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The development of services for experimentation of new technologies, protagonist of the informal ministerial meeting of Environment and Energy of the EU in Valladolid

  • The meeting will last until Wednesday, with sessions focused on an in-depth discussion of the soil-water-biodiversity system
  • Interreg Poctep HIBA project advocates the creation of an agro-digital ecosystem

12/07/2023, Brussels. Monday, July 10 at 10:00 (CEST) the first day of the informal ministerial meeting on environment and energy was held in Valladolid. One of the topics discussed at this meeting was the use of technological innovations applied to the agricultural world, which is aligned with some of the principles of the Interreg HIBA-Hub Iberia Agrotech project.

The working sessions will focus on the priorities of the Spanish Presidency within the framework of the objectives of the European green agenda, including the preservation of spaces as a support for the production capacity of the primary sector over the coming decades. In addition, the issues to be discussed during this meeting will be addressed with a view to the next United Nations Conference on Climate Change, to be held in December in Dubai.

The Environment managers developed the agenda of this first day in three blocks. First, the integrated management of soils, water, forests and biodiversity was discussed. The second part of the day focused on existing alternatives to reduce pollution of the seas. Finally, the third block explored the need to balance the implementation of renewable energies with land management and the protection and conservation of biodiversity.

The appearance after the meetings has counted with the participation of Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries. Sinkevičius has defended the cross-cutting approach of the measures proposed, since “problems such as biodiversity loss or food security cannot be dealt with separately, being issues that reinforce each other”. Right now, as the commissioner pointed out, one of the challenges that the sector must face are droughts and their corresponding drop in crop productivity. For this reason, Sinkevičius has highlighted measures such as genomic techniques that can counter this drop in production. “It is necessary to get these types of proposals to farmers, it is time to help farmers,” concluded Sinkevičius.

HIBA Interreg

Within the amalgam of objectives of the HIBA project, the development of experimentation services for new technologies applied to the agricultural sector is one of the areas to be covered. The Interreg Spain-Portugal Cross-Border Cooperation Project (POCTEP) HIBA will promote a multi-regional ecosystem focused on the digitalization of the agri-food sector in Spain and Portugal through the creation of a network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) to promote initiative, competitiveness and business sustainability, promoting post-Covid19 economic recovery.

The results of Interreg HIBA hinge on three bases aligned with the initial objectives and which demonstrate the success of the project. First, it has contributed to the creation of a network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH), accelerating the digital maturity, competitiveness and visibility of companies in the cross-border area between Spain and Portugal. Second, the program’s actions have enabled the development of new professional profiles to meet the business needs of the digital economy context and the post-Covid19 economic recovery. Finally, support has been provided for the digitization of agribusinesses through entrepreneurship, digital innovation and experimentation.

Tomorrow these sessions will continue to focus on the challenges to be presented at the next COP 28 and the improvements that can be made in communicating the opportunities of the energy and climate agenda.

About Finnova

Finnova is the Spanish-Belgian non-profit foundation based in Brussels and Spain, working for the promotion and development of innovation and entrepreneurship in the EU. Finnova’s experience in leading communication and dissemination activities of European projects is combined with a strong proven track record in business creation and entrepreneurship support programmes, such as accelerators, incubators and events, as well as its commitment to training and employability of young people.

About Interreg HIBA

The Interreg Spain-Portugal Cross-Border Cooperation Project (POCTEP) HIBA will promote a multi-regional ecosystem focused on the digitisation of the agri-food sector in Spain and Portugal through the creation of a network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) to foster initiative, competitiveness and business sustainability, promoting economic recovery post-Covid19.

With a budget of 5.3 million euros, 75% co-financed by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) in the framework of the Interreg V-A Spain-Portugal Cross-Border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020 (POCTEP), HIBA has 19 beneficiaries, with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development of the Andalusian Regional Government being the main beneficiary.

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Informal EU Environment and Energy ministerial meeting in Valladolid discusses improving water management with progress on wastewater treatment

  • First of the three days of the meeting, with sessions focusing on an in-depth discussion of the soil-water-biodiversity system.
  • The European LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0 project is a step forward in the transformation of organic waste.

