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The Emprendia Network reviews its action plan for 2010

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The Emprendia Network reviews its action plan for 2010

The Ibero-American University Network of Business Incubators (Red Emprendia), composed of twelve universities –including the University of Barcelona, which promotes the via the Barcelona Science Park-, the Santander bank, which participates in this initiative via its Santander Universities Global Division, and Universia has met at the University of São Paulo (USP) to assess the activities carried out within the framework of its action plan laid out for 2010. The objective is to dynamise the university-enterprise relationship and to foster entrepreneurial culture.

International mobility to achieve a higher specialization of teachers, students and also business consultants and technicians in incubated businesses stands out amongst its action lines. The scholarship programme was implemented in March 2009, with ten beneficiaries (four students and six teachers), who carried out their training in the United States, specifically in Babson College and Brown University. International exchange is also promoted by means of a programme for institutional visits, which has been initiated with a representation trip from the Emprendia Network to the University of Krasnoyars. A reciprocal hosting programme which will enable the sharing of markets and accelerate the internationalisation of businesses awaiting incubation has been implemented.

The Emprendia Network, via the Monterrey Institute of Technology –one of the participating institutions– has given ten grants over the course of 2009 to support the business plans of universities that are part of this university network. On the other hand, each year the network grants a scholarship via the Agency for Assessing and Marketing Research Results (AVCRI), located at the Barcelona Science Park, within the framework of a programme aimed at funding innovative research projects that are of interest for the market. Likewise, the Emprendia Network Award has also been created to help the development of a business plan for one of the winners of the different awards for innovation and promotion of culture offered by the Santander bank in different countries.

Network members’ activity has been facilitated with the creation of specialised portals on the internet, as well as the publication of a manual on good practices –published annually- and a report on indicators of the university-business relationship.

The Emprendia network was funded in late 2006 as an initiative of the University of Barcelona-Barcelona Science Park and the University of Santiago de Compostela with the support of the Santander Bank, which participates via its Santander Universities Global Division. In addition to these institutions, ten other Ibero-American universities are part of this project: Monterrey Institute of Technology, University of São Paulo, Autonomous University of Madrid, Complutense University of Madrid, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, National Autonomous University of Mexico, University of Cantabria, University of Coimbra, University of Buenos Aires and University of Valencia.