Today, the Valladolid congress “We are Castile and León”, has been closed with a meeting organized by El Mundo-El Diario de Castilla y León (The World-The Diary of Castile and León), which examines the challenges of our region in terms of the future.

Together with businessmen, business managers, deans, journalists and experts in ICT, I had the pleasure of participating in this meeting with the aim of debating and examining the opportunities that stand before us, in Castile and León, helping us achieve better developments.

Four round tables have been focused on the challenges and horizons, the participants reflected and analyzed the opportunities in the region, the region as the land of entrepreneurship and as a forefront and innovative place.

The table in which I participated revolved around the topic of entrepreneurship, something that we can talk about with conviction when thinking of our University´s Science Park and the success of the business installed in it. Support from the beginning is fundamental to all that is risky, the Park has been the origin of many of the companies that today triumph on the international scale. Castile and León´s talent for providing this support is what makes them have extraordinary and committed employees. The experiences we have went through with entrepreneurial teams have been very positive, although at the beginning they were very jealous of each other´s projects, in the end, however, we have managed to make them work together; collaborating and sharing synergies. We have also improved in the financing of institutions and administrations that depend on entrepreneurial programs to carry out business initiatives or impart the necessary training.

It is certain that we have advanced a lot in the field of entrepreneurship, in my opinion however, we still lack the will to evolve more quickly.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.

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