In its 5th year, UA and Alicante Science Park Foundation present their IMPULSO Awards to three projects
The initiative [bets](relies) on business ideas from the university community and on the transfer of knowledge to society
Alicante. Monday, June 13, 2016
A technology-based company (EBT) to develop applications for a new self-healing material; a graphic-content startup dedicated to the creation and capture of spaces, objects and materials for later viewing; and a system responsible for urban maintenance gardens from any device connected to the Internet have been the business initiatives that were presented the 2016 IMPULSO Awards.
With these awards, the University of Alicante and Alicante Science Park Foundation (FPCA) recognise the best innovative business projects from the university community, crucial for the progress of society and boost of the economic and business development.
Considering the innovative nature, the degree of development, the ability of the promoter team and the economic and financial viability of the nine projects submitted this year, an A-category award devoted to projects promoted by researchers whose purpose is the commercial operation of UA research results and two B-category awards for students and graduates were presented.
A-category award-winning project
Adhtech Solutions S.L. was created as a technology-based company to develop applications for a new self-healing material and shape memory in the field of adhesives, coatings, elastomers and sealants for various industries (automotive, textile, construction, aeronautics, electronics, medicine, cosmetics materials , etc.) The new material developed by researchers José Miguel Martín, Andrés Jesús Yañez and José Antonio Jofre belongs to the family of materials with intelligent properties, a field in which the company plans to enter the market in the long term with the development, transfer and exploitation of proprietary technology based on the design of intelligent polymers.
B-category award-winning projects
Godreams VR is a startup in the graphics content industry that consists of a multidisciplinary team of architects dedicated to the creation and capture of spaces, objects and materials for later viewing on different devices such as PCs, mobiles, tablets and virtual reality goggles by applying latest technological tools, enabling the transformation of content viewing experiences. The developer team is made up by Santiago Martinez, Victor Iniguez and Jose Tomas.
Finally, the last award was presented to Project Domofera, a system responsible for providing urban garden maintenance that will allow users to monitor the space from any device connected to the Internet using a web browser. By using Domofera, urban farmers can see the statistics on their gardens instantly with an activity schedule. This will allow them to know the progress of their gardens and help in decision-making. Those interested in learning how to care their own urban garden are welcome to attend a MOOC offered by the promoter team of this project Juan Carlos Cañizarez, Torró Elena and Alejandro Jover.
Other than the members of IMPULSE Awards panel, the following authorities will participate in the event: University of Alicante President and Alicante Science Park Foundation chairman Manuel Palomar; Vice President for Research and Knowledge Transfer Amparo Navarro (chairwoman of the panel) and cofounder of spin-off Alise Devices Beatriz Cerrolaza, who gave a presentation on how to be an entrepreneur and not die trying." Cerrolaza was recognised as one of the ten Spanish most entrepreneurial successful women in 2015 by Emprendedores journal and mentioned by the MIT Technology Review for her entrepreneurial career, representing a solid business model of success in Spain.
UA president Palomar was in charge of closing the event thanking the representatives authorities of the Alicante and San Vicente del Raspeig Councils, the Centre for European Innovative Business (CEEI) of Elche, the UA Social Council, and the Alicante Science Park their support to the IMPULSE Awards this year, dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship. During his speech, he recalled the winners that "most companies arising from the University of Alicante research results eventually become a case of business success for their high technological value and innovation." In this sense, the UA president explained that "seven of the thirteen TBFs connected to the Alicante Science Park have been presented Impulso Awards in previous years".