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

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


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


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


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



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


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


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





Hands-on pilot tests


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


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


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



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



About EIT Urban Mobility


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


For more information visit and Follow EIT Urban Mobility on:





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


Finnovaregio Foundation:


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


Intelligent Infrastructure Innovation Centre (IC3): 


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



 Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (MAB):


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


Metropolitan Transports of Barcelona (MTB):


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



Press Contact Details:

Europa Press Comunicación

Àgata Sala – – +34 600 90 55 38

Isana Navarro – – +34 600 90 55 65


EIT Urban Mobilty

Bernadette Bergsma

Head of Communications and Stakeholder Relations



Contact: Press Officer:

Lola Bordás‐ E: ‐ T: +34 619110266

Natalia Cediel Contreras‐ E: ‐ T: +32 494398505





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

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

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

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

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

Circular economy

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

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

Link to register for the event:

European Week of Regions and Cities 2020

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

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

European Green Week 2020:

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


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


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

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


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

Finnova Foundation:

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



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

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

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

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

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

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


Juan Manuel Revuelta,                    + 32 475 97 42 77

For more info about the training program:


InvestHorizon and the hosts IVACE, REDIT, STARTUP Europe Awards and EUREKA invite you to an Introduction Webinar

Are you raising an ambitious Series A Investment? Would you like to increase the investment and valuation amount? Do you want to save time, costs and effort at no costs, no equity and limited travel?

If the answers are YES, then you should join our Introduction Webinar to the free InvestHorizon Accelerator! Next cut off on the 30th of July!

InvestHorizon fosters the investment readiness of Europe’s ambitious high-tech companies. The Investment Accelerator fast tracks the fund-raising efforts and investment relations for selected companies. InvestHorizon is financed and promoted by the European Commission in association with Eureka and delivered by a consortium, coordinated by Tech Tour.

Sectors: Digital Tech | AI & IoT | Healthech | MedTech | Biotech | Cleantech | Energy | Mobility | Logistics |AgroFood and many more


10.00 – 10.10 Online Check-in / Registration of Participants

10.10 – 10.15 Welcome & Opening by the hosts from IVACE and REDIT

10.15 – 11.00 Presentation of the InvestHorizon Accelerator Programme – How is the free InvestHorizon Accelerator different? How will you benefit from it? How to apply – steps and requirements?

11.00– 11.15  InvestHorizon Alumni Startup Story – Carmen Plasencia, Aromics (Barcelona) – shared experience from the Accelerator programme

11.15 – 11.35 Q&A session – where you could ask your questions

11.40  End of the webinar

What is the InvestHorizon Accelerator?


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INNOWWIDE: An opportunity for SMEs to achieve internationalization

The new call for applications for European funds is aimed at innovative European SMEs from any sector that are looking to start up businesses outside Europe.

-Creative companies based in the EU will be able to access fixed grants of 60,000.

-The second call for INNOWWIDE opened On January 15 and ends On April 7.

20/03/2020 Brussels. Innowwide (Coordiantion and Support Action) launches a new call for small and medium-sized enterprises to achieve internalisation. This call will be financed by the European Commission with fixed grants of up to 60,000 euros. The aim is to create conditions that will enable innovative technologies created in Europe to be incorporated into international markets. Applicant SMEs based in the European Union or in a state associated with Horizon 2020 whose economic activity derives from technological developments (or start-ups with expectations of starting up such activity in the short term) may benefit from this subsidy, which amounts to 60,000 euros. The proposals, or VAPs, must have a fixed duration of 6 months and a minimum budget of 86,000 euros.

Innowwide’s second call for VAPs (Feasibility Assessment Projects) opened on January 15th and the deadline is April 7st.

From Finnova we will advise and mentor the companies benefiting from this call. If you have any questions or need further information, please send an e-mail to:

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“BELLEJO will transform the wasted biomass into valuable cosmetic products”


The startup receives support from Finnova in organizing and preparing the best funding for European projects

The startup Bellejo presented, during the Blockchain Challenge Hackathon 2019, the creation of a new environmentally friendly sunscreen product with Lignin from a by-product of beer, connected to the NGOs involved in the preservation of the marine ecosystem using blockchain. The Finnova Foundation is accelerating this company, which intends to connect its product, through Blockchain, with the NGOs, in order to preserve life in the oceans and restore damaged coral reefs and thus provide an incredible customer experience and create a cultural change in environmental protection.

We talked to Claudia Condulet, Founder & CEO of BELLEJO, who explained to us what her entrepreneurial idea is; how Finnova helps her and why startups are necessary.

-What prize have you won, on which date and through by what means or institution?

I won Best Blockchain-based start-up for our bio-based sunscreen product that connects NGOs involved in the preservation of the marine ecosystem using blockchain, in support with UN SDG 14. Award was obtained during Blockchain Challenge Hackathon organized in Malaga 11th of November 2019.

P-What has Finnova helped you with or is helping you with?

RI receive support from Finnova in organizing and preparing for best european project funding that suits my start-up, guidance and mentorship and also connecting my business with suitable partners. Looking forward to complete the acceleration of my start-up with Finnova.

P-How did you meet Finnova?

R– I met the representants of Finnova after I won the Start Up Europe Award, as the organization is responsible and involved in the acceleration of the awarded start-ups.

P-Are awards for entrepreneurs or startups important? -What is your project about and how do you differ from the rest?

R While others see waste, I see beauty. I am confident that BELLEJO will transform wasted biomass into valuable cosmetics products, our goal is to play an important role in bringing sustainable solutions to existing problems in the beauty market by re-defining existing supply chains. Our first product will be a Reef Friendly Sunscreen product with Lignin, a biopolymer extracted from beer saved grains. We also want to connect our product through Blockchain with NGOs, with the purpose of preserving life in the oceans and restore damaged coral reefs and thus providing an amazing Customer Experience and create a cultural change in environmental protection, where the customer can see their direct positive impact in ocean conservation efforts just by scanning our product.

