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Visit to Astican

Visit to Astican

Within the framework of the Innovate Canarias program and in collaboration with the OTRI of the ULPGC, a visit to the company ASTICAN took place on Wednesday, November 15, 2023. The delegation consisted of researchers from the ULPGC, representatives from the company Kaizen Analytics, Emerge, and the Canarian Foundation for Scientific and Technological Park, with the aim of learning about the technological challenges that this company is facing.

The visit to this shipyard is part of the past edition of the ULPGC Patent Week and the challenge presented in Innovate Canarias by ASTICAN for the “optimization of ship dry-docking and launching operations and their location in the shipyard.” Through this challenge, the company seeks to apply technologies in the control and monitoring of operations, proposing to obtain a 3D model of the ship’s surface and apply disruptive technologies to determine the correct location using AI algorithms that analyse its characteristics, work planning, responsible companies, and necessary resources.

Agustín Tapia, Head of Information Technologies, Néstor Escobar, Plant Manager, and Cristina Melián, Head of Management Systems, accompanied this delegation on an extensive tour of the facilities.

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Government, businesses, technological startups, and knowledge agents drive the commitment to innovation

Government, businesses, technological startups, and knowledge agents drive the commitment to innovation

Within the framework of the Innovate Canarias program, public and private actors from the archipelago held a working session on October 18, 2023, at the Government Headquarters in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to reflect on the main challenges faced by companies and knowledge agents in their commitment to science and technological innovation.

Regional major companies and technological startups expressed their interest in advancing an agenda that reinforces the different pillars composing an economy capable of creating added value and being more competitive. Issues related to access to more effective public funding, strengthening public-private collaboration, accessing a talent pool with skills for the new digital economy, the need to reinforce research result transfer processes, and the improvement of our companies’ productivity were addressed. The President of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, expressed his willingness to prioritize investment in R&D+i during this legislative period as a key axis to promote the productive and social development of the Archipelago. The Minister of Universities, Science, Innovation, and Culture, Migdalia Machín, pointed out that the creation of this department is a “declaration of intent” regarding the effort they want to make in this legislative period to continue growing and consolidating the regional R&D+i ecosystem.

The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of La Laguna emphasized the role played by these higher education centers in the economic development of the islands, as well as the importance of university-business collaboration.

The Emerge Association, which coordinates and leads the Innovate Canarias program, argued that the Canary Islands should take seriously their commitment to economic diversification through the creation of innovative economic activities capable of creating quality employment by making efficient use of the resources available in the islands. During the working session, it was advocated that the administration facilitates and encourages open innovation processes in both the public and private sectors. Likewise, the role of startups and technological entrepreneurs in knowledge transfer processes and the improvement of the business fabric’s productivity was emphasized.

Innovate Canarias is an open innovation program funded by ACIISI in collaboration with the Embassy of Israel in Spain, the EIT Hub Israel, ULPGC, and ULL.

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Innovation in the Peripheries: Towards a More Effective Innovation Policy in the Canary Islands

Innovation in the Peripheries: Towards a More Effective Innovation Policy in the Canary Islands

Within the framework of the Innovate Canarias program, on January 11, 2023, a conference titled “Innovation in the Peripheries: Towards a More Effective Innovation Policy in the Canary Islands” was held at the Government Headquarters of the Canary Islands in Las Palmas GC. The keynote speaker was Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, Professor of Economic Geography, Director of the Princess of Asturias Chair, and Director of the Cañada Blanca Center at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). This event, which focused on economic geography, reflected on aspects that must be considered to advance towards greater diversification of the regional economy through innovation. The conference included the participation of Elena Máñez Rodríguez, Minister of Economy, Knowledge, and Employment, Government of the Canary Islands; Carlos Andrés Navarro Martínez, Director, ACIISI, Government of the Canary Islands; Manuel Ruiz de la Rosa, President of the Emerge Association; Pedro Ortega Rodríguez, President of the Canary Islands Confederation of Entrepreneurs (CCE); Antonio J. Olivera Herrera, Deputy Chief of the Presidency, Government of the Canary Islands; and Moisés Santana Quintana, Managing Director of the Emerge Association.

