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The Ecodesign Industrial Startup Europe Accelerathon arrives at the Green Week as a sustainable model

Brussels, 5/10/2020 – The Finnova Foundation and the Valencian Institute of Business Competitiveness (IVACE) are organising the Ecodesign Industrial Startup Europe Accelerathon online event from 5pm onwards, within the framework of the European Green Week. This year’s theme is nature and biodiversity, and how these can contribute to society and the economy in the world’s recovery from the pandemic, creating jobs and sustainable development.


Industrial ecodesign as a source of innovation  


Industrial design provides companies with a set of resources, tools and work methodologies aimed at providing the product with the characteristics that make it meet the expectations of the market and the client. This is where ecodesign makes sense, integrating environmental criteria into the design of a product.


Industrial ecodesign seeks to reduce the negative environmental impact that can occur throughout the life cycle of the product and to improve as far as possible the remaining characteristics of the product, corresponding with the demands of the target customer. Throughout the manufacturing process and up to commercial distribution, as well as their useful life cycle, the products manufactured demand energy and raw material consumption, generating emissions and waste during their manufacturing process and at the end of their useful life cycle.


The Accelerathon is an open innovation programme promoted by the Finnova Foundation within the framework of the European Commission’s Startup Europe Awards, which encourages public-private partnerships and the application of a multidisciplinary approach to the challenges set out in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This methodology of the Finnova Foundation combines the Hackaton with the principle of acceleration; it aims to find solutions and European funding through an online system of open innovation, bringing together different actors of the innovative ecosystem.


To this end, a team competition is set up and the teams are trained to submit projects to European Union programmes. The Accelerathon is oriented towards the European Commission’s LIFE Programme and other ones supporting innovation in order to obtain real funding to implement the projects.


During the Accelerathon programme, participants receive training in EU programmes through the Eu Training Platform, the assistance of specialised mentors and the winners are eligible for a Startup Europe Accelerator European Ticket, as well as participation in the Startup Europe Awards. Startup Europe is an initiative of the European Commission to connect high-tech startups, scaleups, investors, accelerators, corporate networks, universities and media.


Link to register for the webinar:


The European Green Week 2020:


EU Green Week 2020 will take place from 19 to 22 October 2020 and will focus on nature and biodiversity. Following the adoption of a new EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 in May, the Green Week will emphasise the contribution that biodiversity can make to society and the economy, and the role it can play in supporting and stimulating global recovery from the pandemic, creating jobs and sustainable development. The European Green Week is an event convened by the European Commission’s DG.




Accelerathon is an innovative project acceleration programme promoted by the Finnova Foundation. This methodology of the Finnova Foundation aims to find solutions and funding, through an applied open innovation online system that brings together the innovative ecosystem in the environmental sector, in which the European Commission works in the framework of the LIFE programme.


This will involve training, mentoring, jury work and very special prizes including the possibility of the winning project being eligible for validation under the LIFE programme: a project of up to 2 million over three years.




The Valencian Institute of Business Competitiveness (IVACE) is a public body belonging to the Generalitat Valenciana, attached to the Ministry of Sustainable Economy, Productive Sectors, Trade and Labour of the Generalitat Valenciana.


IVACE is responsible for promoting policies to encourage innovation and offering support to industrial SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) in the Region of Valencia. It provides aid to companies and non-profit organisations that collaborate with SMEs in different areas such as: technology and R&D, quality and the environment, training and technological cooperation or the development and creation of companies.


Finnova Foundation:


European Foundation for the Financing of Innovation. Based in Brussels, Madrid, Ca-taluña, the Basque Country, Valencia, Andalusia and the Canary Islands. Its objectives are to promote public-private cooperation through innovation in order to tackle social challenges such as employment, training, entrepreneurship, the United Nations’ SDGs, water, waste, fire-fighting, the circular economy, etc.




Consortium for the Valencian Community of the Enterprise Europe Network – EEN -, of which CEEI Valencia is a member. The EEN is the largest support network for the internationalisation of SMEs at a commercial, technological and financial level.


The objective of SEIMED is to promote the internationalisation, technology transfer and access to financing of our companies, which will allow them to increase their competitiveness by generating business opportunities by establishing contacts with potential clients and strategic partners through a simple internationalisation process.


REDIT. The Network of Technology Institutes of the Valencian Community


The Network of Technology Institutes of the Valencian Community (REDIT) is a private non-profit association that integrates and represents the 11 technology centres of the region.


