocio sostenibles y reinvente los insostenibles.  

Turisfera quiere convertirse en un referente para la cooperación y la innovación en las empresas del sector turístico, poniendo el acento en la sostenibilidad de los proyectos, la capacitación de sus recursos humanos, y la creación de nuevos productos con una clara orientación hacia la satisfacción de nuestros clientes. 

Más información en http://turisfera.org/  

Inscripciones en: http://turisfera.nextourismgeneration.eu/  

Sobre COSME 

COSME es el programa para la Competitividad de las Pequeñas y Medianas Empresas de la Agencia Ejecutiva para las Pequeñas y Medianas Empresas (EASME), de la Comisión Europea. 

A través de este programa se ofrece asistencia a PYMES para que puedan desarrollar sus modelos de negocio, acceder a financiación e internacionalizarse. Asimismo, se ofrece apoyo a las administraciones públicas para que puedan mejorar el entorno empresarial y facilitar el crecimiento económico de la Unión Europea. Durante el periodo de financiación 2014-2020, este programa destinó 2,3 billones de euros a apoyar a las PYMES. 

Sobre Finnova 

Finnova es una fundación que trabaja para la promoción y el desarrollo de la innovación y el espíritu empresarial a nivel de la UE. Con sede en Bruselas, opera a través de colaboraciones y asociaciones en todos los países de la Unión Europea. La experiencia de Finnova liderando actividades de comunicación y difusión de proyectos europeos se combina con una sólida experiencia probada en la creación de empresas y programas de apoyo empresarial, como aceleradoras, incubadoras y selección y adjudicación de eventos ceremoniales.  

Más información: https://web.finnovaregio.org/  

Sobre Startup Europe Awards 

Es una metodología de la DG CONNECT de la Comisión Europea, implementada por la Fundación Finnova desde el año 2016. Los SEUA constituyen una herramienta de innovación abierta para identificarstartupsdisruptivas que promueve la colaboración público-privada y sensibiliza sobre la importancia del autoemprendimiento como motor generador del empleo, además de generar alianzas que ayuden a cumplir los ODS de las Naciones Unidas y las acciones del Pacto Verde Europeo, contribuyendo así a la economía circular, la lucha contra el cambio climático y el turismo sostenible.  www.startupeuropeawards.eu

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El turismo y la sostenibilidad van de la mano en un encuentro profesional dedicado a la eficiencia energética y economía circular en establecimientos turísticos

    • La jornada se celebrará el lunes 27 de septiembre con motivo del Día Mundial del Turismo, en Apartosuites Jardines de Sabatini (Madrid) y también se podrá seguir online.
    • Entre sus ponentes estarán representantes de las Instituciones Europeas, de la administración pública y miembros de organizaciones del sector turísticos.
    • El evento está enmarcado dentro de la Semana Europea del Desarrollo Sostenible (ESDW), de la Comisión Europea
    Bruselas 23/09/2021 La jornada “Turismo y Sostenibilidad: Eficiencia energética y economía circular en establecimientos turísticos”,se celebrará el lunes, 27 de septiembre de 2021 desde las 16:30h hasta las 18:00h en Apartosuites Jardines de Sabatini, Madrid. Este evento se enmarca dentro de la Semana Europea del Desarrollo Sostenible 2021 (ESDW) y cuenta con la participación de figuras relevantes dentro del sector. Los panelistas debatirán sobre la importancia del desarrollo sostenible de la industria turística, la eficiencia energética o la economía circular. Juan Manuel Revuelta, CEO de Finnova será el maestro de ceremonias de la jornada en las que estará acompañado por ponentes como Manuel Vegas Presidente de la AEDH (Asociación Española de Directores de Hotel), Héctor Coronel director general de turismo del Ayuntamiento de Madrid y Juan Luis de Lucas, director del Hotel Claridge entre otros. El evento es organizado por la Asociación Española de Directores de Hoteles-AEDH y la Fundación Finnova que centran el punto de mira sobre el turismo sostenible. Con la intención de reunir a todos los profesionales interesados en la innovación y el desarrollo sostenible en el sector turístico y establecimientos hoteleros. El evento tendrá un formato híbrido, contando con asistentes tanto presenciales como vía streaming. La parte presencial será acogida por la terraza de Apartosuites Jardines de Sabatini, un lugar especial para la celebración con vistas al Palacio Real. Los asistentes presenciales serán citados a las 16:00h (CEST) para poder disfrutar de un café de bienvenida, y podrán continuar la celebración con un aperitivo servido al final del evento. El programa del evento está dividido por varios bloques que darán comienzo una vez quede inaugurado el acto por Manuel Vegas. El bloque institucional contará con la participación de figuras relevantes en el sector turístico tanto a nivel nacional como internacional, entre ellos la eurodiputada de la Comisión de Transportes y Turismo del Parlamento Europeo, Izaskun Bilbao; la directora de Innovación, Educación e Inversión de la Organización Mundial de Turismo, Natalia Bayona, y el presidente de Turisfera, Antonio López de Ávila. En la parte central del programa tendrá lugar la mesa redonda dedicada a eficiencia energética y economía circular en establecimientos turísticos será moderada por Carlos Domínguez, jefe de proyectos de tecnología y operaciones hoteleras en Instituto Tecnológico Hotelero (ITH). En este debate participarán tanto ponentes en directo como vía online, entre los que estará  Francesc Mateu, Director Gerente de la Agencia de Estrategia Turística (AETIB) del Gobierno de las Islas Baleares. Para finalizar, se dará la oportunidad a emprendedores para compartir sus productos y servicios destinados al sector hotelero y turístico. Entre ellos, Beonprice, representado por su CFO, Wences Sevillano; Tourism Data Driven Solutions con su vicepresidenta de Innovación y Nuevos Desarrollos, Ainoha Raso, y Roibos, con la presencia online de su CEO y fundadora, Patricia Rossello. Además, Íñigo Bilbao, director de Turismo y Ciudades Sostenibles de Finnova, presentará el proyecto Living Lab para el sector HORECA y Baudoine Havaux, director general de Vinopres, compartirá la experiencia del WINE BAR y WINE CÓRNER del Concours Mondial de Bruxelles en hoteles de México. Por su parte, Juanma Revuelta lanzará los HORECA Startup Europe Awards. ¡Si quieres inscribirte puedes hacerlo gratis aquí! Sobre AEDH – Asociación Española de Directores de Hotel La Asociación Española de Directores de Hotel es una organización que, desde hace más de 40 años, representa a un reconocido colectivo de profesionales de la actividad turísticas. Trabajan apoyando, promocionando y gestionando los intereses tanto profesionales como sociales de este colectivo.Colaboran con todas las entidades/organizaciones públicas y/o privadas en la protección de España, como país turístico multicultural, estimulando aquellas iniciativas que tengan como principal objetivo la innovación y la mejora continua. Conscientes de la importancia del capital humano como elemento clave en el avance competitivo, consideramos la formación el activo principal de todos los miembros, seniors y juveniles, así como la de otros grupos que están integrados en el ámbito turístico. https://www.aedh.es/ Sobre la Fundación Finnova Fundación europea para la financiación de la innovación. Es una fundación europea con sede en Bruselas y España, cuyos objetivos son promover la cooperación público-privada mediante la innovación para abordar retos sociales como el empleo, la formación, el emprendimiento, los ODS de Naciones Unidas, la economía circular, etc. Finnova organiza los Startup Europe Awards, una iniciativa de la Comisión Europea y la Fundación Finnova, para reconocer a las mejores startups europeas en el ámbito social. www.finnova.eu Sobre Startup Europe Startup Europe es una iniciativa de la DG CONNECT de la Comisión Europea para poner en contacto a startups de alta tecnología, scaleups, inversores, aceleradores, redes corporativas, universidades y medios de comunicación. Cuenta con el apoyo de una cartera de proyectos financiados por la UE y de acciones políticas como el Estándar de la Nación de las Startups de la UE (EU Startup Nation Standard), el Radar de la Innovación y la Iniciativa de Innovación Digital y Escalabilidad (Digital innovation and Scaleup initiative, DISC). Está plenamente alineada con la estrategia para las pequeñas y medianas empresas (SME) de la Comisión Europea.https://digital-strategy.ec.europa.eu/en/policies/startup-europe
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Finnova successfully holds the sixth session of Next LATAM-EU Generation on new ideas promoting innovation, sustainable development, and the circular economy in tourism

