A few days ago I participated in the presentation of the new edition of the Market-Oriented Prototypes Program at the University of Salamanca. The initiative is framed within the TCUE (University-Business Knowledge Transfer), a plan that drives the Board of Castile and León.

The idea is to encourage last year students to create models which can serve as a base for creative products or services, which would have the possibility of reaching the market.

For undergraduate or master students who are about to finish their training, this call is a big challenge to their ability. They will have to search for new answers to problems or needs that are expected to be solved. The idea of young people, who have a lot of preparation and creativity, faces real challenges that come from the work environment in which they will land in a few years, from saving energy in production systems to improving the potency or effectiveness of certain Machines or industrial processes.

This call is a big challenge to the ability of undergraduate and master students who are about to finish their studies. They will have to search for new answers to problems and needs which are waiting to be solved. These people have a lot of preparation and creativity but little experience. For the first time they will face real challenges which are normally encountered in a working environment and will deal with a large variety of topics; from energy efficiency in production systems to improving the power or effectiveness of certain machines or industrial processes.

Among the dozens of projects that the University of Salamanca presents each year there are always some that surprise us, and not only the teachers and managers of the Board. Entrepreneurs, heads of staff, head-hunters and business angels are interested in the initiatives of boys and girls, usually under the age of 25, who spend an extra part of their time in the university to tell outsiders: “Here we are and this is what we know how to do. “

I have followed the trajectory of several of them these years. Some did not go ahead with their project. Others have submitted them to third parties for further development. And the most intrepid ones embarked on the adventure of creating a spin off, a product research company. The latter are not only working, but employing other people and entering the labor and business market in grand style.

In the era of image and synthetic messages, where dozens of television shows are looking for unknown stars through castings, coaching and online voting, it is a good idea to take a look at young people who do not want to be models, but who work to create them; prototypes of goods and services, are in many cases designed to make life easier for people.

For these boys and girls, what they say, how they say it, or the image they transmit in a video is not the most important thing.  What really matters to them is what they do in their faculties, schools and universities like Salamanca. And the difference between stars and scientists is that their contribution and memory will remain beyond the next block of ads.

This article has been published in the supplement Innovadores of El Mundo de Castile and León.

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Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Vicerrector de Investigación y Transferencia - Universidad de Salamanca // Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer - University of Salamanca

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