The Technology Institutes of the Valencian Community are private non-profit research bodies whose aim is to support companies, especially SMEs, in boosting their competitiveness through R&D&I.


To this end, they provide the industrial fabric with a wide range of R&D and innovation capabilities, advanced services, laboratory tests and specialised training.

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Prevention of forest fires and protection of biodiversity: the main topics of the second side event of the CILIFO Project in the #EUGreenWeek

01.10.2020. Organised by the European Commission, the EU Green Week (#EUGreenWeek) will focus this year on Nature and Biodiversity. Finnova Foundation, one of the beneficiaries of the INTERREG-CILIFO Project, has organised a side event in order to take part of a week that will set a milestone towards the Conferences of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Biodiversity.

On Monday, 28 September 2020, the Iberian Centre for Research and Forest Firefighting (CILIFO) has held the second side event for the CILIFO Project in the framework of the #EUGreenWeek in collaboration with GoHub, the open innovation hub of Global Omnium.

The person charged of the opening of the event was Juan Sánchez Ruiz, director of the Regional Operational Centre (INFOCA) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development (Regional Government of Andalusia). He emphasized the importance of the reinforcement of infrastructures jointly used for fighting against forest fires.

In this second event of CILIFO during the EU Green Week, the vice-president of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and Member of the European Parliament, César Luena, participated talking about the project that is going to be submitted to the European Commission to combat forest fires and preserve biodiversity. Among the measures, Luena talked about the post-fire recovery of the affected areas, the protection of freshwater ecosystems —such as restoring rivers—, the regulation of waters in order to avoid ecological disaster, the legal protection of soils, a specific plan for desertification and a European forest policy. His aim is to create a joint action plan for fighting against climate change and biodiversity.

In the first part of the event about prevention, extinction of forest fires and protection of biodiversity, Ana Lourido from the academic domain (University of Ébora) gave her insight about research and combating forest fires. ‘We have an opportunity to make a qualitative and quantitative leap in the fight against forest fires in order to progress in research.’ Afterwards, Javier Madrigal Olmo, senior scientist of the forest fire lab at the Forest Research Center of INIA spoke about the vulnerability face to forest fires and how science and technology can help prevention. As for Javier Cañas Andreu, director of Innovation Projects at EIT Climate-KIC, pointed that the increase of temperatures, the low rate of rain and the subsequent droughts are some of the causes of forest fires in Andalusia.

The topic of the second part of the event was funding and entrepreneurship. María Gil Cabrera¸ director of GoHub Andalucía, and Juan Viesca, EU Funds director de at Finnova Foundation, talked about financing at the European Union and innovative projects in the forest fire sector. It is worth highlighting that the European Green Deal call is now open for fighting against climate change and making Europe climatically neutral by 2050. Adrián Noheda, director of CILIFO’s Firefighting Open Innovation Lab, and David Páez Rodríguez, director de Business Development at the Technological Corporation of Andalusia, spoke about the opportunities for entrepreneurship at protected forest areas.

The event closed with the intervention of Alejandro García Hernández, deputy director of COR, from the INFOCA Plan (Directorate General for Environmental Management and Protected Areas of the Regional Government of Andalusia), who presented the project FIREPOCTEP. On the other hand, Gustavo Viera Ruiz from GESPLAN talked about the success cases on forest fire management.


The aim is to address the SDGs 6, 13 and 15 of the UN in order to innovate in the adoption of urgent measures to combat climate change and its effects, as well as to protect, restore and promote the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, fight against desertification, stop and invert the degradation of soils and stop the biodiversity loss. In addition, the availability and sustainable management of water needs to be guaranteed for fighting climate change.


Beatriz Martínez Muñoz
European Project Officer and Communication Officer at Finnova Foundation

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More than 150 people at CILIFO’s first side event in the framework of the #EUGreenWeek

29.09.2020. La Semana Verde Europea (#EUGreenWeek), organizada por la Comisión Europea, se centra este año en la naturaleza y la biodiversidad. La Fundación Finnova, junto con el Ayuntamiento de Vilamarxant (Valencia), ha preparado un evento off-site para formar parte de una semana que marcará un hito en el camino hacia la Conferencia de las Partes (COP15) del Convenio sobre la Diversidad Biológica.

El evento realizado en línea el viernes 25 de septiembre de 2020, fue un seminario sobre  la financiación de la Unión Europea para proyectos innovadores para combatir los incendios forestales y proteger la biodiversidad.

