The initiative, considered as one of the calls of reference for innovation projects in Spain, reaches 2014 its eighth edition. The EmprendedorXXI awards are aimed at entrepreneurs who excel at applying innovation to fundamental aspects of their business, their potential for growth and their global vision. Since its creation, in 2007, a total of 3,928 newly created companies have participated in the initiative. The call for ‘ undertakings ‘ has presented a total of 584 candidatures to the prize, a fact that represents an increase of 29.5% compared to the previous edition. As for ‘ grow ‘, 154 companies have completed the registration of participation.
Devicare and Torus have been the winners of the “undertaking” category, which recognizes the best newly created companies, with less than two years in the market. Devicare, located in Catalonia, creates innovative products that improve the quality of life of relapsing litiásicos patients (chronic kidney stones). On the other hand, torus, based in Galicia, develops and markets a new protocol of communications substituting the Internet Protocol (IP), which allows accelerating applications of interest such as high frequency trading and big data. As winners of this category, Devicare and torus have obtained an economic endowment of 10,000 euros each, which is added to the €5,000 and the scholarship for the Ignite Fast Track, which obtained as autonomous winners of Catalonia and Galicia, Respectivimanete.
For its part, VOptica, Orache and Smartick have obtained the awards of the category “Grow”, directed to business projects in phase of growth.
VOptica, located in Murcia, has won the award for Life sciences companies. This company is dedicated to develop and commercialize AOnEye, a unique instrument that allows the precise characterization of the optics of the eye and the connection of it with a new process of personalization of the solutions for the vision. The Andalusian company Smartick, which has obtained the prize for digital technologies, creates solutions for the online learning of mathematics with the aim of increasing the mental agility and improving the self-esteem, the concentration and the habit of study of children among 4 and 14 years old. Finally, Orache, located in Aragon, has been awarded in industrial innovation for its work in the manufacture, innovation and distribution of chemical products in pill for hygiene and disinfection (for example, substitute tablets of liquid bleach).
These three companies will receive the prize of greater economic endowment, with 50,000 euros for each one. In addition, during this week, the 19 classified companies have been able to enjoy a scholarship for the Executive Growth program, designed and taught ad hoc program by ESADE and IESE.
The finalists of the two categories will have access to the accompanying program offered by the venture capital manager of “La Caixa”, Caixa Capital Risc, for one year. This program makes available to the people who are creating their company training resources, access to financing and international networking, including the possibility to travel to the main innovation poles of the world: Silicon Valley, New York (USA) and Tel Aviv (Israel).
Irisbond and torus, prizes to social impact and technological innovation
The 2014 edition of the EmprendedorXXI Awards has awarded two prizes, awarded by collaborating entities for those candidates who stand out for their social contribution and for the high innovation component of their work.
The Bank Foundation “La Caixa” has awarded the prize for social impact to Irisbond, which recognizes the work in generating a positive impact on the environment. The prize is endowed with 25,000 euros. Irisbond is a company located in the Basque Country that is dedicated to develop advanced systems of control of the computer with the eyes based on technologies of assisted communication, eye tracking, for industrial applications or as means of augmentative communication and Alternative.
On the other hand, a prize was given to technological innovation to torus. This company will be the Spanish representative in ISUN, an initiative of international character that each year rewards the 10 European companies with greater technological innovation with a week in Tel Aviv to participate in visits to large companies, seminars, events of Networking, personal meetings with other companies and investors, etc.
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