  • El seminario web se llevó a cabo dentro de la Semana Europea del Desarrollo Sostenible 2021 y contó con ponentes de alto nivel de la UE y la Organización Mundial del Turismo (OMT).
  • Los temas incluyeron objetivos comunes Latam-UE como la sostenibilidad, la inclusión, la sensibilización, la innovación y la recuperación del turismo.
  • Quedan tres eventos de Next LATAM-EU Generation restantes. Los premios StartUp Europe Awards de la Comisión Europea se entregarán en el futuro.

Bruselas [22/09/2021].

La sexta sesión de Next LATAM-EU Generation se celebró dentro de la Semana Europea del Desarrollo Sostenible el martes 21 de septiembre de 2021. Se centró en el intercambio de ideas sobre desarrollo sostenible y economía circular en el turismo para abordar el cambio climático y la degradación ambiental. Subrayó la importancia de la cooperación y el intercambio de prácticas innovadoras entre la UE y América Latina para apoyar a un sector profundamente afectado por Covid: el turismo.

El director de Fondos Europeos de la Fundación Finnova, Juan Viesca, inauguró el webinar y presidió los paneles institucionales y de expertos. El gerente de TI de Finnova, Eduardo Mercado, asumió el cargo más tarde.

Juan Viesca presidió la primera mitad del webinar

El panel institucional contó con las contribuciones de Natalia Bayona (presentación en video), Directora de Innovación, Educación e Inversiones de la Organización Mundial del Turismo (OMT), y Noelia Barriuso , Centro de Apoyo al Diálogo de Políticas UE-Brasil. Ambos ponentes alentaron el espíritu empresarial, la formación, la inclusión, la inversión y la cooperación UE-Latam para garantizar un sector turístico sostenible y resiliente.

Natalia Bayona, directora de Innovación, Educación e Inversiones de la Organización Mundial del Turismo (OMT) (izquierda) y Noelia Barriuso, Mecanismo de apoyo al diálogo político UE-Brasil (derecha)

El segundo panel estuvo dedicado a los programas de financiación de la UE y estuvo a cargo de Juan Viesca, quien debatió sobre herramientas de recuperación económica como NextGeneration y el marco financiero plurianual 2021-2027. Ambos programas están disponibles para países de América Latina. El Sr. Viesca mencionó algunos proyectos en los que Finnova participa. Estos incluyen CirCoAX , un proyecto de COSME que trabaja para descubrir modelos comerciales circulares y con mentalidad social en las industrias textil y de la moda (incluidos los textiles en hoteles); LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 , un proyecto de aprovechamiento de residuos para generar energía de manera eficiente, y NAPOCTEP , un proyecto de fomento del turismo cultural en las rutas napoleónicas.

El webinar también acogió una mesa redonda donde los expertos debatieron sobre la economía circular y el desarrollo sostenible en el turismo. Contó con la participación de Eduardo Parra-López, Expresidente de AECIT – Asociación Española de Expertos Científicos en Turismo – y profesor de la Universidad de la Laguna; Luis Lehman, consultor de Economía Circular y Desarrollo Económico Sostenible; Estrella Torrecilla Crespo, directora general de Turismo de Castilla y León; Javier Bello Lecuona, Nogal Studios, CEO; y Álvaro Reina, Responsable de Proyectos Energéticos de la Fundación Finnova.

Eduardo Parra-López, Expresidente de AECIT y Catedrático de la Universidad de la Laguna (izquierda) y Luis Lehman, Consultor en Economía Circular y Desarrollo Económico Sostenible (derecha)

Como discurso de apertura, Eduardo Parra-López señaló que “la inteligencia colectiva es cada vez más importante, lo que se traduce en interconexión y colaboración para llegar a un sector turístico digital e innovador”. Luis Lehman, experto en economía circular, añadió que “es fundamental tener en cuenta todos los factores que permiten mejorar el sector turístico e integrar innovaciones muy necesarias”. Estrella Torrecilla destacó que cambiar las prácticas actuales por otras cada vez más sostenibles puede permitir reducir el impacto negativo del turismo en el medio ambiente y potenciar los destinos que, según Javier Bello, deberían recurrir a prácticas más digitales y de base tecnológica.Álvaro Reina consideró al sector turístico como uno de los sectores más interesantes para implementar la economía circular. También habló sobre varios proyectos en los que la Fundación Finnova está involucrada actualmente.