El mayor número de  participantes en Zoom fue de 34 ; sin embargo , el número total de personas registradas en Zoom para el evento fue de 56  (pero no todas se conectaron al mismo tiempo). Además, cabe destacar que el evento se retransmitió en la página de Facebook de @ CILIFO.UE y tuvo 112 visitas. Sin embargo, se estima que un total de  169 personas accedieron al webinar  (56 registradas por Zoom, más  112 reproducciones  en Facebook).Uno de los principales objetivos de este evento fue abordar los ODS 13 y 15 de la ONU para innovar en la toma de acciones urgentes para combatir el cambio climático y sus efectos, así como para proteger, restaurar y promover el uso sostenible de los ecosistemas terrestres , gestionar los bosques de forma sostenible. , combatir la desertificación, detener y revertir la degradación de la tierra y detener la pérdida de biodiversidad.

Francisco Senra, del Área de Análisis y Gestión del Conocimiento – Subdirección de Incendios Forestales y Otras Emergencias Ambientales – Agencia Andaluza del Agua y del Medio Ambiente (AMAYA) de la Junta de Andalucía (Plan Infoca), fue el encargado de inaugurar las jornadas y presentó el Proyecto CILIFO. Posteriormente, Xavi Jorge Cerdá, concejal de Innovación del Ayuntamiento de Vilamarxant (Valencia), intervino como representante del municipio que se presentó como antena del Laboratorio de Innovación Abierta Contra Incendios-CILIFO.

Los panelistas que completaron el bloque de lucha contra incendios forestales y protección de la biodiversidad y la naturaleza fueron el director general de Prevención de Incendios Forestales de la Consejería de Agricultura, Desarrollo Rural, Emergencia Climática y Transición Ecológica – Generalitat Valenciana (GVA), Diego Marín Fabra; la investigadora del Grupo de Incendios Forestales del Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agroalimentaria (INIA / iuFOR), Mercedes Guijarro; el gerente de la Fundación Andanatura para el Desarrollo Socioeconómico Sostenible, Julio Campos Vidiella, quien habló sobre desarrollo sostenible y emprendimiento en el medio rural y natural.

Luego fue el turno de la CMO de la Fundación Finnova, Lola Bordás, quien presentó la aceleradora / incubadora del proyecto Firefighting Open Innovation Lab-CILIFO; y el director de proyectos y responsable de recursos humanos y formación de la Fundación Finnova, Alberto Navarro, habló sobre formación y juventud en CILIFO. Como ejemplos de casos de buenas prácticas, Juan Sebastiá Porstalé de WildFire Security explicado el sistema SAVAIF; y el CEO de Lluvia Sólida, Ing. Leonardo Rico Fernández, habló sobre la lucha contra incendios con Lluvia Sólida.

El director de Proyectos de Innovación de EIT Climate-KIC, Javier Cañas Andreu, y el director de Fondos Europeos de la Fundación Finnova, Juan Viesca, hablaron sobre la financiación de la Unión Europea para proyectos innovadores en el sector del fuego.

La jornada finalizó con la presentación de la 2ª edición de los CILIFO – Firefighting StartUp Europe Awards (SEUA – CILIFO) 2020, una iniciativa impulsada por la Comisión Europea, apoyada por el Comité de las Regiones y el Parlamento Europeo; e implementado por Finnova Foundation en colaboración con StartUp Europe.

La Fundación Finnova forma parte de la asociación pública-privada que integra el Proyecto CILIFO, financiado en un 75% por el Programa de Cooperación Transfronteriza España – Portugal – POCTEP de Interreg VA (2014-2020), y  será el organismo responsable de unir dos territorios a priori alejados pero que tienen muchos retos en común . CILIFO actúa para fortalecer y unir la cooperación, los procedimientos de trabajo y la formación entre los mecanismos de Prevención y Extinción de Incendios Forestales en el área de cooperación de la Eurorregión Alentejo – Algarve – Andalucía y está liderado por la  Junta de Andalucía .


Premios StartUp Europe ( ) es una iniciativa promovida por la Comisión Europea, apoyada por el Comité de las Regiones y el Parlamento Europeo; e implementado por la Fundación Finnova ( ) en colaboración con StartUp Europe.

StartUp Europe Awards (SEUA) es una herramienta de innovación abierta que permite a las empresas identificar nuevas empresas con talento, capaces de resolver los desafíos actuales en múltiples áreas. En este sentido, la misión de Finnova con esta iniciativa es ayudar a las start-ups y scale-ups a ser más eficientes, inteligentes y exitosas.