 

12/07/2023, Brussels. Yesterday, Monday 10 July at 10:00 (CEST), the first day of the informal EU Environment and Energy ministerial meeting was held in Valladolid. One of the topics discussed at this meeting has been the improvement of water management with progress in wastewater treatment, objective of the European project LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0, in which Finnova collaborates.

The working sessions focused on the priorities of the Spanish Presidency within the framework of the objectives of the European green agenda, including the preservation of spaces as a support for the production capacity of the primary sector over the coming decades.

The Environment officers developed the agenda of this first day in three blocks. The first dealt with the integrated management of soil, water, forests and biodiversity. The second part of the day focused on existing alternatives for reducing marine pollution. Finally, the third block explored the need to balance the implementation of renewable energies with territorial management and the protection and conservation of biodiversity.

 

LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0

 

Ministers discussed joint management of the soil-water-biodiversity system, improving water management – with progress in wastewater treatment – reducing pollution and promoting circularity. One example of innovation in water treatment plants is the European LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0 project. The project, funded by the LIFE programme and with a budget of more than 970,000 euros, uses innovative technology to transform putrescible organic waste into biogas through anaerobic digestion in the digesters of Waste Water Treatment Plants (WWTP), LIFE Ecodigestion 2. 0 is committed to making the use of biogas a reliable energy source to cover industrial energy demand as green energy to meet the EU target of at least 27% of energy from renewable sources by 2030. This methodology is particularly interesting in Europe, given that there are 18,000 wastewater treatment plants.

Tomorrow, the conference will continue to analyse the challenges to be presented at the next COP 28 and the improvements that can be made in communicating the opportunities of the energy and climate agenda.

 

About LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0

 

This is a pilot demonstration project, financed by the LIFE programme and with a budget of more than 970,000 euros, which generates biogas in sewage treatment plant digesters by mixing putrescible organic waste (slurry, poultry, organic fractions, MSW, horeca, etc.), thus transforming sewage sludge into green energy through technology. The initiative led by Global Omnium, (Spain), in collaboration with the Finnova Foundation (Belgium) and Águas do Centro Litoral (Portugal) aims to become the most versatile digestion control tool on the market, achieving environmental and economic benefits through the production of biogas by making optimal use of waste. Thanks to this technology, it favours the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the use of sewage sludge generated in wastewater treatment processes, thus achieving a positive impact on the environment. This programme is easily scalable with other funds such as FEDER, NextGenerationEU or Repower EU.

 

About the Finnova Foundation

 

Finnova is the Spanish-Belgian non-profit foundation based in Brussels and Spain, working for the promotion and development of innovation and entrepreneurship in the EU. Finnova’s experience in leading communication and dissemination activities of European projects is combined with a strong proven track record in business creation and entrepreneurship support programmes, such as accelerators, incubators and events, as well as its commitment to training and employability of young people.

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Forest management to be debated on the informal EU Environment and Energy ministerial meeting in Valladolid

  • The meeting has continued until today Wednesday, with sessions focusing on an in-depth debate on the soil-water-biodiversity system.
  • Teresa Ribera, Third Vice-President of the Spanish Government and Minister for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, and Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, took part in the event.
  • Finnova is involved in various projects to combat forest fires and raise awareness of climate change.

12/07/2023, Brussels. On Monday 10 July at 10:00 (CEST) took place in Valladolid the first day of the informal EU Environment and Energy Ministerial meeting Integrated forest management and fire-fighting, which were at the centre of one of the debates, are a priority for the EU. Proof of this is that there are many European projects for this purpose. One example is the Interreg CILIFO and FIREPOCTEP projects in which Finnova participates, which, with more than 32 million euros, aim to prevent and fight forest fires.

The Environment officers developed the agenda of this first day in three blocks. The first dealt with the integrated management of soil, water, forests and biodiversity. The second part of the day focused on existing alternatives for reducing marine pollution. Finally, the third section explored the need to balance the implementation of renewable energies with land management and the protection and conservation of biodiversity.

At the subsequent meeting, Teresa Ribera, Third Vice-President of the Government and Minister for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, and Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, appeared. Ribera stressed the obligation to offer a firm response to the challenge of climate change in the face of phenomena that are already occurring, such as the heat wave in which Spain is immersed or the latest storms that have been recorded in the country.

