The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, closed today the second edition of the program Hop up, in a ceremony that took place at the Orange offices in Madrid and was attended by both the six winners of the 2018-2019 edition and the mentors who have participated in the program.
Hop up is a free program to promote entrepreneurs launched by EOI School of Industrial OrganizationIn collaboration with Orangeto support innovative and promising business ideas in the environment of the new global digital economy.
Specifically, the six winners -out of a total of 20 finalists and 128 nominations- have been: inverted (mobile financial services), pensumo(collaborative economy), Dicopt(virtual reality), ethyka(social innovation), Weeen Kiteboarding (internet of things) and Aratech Lifestyle Technology (health/eHealth).
Throughout the last two months, these entrepreneurs have had the exceptional support and advice of advisors or mentors, all of them business leaders in the ICT sector. In this edition, the team of advisors has been made up of Silvio Gonzalez, CEO of AtresMedia; Irene Cano, Country Manager Iberia of Facebook; Maria Valenzuela, Senior Vice President of Sony Pictures Television; Jose Antonio Lopez, CEO of Ericsson; Rodrigo del Prado, CEO of BQ; Pilar Lopez, CEO of Microsoft Ibérica; martha martinez, President of IBM Spain; helena blacksmith, President of Hewlett Packard; Almudena Roman, Managing Director of ING DIRECT; Y Laurent Paillassot, CEO of Orange Spain.
During her speech, the Minister of Industry, maroto kings, has highlighted “the value provided by public-private collaboration initiatives such as Lánzate. In Spain there is a lot of talent, although perhaps there is still a lack of representation. For this reason, the promotion projects led by administrations and companies are so decisive.”
in program Hop up It is carried out within the collaboration agreement signed by the Madrid City Council with the EOI and Orange to support training and digital entrepreneurship based on innovation. It also has the collaboration of CEOE, the COTEC Foundation for Innovation, the Chamber of Commerce of Valencia, Andalucía Emprende, the Spanish Association of Digital Economy (Adigital), the public company ENISA (dependent on the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, through the Directorate General for Industry and SMEs), DigitalES, I2cat, MWC Foundation, the Polytechnic University of Valencia and EOI's 'Go2Work' Coworking Spaces co-financed by the European Social Fund.
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