Estrella Torrecilla Crespo, directora general de Turismo de Castilla y León (izquierda), Javier Bello Lecuona, consejero delegado de Nogal Studios (derecha) y Álvaro Reina, responsable de Proyectos Energéticos de la Fundación Finnova (abajo)

El último panel estuvo encabezado por Luis Javier Parra , quien debatió sobre una historia de éxito: City Scan . Siendo su cofundador, el Sr. Parra explicó que este software (que fue creado en Colombia) es una aplicación de turismo digital que utiliza audioguías basadas en realidad aumentada y que conecta a los turistas con guías locales.

Eduardo Mercado concluyó el evento (izquierda) junto a Luis Javier Parra, cofundador de CityScan (derecha)

El webinar finalizó con un cuestionario sobre el sector turístico.

Next LATAM-EU  Generation  se divide en nueve eventos en línea que tendrán lugar cada segundo martes de cada mes con motivo de un Día Mundial particular en línea con los ODS . La próxima generación LATAM-EU se completará con la entrega de los premios StartUp Europe Awards de la Comisión Europea.

Acerca de la Fundación Finnova

Finnova Foundation es una fundación belga-española que trabaja para apoyar la innovación a través de fondos de la UE. Busca promover la cooperación público-privada a través de la innovación para abordar los desafíos sociales, por ejemplo, empleo, formación, emprendimiento, ODS, economía circular, etc. Finnova está a cargo de organizar los Startup Europe Awards, una iniciativa conjunta de Finnova y la Comisión Europea para recompensar las mejores start-ups sociales europeas.

Para obtener más información, haga clic en www.finnova.eu .

Acerca de los premios Startup Europe

Los premios Startup Europe Awards son una iniciativa creada por DG CONNECT e implementada por la Fundación Finnova desde 2016. Los premios Startup Europe Awards son un mecanismo de innovación abierta que tiene como objetivo identificar nuevas empresas disruptivas y promover asociaciones público-privadas. También buscan concienciar sobre la importancia del autoemprendimiento como motor de creación de empleo. Además de promover redes para cumplir los ODS de la ONU y los objetivos del Pacto Verde Europeo, también contribuyen a la economía circular, el turismo sostenible y la lucha contra el cambio climático.

Para obtener más información, haga clic en https://startupeuropeawards.eu/seua/ .

Acerca de Red Business Market 

Business Market es un foro que conecta a inversores, empresas, emprendedores y start-ups de Ciudad Real con el objetivo de crear una red de negocios, financiación y apoyo a proyectos económicos y empresariales en ese ámbito. Toda esta financiación puede ir acompañada de capital riesgo, business angels, inversiones personales y fondos corporativos o financieros para iniciativas innovadoras y disruptivas con un valor añadido que necesitan financiación para empezar a operar.

Para obtener más información, haga clic en https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-vd9gSy19s .

Acerca de la próxima generación de talentos

Next Talent Generation tiene como objetivo crear una alianza pro-Europa que reúna a diferentes entidades: organizaciones sin ánimo de lucro, empresas, universidades, instituciones de la UE, autoridades españolas, etc. Esta iniciativa ofrece en una única plataforma oportunidades de formación en toda la UE. Next Talent Generation muestra oportunidades de pasantías y planes de movilidad en Europa para fomentar la movilidad transfronteriza y mejorar el nivel de empleabilidad de los jóvenes. Finnova ofrece actualmente la posibilidad de realizar prácticas en todos los países de la UE a través del esquema de Garantía Nacional Juvenil. 

Para obtener más información, haga clic en https://nextalentgeneration.eu/ .

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JURY UNVEILS WINNERS OF SECOND EDITION OF SEUA-MINDTECH AWARDS

· These awards are being held on the occasion of Feria Internacional Mindtech, which will take place from 14 to 16 September.

· The jury have awarded enterprises – out of thirty participants – upholding sustainability and innovation in several sectors.

· Awardees will be handed their prizes in a gala dinner on Tuesday 14 September.

[Brussels 08/09/2021] The second edition of SEUA-Mindtech Awards, an initiative endorsed by the European Union, has been recently celebrated – and the final winners have been announced. These awards are being held within Feria Internacional Mindtech (in English, Mindtech International Fair), which will take place from 14 to 16 September in Vigo.

The SEUA-Mindtech Awards are being organised within the framework of Startup Europe Awards (SEUA), an initiative headed by the European Commission and implemented by Finnova Foundation to reward innovative ideas. SEUA specialise in promoting innovation and entrepreneurship as well as helping businesses to obtain EU funds.

The jury in charge of selecting winners is made up of enterprises and institutions which have a relevant role in the business and innovation sector, viz. Asime, Finnova, Igape, Gain, Concello de Vigo (Vigo Local Council), Deputación de Pontevedra (Pontevedra Regional Government), Icex, Ifevi, CZFV, and Abanca.

Awardees include:

  • Industry 4.0: Senseye, UK. Senseye is a company headquartered in Southampton offering a scalable predictive maintenance solution.
  • Circular Economy: VERSA Real Projects, Vigo. VERSA Real Projects is a spin-off of Soltec Ingenieros based in Galicia. VERSA uses modular constructions utilising shipping containers for commercial purposes. This innovative idea enables reusing industrial equipment, thus stimulating the circular economy.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility: Grupo Davila, Vigo. This company has been awarded due to its educational, social, and environmental approach, i.e. working with mentally disabled persons, favouring the social insertion of vulnerable groups, fostering the protection and care of the environment, and promoting equality in sport.
  • Innovation: Congalsa, A Pobra do Caramiñal. The jury has awarded Congalsa for its leading role in the food industry 4.0 sector in Galicia and its project on connected industry. Congalsa has developed a smart factory model which allows cybersecurity, digitalisation, eco-sustainability, and data analysis.
  • Mobility: Digamel, Vigo. Digamel is an electricity distribution company which promotes the installation of recharge points for electric vehicles. These recharge points are located in buildings, public institutions, hotels, fuel stations, etc. They offer a turnkey solution aiming to foster electric mobility.
  • Startup: For the first time, the jury has decided to award two enterprises which scored equally after the experts and the public voted. The voting process has been open during the whole month of August and it has received a remarkable number of votes from social media.
  • TripleAlpha, Padrón. TripleAlpha bases its operations in three fundamental elements: machine learning, cloud computing, and data science. The goal of TripleAlpha is to extract data via its own machine learning platform (AlphaCloud) whereby the value of each datum is obtained to turn it into knowledge helping improve profitability and productivity of clients in a sustainable and active manner.
  • UARX Space, Nigrán. UARX Space focuses on RDI, particularly the creation of spatial missions and the design of transport satellites to launch small satellites to unconventional orbits and to deep space from low orbits from the Earth.