The fight against fires and reforestation is a problem that is affecting the planet more and more every day. It is no coincidence that 2023 will go down in history as the year with the largest area burnt in the last ten years in Spain, a country that also leads the European statistics. Forest fires have burned a total of 47,784.98 hectares of land in Spain in the first five months of 2023, almost three times more than in the same period in 2022, when 16,496.88 hectares burned, according to data from the Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge.

There are many European projects aimed at putting an end to fires and alleviating their terrible consequences for the planet.

Examples of these are CILIFO and FIREPOCTEP, two projects that are part of the European Union’s INTERREG POCTEP programme, which promotes cross-border cooperation projects with the support of the European Union on the border between Spain and Portugal, which, with a total of 1,234 km, is one of the longest in Europe. Together, both projects, led by the Junta de Andalucía and in which Finnova collaborates, have a total budget of 32 million euros, placing the Junta de Andalucía as a leader in interregional cooperation in innovation for the prevention and fight against fires, recovery of burnt areas, mitigation and fight against climate change, as well as the protection of wetlands and biodiversity throughout Europe.

CIIFO and FIREPOCTEP aim to strengthen cross-border forest fire prevention and suppression systems and improve resources for the generation of rural employment post Covid-19, through the promotion of public-private cooperation.

CILIFO is the largest international cooperation project in the field of fire prevention in the European Union with a budget of 24.6 million euros. It is this that positions the Iberian Peninsula as a world leader in innovation in the forest management industry, fire prevention and fighting and recovery of burnt areas.

INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

Also in the context of the fight against forest fires, Finnova has launched Art4Forest, a photography competition to raise awareness of the consequences of forest fires. Organised with the support of Casa Mediterráneo, Junta de Andalucía, Diplomatic World Institute and Life Watch ERIC, the competition is part of the NEXT FOREST Generation initiative, which aims to raise public awareness of the generation, control and prevention of forest fires.

About the Finnova Foundation

FINNOVA is a foundation working for the promotion and development of innovation and entrepreneurship at EU level. Based in Brussels with an affiliated organisation in Spain, FINNOVA operates through collaborations and partnerships in all EU countries. FINNOVA’s expertise in leading communication and dissemination activities for EU projects is combined with a strong proven track record in start-ups and business support programmes such as accelerators, incubators and selection events and award ceremonies. FINNOVA also supports EU projects through advocacy and EU-level analysis of the legal and regulatory framework and barriers, to support the advancement of innovation across Europe.

The ART4FOREST international photo competition encourages people to get closer to forests, protect the biosphere and raise awareness of environmental challenges in the face of the growing threat of forest fires. The competition is open until 19 August, coinciding with World Photography Day. Photographs will be submitted via the website www.mundoarti.com. The winners will be announced on 9 September 2023.

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EU Environment and Energy Ministers stress in Valladolid the need to focus on pesticides that do not pollute the soil

First day of the EU Environment and Energy ministerial meeting under Spanish presidency

 

The meeting will last until Wednesday, with sessions focused on an in-depth debate on the soil-water-biodiversity system.

 

The European project LIFE Next Fumigreen will test the efficacy of a new type of fumigant plant protection product, based on active ingredients of natural origin.

 

12/07/2023, Brussels. Monday July 10 at 10:00 (CEST) the first day of the informal ministerial meeting on environment and energy was held in Valladolid. During the meeting, the need to focus on pesticides that do not pollute the soil was emphasized, an objective developed by the European project LIFE Next Fumigreen.

 

The working sessions of these days will focus on the priorities of the Spanish Presidency within the framework of the objectives of the European green agenda, including the preservation of spaces as a support for the production capacity of the primary sector over the coming decades. In addition, the issues to be discussed during this meeting will be addressed with a view to the next United Nations Climate Change Conference, to be held in December in Dubai.

 

The environment managers developed the agenda of this first day in three blocks. First, the integrated management of soils, water, forests and biodiversity was discussed. The second part of the day focused on existing alternatives to reduce pollution of the seas. Finally, the third block explored the need to balance the implementation of renewable energies with land management and the protection and conservation of biodiversity.

