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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

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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.

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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.

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NAPOCTEP will participate in the Spanish-Portuguese fair FEHISPOR

The NAPOCTEP project will be present at the Fair represented by two beneficiaries of CIM-RC COIMBRA and FINNOVA, who will present the good practices of the project, besides making a presentation on the brand “Napoleonic Routes in the Iberian Peninsula”

From 21 to 24 November 2019 will take place FEHISPOR, the historic fair that presents the best selection of Luso-Spanish content. This year, the 30th edition of this fair will feature TURIBERIA, the first thematic space on tourism between Spain and Portugal. The event will take place at IFEBA – Instituto Ferial de Badajoz.

TURIBERIA will have institutional stands that publicise the most outstanding cross-border cooperation actions, such as the Interreg POCTEP Programme. The programme will organise a project-to-project meeting to compare existing good practices with the aim of capitalising on results.

In this context will be present the NAPOCTEP project (, represented by two beneficiaries CIM-RC COIMBRA and FINNOVA, which will present the good practices of the project, besides giving a presentation on the brand Napoleonic routes on the Iberian Peninsula. This intervention will take place on the 21st of November from 10:30 to 11:30 during the Meeting of Tourism Projects Interreg Spain-Portugal, within the block concerning “Promotion of marks”.

More than 225 exhibitors and nearly 30,000 visitors are hosted each year by FEHISPOR. In addition to TURIBERIA, the fair will also have other themed fairs that reflect the cooperation between Spain and Portugal, such as the Salón de la Gastronomía Hispanolusa, the Feria de San Mateo de Elvas or the Salón de la Artesanía.

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Call for StartUp Europe Awards Hungary

The Startup Night ceremony will be held for Hungarian national winners

Two new categories will be added, making a total of 19 categories

StartUp Europe Awards is an initiative promoted by the European Commission and implemented by the Finnova Foundation in collaboration with StartUp Europe. Formed by 25 media members from several countries in Europe, it aims to create a StartUp Europe Awards Alliance to reward the work carried out by the startups based in Europe.

StartUp Europe Awards proposes a methodology of open innovation through a public-private partnership “that works for the public entities to find a solution for its local challenges and for the startups to try its innovations in pilots supported with European funding”, declared Juanma Revuelta, director of Startup Europe Accelerator by Finnova Foundation.

Ceremonies of this Awards have been held all over the world, and this year the Startup Europe Awards Hungary has been added to this list.

Hungary has a long history of innovation. In fact, today Budapest is ranked among the world’s leading innovation cities by Cities Today. In 2018, it won the Startup Europe Award in the Best Public Administration for Startups category.

The Budapest Enterprise Agency (BEA), a certified EU Business Innovation Centre, was founded by the City Council back in 1993 as the sole organization of the capital city responsible for enterprise promotion. Thus, BEA is using the diplomatic ties of Budapest to represent the best startups at leading innovation events around Europe.

This Agency became the official country manager of the Startup Europe Award in Hungary and has been running the Be Smart startup competition for startups twice a year since 2013. This competition gives startups the opportunity to present themselves on the Startup Night, an annual event with close to 1000 participants from more than 10 countries. Also, BEA is using the diplomatic ties of Budapest to represent the best startups at leading innovation events around Europe, such as Futurescope in Dublin, 4YFN in Barcelona, the Ruhr Summit, or the Web Summit in Lisbon..

During the competition, which will take place on 25-26 September, the online applications will be pre-screened and the applicants will pitch in front of a professional jury consisting members from the Budapest Enterprise Agency, the National Research, Development and Innovation Office, as well as universities, and our sponsoring partners.

On 28 November, the largest startup event will take place in Budapest: the Startup Night 2019. During this event, supported by the City Council, representatives of the Hungarian Government, the Municipality of Budapest, the top level managers of our sponsoring partners, and the BEA will present national awards.

Furthermore, during this call, the following categories will be added: Music and Medtech. The call for application for Startup Europe Awards Hungary will be published on 15 August 2019 and the application deadline is 20 September. The competition is open for all Hungary-based startups that are at least in the prototype phase.