Además, SEUA pretende incidir en el proceso de scale-up, por lo que propone una nueva estrategia de innovación a través del cual los nuevos emprendedores van más allá de sus límites y desarrollan la cooperación con organizaciones o profesionales externos.

Se trata de una herramienta de innovación abierta para identificar start-ups innovadoras con potencial, capaces de resolver los retos actuales en el ámbito de la gestión de incendios forestales. El objetivo es localizar aquellos que ofrecen productos, servicios o metodologías que abordan las tres fases en la lucha contra incendios 1) Prevención 2) Acción 3) Regeneración. Deben proporcionar una mejora en la eficiencia de los recursos en la extinción de incendios; herramientas tecnológicas; conciencia social; comportamiento del fuego; patrones espaciales y temporales de fuego; meteorología de incendios y clasificación de peligro de incendios; técnicas de extinción de incendios; detección terrestre, aérea y espacial;restauracion; etc.

El objetivo es identificar y apoyar a estos emprendedores y conseguir que estas buenas ideas se implementen en beneficio de la sociedad en su conjunto generando una asociación pública-privada que conduzca a la redacción de proyectos y así acceso a fondos de la Unión Europea.

Grupo destinatario : emprendedores y start-ups con ideas / proyectos relacionados con la lucha contra los incendios forestales en las 3 áreas de actuación del proyecto CILIFO: Prevención, Acción y Regeneración.

La primera edición de estos premios se celebró en la COP25 de diciembre de 2019. Allí, la CEO de la start-up Drone Hopper, Ana Pérez, presentó su proyecto dedicado al diseño, fabricación y comercialización de drones de alta capacidad, destinado a la lucha contra el fuego y la protección del medio ambiente. Esta empresa fue ganadora del premio principal en la categoría Firefighting-Climate Change de la SEUA 2019 y forma parte del programa StartUp Europe Accelerator de la Fundación Finnova, gracias al cual recibo ayuda y mentoría para presentar su proyecto, pudiendo así obtener 50.000 € del programa SME Instrument (que lo acredita como uno de los proyectos más innovadores a nivel europeo).

La segunda edición de los premios Firefighting StartUp Europe Awards se lanzó el viernes 25 de septiembre y la ceremonia final está prevista para tener lugar durante la  Semana Europea para la Reducción de Residuos (EWWR ) en noviembre de 2020, en una iniciativa que tiene como objetivo promover e implementar recursos sostenibles. y acciones de sensibilización sobre la gestión de residuos durante una semana y para fomentar acciones sostenibles para reducir los residuos en Europa.

Próximamente se comunicará más información sobre estos premios.

Beatriz Martínez Muñoz
Responsable de Comunicación y Proyectos Europeos de la Fundación


The Finnova Foundation reaffirms its involvement with young people on International Youth Day

  • Under the motto “The commitment of youth to global action” the UN aims to emphasize the key role of young people in improving national and international political and social processes
  • The health crisis representing a loss of 25 million jobs and the climate emergency are two of the challenges this population faces
  • Thanks to the Finnova Foundation, a total of 400 young people have been able to improve professionally and train in European affairs, using European funds
  • The Finnova Foundation participates in two European projects YES and YOUEUROPE, where young people debate the future of the EU


Brussels, 12/08/2020– Today is the International Youth Day, a date that commemorates the importance of youth participation through actions and initiatives in building a better future. This 2020, the United Nations has especially reiterated the global commitment that this part of the population has in the current challenges of the Covid-19, climate change and political and social responsibility.

There are currently 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 15 and 35 in the world, which represents the largest population throughout history. Due to the health crisis, 25 million jobs are expected to be lost, with this third of the world’s population being the most vulnerable and economically affected. In particular, countries such as Spain have not used 14 billion euros of European funds from 2014-2020 for social integration and work for young people under 30 within the Youth Guarantee framework. This is why the Finnova Foundation, a European leader in the support and training of young people offers them the opportunity to receive professional training through its learning by doing methodology within its headquarters in the European quarter of Brussels, Valencia and Seville.

Since 2012, the Finnova Foundation has trained a total of 400 young people in European affairs, emphasizeing international training programs that will facilitate their incorporation into the labour market. Natalia Cediel, one of the young trainees currently based in Brussels at the Department of Communication and Translation through the Spanish Youth Guarantee Programme, says that “the internship at the Fundación Finnova is a constant learning experience in my field, a professional immersion that fits my situation and many young people like me who have finished their studies during the Covid-19 crisis”. In addition to this declaration, Catalina Mejías, who is doing her internship in the same department, assures that “having the opportunity to work in a situation like the current one in Brussels has been a lifesaver for me and my professional future, since after the State of Alarm was declared I have had to return home after 5 years, just when I was trying to be independent”.