 

In the subsequent meeting, Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, has appeared. Sinkevičius has defended the cross-cutting approach of the measures proposed, since “problems such as biodiversity loss or food security cannot be dealt with separately, being issues that reinforce each other”. Right now, according to the commissioner, one of the biggest open fronts is the use of pesticides that contaminate soils, so it is key to help farmers, helping them to apply techniques and tools that help to reduce their use.

 

LIFE Next Fumigreen

Related to the Commissioner’s statements, the Life NEXTFUMIGREEN project will test the efficacy of a new type of fumigant plant protection product, based on active ingredients of natural origin, in the protection of the most representative greenhouse crops. The main objective of the LIFE NextFUMIGREEN project is to develop natural fumigants, based on active ingredients extracted from plant extracts, for the control of whitefly populations (Bemisia tabaci and Trialeurodes vaporariorum) and fungal outbreaks of botrytis (Botrytis cinerea) in horticultural crops grown intensively under glass.

Led by the Spanish company FumiHogar, the project has five other partners: the Foundation for Agricultural Auxiliary Technologies (TECNOVA); the Finnova Foundation; B&B Asesores Auditores Ambientales; Comercial Quimica Masso; and BrioAgro Tech. With a total budget of 2,758,921.01 €, 60% subsidized by the LIFE program, the project will have a duration of 4 years and 6 months, until May 31, 2027.

The conference will continue tomorrow and will focus on the challenges to be presented at the next COP 28 and the improvements that can be made in communicating the opportunities of the energy and climate agenda.

About FumiHogar

 

Fumi-Hogar was founded in Malaga in 1967 by its founder Mr. Antonio Cintora Gil to serve the sector of disinfection, pest and rodent control as an insecticide formulating company. Since then, Fumi-Hogar has maintained the technology of manufacturing self-contained and pre-dosed fumigant canisters as its own hallmark and that very few companies worldwide are able to formulate with the appropriate quality guarantee. At present, Fumi-Hogar produces INSECTICIDES, BACTERICIDES, FUNGICIDES, VIRICIDES, BIOSTIMULANTS and ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS based on all types of active molecules, both chemical and natural, to be used in closed spaces in countless cases of biocidal control or active ingredients in premises or greenhouses. The application sectors of its products are: Public Health: insecticides and disinfectants; Food Hygiene: insecticides and disinfectants; Animal Health: insecticides, disinfectants, environmental and respiratory improvers; Agriculture (greenhouses): insecticides, disinfectants, biostimulants and environmental improvers.

 

About the Foundation for Agricultural Auxiliary Technologies (TECNOVA):

 

The Technological Center Tecnova is responsible for promoting applied innovation and technological development based on the knowledge acquired at national and international level, providing value and competitiveness to companies in the auxiliary industry sector of agriculture and with the collaboration of all the agents involved in the process. It is present in 25 countries with the aim of innovation and technological development, the transfer of technology and knowledge to be more competitive through innovation.

 

About Finnova Foundation

 

Finnova is a foundation that works for the promotion and development of innovation and entrepreneurship at EU level. Based in Brussels, it operates through collaborations and partnerships in all countries of the European Union. Finnova’s experience in leading European project communication and dissemination activities is combined with a strong proven expertise in start-ups and business support programs, such as accelerators, incubators and ceremonial event selection and awarding.

 

About FumiHogar

 

FumiHogar was founded in Malaga in 1967 by its founder Mr. Antonio Cintora Gil to provide a service to the incipient sector of DDD (Disinfection, Pest Control and Rodent Control) professionals, as an insecticide formulating company. Since then, FumiHogar has maintained the technology of manufacturing self-contained, pre-dosed fumigant canisters as its own hallmark, which very few companies in the world are capable of formulating with the appropriate quality guarantee. Nowadays, FumiHoagr produces fumigant canisters of insecticides, bactericides, fungicides, virucides, biostimulants and environmental improvers based on all kinds of molecules for biocidal control cases or active ingredients in premises or greenhouses.