The SEUA-Mindtech awards will be handed during the gala dinner on Tuesday 14 September in Vigo.

For more information, click on http://www.metalesymetalurgia.com/?p=382871.

About Feria Internacional Mindthech

The industrial sector and particularly the metal sector and its associated technologies make up over 20% of GDP in Galicia. One of the key areas of any industrial sector is internationalisation. In fact, most current companies work at an international level, and they have extensive expertise in implementing highly complex and difficult tasks.

The Feria Internacional Mindtech was created to develop highly specialised activities focused on innovation and the achievement of key competences to turn the metal sector into a highly competitive industry at a global level. The metal sector and its associated technologies comprise a wide range of intertwined industries, which makes the metal sector one of the most potent sectors. It also has a great potential to diversify new products and markets.

For more information, click on https://mindtechvigo.com/.

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 innovative mechanism aimed at identifying disruptive startups promoting private-public partnership alliances. 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 and the fight against climate change.

For more information, click on www.startupeuropeawards.eu.

About Finnova Foundation

Finnova Foundation is a Belgian-Spanish foundation working to finance innovative ideas under EU-funded programmes. Finnova aims to promote private-public cooperation through innovation in order to address social challenges, e.g. employment, training, entrepreneurship, SDGs, and the circular economy. Being committed to innovation, Finnova has been organising Startup Europe Awards since 2016 – an initiative launched by the European Commission’s DG Connect.

Finnova is headquartered in Belgium and Spain. It is also present in Chile, Panama, and other Spanish regions – the Valencian Community, the Basque Country, Andalusia, Madrid and the Canary Islands.

For more information, click on https://web.finnovaregio.org/.

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CILIFO to discuss EU funding opportunities in agricultural and forestry waste management on EU Sustainable Energy Week & EU Sustainable Development Week

08.09.2021. On Friday 24 September 2021, the project entitled ‘Interreg CILIFO (Centro Ibérico para la Investigación y Lucha contra Incendios Forestales)’1 and its accelerator Firefighting Open Innovation Lab – CILIFO (FOIL-CILIFO) will hold an event organised by Finnova Foundation – one of the beneficiaries of CILIFO. This event will be held within the framework of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), the largest event devoted to renewable energies and its efficient use across Europe, and the EU Sustainable Development Week (ESDW), an EU initiative to promote and to showcase projects upholding sustainable development and SDGs.

Within CILIFO, Finnova Foundation manages FOIL-CILIFO and is also involved in disseminating EU funding opportunities for innovative solutions helping meet the objectives of CILIFO and FOIL-CILIFO via the ‘Training in Financial Sources’ programme.

Register here: inscripcion-foil.cilifo.eu

The event entitled ‘Forest Waste to Energy (FOIL-CILIFO): EU Funding for Innovative Solutions in Agricultural and Forestry Waste Management’ will focus mainly on the opportunities of EU funding mechanisms – such as LIFE – to finance projects which use innovative solutions to help fight against climate change. From public institutions and experts on EU funds to partners of CILIFO, panelists will discuss proposals enabling to harness or to correctly manage agricultural and forest wastes in areas stricken by forest fires.

The goal of this event is to talk about EU funding opportunities for proposals introducing innovations on agricultural and forestry management practices. The participation of CILIFO in the EUSEW’s ‘Sustainable Energy Days’ and in the ESDW’s ‘Sustainability Action Days’ will help disseminate CILIFO and will consolidate its mission in the sustainable development field as well as its climate commitment at an EU level.

During the event, the 3rd Edition of Firefighting StartUp Europe Awards (SEUA-CILIFO) will be launched. SEUA-CILIFO is an initiative promoted by the European Commission, implemented by Finnova Foundation along with StartUp Europe, and endorsed by CILIFO. The aim is to identify innovative start-ups offering products, services or methods addressing the three stages in forest firefighting: 1) prevention, 2) extinction, and 3) regeneration. Start-ups should contribute to the following areas: improving the efficiency of resources in fighting against forest fires; providing technological tools; raising social awareness; addressing fire behaviour; analysing time and space patterns; addressing forest fire meteorology and hazard classification; putting forward extinction techniques; conducting terrestrial, aerial and spatial surveillance; addressing the regeneration of burnt areas, et cetera. For more information, check https://innovation.cilifo.eu/3a-edicion-seua-cilifo-2021.

Fundación ONCE will provide a broad overview of a training course entitled ‘Raising Awareness about Diversity in Forests’ which will discuss the needs of disabled persons and other vulnerable groups when forest fires break out. It is an online free course and it will kick off on 4 October. This course is aligned with CILIFO’s efforts to raise awareness about these topics.

CILIFO strives to achieve an effective control of forest fires as well as addressing their consequences. CILIFO aims to prevent forest fires by raising awareness and by applying a mitigation approach in rural areas. Firefighting Open Innovation Lab – CILIFO (FOIL-CILIFO) serves as a meeting point for enterprises and technologies working to prevent and extinguish forest fires and address post-fire management – a severe problem affecting large swaths of land each year.