Another challenge in which young people have been involved is that of climate emergency. Currently, this is one of the most commented and debated intergenerational issues. Since 2019, tens of thousands of young students have taken the streets protesting and committed to the cause. Even these funds previously mentioned in Spain would have been used to fight climate change, through new urban waste management, water reuse and the use of renewable energies. For this reason, the Finnova Foundation continues to advocate for innovation in the field of the environment and climate change. It trains young people to make a proper use of these economic resources that they have at their disposal and ignore, due to the poor management of this money by the public sector.

The Finnova Foundation provides training for young people in European funding systems and mentoring in project presentation, including European Commission programmes such as LIFE (focused on climate change), and Horizon 2020 (involved with the Green Pact). José Antonio Troyano, philologist in the Department of Communication, says that the Introduction to European Funding course “has helped me to know and put into practice knowledge about real problems that the European Union is trying to eradicate through programmes such as LIFE. Thanks to this training, I will know how to carry out professional projects on which I have always wanted to embark”

Because of these crises, the European Union has recently agreed on the biggest leap in its budgetary model, since it has established the multiannual financial framework 30 years ago and doubled the resources allocated to cohesion. The 27 partners of the Union, unanimously, have agreed to establish a reactivation fund to alleviate the economic damage of the Covid-19 endowed with 750 billion euros and a financial framework for 2021-2027 of more than a billion euros. Spain will receive 140 billion euros, of which 72 billion will be a non-refundable aid. The reform plan to be presented from Spain to access these funds will give priority to the digital and green transition as well as to the training of students and workers.

Today, political and social responsibility on the part of young people is more than ever a necessity where dialogue is in the first place. That is why, within the European context, raising awareness of the civil population (especially young Eurosceptics) is promoted by encouraging strategic engagement with the media; helping to make their voice heard. According to official data from a Eurobarometer survey, youth participation has increased by 50% more than in 2014, when only 28% participated.

The Finnova Foundation is committed to the involvement of European youth in the political and social life of Europe against Euroscepticism. For instance, the recently approved project “Youth Empowerment for Solidarity” (YES) within the “Europe for Citizens” programme. The proposal emphasises the priority of young people participation through an initiative covering the exchange of ideas between young people from 7 different European cities. This project will promote the social, cultural and political integration of young people in the construction and decision-making processes of the EU, by dealing with basic issues such as education or European values.

“YES” is not the only project that Finnova has carried out to promote young people proactivity within the “Europe for Citizens” programme. “YOUROPE: joining paths to build a better perception of Europe” focuses on the importance of youth for the present and future of Europe. Through a network of 8 European cities, the main goal is to fight against Eurosceptic rhetoric, encouraging its participants to open a dialogue and developing inclusive pro-European rhetoric at a local level.

The motto “Youth Engagement for Global Action” promoted by the United Nations seeks to highlight the duty of young people at the local, national and international level. From the Finnova Foundation, the enrichment of these practices becomes a reality thanks to their participation and innovation emerging by conducting these new social projects. All of this by young people willing to contribute to the creation of sustainable policies, achieving a joint collaboration that defends the importance of international cooperation.

About the Finnova Foundation

European Foundation for the funding of Innovation. It is a European foundation based in Brussels whose objectives are to promote public-private cooperation through innovation to address social challenges such as employment, training, entrepreneurship, UN ODS, the circular economy, etc. Finnova organizes the Startup Europe Awards, an initiative of the European Commission and the Finnova Foundation, to recognize the best European startups in the social field.

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Coria del Río opens the first Accelerathon of open innovation regarding circular economy on rice straw

Circular Economy Startup Europe Awards

More than 20 experts have participated in in the opening session of the Rice Accelerathon that started last Tuesday, 16 of June at 17:00 (CEST). This is the first open innovation competition about circular economy on rice straw promoted by the Municipality of Coria del Río (Seville). Its main objective is to find innovative solutions that approeaches the treatment of rice by-products as a resource and not as a waste. This first briefing has brought together about 250 participants live from Spain, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, Ukraine, Mexico, the United States, the United Arab Emirates and Russia and. So far, it has reached more than 5,300 people on social networks with more than 2,200 deferred reproductions. 

