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Smart Delivery project, at the forefront of sustainable logistics, presented at Urban Electric Logistics event

  • During the event, organized by Las Naves, the results of the last mile urban logistics project SmartDelivery were presented.
  • The initiative provides solutions for decarbonization with zero-emission vehicles.
  • The event was attended by the heads of the consortium formed by Las Naves, T-Box, the Finnova Foundation and the co-financing entity EIT Climate-KIC.

Brussels, 21.12.2021

On Tuesday, December 21, the results of the SmartDelivery project have been presented in the webinar “Electric Urban Logistics, adaptable experiences to your city” organized by Las Naves, the Valencian center for social and urban innovation.

Smart Delivery is an innovative logistics model that transforms the urban distribution of goods. Developed by the Valencian company T-Box Delivery & Solutions, S.L., it has been launched in Valencia thanks to the consortium formed by TBox, Las Naves and Finnova, and has the support and co-financing of EIT Climate KIC, the European Innovation and Knowledge Community, which aims to accelerate the transition to a carbon-free economy.

Towards the digital transformation of cities

The session was opened by Ignacio Chanza Banzó, head of innovation at Climate-KIC, who highlighted that “we live in a prosperous, inclusive and climate-resilient society with a net-zero emissions circular economy, whose mission is to catalyze systemic change for climate action through a portfolio approach”. “This initiative is an opportunity for the transformation of cities and to improve the habitat and health of inhabitants, as it brings new business models and uses technologies for logistics transformation,” he said.

Álvaro Reina, European energy project manager of the Finnova Foundation, explained the genesis of the project and the reasons why it is necessary to bet on a transformation of the current urban logistics model, “due to the fact that road transport is one of the most polluting sectors”. On the other hand, reina has unveiled the European Mission 100 climate-neutral cities by 2050, which aims to enhance the European Green Pact and accelerate compliance with the Paris Agreement.

The Smart Delivery project and changes in urban logistics

Smart Delivery aims to adapt the logistics sector to a new digital and sustainable era that is in line with the objectives of the Green Pact. The project was awarded the Mobility Startup Europe Awards, presented on November at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26).

The #SmartDelivery last mile solution is positioned as an example for the delivery of goods in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. The switch to the SmartDelivery logistics model avoids 79.31% of greenhouse gas emissions thanks to the definition of suitable routes, multi-product warehouses – microhubs and electric vehicles. The initial project has been implemented in Valencia and combines a consolidation center (micro-hub), the use of electric vehicles and the digitalization of the sector.

Alberto Moreno, CEO of T-Box, explained that “to achieve this goal, it is necessary to talk in terms of logistics network, modifying the conventional conception of supply chain. The project is based on streamlining the generation of hubs and micro-hubs and last-mile urban logistics services under public-private collaboration“. To this end, it focuses on several key points: decarbonization, using sustainable vehicles to provide a more efficient and resilient delivery service; automated multi-product warehouses to make stocking more effective; and technology to support end-to-end operations. As a result, delivery productivity has increased by 27%. .

Finally, Ángel Navarro, mobility and European projects expert at Las Naves, was in charge of giving a workshop on “transfer in electromobility and urban logistics”, in which he explained the challenges and opportunities presented by the sector, as well as the capacity for change and adaptation of the current logistics model. The Multi-use lanes, the cargo space reservations or the distribution point ticket offices are some of the innovative initiatives that are already being worked on. Navarro emphasized the wide range of alternatives that can contribute to promoting change in logistics.

About Finnova Foundation (www.finnova.eu)

Finnova Foundation is a Belgian-Spanish foundation that helps institutions and organisations to receive funds for innovative projects. It aims to promote private-public cooperation through innovation in order to address societal challenges, e.g., employment, training, entrepeneurship, SDGs, the circular economy, etc. Finnova organises Startup Europe Awards, a joint initiative by Finnova and the European Commission to reward the best European start-ups.

About Las Naves (https://www.lasnaves.com )

Las Naves is the center of social and urban innovation of the city of Valencia. A public entity that depends on the Delegation of Innovation and Knowledge Management of the City Council of Valencia and promotes urban and social innovation by putting people at the center of their actions. Las Naves supports development and innovation to provide solutions to the real needs of citizens.

About T-Box (https://tboxds.es )

T-Box is a company that offers advanced logistics solutions and whose core business is focused on the efficient management of the supply chain, with special attention and performance in the “last mile.

About Climate-KIC (https://www.climate-kic.org )

EIT Climate-KIC is a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon and climate-resilient society. With the support of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, they identify and support innovation that helps society mitigate and adapt to climate change.

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The Agritech Startup Europe Accelerathon of the Finnova Foundation is approaching the semifinals

  • A total of 45 industry professionals from different countries in Europe and Latin America participate in this call focused on innovation and improvement of processes used in agriculture.
  • The winners will be eligible for European funding through programs such as LIFE, Horizon 2020, or Next Generation EU.
  • Next Wednesday, January 26, the semifinal will be held in an online format.