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

As one of the beneficiaries of the CILIFO, Finnova Foundation is in charge of Firefighting Open Innovation Lab-CILIFO (FOIL-CILIFO), the first business and technology accelerator in the forest fire and forest management field. It has more than 30 initiatives and it has already published a first catalogue of accelerated technologies. This accelerator supports initiatives by entrepreneurs and enterprises on forest firefighting, forest management, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Firefighting Open Innovation Lab-CILIFO (FOIL-CILIFO) has been selected by the assessment committee of the Subdirección General de Apoyo a la PYME (in English, SMEs Support General sub-directorate) as the winner of the national round and it will represent Spain in the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA).

About Interreg CILIFO
www.cilifo.eu

CILIFO (Centro Ibérico para la Investigación y Lucha contra los Incendios Forestales) is a European project funded under the Interreg VA España-Portugal (Interreg POCTEP 2014-2020) Cross-border Cooperation Programme. It aims at strengthening and fostering cooperation, improving the response capability of public authorities when fires break out, and fostering long-term and quality employment in the cooperation area. Through its Firefighting Open Innovation Lab, CILIFO endorses the initiatives of entrepreneurs and enterprises helping prevent and fight against forest fires.

About Firefighting StartUp Europe Awards https://startupeuropeawards.eu/seua/

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 at identifying disruptive start-ups and promoting public-private partnerships. They also seek to raise awareness on the importance of self-entrepreneurship as a driving force for job creation. Firefighting StartUp Europe Awards is an initiative promoted by the European Commission and implemented by Finnova along with Startup Europe and endorsed by CILIFO which seeks to identify innovative and promising start-ups helping meet the current challenges in the forest fire management area. It strives to identify start-ups offering products, services or methods addressing the three stages of forest firefighting: prevention, action, and regeneration.

About Finnova Foundation
www.finnova.eu

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

About EU Sustainable Energy Week
https://www.eusew.eu/

Since 2016, EASME (Executive Agency for SMEs) has been organising this week to build a safe energetic future for Europe. The 2021 edition of EUSEW will be held from 25 to 29 October and its slogan is ‘Towards 2030: Reshaping the European Energy System’. Within this week, public institutions, private entities, NGOs, and consumers will show their initiatives to reduce energy spending and to promote a change in terms of the use of renewable, safe and efficient energies. EUSEW aims to achieve energy efficiency, the decarbonisation of economies and the promotion of research, innovation and competitiveness.

About European Sustainable Development Week
https://esdw.eu/

The ESDW is a European week which seeks to facilitate the organisation of activities centered on actions fostering sustainable development as well as to create synergies. The 2021 edition of ESDW will be held from 20 to 26 September, although side events may take place from 18 September until 8 October. ESDW is fully committed to the2030 Agenda and the 17 SDGs. Therefore, all the activities and the events which will be held will necessarily focus on the SDGs.

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Fifth session of Next LATAM-EU Generation successfully held on the occasion of International Youth Day

  • The webinar was held on 10 August 2021 to commemorate International Youth Day. It focused on training and mobility opportunities for young Latin American people
  • The main goal of Next LATAM-EU Generation is to promote business cooperation between EU and Latam countries
  • The event was assisted by Red Business Market and the Congreso Iberoamericano de Empresas Familiares y Pymes
  • A meeting will be held in Medellin (Colombia) in late 2021 to deliver the LATAM Startup Europe Awards

Brussels, 11.08.2021 – On Tuesday 10 August, on the occasion of International Youth Day, Finnova Foundation and Startup Europe Awards, together with Red Business Market and the Congreso Iberomaericano de Empresas Familiares y Pymes, held the fifth session of Next LATAM-EU Generation, named “Training and Mobility Opportunities for Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs”. The goal of this session was to forge partnerships bringing together different types of entities to offer in a single platform training opportunities in the EU, to promote cross-border mobility and to enhance the level of employability of young people. This event was attended by His Excellency Mr Darío Chiru, Ambassador of Panama in Belgium.

The fifth session, which was held from 16:30 to 18:30 (CEST), was broken down into five panels chaired by Juanma Revuelta, CEO of Finnova Foundation. Throughout the event, Mr Revuelta stressed that “young Latin Americans have numerous mobility and job opportunities in Europe at their disposal”.

Juanma Revuelta, who chaired the event, pointed out that “up to 400 youth have been trained in Finnova thanks to various European schemes”

 

Panel 1 (institutions) featured Bruno Castro Benito, EU Relations with Latin America Officer at DG EAC (Directorate-General of Education, Youth, Sport and Culture) in the European Commission as well as Moisés Álvaro, ecosystems developer in Southern Europe at EIT Climate-KICEuropean Institute of Innovation and Technology.

Mr Castro kicked off the panel by introducing finance and cooperation opportunities both for individuals and institutions offered by European schemes like Erasmus+ (higher education, vocational training and youth organisations) and Marie Skłodowska-Curie (doctoral and post-doctoral research). Later on, Moisés Álvaro declared that “EIT Climate KIC is tasked to tackle climate change through public-private partnerships. Thanks to EIT Climate-KIC’s climathons, the most important hackhaton in terms of climate innovation among others, we manage to give a hand to young entrepreneurs”.

Moisés Álvaro: “Thanks to Climate-KIC’s climathons, the most important hackhaton in terms of climate innovation among others, we manage to give a hand to young entrepreneurs”

Panel 2, presented by Alberto Navarro (entrepreneurship and innovation director at Finnova), centered on Next Talent Generation EU, Finnova’s internship search engine. “Next Talent Generation enables users to look for internships offered by private and public institutions in Europe. Each offer includes additional information such as duration, economic retribution, etc.”

The following panel was devoted to European funds. In it, Adrián Noheda talked about the different ways non-EU countries can benefit from EU funds. He stated that “Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay and Venezuela, among others, may be eligible for funds under Horizon Europe”.

As regards other funding facilities, such as LIFE, Mr Noheda pointed out that “although it is quite difficult to integrate enterprises from non-EU countries, we in Finnova propose creative solutions such as incorporating branches in Spain or justifying the implementation of an innovative technology”. A good example of this is LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0, by Global Omnium and Finnova. It has a €1 M budget and will last for four years. In essence, this project will implement new technologies promoting the circular economy and the mitigation of climate change.

María José Valero, CEO of Talent Growth Management, also talked about LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0. Thanks to her support, five girls from Technovation Girls CV developed and app whereby they took part in Finnova’s challenges. This app encourages the re-use of food wastes by drawing inspiration from LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0. These five students subsequently visited the wastewater treatment plant located in Quart the Poblet (where the project is being tested) and operated by Global Omnium.