According to Modesto González, de Coria del Río: “This way we will be able to turn a problem into an opportunity for environmental and business improvements, and job creation. In addition, thanks to this initiative our locality remains at the forefront of the European Union’s projects related to the dissemination of sustainable activities, allowing us to generate more economy in our municipality.”

The winners of the Rice Accelerathon, organised by Startup Europe Accelerator of Finnova Foundation, will receive an acceleration ticket in order to access funding from the call for proposals of the European Commission’s LIFE 2020 programme. Around €2 million will be allocated per project. The winners will also be present and have visibility at the Smart Agrifood Summit to be held in Malaga on September 24 and 25. This is a leading event in the industry for the creation of innovative ecosystems within the European agri-food sector.

If you want to watch the opening session again, please click on the following link to access the video:

This programme counts with the institutional support of the European Commission DG CONNECT. It is addressed to officials and policy makers of municipalities, companies and public corporations, business associations, institutes of technology, universities, innovative companies with patents or corporations, with environmental challenges that can be solved with the financial and technological boost of the LIFE Programme.

All those who are interested in participating in the Accelerathon can now register filling the following form:

As an example, in 2019 more than 788,000 tons of rice, as well as rice straw and rice husk, were produced in Spain. When in contact with water, rice straw provokes a decrease of oxygen, rot and it can cause the death of birds and fishes. This is the reason why farmers burn rice straw, releasing greenhouse gas emissions.

Rice husk is also considered as waste that should be eliminated because if not, it tends to accumulate due to its low level of degradability. As a general rule, producers get rid of it thanks to a controlled combustion process that generates as a subproduct rice husk ash. These ashes represent a high percentage of silica that makes it apt for its use in sectors such as the cement industry.



Accelerathon is an acceleration programme for innovative projects fostered by Finnova Foundation. It is also a methodology designed by Finnova that consists of looking for solutions and funding through an applied, online open innovation system that binds together all the actors from the innovative ecosystem.

The Accelerathon also works under the methodology of the LIFE Programme of the European Commission. The challenge follows the SDG of the United Nations and brings support to other programmes related to the fight against COVID-19 and legionella, among others.

What is Startup Europe Awards?

It is an initiative of the DG CONNECT at the European Commission implemented by Finnova Foundation. It counts with the support of the European Parliament, some members of the European Committee of the Regions, and the European Economic and Social Committee.

What is Startup Europe Accelerator?

It consists of a European, second-level acceleration programme specialized in the support of incubation programmes linked to regional and national entrepreneurship. The aim is to help startups access EU resources in order to internationalise their project, and break into the market through European projects, mentoring, networking, lobbying, legal advice and international communication.

Coria del Río

Coria del Río is a city 12 km away from Seville and strategically located besides the Guadalquivir river. This riverside town with thousands of years of history keeps under its streets the remains of important civilizations that settled here, such as Tartessos, Romans and Arabs, who turned Coria del Río into an ideal place for the promotion of culture, social development and economy through services such as livestock farming, agriculture and fishing. Over the years, the Corians had developed new techniques, and boosted riverside carpentry and sturgeon fishery, some things that made it the only place in Western Europe to have a caviar factory. It is also worth noting the close relationship that this town has had with Japan since 1614, when the Keicho Embassy led by the Samurai Hasekura Tsunenaga landed here and united both cultures. He left a legacy that more than 400 years later is still alive in more than 700 Corians who have inherited the surname “Japan” from that expedition. Nowadays, Coria del Río has more than 30,000 inhabitants and a tourist offer that makes thousands of visitors come to the town every year, attracted by its gastronomy, its rich landscape, its history, its festivities or its peculiar relationship with Japan.

Finnova Foundation

Finnova is the European foundation for innovation funding. Its main goal is to promote the cooperation between public and private sectors through the best low-cost, technological solutions, in order to address social challenges such as employment, entrepreneurship, the SDG of the United Nations, circular economy, waste recovery, sustainable tourism, and the fight against climate change.


  • For any questions, please contact:

Juan Manuel Revuelta, CEO of Finnova Foundation.

Email: +32 475 97 42 77

  • Press Head contact details:

Lola Bordás, Head of Communication and Marketing at Finnova Foundation. Email: Telephone: +34 619 11 02 66

  • Contact in the Municipality of Coria del Río:

Francisco Javier Sosa, Head of Communication (Municipality of Coria del Río).

Email: Telephone: +34 682 07 27 87

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EIT Climate-KIC #Accelerator in Spain opens call for entrepreneurship aid

If you have a great idea. If you have the courage to do it. If you have the will to go for it. This is the time.

