The day of experiences, part of the Startup European University Network initiative, unveiled programs from the Government of Cantabria, the University of Cantabria and the CISE to promote innovation in enterprises
The University of Cantabria (UC) held a day of experiences organized by the International Centre Santander Entrepreneurship (CISE) within the framework of Startup Europe University Network (SEUN), a network driven by the European Union that aims to connect the various innovation initiatives developed by European universities and encourage entrepreneurial culture.
During the week from 17 to 21 October 38 events were held at 35 universities in 18 European countries with the participation of more than 2,000 attendees under the "Startup Europe comes to Universities" initiative promoted by SEUN.
CISE's facilities hosted more than fifty people from different fields, including representatives of the Government of Cantabria, the Director General of Innovation, Jorge Muyo, the Vice Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer from the UC, Javier León, the Director of the Office of European Projects from the UC, Juan José San Miguel, as well as entrepreneurs, college students, UC researchers and entrepreneurs who shared their thoughts with attendees and generated an open dialogue.
Large Cantabrian companies and spin-offs showed their routes to more than sixty people creating an atmosphere of open dialogue
Attendees were able to know the initiatives carried out by the University, the Government of Cantabria and the CISE for the promotion of entrepreneurship. "The transfer of knowledge from the University is very important to create a more competitive society and the work it is doing the CISE, at both regional and national levels, with the different programs is an example of that," these words of Javier Leon gave way to the Director Office of European Projects, Juan José San Miguel who highlighted the opportunities offered to companies from the university. He noted as an example: H2020 Plan, the Eureka and CDTI programs.
The Regional General Director of Innovation, Jorge Muyo, advanced information about new regional plans to support SMEs. The three pillars on which the Government of Cantabria is working are: Seal Of Excellence, an opportunity to recover European proposals that even having obtained high scores have failed to get a grant due to shortage of funds; a strong commitment to support the internationalization and a bet on generating collaborative environments that facilitate joint work and interactions of different agents.
It is this commitment to create collaborative environments in which the Regional Government and CISE are working through proposals as "Innovation in SMEs", that will begin in November. This initiative in the words of Federico Gutiérrez-Solana, Director of CISE, promotes innovation and intra-venture in the Cantabrian business community. This project enables companies, with a multidisciplinary team to develop ideas that have not yet had the time nor the staff needed to carry them out. Young people from different degrees and previously formed on topics of entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity will work collaboratively and solve the challenge that the company proposes, so SMEs Cantabrian will achieve become more innovative and students will enjoy a very enriching team experience developing new products or services within a company.
Along with those people mentioned above, they also participated sharing their experiences in creating a business or spin off. The first speaker was Mr. Luis Gonzalez, CEO of ERZIA, who surprised the audience by noting that "above us right now there's a satellite flying to Mars in which we have participated", this is the result of something that started 13 years ago: ERZIA ". Then they continued Mr. Juan Becerro, CEO of TST, Mr. Roberto Lacalle CEO of INESCO, Mr. Jokin Rico CEO of INGECID, Mr. Manuel Sañudo CEO of MASLINA and Ms. Rosa Blanco, Director of STEM VITAL. Everyone agreed how important it was in the beginning the knowledge acquired in the university and being able to have the advice of other companies and the university to launch their projects. Highlights include the staff as a fundamental value to develop projects and grow progressively.
The event concluded with an open discussion in which participants exchanged their points of view on the role of government in supporting entrepreneurship and innovation, the challenges and opportunities of globalization and the importance of collaborative work in a small community as Cantabria.