About TECNOVA

The Tecnova Technology Centre is responsible for promoting applied innovation and technological development based on the knowledge acquired nationally and internationally, providing value and competitiveness to companies in the agricultural auxiliary industry sector and with the collaboration of all the agents involved in the process. It is present in 25 countries and its aim is innovation and technological development, the transfer of technology and knowledge to be more competitive through innovation.

About BB Asesores Auditores Ambientales

BB Asesores has a team of multidisciplinary professionals (pharmacists, chemists, biologists and engineers) with practical experience in different industrial sectors. With more than 20 years in the market, they have specialised in processing and obtaining registrations and approvals in fields as diverse as medicines and medical devices, cosmetic products, biocidal products and chemical substances in general.

About Comercial Química Massó

Comercial Química Massó’s main activity is the distribution of speciality chemicals from recognised leading companies in different sectors, as well as products developed in-house and marketed under the company’s registered trademarks.

About BrioAgro Tech

BrioAgro was born in the countryside of Seville, thanks to the initiative of Mairena del Alcor (Seville): “Impúlsame”, which was set up as a company in February 2015. Following the plague of the red palm weevil, an insect that was destroying palm trees all over Spain a few years ago, they devised an initial prototype based on sensors that identified the presence of the insect by means of sound signals. Once the pest had been combated, they transferred and adapted this initial technology to what is now BrioAgro Technologies, a company that uses technology in the service of agriculture, sending the necessary information to help farmers make decisions. In this way, it contributes to increasing productivity and improving the environmental control of crops.

About Casa Mediterráneo

Casa Mediterráneo is a public consortium founded in 2009 and made up of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation (MAUEC), the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the Generalitat Valenciana, Alicante City Council, Benidorm City Council and Alicante Provincial Council. It is configured as an instrument of public diplomacy whose main objective is to promote mutual knowledge and rapprochement between Spain and the rest of the Mediterranean countries in areas such as culture, economy, climate change, gender equality and scientific and technological innovation.

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Green innovation in action! Participate in the Greencities & S-Moving Startup Europe Awards and transform the future of cities!

  • The Greencities & S-Moving Startup Europe Awards (SEUA) is looking for entrepreneurs with ideas and projects that provide solutions to the challenges of sustainable mobility, circular economy and energy efficiency in cities.
  • The deadline to apply is August 25, 2023.
  • The winner will benefit from a European acceleration ticket, based on mentoring, visibility and support to turn their proposal into projects with European funding.

The Greencities and S-Moving Startup Europe Awards (SEUA) call for entries invites entrepreneurs and visionaries from across Europe to participate in order to raise awareness of their projects and stand out in the industry. This initiative seeks to recognize and reward the most outstanding ideas and projects that are driving innovation and entrepreneurship in the field of circular economy, sustainable mobility and the fight against climate change in an urban environment.

Promoted by the European Commission and implemented by the Finnova Foundation in collaboration with FYCMA, the SEUA offer a unique platform for entrepreneurs to present their projects and connect with investors, entrepreneurs and industry leaders.

They also provide an invaluable opportunity to access resources, support programs and visibility at the European level.

Who can participate?

SMEs, corporations, startups, scale-ups, spin-offs, universities, students and anyone interested in entrepreneurship, who develop their activity or belong to sectors related to mobility and circular economy and who can provide innovative solutions to the proposed challenges.

Challenges of mobility and circular economy

Greencities and S-Moving SEUA want to locate those ideas, initiatives or projects that offer products, services or methodologies that are committed to innovation in the field of circular economy and sustainable mobility by responding to the following challenges divided into two categories:

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  • Use of Biogas as an alternative and energy decarbonization process in tourist mobility.
  • Use of Biogas as a decarbonization process in the public transport system.
  • Km0” or “Food Miles” to take advantage of the products generated in each territory in a sustainable way.

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  • Valorization of textile waste generated by the HORECA sector for its use in a circular system.
  • Valorization of organic waste generated by the HORECA sector and promotion of its circular implementation.
  • “Promotion of energy efficiency in cities through the use of renewable energies to mitigate climate change.

