This incubation program launched by Telefónica Open Future, the Innovation and Financing and Internationalization Agency (ADE) of the Junta de Castilla y León, and USAL within the "Castilla y León Open Future" initiative , offers a place in the Crowdworking "Building Fonseca" for 10 selected innovative technology-based projects, including the following services:
Accommodation for the project promoter team at the crowdworking center associated with their challenge during the incubation process of the projects, arranging the necessary services and supplies.
Personalized and individual work plan for each project.
Professional support services by the Collaborating Companies and Partners of the Castilla y León Open Future program.
Support for financing search.
Quality Networking .
At the Crowdworking Center "Edificio Fonseca" of the University of Salamanca, the maturity of these challenges will be fostered and promoted through a specific acceleration methodology, based on innovation and the experience gained by the promoters.
This initiative is aimed at teams of people (at least two members in each team) who present a project capable of becoming a new company, and is not an additional activity of an already established company that is more than two years old. In addition they must have a functional prototype and / or extensive knowledge in the technology from which the challenge can be faced.
The challenges are scored by the Partners and by the collaborating companies that are part of the Open Future Castilla y León program. Each challenge has different content, scope and characteristics. The submission of the application is associated with a specific challenge.
Specific challenges are raised by collaborating companies that propose and protect this technological challenge that will be solved by the entrepreneurs.
Likewise, generic challenges, raised by the Telefónica Open Future Program in Castilla y León, are contemplated for the development of a business idea that entrepreneurs will propose as a response to the challenge posed.
The problem we have here is, as indicated in the Startup Manifesto, that “Continental Europe currently does not create new business destined for growth as well as other parts of the world, Silicon Valley in particular”.
High Tech giants do not live in Europe and, even when born here, they grow elsewhere.
The good news is that in the last few years, vital startup ecosystems have been growing in almost every European country. But they remain sort of disconnected, fragmented. We still need to leap forward in the direction of a single European ecosystem.
Startup Europe Partnership (SEP) aims at offering an integrated pan-European platform to help the best startups emerge from these local ecosystems and scale-up.
How? Connecting Top European Startups to Large Corporates.
Startup Europe Partnership is a platform where the best startups meet the best corporates, with a goal: to make things happen, whether that means procurement (corporates buy products and services from startups), strategic investments and eventually acquisition/acqui-hires.
AIMS: We will offer you help in contrasting your innovative idea and analyzing its viability, accompanying you the in the initial phases of the development of your business project.
DIRECTED TOWARDS: People who have innovative ideas and seek advice from experts to help them acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for them to bring their ideas to fruition.
SERVICES OFFERED: For three months (and free of charge) we will help you to integrate the basic knowledge necessary for you to acquire an overall view of how and in which direction to focus your Project so that it can become your means of earning money. This is done through:
WORKSHOPS SUPPORTING THE DEFINITION OF THE BUSINESS MODEL. Defining the model of your company will be crucial for you to gain a global view prior to launching your idea on the market.
WORKSHOPS ON HOW TO STRUCTURE THE INNOVATIVKE IDEA FROM THE FINANCIAL POINT OF VIEW. In these workshops you will learn how much you will need to start your activity, which external funding sources are available, the profitability expected, financial risks….
MENTORING: A series of professionals of renown in different sectors will lend their time, experience and expertise to help you consolidate your innovative idea.
TECHNICAL ASSISTENCE: This is offered to cover special needs such as technological, legal, etc, advice.
TUTORING BY SPECIALISTS FROM THE AGENCIES: There will always be somebody from our team to accompany you in the process and help where necessary.
The INESPO III (Innovation Network Spain-Portugal) project is constituted as a University-Enterprise Knowledge Transfer Network between different entities in the Central Portugal and Castilla y León regions.
This project is co-financed with ERDF funds, within the first call of the INTERREG Cooperation Program V-A SPAIN-PORTUGAL 2014-2020, specifically in the Priority Axis 1 on Intelligent Growth through cross-border cooperation for the promotion of Innovation. It is led by the University of Beira Interior and it includes 8 other entities: in total 2 business associations and 9 universities, among which is the University of Salamanca represented by its General Foundation.
Maintain the Regions of Portugal and Castilla y León as driving forces for innovation, business creation and technological valorization.
To promote the competitiveness of companies in the Central Regions of Portugal and Castilla y León.
Contribute to the development and economic growth of these regions.
Provide potential entrepreneurs and researchers with technical skills, practices and management and marketing tools.
Foster the transfer of knowledge from the university to the company and to society in general.
Promote good practices of technology transfer and knowledge valorization between the university and the business context.
Strengthen the network among the partners, promoting the development of joint projects.
The INESPO III Project contributes to the promotion of the technological potential of companies, counting on the support and cooperation of the Universities, so that they can be more competitive in a society based on information and knowledge.
The strong stimulus to cross-border cooperation, not only with the entrepreneurs, but with the Entities of the Scientific and Technological System (SCT) of the Central Regions of Portugal and Castilla-León is a relevant aspect.
The innovative character of the project is evident in its activities. In addition to the transfer of knowledge and technology from universities to the company, the promotion of greater interaction and technological cooperation, will make business cooperation a point to highlight and have a greater added value.