After the European funds section, the floor was given to His Excellency Mr Darío Chiru, Ambassador of Panama in Belgium. Having an extensive background in international affairs, Mr Chiru expressed his concern vis-à-vis youth employability, by claiming that “young people aged 15 to 29 make up one third of active population. 10 years back, they accounted for 1 out of every 4 jobs; nowadays, young people account for only 1 out of every 10 jobs”.

Darío Chiru, Ambassador of Panama in Belgium: “Young people aged 15 to 29 make up one third of active population. 10 years back, they accounted for 1 for each 4 jobs; nowadays, young people account for only 1 for each 10 jobs”

The fifth session of Next LATAM-EU generation also discussed the role of universities in promoting young entrepreneurship, especially regarding under- and graduates.

Speaking from Ideas UPV – the Entrepreneurship Department of Universitat Politècnica de València –, Lorena Pedros said that her department has been the first one in Spain to assist students and staff to develop their business ideas. From 1992, Ideas UPV has helped over 8000 entrepreneurs.

Later on, Frank Babinger, advisor to the Employability and Entrepreneurship Department of the Vice-Chancellor’s Office in the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, said that “our university has pre-incubators in all faculties. This means that we foster entrepreneurship in humanities, social sciences, exact sciences, etc.”

Jose María Imbert: “Any youth irrespective of whether they are EU nationals or not can take part in this scheme. The only prerequisite is for them to be residents”

 

Jose María Imbert, speaking from Yes Europa, showed attendees the possibility to take part in programmes such as short-stay Erasmus grants (one to three weeks), in which “young people from all over Europe get together to develop a small European project in any city across the Union”. Mr Lambert also talked about European Solidarity Corps, i.e. a volunteer programme whereby young people can improve their employability prospects. In addition, according to the speaker, “any youth irrespective of whether they are EU nationals or not can take part in this scheme. The only prerequisite is for them to be residents”.

The fifth session of Next LATAM-EU was wrapped up by two young people who benefited from European programmes and who shared their experiences with the audience.

Renan da Silva, a youth from Florianópolis (southern Brasil), explained the differences which exist between both continents. As a beneficiary of a Unia Beca grant from Universidad Internacional de Andalucía, he urged Latin American countries to “endorse youth employability just as it is done in Europe. […] I am very lucky and grateful to have taken part in this project”.

Ana Piñero: “As a member of Interreg CILIFO, I have learnt how a cross-border European project is programmed and managed”

 

Thanks to her experience at Interreg CILIFO, a project under Interreg Volunter Youth, Ana Piñero was able to learn how a cross-border European project is programmed and managed. She also seized the opportunity to encourage attendees to get out of their comfort zone, just as she did – Ms Piñero worked as a communication officer in CILIFO despite holding a BA and a MA in Law.

“I would like to encourage all youth to take part in projects like Interreg Youth or European Solidarity Corps. The downside of it is that you can only take part once”.

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PREVIOUS SESSIONS

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

The second session, which was held on April 6 – on the occasion of World Health Day (7 April) –, was named “Challenges and Opportunities for Tourism through Cooperation between Latam and the EU during Covid-19”. Its main topics were the challenges that the tourism sector has to face and how to. This session was attended by Manuel Vegas, president of Asociación Española de Directores de Hotel (AEDH); Antonio López de Ávila, co-founder and CEO of Tourism Data Driven Solutions (TDDS), and Irene Sánchez, business creation manager at EIT Health Spain.

The third session, which was held on May 11 on Global Recycling Day (17 May), was named “Challenges of Circular Economy in LATAM-EU Cooperation as a Production and Consumption Model for Sustainability”. Speakers included Isabel Silva Souza, Ambassador of the European Commission’s Climate Pact; Álvaro Hernández, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Inboplast; Sharam Yalda, partner of CirCoAX and founder of HumanNation; Alonso Salguero, CEO at GTA Ingeniería y Medioambiente, and Giuseppe Liberati, Executive Director at Bridging Value.

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

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

About LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0

LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 is a European project which utilises a digital control system to automatically pump specific amounts of organic wastes into anaerobic sludge digesters in order to maximise the on-demand production of biogas – a renewable energy source.

The project has been designed to make biogas a reliable source of green energy to meet the industrial energy demand and to comply with the EU’s goal to produce at least 27% of energy out of renewable sources by 2030. This system is of special interest to Europe, as there are 18,000 wastewater treatment plants which account for 0.8% of all energy consumption.

The project was initiated on 01/09/2020 and will operate until 29/02/2024. It is coordinated by Global Omnium Medioambiente and partnered by Finnova Foundation and Portuguese consortium Águas do Centro Litoral. It has a €970,000 budget.

For more information, click on https://www.lifecodigestion.com/

About Finnova Foundation

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

For more information, click on https://finnova.eu/en/home_eng/

About Startup Europe Awards

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

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

About Red Business Market

Business Market is a forum connecting investors, businesses, entrepreneurs and start-ups from Ciudad Real aiming to create a network of business, financing and support for economic and business projects in that area. All this funding can be coupled with venture capital, business angels, personal investments and corporate or financial funds for innovative and disruptive initiatives with an added value which need funding to start operating.

For more information, click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-vd9gSy19s

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PREVIOUS SESSIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Finnova Foundation

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

About Startup Europe Awards

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

About Red Business Market

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

About Next Talent Generation

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

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

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

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

This online event will take place on Wednesday 28 July


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Finnova Foundation

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

For more information, click on www.finnova.eu

About Startup Europe Awards

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

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

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

 

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Launch of the 2021 LIFE call

Launch of the 2021 LIFE call

What is the LIFE programme?

The LIFE programme, launched in 1992, is the EU fund dedicated to environmental and climate objectives. The new 2021 LIFE –programme has a financial envelope of €580 million for 2021 and it will select projects helping meet the European Green Deal goals in line with EU policies on circular economy.

Projects will be selected that help to achieve the objectives of the European Green Pact by supporting the EU Biodiversity Strategy and the Circular Economy Action Plan, as well as the ecological recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Who?