P-Do you think it’s hard to invest in a startup?

R It is certainly a challenge to get funding for high risk innovative solutions, it takes courage and resilience to keep moving forward, to not give up when you really believe that you are working not only for the present, but for the future.

P- How has your company evolved since you won the acceleration ticket?

R I met extraordinary people that are involved in the start-up environment, with the same goals and aspirations for a brighter future. Not only that I met my fellow start-up owners, I also found that when I reached out for support and guidance, I received the most touching response and people will help if you just ask.

P- Do you consider that Startups are the future on a global level?

R Start-ups are usually created by people who can see better solutions to existing problems, who can anticipate and also create a better future. In a start-up environment, we have the liberty to try and fail, to try and succeed, making sure our solutions and products have a faster route from idea to market. In this sense, a start-up is usually the place where you will find unimaginable ideas brought to life and yes, they are the future.

P-Are awards for entrepreneurs or startups important?

R Awards can give us, start-up owners, the visibility that we need to find partners and funding. And also gives our partners the assurance that our solutions are validated and hence improve the entrepreneur’s chances to get the idea to the market very fast.

P- Do you think there should be more Startup Europe Awards? And what would you say to those entrepreneurs who are thinking of approaching European projects?R
R To all the entrepreneurs in Europe I would say, go for European Projects, apply for Startup European Awards competitions and events, it will improve your chances in getting your start-up to the next level, meet partners and supporters of your business ideas.

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The European Commission, adds efforts, resources and calls on those SMEs and new companies with technologies or innovations that can help in “treatment, testing, monitoring or other aspects” to combat the COVID-19. In this exceptional call, projects may be under 500,000 euros. Open emergency call for SMEs to submit projects to combat the side effects of the coronavirus.

Details of the urgent call for projects to combat the Coronavirus

It can be applied urgently in the next round of funding from the European Innovation Council, to the EIC Accelerator, which is open until Friday 20 March at 5pm Brussels time. The budget of the call is a total of 164 million euros.

Juan Manuel Revuelta, Director General of the Finnova Foundation, encourages companies to submit their projects “Normally these projects are between 500,000 and 2.5 million euros, exceptionally in this case they may be less than 500,000 euros and in addition projects that are of interest may be financed by other EC and external financial channels such as additional funding from regional and national governments or private foundations”.

Given this situation, the Commission is accelerating the provision of these EIC grants and combined financing (together with capital investments) for innovations that support this cause. It will also seek to facilitate access to other sources of funding and investment.

Examples of innovations against COVID-19 that are already being supported

Some examples of innovations that have already been supported by EIT that contribute to the fight against Coronavirus are EpiShuttle (specialized isolation units), M-TAP project ( filtration to remove viral material), MBENT Project (human mobility tracking during epidemics).

Finnova supports in the application for these grants

Finnova is the European Foundation for Innovation Funding, Lola Bordás, responsible for communication of the entity, informed that Finnova will establish open innovation strategies that will contribute to provide disruptive solutions against this pandemic and that will facilitate public-private partnerships such as the Health startup europe Accelerator, project in which Finnova will focus its work.

Likewise, we also call on all those companies or SMEs that can provide an innovative solution or idea to disseminate this call for proposals.

You can send us your proposals to

For further information, press officer

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9th Philanthropic Program of REPSOL Startup Acceleration

  • Energy multinational announces awards to help innovative energy and mobility startups
  • The deadline for submission is March 4

Repsol, the energy multinational, has announced the 9th edition of its philanthropic program for Startup Acceleration to help innovative companies in the pre-commercial phase to bring their technological solutions to the market. The aim is for startups to work on solutions for the energy industry, new mobility and the circular economy, contributing to a sustainable energy transition. The program includes donations of up to 120,000 euros without taking an equity stake or intellectual property.

The deadline for submitting applications to the 9th Philanthropic Programme of REPSOL Startup Acceleration is March 4th.

More information and application forms can be found on the Repsol Foundation website:

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GoHub Ventures and D’Ella Capital, winners of the Finnova Foundation’s Best Investors 4 Startups and Scaleups Europe Awards

The reception was held during the IX Edition of the Transfer of Technology, Science and Innovation Forum that took place in Malaga

Málaga, 13 February 2020 – The Startup Europe Awards, an initiative promoted by the European Commission and led by  Finnova Foundation, have held a new award ceremony in two new categories: Best Investors 4 Startups Europe Awards and Best Investors 4 Scaleups Europe Awards. GobHub Ventures and D’Ella Capital have both been awarded for their commitment to Spanish startups and for giving them the financial boost they need.  Yolanda de Aguilar, Director General of FYCMA and Rudy Aernoudt, Senior Economist of the European Commission (DG GROW) were in charge of presenting the awards to the winners.

This recognition is an open innovation tool that allows talented startups to identify investment funds that are committed to generating alliances capable of solving current challenges in multiple areas.

Maria Gil, Manager representative of GoHub Andalucia has collected the award and has already commented that GoHub is the open innovation hub of Global Omnium that invests in Deep Tech Startups that help improve life in cities and bring the industry to the new economy. GoHub has already invested 8 million by 2019 and has offices and acceleration spaces in Valencia, Barcelona and Seville.

D’Ella Capital is an investment company created to identify, buy and operate a private company in Spain, with net sales between 5 and 20 million euros and an EBITDA margin of over 15%, and at least three years of profitable operations. Its mission is to provide the company with long-term sustainable growth, offering continuity and creating value.