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.