Funds are open to a wide array of applicants, including, most specifically, private entities (big companies, SMEs and start-ups), public institutions (at a local, regional or national level, e.g. town councils and regional councils), non-profit organisations, universities and research centres.

The European Commission is specifically looking for technologies and solutions ready to be implemented in the market throughout the project at an industrial or commercial scale.

Funds are open to businesses from:

  1. a) Any EU Member State
  2. b) Any members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) included in the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA)
  3. c) EU potential candidates and acceding countries
  4. d) Countries covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy
  5. e) Members of the European Environment Agency, in accordance with the provisions of Council Regulation n. 933/1999 (1)

Prerequisites

Projects typically have an average fund of €2 million. They are normally made up of 3 to 8 partners in a public-private consortium. Having an international partner, such as Finnova Foundation, represents an added value. Projects commonly last 3 to 5 years.

When?

The stablished timetable is as follows:

July 28th – LIFE 2021 Networking and Q&A Open Day 

 

Finnova Foundation organises on Wednesday 28 July, 2021, at 09:00 (CEST) a session for networking and answering questions about the LIFE 2021-2027 programme for those interested in submitting project proposals in one of the 4 sub-programs under LIFE 2021-2027.

If you are interested in knowing the possibilities that the LIFE program can offer to your project, you can register at the Finnova identification and resolution of doubts day.

From 09:00 – 10:00h (CEST)

LIFE2021 Next Cities Generation challenge: waste, circular economy and water

http://life.nextcitiesgeneration.eu/

From 10:00 – 11:00h (CEST)

LIFE2021 challenge: sustainable mobility

http://life.nextlogisticgeneration.eu/

From 11:00 – 12:00h (CEST)

LIFE2021 challenge: sustainable agribusiness (HIBA Startup Euorpe Accelerathon launch)

http://life.agritechfood.eu/

From 12:00 – 13:00h (CEST)

LIFE2021 challenge: climate change, management and forest fires

http://retoforestal.cilifo.eu/

From 13:00 – 14:00h (CEST)

LIFE2021 challenge: real state, sustainable buildings and bauhaus

http://life.nextproptechgeneration.eu/

14:00 – 15:00 (CEST): LUNCH

From 15:00 – 16:00h (CEST)

LIFE 2021 challenge: sustainable energy

http://life.nextenergygeneration.eu/

From 16:00 – 17:00h (CEST)

LIFE2021 Next Tourism Generation challenge: sustainable tourism

http://life.nextourismgeneration.eu/

Updates for 2021

There will be 4 sub-programmes as opposed to the former 2.

  • Nature and Biodiversity
  • Circular Economy and Quality of Life
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Clean Energy Transition

Co-funding will be raised up to 75%, and up to 95% for Nature and Biodiversity projects.

Finnova Foundation’s participation in LIFE

Finnova has seasoned experts in EU projects and funds. In fact, 35 LIFE projects in which Finnova’s team has actively participated have been approved, one of them being the recent LIFE ECOdigestion.

Similarly, Finnova has a platform called EU Training Platform offering a wide array of courses made by Finnova dealing with EU funding, including two on LIFE (soon available in English):

LIFE – EU Funds for Environment

LIFE – EU Funds for Climate Change

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Fourth session of Next LATAM-EU Generation addresses business cooperation between the EU and Latin America in the water management sector

Fourth session of Next LATAM-EU Generation addresses business cooperation between the EU and Latin America in the water management sector

The webinar was held on July 13 to commemorate World Population Day and World Oceans Day


Circular economy and wastewater management project LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 was the overarching topic throughout the webinar


The event was supported by Red Business Market and the Congreso Iberoamericano de Empresas Familiares y Pymes


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


Brussels, 14.07.2021 – On Tuesday 13 July, 2021, on the occasion of World Population Day and World Oceans Day, Finnova Foundation and Startup Europe Awards launched  the fourth session of Next LATAM-EU Generation: “Entrepreneurship and Water: a Driver of Economic Recovery and Social Development of Regions and Municipalities” together with Red Business Market and the Congreso Iberoamericano de Empresas Familiares y Pymes.

The main objectives of Next LATAM-EU Generation are the transfer of knowledge, the dissemination of information on available funding facilities for both continents and the development of shared projectsamong Latin American and European countries in order to forge business alliances.

The fourth session of Next LATAM-EU Generation: “Entrepreneurship and Water: a Driver of Economic Recovery and Social Development of regions and Municipalities” was chaired by Finnova – LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 CEO Juanma Revuelta, who used LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0. to showcase best practices in the wastewater sector. Partnered by Finnova, LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 aims to control on-demand production of biogas in WWTPs digesters. This project seeks to treat organic waste from livestock farms e.g. swine or chicken manure, waste from the HORECA sector, waste from cooperatives and supermarkets, and solid urban waste in order to foster sustainability and to reduce CO2 emissions.

Javier Vázquez Hueso, CEO of EMALGESA and Deputy Mayor of Ayuntamiento de Algeciras, which harbours the fourth most important port in Europe and is located between two continents, was the first speaker in the “Institutions” section of the webinar. Mr. Vázquez said that Algeciras will invest €25M in the upcoming years on its water agenda.

Rafael Heredero, Policy Advisor at EurEau, broke down into different sub-topics the European Green Deal, the EU’s strategy to become a resource efficient, competitive and modern economy, which urges to minimise GHG emissions by 2050.

Luis Lehmann, Circular Economy and Sustainable Development Consultant, initiated the “Water and Region Experts” section by pointing out the major problems which affect water in this decade i.e. water pollution,poor quality of water for human consumption and floods. All of these are particularly dangerous for Latin America. “Facing these challenges by implementing a circular economy model to reach sustainable development is a great opportunity, especially for local governments”.

The CEO of Red Business Market, Josu Gómez Barrutia, said that over the past years, “there has been a growing interest in the sustainability and circular economy start-up ecosystem”. According to Mr. Barrutia, the amount of environment-related start-ups in Spain has soared to more than 36%, which has led to a 361% surge in renewable energies and sustainability related patents. This clearly shows the concern of start-ups vis-à-vis the environment.

Ana Beccar Varela, Water Project Manager at The Nature Conservancy, introduced a long-term water funds management strategy. Waters funds are organisations which design and promote financial and governmental mechanisms bringing together public, private and civil society agents to achieve water security based on the comprehensive management of watersheds and the implementation of nature-based solutions.

