16/12/2015.- Nowadays, publications of calls for prizes, contests and competitions focused on discovering great talents and great ideas that are generated in our country are more and more common. This also happens in Spain, the country of one of the partners, AJEV.
Through this article, now that the year is coming to its end, we will reveal the most important and influential calls that have taken place during 2015 and those every Spanish entrepreneur should know. In each of these events different skills are measured, from the traditional sectors to those with the projects about the latest technologies, but in all of them, the most important factor to consider is innovation.
Many entrepreneurs and companies consider these competitions as a unique opportunity for achieving funding, visibility and promotion of their business idea, in addition to all the advice and mentoring support that are included in many of the programs. Do you want to know the relevant ones that have been calling for over the 2015 in Spain?
“Salonmiempresa” allows a dozen start-ups to obtain financial facilities for their businesses during the ‘Elevator Pitch’ contest. Moreover, there are three prizes of 3,000 euros in cash for the best business model, the best proposal for e-Commerce and the most innovative project.
“Sprita” is a corporate Accelerator for start-ups, specialized in technology companies and innovative seed-stage projects. It seeks the best projects about Smart Cities. The selected projects are provided with 35,000 euros (€15,000 in cash and 20,000 € for services for entrepreneurs).
“Lanzadera”, the project promoted by Juan Roig(owner and founder of Mercadona) with 100% of private capital to help new companies to get started. It has expanded to 25 the number of selected projects in its third edition. With a total budget of 5 million euros.
Concurso Nacional para Jóvenes Emprendedores.
The aim of the last edition, the fifth one, which started in February, is to award the most entrepreneurial young career, giving him or her a full scholarship to participate in one of the most prestigious and renowned programs of Executive Education ESADE: the Program for Directors owners whose cost ascends to € 14,980. Aimed at young talented people under age of 30 that have developed and launched a company, but that, however, have not had the opportunity to complete their training in management.
If you have an innovative technologic-based idea, you are between 18 and 30 years old and you live in a Spanish province in which there is a YUZZ Center, you can then submit your idea. All participants go for 60,000 euros of prizes, 40 trips to Silicon Valley and 80 full scholarships for IMPULSA Forum.
Top Seeds Lab.
“Top Seeds Lab” is the only Spanish accelerator that is part of the prestigious Global Accelerator Network. Seed funding, mentoring, networking, and business Angels services to move forward with your project.
EY has launched the Accelerating Entrepreneurs program, a global initiative focused on supporting six entrepreneurs with potential growth and help them to drive their businesses. Entrepreneurs who are finally selected will receive a full program of training and advice that will allow them, among other things, to expand their network of contacts.
In the third call for “Zinc Shower” the objective was to choose the best business projects related to creative and collaborative economy. In this content, you can present your project or start-up whether it is in early stage of development or creation, as well as if it is already an implemented business in growth, expansion and internationalization phase.
UC3M ideas competition.
The Business Incubator of the Science Park of the University Carlos III of Madrid announced this year the 7th edition of the Competition for Ideas for the creation of innovative technology-based enterprises and aimed at students, alumni, researchers, and all those who wish to undertake in the field of knowledge and technology of the UC3M.
The Everis Foundation launched the call for the XIV Everis Awards for entrepreneurship, innovation and talent, focused on business’ projects whose main objective is the exploitation of technological, managerial, social or environmental innovation, in one of these categories: “Information Technology and Digital Economy”, “Biotechnology and health” and “Industrial or energy technologies.”
The winner will get a cash prize of 60,000 euros for the development and launch of his/her company as well as accompanying services and support, valued at 10,000 euros.
XXI Entrepreneur Awards
“La Caixa” and the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, through ENISA, announced the ninth edition of the Awards Emprendedor XXI, the more established call for entrepreneurs in Spain. The initiative provides 400,000 euros in money prizes for innovative and high growth potential companies. Moreover, the winners are also invited to stays for training and networking in some of the main centers of innovation in the world, such as Cambridge (UK), Tel Aviv (Israel), Silicon Valley and New York (United States).
These ones were the most important calls for contests, competitions and prizes among 2015 in Spain. However, there were many more and there will be a lot of them in the next years. What is important to know is that, although this kind of funding cannot be assumed as a “real” one to get started, is another kind of funding entrepreneurs can choose and try for their business idea.