Participate through these forms (you can participate in both categories if you wish):

The challenges posed for this call are particularly related to three projects in which the Finnova Foundation collaborates: LIFE ECODIGESTION 2. 0, focusing on technology that automates the digesters of sewage treatment plants to convert organic waste from landfills into biogas, Hub Iberia Agrotech (HIBA), of the Interreg Spain – Portugal (POCTEP) program to promote an ecosystem and Agro digitization from a Digital Innovation Hubs Network (DIHs) and RES4CITY, which promotes the development of sustainable energy and fuel technologies in cities through various innovative educational programs.

Competition prize: European acceleration ticket

A committee of experts will assess and evaluate the proposals submitted based on viability, response to the challenges posed, internationalization & investment, innovation and feasibility of the business model.

Successful candidates will benefit from a European acceleration ticket that offers a training and mentoring program by Startup Europe Accelerator to access European funds (LIFE, EIT, among others), legal advice, networking and international communication, among other benefits.

The awards will be presented in the framework of Greencities & S-Moving to be held on 20 and 21 September 2022 in Fycma-Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Málaga.

Apply before August 25, 2023 at the following links:

About the Startup Europe Awards

The Startup Europe Awards (SEUA) is an initiative driven by the European Commission, launched by the Finnova Foundation in collaboration with Startup Europe. It is an open innovation tool that allows companies to identify talented startups capable of solving current challenges in multiple areas. Its mission is to help Startups and Scaleups to become more efficient, intelligent and successful. These awards are a useful tool to promote knowledge sharing, add value to the entrepreneurial ecosystem and help startups grow and position themselves in the market.

About Finnova Foundation

Finnova is the Spanish-Belgian non-profit foundation based in Brussels and Spain, working for the promotion and development of innovation and entrepreneurship in the EU. Finnova’s experience in leading communication and dissemination activities of European projects is combined with a solid proven track record in business creation and entrepreneurship support programs, such as accelerators, incubators and events, as well as its commitment to the training and employability of young people.

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The Cultural DeTour project of the Creative Europe programme was presented during the visit of Talent Factory at the Finnova headquarters in Brussels.

  • Finnova’s Brussels office was visited by Pedro Martinez Ruano, Education Counsellor of the Spanish Embassy in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg at the Talent Factory event.
  • The aim of the Cultural DeTour project focuses on using innovation to boost collaboration and entrepreneurship in the cultural tourism sector.

 

11/07/2023, Brussels. On Thursday 6th July at 15:00 (CEST) a group of young participants of Talent Factory visited the headquarters of the Finnova Foundation located in Brussels to learn first-hand about the work carried out and some of the European projects in which the Foundation participates, such as the Cultural DeTour project. The day was attended by Pedro Martínez Ruano, Education Counsellor of the Spanish Embassy in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, and Juan Castilla Medina CEO and Co-founder of Talent Factory.

Pablo Barrios, EU Project Officer at Finnova, presented Cultural DeTour, a Creative Europe project that aims to use design-driven innovation and sustainability mainstreaming to boost collaboration and entrepreneurship in the cultural tourism sector, and to create a strong cross-sectoral and transnational innovation network to improve economic resilience during the recovery phase of COVID-19. The project includes an online platform, innovative events and a CDT Boost initiative to help cultural entrepreneurs scale up their activities and improve sustainability through an EU Cultural DeTour accelerator programme.

The project, which involves Finnova Foundation, Envolve and Arctur, aims to provide support in key areas such as sustainability, digitalisation, innovative business models, mentoring and entrepreneurial skills. The partners will act as “thematic experts” through their intervention in live events, participation in the accelerator programme, and contribution of news, articles and videos for communication purposes. The project foresees 6 live events and events to boost cross-sector collaboration and matchmaking.

 

About the Finnova Foundation

FINNOVA is a foundation working for the promotion and development of innovation and entrepreneurship at EU level. Based in Brussels with an affiliated organisation in Spain, FINNOVA operates through collaborations and partnerships in all EU countries. FINNOVA’s expertise in leading communication and dissemination activities for EU projects is combined with a strong proven track record in start-ups and business support programmes such as accelerators, incubators and selection events and award ceremonies. FINNOVA also supports EU projects through advocacy and EU-level analysis of the legal and regulatory framework and barriers, to support the advancement of innovation across Europe.