Diego Correa, CEO of APSU, talked about a microwave reactor APSU is currently using and which extracts biochar from sludge. This project was accelerated by Finnova’s Startup Europe Accelerator and won the Startup Europe Awards competition in the water category in 2017. This sludge represents “one of the greatest dangers to water”. Mr. Correa said this reactor “transforms this sludge into clean energy, eliminates pathogens and extracts biogas with steam in a single process”.

Speaking from Águas de Gaia in Portugal, CEO Miguel Lemos stressed the urgency to take care and to protect water. “Water is necessary for human life. We need to find a social, financial and environmental balance when it comes to water management”.

Sub-director of Agri-food Innovation at Cajamar Ricardo García talked about Almeria’s “agricultural miracle” i.e. its strategic water management system. Mr. García and his team strive to recruit new talent in the agri-food industry of Almeria to copycat this very same system in the rest of Spain and the world.

José Teixeira, Key Account Manager of Buntplanet, discussed how his company has created a unique software based on AI to optimise water management and to prevent leaks by digitalising it.

Adrián Nadal, CEO of Bioferric, talked about Bioferric’s technology to design and assemble water treatment and purification plants. Bioferric won the first edition of Water Accelerathon, an event implemented by Finnova. Thanks to their technology, Bioferric can recover up to 95% of components from effluents.

The last speaker in the “Experts” section was Carlota Corzo, Co-founder of Lazzaro, a technology-based and socially-oriented enterprise specialising in designing software for NGOs (non-governmental organisations) to manage their websites and to raise funds and donations, hence filling the digital divide. “One of our goals is to monitor transactions by using blockchain, as the first reason why people avoid donating to NGOs in Spain is the lack of confidence. We realised only 8% of NGOs are digitalised”.

Adrián Noheda, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Director at Finnova Foundation, wrapped up the “Funds” area by explaining the different EU funding opportunities for all those entrepreneurs wishing to bring their projects into the EU and who participate in companies operating in Member States.

Horizon Europe, the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2021-2027, has been recently launched. It envisages international cooperation with non-Member States.

The LIFE Programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action created in 1992. For the 2021-2027 period, the programme has a financial envelope of €5.4 billion, which means €1.9 billion more as opposed to the 2014-2020 period. LIFE can be broken down into four sub-programmes whit a co-funding rate of up to 60%: Nature and Biodiversity, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Circular Economy and Quality of Life and Clean Energy Transition.

Mr. Noheda seized the opportunity to use LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 as a best practice example. This project is a consortium formed by Global Omnium, Finnova Foundation and Aguas do Centro Litoral.

Mr. Noheda also talked about the Innovation Fund, one of the most comprehensive funds in the world for the development of low-carbon innovative technologies. This fund will provide nearly €20 billion for 2020-2030 to commercialise industrial solutions to decarbonise Europe and to help achieve a climate-neutrality transition.

On the other hand, the European Innovation Council (EIC) offers up to €15M-worth investments and up to €2.5M-worth grants for entrepreneurs and SMEs having from 1 to 250 employees and less than €50M revenue.

The fourth session of Next LATAM-EU Generation was closed off by poet and president of Poets without Borders Chema Paz Gago, who read his ecopoem called “False Prestige”.

If you couldn’t attend the event, you can watch it here.

 

PREVIOUS SESSIONS

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

The second session, which was held on April 6 (on the occasion of World Health Day), was named “Challenges and Opportunities for Tourism through Cooperation between Latam and the EU during Covid-19”. Its main topics were the challenges that the tourism sector has to face and how to. This session was attended by Manuel Vegas, president of Asociación Española de Directores de Hotel (AEDH); Antonio López de Ávila, Co-founder and CEO of Toursim Data Driven Solutions (TDDS), and Irene Sánchez, Business Creation Manager at EIT Health Spain.

The third session, which was held on May 11 on Global Recycling Day, was named “Challenges of Circular Economy in LATAM-EU Cooperation as a Production and Consumption Model for Sustainability”.Speakers included Isabel Silva Souza, Ambassador of the European Commission’s Climate Pact; Álvaro Hernández, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Inboplast; Sharam Yalda, partner of CirCoAX and founder of HumanNation; Alonso Salguero, CEO at GTA Ingeniería y Medioambiente, and Giuseppe Liberati, Executive Director at Bridging Value.

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

 

About LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0

The main objective of the LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 project is the real-scale demonstration of an innovative technology for the automated control of waste dosage in anaerobic digesters of WWTPs to maximise the production of biogas on demand as a renewable energy.

LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 undertakes to turn biogas into a reliable source of energy to supply green power to industries and companies in order to ensure that the EU’s goal to reach at least 27% of renewable energy in 2030 is met. This methodology is especially interesting for Europe, as there are 18.000 water treatment plants accounting for 0.8% of energy consumption.

LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0 kicked off on 1 September, 2020, and will continue up until 29 February, 2024. Its main coordinator is Global Omnium Medioambiente, and its main partners are Finnova Foundation and Portuguese consortium Águas do Centro Litoral. It has a €970,000 budget.

https://www.lifecodigestion.com/

About Finnova Foundation

Finnova Foundation is a Belgian-Spanish foundation which helps institutions and organisations to get funds for their innovative projects. Finnova aims to promote private-public cooperation through innovation in order to address social challenges, e.g. employment, training, entrepreneurship, SDGs, circular economy, etc. As part of its commitment to innovation, Finnova has been organising the Startup Europe Awards since 2016, an initiative from the European Commission.

Finnova’s HQ are located in Belgium and across Spain – Comunitat Valenciana, the Basque Country, Andalusia, Madrid and the Canary Islands. It also has branches in Chile and Panama.

For more info, click on www.finnova.eu

About Startup Europe Awards

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

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

About Red Business Market 

Business Market is a forum connecting investors, businesses, entrepreneurs and start-ups from Ciudad Real aiming to create a network of business, financing and support for economic and business projects in that area. All this funding can be coupled with venture capital, business angels, personal investments and corporate or financial funds for innovative and disruptive initiatives with an added value which need funding to start operating.

For more info, click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-vd9gSy19s