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The official launching of the NAPOCTEP cultural tourism project will take place on 10th July in Buçaco (Portugal)

The project is part of the 2nd Call Interreg POCTEP (Spain-Portugal) on cultural tourism, and will highlight the extensive legacy of the War of Independence-Peninsular War in Central Portugal and Castilla y León.

The aim is to turn the heritage of the French invasions into a quality and sustainable tourist product that can create wealth and employment in areas of Castile-Leon and central Portugal threatened by depopulation and ageing.

It is a cross-border project implemented by a consortium of 8 Spanish and Portuguese partners and has a total budget of 710,228 euros, with a 2-year duration.

Brussels, 08.07.2019. On 10 July, the NAPOCTEP project will be launched in the town of Buçaco, near Coimbra, with the mission of converting the heritage of the French invasion era into a quality and sustainable tourist product that can create wealth and employment in Castilian-Leonese and central Portugal areas that are threatened by depopulation and ageing. The project is situated within the framework of the 2nd Interreg POCTEP Call (Spain-Portugal) on cultural tourism, and will follow the extensive legacy of the War of Independence-Peninsular War in Central Portugal and Castile and Leon.

It has a total budget of 710.228 euros to be shared between a consortium of 8 Spanish and Portuguese partners: Comunidade Intermunicipal da Região de Coimbra (CIM-RC), Comunidade Intermunicipal das Beiras e Serra da Estrela (CIM-BSE), Turismo Centro de Portugal (TCP), Rota Histórica das Linhas de Torres – Associação para o Desenvolvimento Turístico e Patrimonial das (RHLT), Fundación Siglo para el Turismo y las Artes de Castilla y León (FSIGLO), Fundación Santa María la Real del Patrimonio Histórico (FSMRPH), Fundación Delegación Fundacion Finnova (FINNOVA) and Sociedad Mercantil Estatal para la Gestión de la Innovación y las Tecnologías Turísticas, S. (State Commercial Society for the Management of Innovation and Tourism Technologies).A. (SEGITTUR).

The press conference will be attended by a large group of regional and provincial authorities and cultural representatives. The presentation will be made by the C.I.M. Região de Coimbra in collaboration with the rest of the partnership. Speakers will include Rui Marqueiro (President of the Municipal Chamber of Mealhada), Luís Albuquerque (Director of the Military Museum of Buçaco), José Carlos Alexandrino (President of the C.I.M. Região de Coimbra) and Javier Ramírez (Director of Tourism of the Junta de Castilla y León). The NAPOCTEP project aims to create new tourism opportunities by helping to compensate for the flow of visitors and compensate for seasonality and by creating opportunities for economic development in inland areas affected by population and ageing. In addition, the importance of publicizing and preserving this often unknown legacy will be highlighted.

Thus, the aim is to create a series of Napoleonic routes in an area comprising the central region of Portugal (Beiras and Serra da Estela) and the Castilian-Leonese provinces of the west (Salamanca, Zamora, Valladolid, León and Ávila). The day before the press conference, 9 July, the participants will carry out a technical visit and hold working meetings to launch the programme.

It should be noted that in 2015 the Council of Europe approved the designation of Napoleonic routes in Europe as a European Cultural Itinerary (such as the Pilgrim’s Way to Santiago or the Carlos V route), which is a great opportunity for the area as it gives it an internationally prestigious brand and connects it with other routes in other parts of Europe. 

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Transfiere calls on European entities to discover cutting-edge Spanish innovations

The main R+D+i event presented in Brussels its solidification in Spain as a tool for sharing scientific knowledge and promoting innovation

Juan Manuel Revuelta, CEO of Finnova Foundation, participated at the meeting talking about the European programs and fundings

The 9th edition of the leading innovation event in Southern Europe will take place on 12 and 13 February 2020 in Málaga (Spain)

Transfiere, European Forum for Science, Technology and Innovation, calls for international bodies to take part in the ninth edition of the event on 12 and 13 February 2020. With a strong focus on Europe, the forum is a first-rate platform allowing participants access to the most advanced innovations in the following key economic sectors: aeronautics and aerospace, agri-food, energy, industry, infrastructure and transport, the environment, health, finance and services, and information and communication technologies (ICT).

