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The “De la CIència al Mercat” program promotes 25 entrepreneurial projects

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Un total de 25 persones han participat a la quarta edició del programa, organitzat per la UB, la UAB, la UPC i la UPF per promoure la transferència de coneixement entre l’alumnat de màster i doctorat.

After three months of training, the closing ceremony of the fourth edition of the program “From science to the market” took place on December 15 in the Rector’s Office of the UPC. This initiative has the objective of promoting the transfer of technology and knowledge by supporting doctoral students to transform their thesis or dissertation into a business project.

This edition has had 25 participants from the organizing universities. During the event, they have presented their proposals, both technological and social, linked to health, the environment or education, among others. Some of them are dreams: a tool to manage consumption data to fight against energy poverty and the climate emergency, a project to produce bioplastics, an autonomous package delivery robot or an alternative treatment for osteosarcoma based on cold plasma.

Apart from promoting the creation of companies, the program has offered participants a broad vision of the entrepreneurship and acceleration programs that exist, as well as the aid and financing options that entrepreneurs can opt for. In this way, “From science to the market” is also a professional orientation program for doctoral students who want to undertake. This has been assessed by Sira Mogas, participating in the previous edition and founder and director of KOA Biotech, a company that aims to reduce mortality from infections in fish farms and the use of antibiotics. Mogas has explained her experience and how the Program helped her to convince herself that she wanted to start her own business project.

From the previous editions of the Program, six new emerging companies have been born, such as Mitiga Solutions, Zymbol Biomodeling, Meetoptics, NOVAMEAT, Gate2Brain and KOA Biotech.

At the closing of the act, the vice-rector for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Transfer of the UB, Mercè Segarra; the vice manager of Research at the UAB, Ivan Martínez; the vice-rector for Transfer, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the UPC, Climent Molins, and the vice-manager for Research, Knowledge Transfer and Innovation at the UPF, Mònica de Forn. All of them have highlighted the importance of this type of initiative to create a critical society and entrepreneurship and have valued the collaboration between the four universities to give continuity to the projects that have been developed.

De la Ciència al Mercat is subsidized by the Department of Business and Labor and is co-financed by the European Social Fund Plus.