[Brussels 22/12/2021]

The Finnova Foundation launches a challenge to the primary sector in order to encourage open innovation to promote disruptive ideas or projects in the field of precision agriculture. The improvement of processes and novel proposals are the basis of the Agritech Startup Europe Accelerathon, an initiative that covers three types of projects: those focused on the use of water and the implementation of new technologies in agriculture, those aimed at green and smart agri-food, and those that aim to improve processes through biofertilizers, recovery of native seeds, and recovery of degraded soils.

The winner of the Agritech Startup Europe Accelerathon of the Finnova Foundation will be awarded with an “acceleration ticket”, designed to support the idea and present it as a project to the European programs LIFE, Horizon 2020, or Next Generation EU funding strategies designed by the European Union to encourage innovation and promote environmental protection among citizens.

The call has already started with the work and activities planned for the 45 participants who have joined this Accelerathon. The participants, coming from Uruguay, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Italy, and Spain, have been divided into ten work teams, mentored by professionals of the sector that are part of the Finnova Foundation. These professionals include, Iñigo Bilbao, David Vinue, Héctor Juan, Adrián Noheda, Álvaro Reina, Carolina Lechado, Carla García, Jose Manuel Requena, Juan Viesca.

On Thursday, January 27, the Agritech Startup Europe Accelerathon Semifinal will be held. It will be an online event and will include the participation of specialized judges in the sector. The winning team will be announced on Thursday 3 March.

About Startup Europe awards (SEUA) (https://startupeuropeawards.eu/seua/)

Startup Europe Awards (SEUA) is an initiative by the European Commission’s DG CONNECT which has been implemented by Finnova Foundation since 2016. Startup Europe Awards is an open innovation mechanism to identify disruptive start-ups and promote private-public partnerships. SEUA also seeks to raise awareness on the importance of self-entrepreneurship as a driving force for job creation.

In addition to promoting partnerships to meet the UN SDGs and the European Green Deal objectives, SEUA also contributes to the circular economy, sustainable tourism, and the fight against climate change.

About Finnova Foundation (www.finnova.eu)

Finnova Foundation is a Belgian-Spanish foundation that helps institutions and organisations to receive funds for innovative projects. It aims to promote private-public cooperation through innovation in order to address societal challenges, e.g., employment, training, entrepeneurship, SDGs, the circular economy, etc. Finnova organizes Startup Europe Awards, a joint initiative by Finnova and the European Commission, to reward the best European start-ups.

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The innovative start-up T-BOX participates in the II Logistics Meeting Florida Universitaria as a benchmark for sustainable and resilient logistics

The Valencian Community is strongly committed to a renewal of the logistics and mobility sector in the region. The Florida Universitària education centre, together with the Logistics Forum, organized a meeting this Wednesday, 15 December, from 10:00 to 14:00, in which representatives from both the public and private sectors debated the new competitiveness of the sector.

The aim of the conference is to present innovative proposals that contribute to positioning the Valencian Community as a benchmark for a resilient logistics sector that has been able to adapt to the pandemic and that responds to the needs of a sustainable, digital and international future.

The meeting is a second edition of the logistics forum to delve in detail into the different aspects that make certain areas more competitive.

Gabino Diego, CEO of Foro de Logística and Alberto Moreno, General Manager of T-Box

Gabino Diego, CEO of Foro de Logística and Alberto Moreno, General Manager of T-Box

The T-Box team, as a start-up expert in advanced logistics throughout the supply chain, especially in delivery for e-commerce, dropshippers and marketplaces, participates in the event to bring its experience in the sector to the table, revealing its ability to adapt to the current challenges presented by logistics. Alberto Moreno, CEO of T-Box, points to the need to reconceptualize the term supply chain, to understand it as a network of all the agents involved. “When we change this mental scheme, we will already be taking a positive step towards this transformation,” he says. He also highlighted cooperation, digitalization and talent management as key aspects to guarantee the success of the sector. Moreno also recognizes the value of the human team, and the need to train and find people who are curious, proactive and capable of co-creating.

T-Box is working with the Finnova Foundation and Las Naves on the Smart Delivery project, supported by the Climate KIC initiative, co-financed by the European Union. Smart Delivery facilitates more sustainable last-mile distribution, making use of zero-emission vehicles and eco-efficient warehouses, contributing to a 75% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, an implementation in the management and control tasks of the entire supply network allows an improvement in the productivity of deliveries of up to 27%.

Go watch the event at the following link.