Positioned as the most important Spanish event on innovation and the transfer of knowledge between research and business, it was presented to institutions and professionals today in the European Parliament (Brussels). Within the event’s framework, these parties have the opportunity to discover and acquire innovative products and ideas from high-tech fields such as industry 4.0, robotic and automation, blue and circular economy, artificial intelligence applied to 5G and IoT, biotechnology.

During the presentation, Juan Manuel Revuelta, CEO of Finnova Foundation, participated at the meeting talking about the European programs and fundings that allow a further and deeper development of innovation. He also emphasized the need of increasing Pilot internships and encouraged Transfiere to serve as a link for governments and universities with businesses and enterprises that could transform research to reality. “Transfiere can help to us to bring new consortium and ideas to the real market”, he said.

Transfiere participants can arrange meetings with potential collaborators, transfer scientific knowledge and technological research topics, introduce innovative products and services, learn about the technological needs of the public administration, obtain financing for their projects and acquire innovative products. It is aimed at representatives of public administrations, business associations, European business and R&D+I centres, technological centres, clusters, multinational companies, start-ups, SMEs and micro-companies, foundations, large scientific and technical facilities, technological institutes, public research bodies, science and technology parks, universities and investors. Furthermore, the forum has a specific entrepreneurial meet and greet space to foster collaboration and open innovation in the previously mentioned sectors.

Networking and generating business and partnerships opportunities is at the core of the Transfiere event. An online tool is allows participants to make appointments with prospective partners, such as researchers, companies or public administration representatives. Each year, the forum brings the most up-to-date innovations in these sectors to the forefront thanks to a programme packed with conferences, round tables and presentations by international experts—around 300 speakers in 2019. It also has an exhibition area where companies and public administrations present their innovative products and services. Last year’s edition was attended by more than 1,800 public and private entities and more than 20,000 research groups were also present.

Also noteworthy was that the last event closed with the participation of 4,500 professionals from twenty countries and active delegations from Japan (guest country), Argentina, Portugal and the United Arab Emirates, hosting more than 5,500 business meetings that took place over the course of 14 hours.On the other hand, more than thirty prototypes were exhibited in a call for proposals in which the part played by investors gained prominence—with nearly 40 funds and accelerators involved—, as well as start-ups and open innovative settings, with 165 solutions presented in response to the technological challenges raised by multinationals.

Opportunities for internationalisation

Transfiere addresses internationalisation opportunities for Spanish R+D+i, among other topics, through hosting a “Guest country”, focusing on the main success factors and models of relevant innovative systems. In 2019 it was Japan, following in the footsteps of other countries such as Israel, South Korea, Portugal and Argentina.

The conference also includes specialised content on new economies to analyse initiatives launched at a global level. It also combines collaborative models with international organisations and bodies. During 2018, the forum exported its brand for the first time in its eight-year history with the holding of Transfiere Argentina, the Ibero-American Forum on Technology and Innovation.

Support for the dissemination and communication of knowledge

The Transfiere Forum also highlights the role of communicators and disseminators responsible for transferring scientific knowledge to the society at large, as part of the knowledge transfer process. Thus, annually it convenes the ‘Transfiere Forum’ Journalism Awards to Support Scientific, Technological and Innovative Dissemination, which recognises the work of journalists and publicists in raising awareness for the technological innovation developed in Spain and its emergence in international circles. With this objective in mind, the forum also organises, in conjunction with the Spanish Association of Scientific Communication (AECC in its Spanish acronym), the Transfiere Forum Scientific Communication Conference: ‘Disseminate science, technology and innovation’.

As a new feature, last year’s event included the ‘Talent Woman by Transfer & Alastria‘ business brunch to discuss women’s status in STEM disciplines —science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Transfiere will bring together other cross-cutting issues, such as the achievement of Sustainable Development Objectives (SDOs) in the framework of the 2010 Agenda.

Transfiere 2019 is organised by FYCMA (Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Málaga). Its promoters include the Malaga City Council, the Ministry of Knowledge, Research and the Universities of the Andalusian Regional Government and the Ministry of Science, Innovation and the Universities of the Spanish Government.