The EIT Climate-KIC #Accelerator in Spain opens a new call for proposals for entrepreneurship, seeking to support the rapid growth of startups and their consolidation by overcoming the so-called ”Valley of Death”. It seeks to support the potential of business while sustainable innovation, both environmentally and economically.

It offers an 18-month program where you will be tutored and mentored at all times and with all the resources, offering the knowledge and tools to get the most out of your business and success.

For more information visit their website:


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Finnova will mentor the projects in their presentation before the European Commission.

The European Commission, add efforts, resources, and make a call to those SMEs and new companies with technologies and innovations that can help in “treatment, testing, monitoring or other aspects” to combat the COVID-19. In this exceptional call, projects can be less than 500,000 euros. Open emergency call for SMEs to submit a tender to combat the side effects of the coronavirus. .

Details of the call.

Urgent applications can be made next round of funding of the European Conseil of Innovations, to the EIC Accelerator, which remain open until next Wednesday March 18th at 5 p.m., Brussels time.  The budget of the call is a total of 164 million euros.

Juan Manuel Revuelta, CEO of the Finnova Foundation encourages companies to submit their projects, ‘Usually these projects are between 500,000 and 2,5 million euros, and in this case as an exception, they may be under 500,000 euros. In addition, projects that are of interest may be financed by other EC and external financial ways such as additional funding from regional and national governments or private foundations.’

In the light of the situation, the Commission is speeding the granting of these EIC subsidies and blended finance (together with capital investment) for innovations that support this cause. Access will also be provided to other sources of funding and investment.

Examples of innovations to combat the COVID-19 that are already being supported.

Some examples of innovations that have already been supported by the EIT that contribute to the fight against Coronavirus are EpiShuttle (specialized isolation units), M-TAP project ( filtration to remove viral material), MBENT Project (human mobility tracking during a pandemic).

Finnova supports in the application for these grants.

Finnova is the European Foundation for Innovation Funding, Lola Bordás, responsible for communication of the Foundation, reported that Finnova will establish open innovative strategies that contribute to provide disruptive solutions against this pandemic, and that facilitate public-private partnerships such as Helth Startup Europe Accelerator, project in which Finnova will focus its work

In the same way we also appeal to spread this call between all those companies and SMEs that can bring a solution or innovative idea. We can all provide solutions.

You can send us your proposals to

For further information, contact


Finnova participates in Wex Global 2020 and provides innovative ideas for a more sustainable world

Juan Manuel Revuelta has been part of the forum of the entrepreneurs

Finnova Foundation has once again participated in the Wex Global Water & Energy in the Palace Hotel in Valencia. This congress is one of the international reference events in the water and energy sectors that allows to create contacts and relationships with other business people. The objective of Wex Global is to provide innovative solutions to the challenges and needs of companies in the integral water cycle and in Idrica.

Finnova participated as a partner in the event and his CEO Juan Manuel Revuelta took part in the entrepreneurs forum, together with other business people such as Frank Rogalla, director of innovation and technology at FCC Aqualia, and Patricia Pastor, director of GoHub. And also with Mateo DALL’AMICO, founder and CEO of Mobygis, a company that participated in the Finnova #StartUpEuropeAccelerator programme to access financing. Thanks to this help, he was able to launch Water Jade, a water input predictor. Its implementation optimizes energy trading and operations in production plants.

Moreover, Juan Manuel Revuelta took advantage of the entrepreneurs’ table to talk about the Horizon Europe 2027, Invest EU Program, or Water Startup Europe Accelerator, among others.


Finnova participates in the 2nd Steering Committee of the CILIFO Project in Évora (Portugal)

On 20 and 21 February, the University of Évora (Portugal) hosted the second meeting of the steering committee of the Iberian Centre for Research on and Fight against Forest Fires (CILIFO) project, which was attended by the technical and financial managers and technical staff of each beneficiary entity.

ÉVORA 21.02.2020. Durante las dos jornadas tuvo lugar la celebración anual del Comité de Gestión (Dirección), bianual del Comité Técnico del proyecto, así como reuniones técnicas trimestrales de los Grupos de Trabajo (GT) del proyecto CILIFO, financiado en un 75% por el Programa de Cooperación Transfronteriza Interreg VA España – Portugal – POCTEP (2014-2020). El objetivo de este comité fue que los técnicos del proyecto pusieran en común las actividades del proyecto para tratar lo desarrollado en cada por cada uno de ellos.