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Womenfortech challenges more than 1,700 young Valencian women to get involved in STEM projects

The ‘Technovation Girls’ program helps boys and girls between 10 and 18 years old to develop mobile applications that provide solutions to various problems of society

Valencia, December 13, 2021.- More than 1,700 young Valencian girls have already gone through the four editions of ‘Technovation Girls Comunitat Valenciana‘, the largest technological entrepreneurship contest for girls worldwide, of the American non-profit association Technovation. On Saturday, the awards ceremony was held for the teams that reached the regional finals of the 2020 and 2021 editions. The event was held at the Príncipe Felipe Museum of the City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia.

This program challenges girls, every year, to change the world through technology. A contest in which, in teams and with the help of mentors, they create their own apps to solve real social problems. In the Valencian Community this program is led and promoted by the company Talent Growth Management (TGMBP) with María José Valero as CEO, accompanied in the 2021 edition by the Valencia City Council, through Valencia Activa. The event benefited from the collaboration of the Bureau of Valencian Engineering, Edicom, Schneider Electric, the Official College of Agricultural Technical Engineers, Cogiti, College of Technical Engineers of Public Works, NTT Data, American Space Valencia, Capgemini, Finnova Foundation and BIGBAN Private Investors.

The program also has the support of the Generalitat Valenciana, the Universitat de València, the Universitat Politécnica de València and the Universitat Jaume I. The program benefits from the collaboration of the Provincial Council of Castellón, Google, Cuatroochenta, the Cátedra de Innovación, Taronja TIC’s, among others.

The Finnova Foundation has joined the Technovation challenge and, in order to appreciate the effort and the value contribution of the works, offers to all the teams in Spain, both in this and previous editions, to present their projects to the Finnova Challenges.

The winners of the Finnova-Technovation Life Ecodigestion 2.0 Challenges were the members of the Womenment team from the ABECE school in Gandía, with the Comen 2.0 application, oriented to the use of food resources. Juan Manuel Revuelta, Finnova’s CEO, presented the award.

The European Finalists of Technovation Girls 2020 Edition are the team #Girls On, with the Blue Duck application which aims to preserve La Albufera. Finally, the World Finalists of Technovation Girls 2021 Edition are the Girls4STEM team with the Hidden Women application, which aims to give visibility to women who have stood out throughout history for their talent and contribution to society.

Juan Manuel Revuelta and Lola Bordás, head of Womenfortech at Finnova, launched the new Finnova-Technovation Girls CV 2022 challenges linked to current European projects such as Interreg Cilifo, Interreg Firepoctep, Interreg Napoctep, Life Ecodigestion, Cosme Circoax and Interreg HIBA. These challenges follow the indications of the United Nations SDGs and cover topics such as caring for forests, sustainable tourism, innovation in agriculture, sustainable fashion and innovation in agriculture. Juanma explained that the award is to visit the facilities of the European Parliament, present the project in Brussels and be attended by MEPs and other personalities to get a greater impetus to all those people who put their efforts to improve with disruptive technologies the current challenges of sustainability. This award is possible thanks to the linking of the project to the Startup Europe Awards program of the DG Connect of the European Commission promoted by the foundation since 2016.

During the award ceremony Pilar Bernabé, Deputy Mayor of the Innovative Development Area of Economic Sectors and Employment of the Valencia City Council, has committed the City Council to be a partner for the market launch of the Hidden Women app. “The data force us administrations to be feminist. We want girls to have no limits, that’s why we support programs like Technovation Girls CV and promote campaigns like #DoneStem, to make the work of women scientists and technologists visible and thus create references,” says Pilar Bernabé.

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

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

Brussels, 23.11.2021

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

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

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

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

EU funding opportunities

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

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

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

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

Energy Africa Startup Europe Awards

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

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

Click here to watch the webinar.

About Finnova Foundation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Finnova Foundation

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

About Startup Europe Awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Support and recognition of entrepreneurship in the European Union

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

The green and sustainable economic recovery

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

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

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

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

Awarded the first accelerator in the world about forest management

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

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

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

About Finnova Foundation (www.finnova.eu)

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

About StartUp Europe

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

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

About Interreg FIREPOCTEP (www.firepoctep.eu)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Innovation, collaboration and European funds

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

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

DeleiteWear, winner of the Nextextile COP26 Startup Europe Awards

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

The event is available here.

About Finnova Foundation

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

About Startup Europe Awards

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

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

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

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

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

LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0: European Sustainable Bioeconomy

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

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

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

Apply for the BieconomyCOP26 Startup Europe Awards here.

CirCoAX: Circular Economy in the Textile Sector

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

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

Apply for the Nextextile COP26 Startup Europe Awards here.

Interreg CILIFO: Fighting Forest Fires and Climate Change Mitigation

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

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

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

Sustainable moving: Transitioning towards Sustainable Urban Mobility

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

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

Apply for the Sustainable Mobility COP26 Startup Europe Awards here.

About COP26 (https://ukcop26.org/)

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

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

About Finnova Foundation (www.finnova.eu)

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

About StartUp Europe Awards (www.startupeuropeawards.eu)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The PUNCH Group

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

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

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

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