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More than 200 young people participate in the Climate-KIC’s project Pioneers into Practice to develop ideas against climate change

  • About twenty Spanish professionals working in the sustainability field have just finished this training and mobility programme in Europe

More than 200 Young entrepreneurs from eleven European countries participated in the programme Pioneers into Practice of the European initiative Climate-KIC 2016 –one of the knowledge communities promoted by the European Institute of Innovation–, which has the aim of promoting  entrepreneurship and business plan development aimed at fighting climate change and moving forward low-carbon societies. About twenty Spanish professionals joined this 2016 edition, which has finished this week with the last workshops in the different participating countries.

The last seminary of Pioneers 2016 in Spain was hosted by the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. Two days were dedicated to the presentation of the projects of the different multidisciplinary groups to tackle planned challenges, among others, through sustainable mobility, waste management and the introduction of agriculture in the cities. Spanish pioneers, coming from different regions, spent one month in different international public and private bodies of seven countries: Great Britain, Germany, Finland, Italy, Holland, Hungary and Poland.

Pioneers into Practice is a programme focused on systematic innovation and new low-carbon economy organised by Climate-KIC, an entity aimed at “training future leaders and entrepreneurs to face new challenges expected because of global warming through innovation and competitiveness”, as Celsa Monrós reported, the Education lead of Climate-KIC Spain, the Spanish Center for Innovation in Climate Change. One of the attractions of this programme for participants is the 1-month placement in different kind of bodies where they can develop their ideas or participate in projects already underway, such as universities, administrations or companies.

The Instituto Tecnológico de la Energía (ITE), which participated in the programme Pioneers into Practice of the European entity Climate-KIC, received a researcher from the University of Aberdeen, in Scotland (UK), who developed her work on polymeric materials and researches on carbon. This collaboration is framed within the line Energy storage and new materials.

CLIMATE-KIC IN EUROPE

Climate-KIC was born in 2010 and has almost 200 partners, such as universities, research centers, companies and public entities. It is not located only in Spain, but also in Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Switzerland, Holland, Denmark, Poland, Belgium, Hungary and Finland, and it supports and undertakes activities in Portugal, Ireland, Norway, Malta, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Romania, Slovenia, Bulgaria. This European initiative has become an example for expert training, the acceleration of ideas and the promotion of innovative projects for the global warming adaptation and mitigation. In five years it has trained more than 2,000 international experts, it has made possible the creation of almost 200 start-ups receiving an investment of 189 million Euros and it has developed more than 100 innovative projects.

Climate-KIC Spain, located in Valencia, promotes the new sustainable economy model based on competitiveness, economic growth and green employment creation, in collaboration with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology and supported by partners of academic, scientific and business excellence, integrated in the innovative Spanish ecosystem.

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