About ENVOLVE

Envolve Entrepreneurship is an entrepreneurship support organisation, founded by Libra Group, that provides resources, education and award programmes for start-ups around the world. The organisation supports job creation and economic growth in Greece and the US, and encompasses the former Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award (HEA) and the American Entrepreneurship Award (AEA), representing a combined total of 61 winners since 2012. Striving for a global society where all business owners can thrive and grow, Envolve is committed to developing and nurturing entrepreneurial ecosystems by ensuring that business support services are more available to diverse entrepreneurs.

 

About ARCTUR 

Arctur is a high-tech SME and the leading private provider of High Power Computing (HPC) services and solutions in Central and Eastern Europe. It has extensive experience in developing and deploying complex IT solutions, such as AI and Blockchain, in various sectors, from manufacturing to tourism, cultural heritage, public administration and, more recently, health and medicine.

In tourism Arctur is the initiator of an international Tourism 4.0 initiative and partnership to enable collaboration between all stakeholders of the smart tourism ecosystem to co-create enriched experiences with the help of key Industry 4.0 enabling technologies.

In particular, in the field of cultural tourism Arctur is known for its 3D digitalisation and digital interpretation projects that bridge the gaps between tourism, technology, cultural heritage and storytelling.

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Presentation of the Interreg HIBA project during the visit of the winners of the Talent Factory awards at our headquarters in Brussels.

  • The details of the European agrodigitalisation project were explained.
  • The event was attended by Pedro Martínez Ruano, Education Counsellor of the Spanish Embassy in Benelux and Juan Castilla Medina, CEO and co-founder of Talent Factory.

11/07/2023, Brussels. On Thursday June 6, 2023 were presented the details of the Interreg POCTEP HIBA program, a European project of interregional cooperation Spain Portugal that advocates the creation of an agrodigital ecosystem, which supports the creation of new companies. The presentation was framed within the visit of the winners of the Talent Factory awards, an initiative committed to entrepreneurship in a pedagogical way and was attended by Pedro Martinez Ruano, Counselor for Education of the Embassy of Spain in Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg and Juan Castilla Medina, CEO and co-founder of Talent Factory.

Jon Larrachea, member of Finnova’s communication team, detailed the characteristics of the project that seeks to improve the business capacity and sustainability of the agri-food sector through digitalisation, generating competitiveness and the development of small and medium-sized enterprises and the promotion of entrepreneurship. Interreg HIBA has been implemented in the Spanish-Portuguese border, a region with a predominantly rural character. This circumstance leads to these areas having fewer employment opportunities, lower levels of education, less access to information and communication technologies (ICT) and accessibility problems, among others.

“Despite the disadvantages in these regions, we cannot forget that they are a source of supply of agricultural products to urban centres, as well as ensuring the conservation and management of the natural heritage”, concluded Larrachea when explaining the importance of this type of project. With a multi-regional character, the axis of the HIBA project is based on inclusive growth through cross-border cooperation between Spain and Portugal in favour of business competitiveness.

The results of Interreg HIBA hinge on three bases aligned with the initial objectives and which demonstrate the success of the project. First, it has contributed to the creation of a network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH), accelerating the digital maturity, competitiveness and visibility of companies in the cross-border area between Spain and Portugal. Second, the actions of the programme have allowed the development of new professional profiles to meet the business needs of the digital economy context and the post-Covid19 economic recovery. Finally, it has provided support for the digitisation of agribusinesses through entrepreneurship, digital innovation and experimentation.

In addition to Interreg HIBA, about ten projects in which Finnova is a partner were explained during the event, which was attended by Finnova staff in Brussels.

About Finnova

Finnova is the Spanish-Belgian non-profit foundation based in Brussels and Spain, working for the promotion and development of innovation and entrepreneurship in the EU. Finnova’s experience in leading communication and dissemination activities of European projects is combined with a strong proven track record in business creation and entrepreneurship support programmes, such as accelerators, incubators and events, as well as its commitment to training and employability of young people.

