The BINSAL EMPRENDE project is led by the Association of Municipalities Cova da Beira and it involves several entities from the regions of Portugal and Castilla y León: Provincial Council of Salamanca, Asprodes, Instituto Politécnico de Guarda, Business Center of Nerga and Foundation General of the University of Salamanca.
This project is co-financed with ERDF funds, in the first call of the INTERREG Cooperation Program V-A SPAIN-PORTUGAL 2014-2020, specifically in the Priority Axis 2 on Integrative Growth through cross-border cooperation in favor of business competitiveness.
BINSAL EMPRENDE aims to achieve the following objectives:
Promote and support entrepreneurship among the young population of BINSAL (Beira Interior Norte - Salamanca).
Encourage training among small firms in strategic areas.
Promote the encounter and exchange between economic agents and entrepreneurs.
Improve entrepreneurs' access to public information and support systems, as well as funding systems.
To promote actions of social and labor integration of people with difficulties of insertion or with disability.
To promote competitiveness in the BINSAL territory.
To this end, the activities to be carried out will be the implementation of a program to support the BINSAL entrepreneurship, a Pyme BINSAL training program and territorial development and marketing actions.
Network for Intercultural Competencies to facilitate Entrepreneurship (NICE) is an Erasmus + 2017 programme (K203: Strategic Associations for Higher Education, led by the UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH with a financial envelope of € 410,837.
This project aims to enhance intercultural competencies (IC) amongst students which will develop employability prospects, including transversal skills, in an international, intercultural and interdisciplinary setting. A core element of this project is the unique partnership between countries, academia and industry to deliver and share good practice.
We shall demonstrate that students can best be developed in an international, intercultural and interdisciplinary setting. The interdisciplinary facet emanate from the fact that transversal skills can best be displayed when learned in one discipline and put into practise in another one and to tackle problems that require interdisciplinary solutions.
The IC can be outlined under five headings:
global mindset and cultural agility
communicating in a global environment
collaboration and teamwork
adaptability, drive and resilience
The aim of this project is specifically to enhance students’ intercultural competencies by applying their skillset to solving global challenges though creating entrepreneurial solutions (including social enterprises).
In April 2017, this project was approved under the operational program EP - INTERREG VA Spain Portugal (POCTEP), coordinated by the University of Trás - os - Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD), with the University of Salamanca participating as a partner through USAL Emprende.
This project, entitled "Northern Cross-border Cooperation of Portugal - Castilla y León to boost innovative entrepreneurship and the competitiveness of companies", has total funding of € 932.372,62 and will be developed until the end of 2018.
The main objective of UNI+i is to strengthen cooperation between the institutions responsible for R & D & I in Castilla y León - North of Portugal to create and develop innovative companies in common strategic sectors of the Cooperation Area. The project will also seek:
To promote entrepreneurial culture and support entrepreneurship among young or highly qualified researchers.
To increase the competitiveness of the business fabric of both regions and favor the specialization in sectors of high added value and strategic.
To create an innovative entrepreneurship ecosystem in the Cooperation Area.
The expected results are:
Creation of two specialized business support services: the Integral Support Program for the Innovative Entrepreneur, aimed at the creation of new companies following an integral approach; and the Accompaniment Service, which will increase the competitiveness of innovative startups.
Development of a support network for innovative entrepreneurship that facilitates the relationship between companies, with the preexisting business fabric and with the agents of the triple helix; as well as another series of support activities aimed at increasing the knowledge base and fostering the networking of university-business relations.
Explorer (formerly YUZZ) is a training, support and mentoring program for young entrepreneurs (between 18 and 31 years old) with a duration of five months. At the end of this training process, the best entrepreneurial project is awarded with a trip to Silicon Valley. The three best projects at the national level, chosen from among all the winning projects at the local level, receive financial support for the implementation of their ideas (a total of € 60,000 is distributed). The best entrepreneurial project led by a woman is also awarded (€ 20,000), and the best innovation project with disruptive technology (€ 3,000).
Directed and coordinated by the Santander Entrepreneurship International Center (CISE) and sponsored by Santander Universities (initiative of Banco Santander). The University of Salamanca through SIPPE-USALEmprende and the Science Park Foundation continue to participate in this initiative during this course.
During the 5 months of the program the participating entrepreneurs have:
Personal advice: projects receive support and advice through SECOT members, each project has an individual consultant with business experience.
Knowledge space: they have access to a physical space (Entrepreneurship Hub) where they can work and favor the exchange of knowledge.
Training: they receive training sessions in business management, creativity and innovation, professional skills and experiential factor taught by a pool of experts from a network of more than 200 professionals.
National Meeting in the month of June, with sessions of experts and entrepreneurs, challenges and competitions.
Challenges and competitions to test ingenuity and the ability to innovate and work in groups received training, distributed throughout the three training blocks.