For more information on the forum, consult, our Facebook page and @ForoTransfiere on Twitter.

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European Parliament joins the Young Entrepreneurs’ Day in Brussels/ El Parlamento Europeo se une al Día de los Jóvenes Emprendedores en Bruselas

negrescu24th April 2017, the European Parliament hosted the Young Entrepreneurs’ Day, organised by the Young Entrepreneurs Association from Romania, a high-level opportunity to communicate the identity, the role and the diplomatic nature of the Parliament.

Authorities as Víctor Negrescu, member of the European Parliament; Gonçalo Lobo, vice-president of the Socio-economic European Committee; Peteris Zilgalvis, Head of Unit, Start-ups and Innovation of The European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG CONNECT); or Patrick Kovacs, president of Young Entrepreneurs Organization of the European Union – JEUNE, were some of the speakers of the event. Also with the participation of EU40 and Finnova Foundation. The group was composed by a total of 13 speakers.

Victor Negrescu, a Romanian politician and member of the Social Democratic Party, spoke in the Young Entrepreneurs Day about the fact of being an entrepreneur and the importance of the support that a young entrepreneur needs. Also, he said: “the old generations don´t consider entrepreneurship as an available option”. His point of view has been focused on the entrepreneurs of Romania and how it is promoting the entrepreneurship through the programmes of European aids like Erasmus Entrepreneurs.

The event, divided in two meetings, was focused on the different problems of the young entrepreneurs, and in addition, on the initiatives that support the entrepreneurship. The participants raised problems and they gave solutions for a better framework within the economic development and exchanged best practices. juanma

Juan Manuel Revuelta, the General Director of the Finnova Foundation, with an extensive knowledge of European projects that boost innovation and entrepreneurs, talked about the different initiatives of Finnova as Startup Europe Awards, Startup Europe Accelerator and Glocal Training. Furthermore, he focused on the importance of fighting against legal barriers, networking,  EU Funding and microcredits.

El 24 de abril de 2017 el Parlamento Europeo recibió el Día de los Jóvenes Empresarios, organizado por la Asociación de Jóvenes Empresarios de Rumanía. Una oportunidad de alto nivel para comunicar la identidad, el papel y la naturaleza diplomática del Parlamento.

Autoridades tales como Víctor Negrescu, miembro del Parlamento Europeo; Gonçalo Lobo, vicepresidente del Comité Socio-Económico Europeo; Pēteris Zilgalvis, responsable de Unidad, Startups e Innovación de la Comisión Europea, Dirección General de redes de comunicación, contenido y tecnología (DG CONNECT); o Patrick Kovacs, presidente de la Organización de Jóvenes Emprendedores de la Unión Europea, fueron algunos de los ponentes del evento. También se contó con la participación de EU40 y de la Fundación Finnova. El elenco estaba compuesto por un total de 13 ponentes.

Víctor Negrescu, político rumano y miembro del Partido Social Democrático, habló en el Día de los Jóvenes Empresarios sobre el hecho de ser emprendedor y de la importancia del apoyo que necesita un empresario joven. También dijo: “las generaciones pasadas no consideran el espíritu emprendedor como una opción disponible”. Ha focalizado especialmente su discurso en los empresarios de Rumanía y en cómo se promueve el espíritu emprendedor mediante programas europeos como Erasmus Emprendedores.

El acontecimiento, dividido en dos sesiones, fue enfocado hacia los distintos problemas de los jóvenes empresarios, y además, en las iniciativas que apoyan el espíritu emprendedor.

Los participantes plantearon problemas y propusieron soluciones para un mejor marco dentro del desarrollo económico.

Juan Manuel Revuelta, Director General de la Fundación Finnova, con un conocimiento extenso de proyectos europeos en innovación, habló acerca de las diferentes iniciativas de Finnova, tales como Startup Europe Awards, Startup Europe Accelerator y Glocal Training. Además, se centró en la importancia de la lucha contra las barreras legales, networking, financiación europea y microcréditos.

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