About Interreg HIBA

The Interreg Spain-Portugal Cross-Border Cooperation Project (POCTEP) HIBA will promote a multi-regional ecosystem focused on the digitisation of the agri-food sector in Spain and Portugal through the creation of a network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) to foster initiative, competitiveness and business sustainability, promoting economic recovery post-Covid19.

With a budget of 5.3 million euros, 75% co-financed by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) in the framework of the Interreg V-A Spain-Portugal Cross-Border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020 (POCTEP), HIBA has 19 beneficiaries, with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development of the Andalusian Regional Government being the main beneficiary.

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Finnova participates in the Final Conference of the MEDWAYCAP project

  • The Final Conference of the MEDWAYCAP project took place in Barcelona on July 10th and 11th, focusing on the efficiency of water use and reuse.
  • This project, led by the Research and Technology Center of Italy, lasted for 24 months and operated in 7 countries with a total budget of 1.1 million euros.
  • Juanma Revuelta, CEO of Finnova, highlighted the importance of cross-border collaboration and participation in open calls such as the Startup Europe Awards and the LIFE Programme.

 

Brussels, July 11, 2023. The efficiency of water use and reuse has been the central theme of the Final Conference of the MEDWAYCAP project, held in Barcelona on July 10th and 11th, where the CEO of Finnova Foundation, Juanma Revuelta, intervened by presenting European projects from the Erasmus+ program, the LIFE Program, and the European Territorial Cooperation (CTE).

 

Led by the Research and Technology Center, Hellas (Italy), MEDWAYCAP had a duration of 24 months, operated in 7 countries (Greece, Italy, Egypt, Malta, Palestine, Tunisia, and Jordan); a total budget of 1.1 million euros, and the participation of 9 partners: Research Center for Desertification of the University of Sassari in Italy; Confederation of European Business Associations of Egypt; Malta Energy and Water Agency; Palestinian Group of Wastewater Engineers; Water Research and Technology Center of Tunisia; National Center for Agricultural Research of Jordan; and International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies of the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari in Italy.

 

This conference marked the end of the project, which was the result of collaboration between various organizations and individuals to integrate Unconventional Water Resources (UWR) into water governance systems and related business opportunities, within the framework of environmental protection and the circular economy.

 

The transfer of innovation and the promotion of cross-border collaboration to achieve sustainable solutions are part of Finnova’s areas of action, which is why the CEO of the Foundation, Juanma Revuelta, was able to add value to the meeting by presenting projects from the Erasmus+ program such as SETOFF, RES4CITY, and YOUth&EU. Likewise, emerging projects from the LIFE Program, such as LIFE ECOdigestion 2.0.

 

The conference also provided a platform for the presentation of new technologies by the private sector, and for the exchange of best practices and experiences in the field of water management. Juanma Revuelta encouraged participation in open calls such as the Startup Europe Awards (SEUA) and Interreg POPTEC, as well as the event for the agri-food sector that will take place on July 17th and 18th in Mérida (Badajoz).

 

About the MEDWAYCAP Project

 

In the field of water, cooperation in the face of challenges is crucial to promote cross-border dialogue, raise awareness among authorities and policy makers, and develop capacities. The MEDWAYCAP project will address weaknesses in governance and capacities, providing advanced knowledge on techniques and management of unconventional water resources, and promoting their reuse in domestic and agricultural areas. Furthermore, it will foster networking, knowledge transfer, and awareness among authorities and stakeholders related to the challenges. The goal is to mitigate the local water crisis in the Mediterranean by facilitating the reuse of treated wastewater as an unconventional water resource. https://www.enicbcmed.eu/projects/medwaycap

 

About Finnova Foundation

 

Finnova is a non-profit Hispano-Belgian foundation based in Brussels and Spain, working for the promotion and development of innovation and entrepreneurship in the European Union for the past 12 years, helping and training in European funding acquisition. Its objective is to address social challenges such as employment, entrepreneurship, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the circular economy, waste valorization, sustainable tourism, and the fight against climate change. Finnova’s experience in leading communication and dissemination activities for European projects combines with a proven track record in business creation programs and support for entrepreneurship, such as accelerators, incubators, and events, as well as its commitment to the training and employability of young people.

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