The Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer has presented the programme for the Third Social and Cultural Entrepreneurship Week, which includes several workshops and new editions of ‘PechaKucha Night’ and ‘HackForGood’.

The Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer of the University of Salamanca, Juan Manuel Corchado, accompanied by the Regional Deputy Minister for Employment and Social Dialogue of Castile & Leon, Mariano Gredilla, and the Director of  SIPPE, Mili Pizarro, presented the activities planned for the Third Social and Cultural Entrepreneurship Week. The event, organized through USAL Emprende of the Office for Professional Placement, Internships and Employment (SIPPE), and co-financed by phase 2 of TCUE Plan 2015-2017 of ERDF, will be held 6-10 March.

This initiative, with the collaboration of Medialab of USAL’s Digital Innovation and Production Service, the Green Office and the Chair of Entrepreneurs (CEUSAL) is meant to showcase and foster Social and Cultural Entrepreneurship both in the university community and in society at large.

This concept, still quite new, refers to a type of entrepreneurship based on a social economy in which a positive impact is sought for a common problem through creativity and innovation in enterprise creation. It is a search for new ways that can bring together economic sustainability and a commitment to talent with a clear service objective in which corporations concern themselves not only with economic growth but also with social  and cultural growth while sustaining the environment. Even though it is a relatively new approach it is already a reality, as can be seen in the data offered by the Vice-Chancellor at the press conference: of the 53 companies created in the University of  Salamanca, 8 have used this approach.

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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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