Tras las reuniones se celebró un seminario sobre acciones formativas en prevención y extinción de incendios forestales; captación de fondos comunitarios; soluciones innovadoras para la prevención; y adaptación al cambio climático, incendios forestales. Estudiantes, Start-Ups, pymes, emprendedores, investigadores y técnicos de protección civil asistieron a la conferencia que trató la vulnerabilidad al fuego de ecosistemas mediterráneos.

Los asistentes convocados en Évora fueron los responsables técnicos, financieros y las personas de contacto del proyecto que cada entidad beneficiaria consideró. Además, asistieron representantes de la coordinación Regional CCDR-Algarve; la Coordinación Regional CCDR-Alentejo; la coordinación Regional Junta de Andalucía (DG. Fondos Europeos – Consejería de Economía y Hacienda); la Coordinación Nacional de España (Ministerio de Hacienda); y las autoridades de España y Portugal en materia de incendios forestales.

Los 15 beneficiarios que conforman el consorcio son:

  • CAGPDS – Consejería de Agricultura, Ganadería, Pesca y Desarrollo Sostenible de la Junta de Andalucía
  • Agencia de Medio Ambiente y Agua de Andalucía
  • CSIC-EBD – Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas – Estación Biológica de Doñana
  • Fundación ONCE para la Cooperación e Inclusión Social de Personas con Discapacidad
  • INIA – Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria
  • UCA – Universidad de Cádiz
  • UCO – Universidad de Córdoba
  • UHU – Universidad de Huelva
  • AMAL – Comunidad de Intermunicipal do Algarve
  • Municipio de Castro Marim
  • Municipio de Loulé
  • Municipio de Monchique
  • Municipio de Tavira
  • FINNOVA – Fundación Delegación Fundación Finnova
  • UÉVORA – Universidad de Évora

CILIFO es un proyecto de cooperación transfronteriza que dispone de 24,6 millones de euros de presupuesto, de los que la Unión Europea (UE) financia el 75% a través del Fondo FEDER, y un periodo de ejecución de tres años (2019-2021). Gracias al proyecto CILIFO, se está trabajando en la Eurorregión Alentejo-Algarve-Andalucía en la creación de protocolos y procedimientos conjuntos de los operativos portugueses y españoles, con el fin de una ejecución más eficaz en la prevención y extinción de incendios forestales. CILIFO, aprobado por el Programa Interreg POCTEP (2014-2020) España-Portugal, se enmarca en el Objetivo Temático 5 del Programa, que promueve la adaptación al cambio climático en todos los sectores.


NAPOCTEP will be present at the 1st Meeting about “The Great Pact for Rural Repopulation” in Ávila

The meeting will take place at Parador Nacional in Gredos on the 16th and 17th of January and is one of activities of the European initiative StartUp Village.

SEGITTUR will talk about the cultural tourism as an alternative that will help the inhabited but very rich in cultural and historic patrimony areas of our country to grow up.

15.01.2020. The European Conference of Provincial Councils, Town Councils, Island Councils, Autonomous Regions and the State General Administration for the Territorial and Rural Population and the Signature of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Pact for Rural and Territorial Repopulations will take place at Parador in Gredos on the 16th and 17th of January. This meeting continues the actions started in the 1st European Congress of Rural Repopulation that took place at Villahoz (Burgos) last July and is one of the activities in the European initiative StartUp Village.

In this meeting, D. Carlos Romero Dexeus, manager of SEGITTUR’s I+D+I department   promotes the innovative initiatives in the tourism sector in Spain and he will present the NAPOCTEP project. NAPOCTEP was approved in the 2nd call of the European Programme Interreg-POCTEP and its main aim is to highlight the importance of the extraordinary Napoleonic heritage that exists in the border region of Portugal and Spain. And it wants to create a quality tourist product.

NAPOCTEP thus has the intention of using the patrimony as an attraction spotlight for the rural areas’ visitors and, at the same time, can contribute to diminish their depopulation, helping them to make their gastronomy, heritage, trade and their hotel establishment to become more well-known. It also wants to attract more entrepreneurs interested in developing new ideas in the tourism and cultural sector along the previous routes.

The project is established in areas of Spain and Portugal which suffer aging and depopulation problems and it can be a great opportunity to help them to grow. Heritage, landscapes and gastronomy are local resources that cannot be relocated and attract more visitors who look for the most real and genuine experiences during their travels.

You can find more information about the meeting in the following link:
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