During the working session, the importance of efficient development of education investment policies, support for R&D, and support for the internationalization of the productive fabric in a more open, inclusive, and sustainable economy was emphasized. Other topics discussed included the need for active participation of the Canary Islands in global knowledge flows, the design of fiscal tools to make the territory more competitive for investment, the relationship with the African continent, and the quality of public institutions.

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose (1966) is a global reference in economic geography. He is a Princess of Asturias Professor and Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics, where he has been directing the Cañada Blanch Center since 2020. His research focuses on regional growth and inequalities, innovation, fiscal and political decentralization, among other areas. He is also a part-time professor at the Center for Innovation Research at the University of Stavanger, Norway. He has been a visiting professor at numerous universities, including the College of Europe (Belgium), the University of Cambridge (UK), the University of Hannover (Germany), the University of Split (Croatia), and the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain). His research is widely cited, and the Stanford/Elsevier ranking of scientists in the top 2% places him in the top 0.1% overall across all academic disciplines. In this ranking, he is listed as the top worldwide researcher in the field of urban and regional planning, based on citations in 2020. In 2020 and 2021, he was recognized as one of the most influential scientific researchers of the last decade according to the Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers list.

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Launching of the Innovate Canarias program

The Asociación Canaria de Startups, Empresas de Base Tecnológica e Inversores Ángeles (EMERGE) inaugurates the Innovate Canarias pilot program to support Open Innovation in Canary Islands companies. This initiative is funded by the Ministry of Economy, Knowledge and Employment of the Canary Islands Government through the Canary Islands Agency for Research, Innovation and Information Society (ACIISI), with the collaboration of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of La Laguna.

This program aims to support Open Innovation processes through specialized training offered by EIT Hub Israel and scouting activities of technology startups that can solve the challenges posed by the selected companies.

Innovate Canarias is a commitment to strengthen private investment in R&D&I and to boost the innovative entrepreneurship ecosystem from an international perspective, connecting the knowledge and know-how of emerging technology companies with the needs of the regional productive fabric. It also aims to stimulate technological development and research transfer from universities and R&D&I centers in the archipelago.

Companies interested in this pilot project have until September 30, 2022 to submit their application and participate in the training that begins at the end of October. This training aims to improve the innovation capabilities of Canary Islands companies and prepare them for external R&D&I collaborations with local, national and international public and private actors.

EMERGE organized last July at the headquarters of the Presidency of the Government of the Canary Islands the conference “Emerging technology companies as a driver of innovation: Transforming collaboration between industry and knowledge agents” to explore the growing role that technology startups are playing in the process of knowledge transfer to industry and how companies, technology centers and universities are facilitating this strategy.


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Presentation event: Innovate Canarias

Technology start-ups as a driver of innovation: Transforming collaboration between industry and knowledge brokers

The Asociación Canaria de Startups, Empresas de Base Tecnológica e Inversores Ángeles (EMERGE), as a member of the Red Canaria de Centro de Innovación y Desarrollo Empresarial (Red CIDE) and in collaboration with the Consejería de Economía, Conocimiento y Empleo del Gobierno de Canarias through the Agencia Canaria de Investigación, Innovación y Sociedad de la Información (ACIISI), organized on July 8 the event “Emerging technology companies as a driver of innovation: Transforming collaboration between industry and knowledge agents” at the headquarters of the Presidency of the Government of the Canary Islands in the capital of Gran Canaria. The main objective of the event was to promote the exchange of knowledge, know-how and technology transfer between the Canary Islands and the international ecosystem through the promotion of collaboration between large companies and technology startups, as well as to present its Open Innovation program: Innovate Canarias.

With the inauguration of the regional president, Mr. Ángel Víctor Torres and the director of the Economic Mission of the Embassy of Israel in Spain, Ms. Noa Heinemann is clearly committed to innovation in the Canary Islands, learning from more developed models such as Tel Aviv, the cradle of innovation in the East. Large and small companies from all over Spain, such as Endesa or the Agbar group, among others, participated in the event, as well as those that are most committed to innovation among local companies, such as Astican, Grupo Domingo Alonso, Grupo HD or Grupo Martínez, revealing their lines of action in R&D&I. Also present at the event were technology entrepreneurs and startups with projects that are a priori more modest but already deserving of worldwide attention, such as Nektium, Wimmic, Rethink Medical and Wooptix, among several others. The success of the event resulted in a packed room with the main innovation agents in the islands, highlighting researchers and technology entrepreneurs.

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