The project Flying Organs, of the Carlos III University, has been the winner of the twelfth edition of the Startup Program entrepreneurship program, which due to the situation that is being experienced internationally, has been held online for the first time.
It is an initiative promoted by the Junior Achievement Foundation, with the support of the PwC Foundation as the main partner and a grant from the Madrid City Council, through Madrid Emprende, whose objective is to promote the entrepreneurial spirit in the university environment by creating a community of young entrepreneurs.
Of the total projects presented in this edition, 67.8 have been selected to participate in the Startup Program national final. This morning they presented their entrepreneurial ideas to a jury, who, after viewing their presentation videos and analyzing their business plans, asked the young people questions in order to learn more about their projects. They have done it through an online platform set up for this national final. The jury has taken into account the quality and originality of the projects presented, their innovative nature and their viability when selecting the best projects.
Flying Organs, from the Carlos III University of Madrid, has been the winning team of the Enterprise Challenge Award, and will therefore represent Spain in the European Junior Achievement Europe Enterprise Challenge competition that will be held online in June, and in which university students from 20 European countries will meet. Eduardo Sánchez, secretary and patron of the Junior Achievement Foundation, has been the person who has presented this award to this team that proposes to coordinate the transfer of organs through the use of a network of specialized drones, reducing delivery time to maximize success of the transplant.
The PwC Award, endowed with 1,000 euros and an advisory session, has been awarded by Santiago Barrenechea, President of the PwC Foundation, to investiacapital from the Carlos III University of Madrid. He Innovative Entrepreneurship Award from the Madrid City Council, through Madrid Emprende, endowed with up to 3,000 euros of reduction in the public price for accommodation in the network of business incubators of the Madrid City Council, has been granted by Ángel Niño, councilor of the delegated area of entrepreneurship, employment and innovation of the City Council from Madrid, to Unigow from the Carlos III University of Madrid. He Madrid Science Park Award, which allows 6 months of free accommodation and access to business support services in a PCM incubator, has been granted by Pilar Gil, general director of the Fundación Parque Científico de Madrid, to investiacapital from the Carlos III University of Madrid. He ASCRI Award, endowed with 1,000 euros, an advisory session and an annual course for venture capital professionals, has been awarded by José Zudaire, general director of ASCRI, to Vascular Biometric System from the University of Seville. He EO award, which facilitates 3 mentoring sessions and direct classification for the GSEA Madrid contest, whose winner will go to the world final, has been awarded by Sascha Badelt, member of the Entrepreneurs' Organization Council, to Unigow from the Carlos III University of Madrid.
Nearly 200 university students have been trained during the 2019-2020 school year in the Startup Program inter-university entrepreneurship program. Thanks to the mentoring of professional volunteers from the PwC Foundation, independent and belonging to the Junior Achievement Alumni network, the young people have addressed different disciplines that have allowed them to develop and design their own business plan.
The Junior Achievement Foundation's Startup Program has the PwC Foundation as its main partner, the Madrid City Council grant through Madrid Emprende, and the collaboration of the Capital, Growth and Investment Association (ASCRI), the Madrid Science Park and Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO).