The program will be developed with the initiative of the Upper Polytechnic School of Zamora.

The entrepreneurial spirit is the driving force of the economy of innovation, competitiveness and growth. For this reason, it is necessary to develop tools and policies which generate entrepreneurial culture and the University has to assume its responsibility in this respect.

The commitment to teaching led us to presenting Viriato Campus, an initiative of the Upper Polytechnic School of Zamora, a program that fosters the entrepreneurial spirit; which makes its promotion and development possible, specific training for initiating an activity, fostering innovation, consider the option of self-employment as an option and contribute to the generation of responsible and sustainable entrepreneurial culture. The Viriato Campus is the adequate environment for starting this initiative of fostering entrepreneurial activity.

At the presentation of this initiative, I was accompanied by José Luis Pérez Iglesias, Deputy Director of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Teaching in the Upper Polytechnic School of Zamora. Person in charge of the Entrepreneurship Plan from the EPS of Zamora; José Adriano Gomes Pires, Pro-President of the Polytechnic School of Bragança; José Carlos Sánchez García, Director of the Entrepreneurs’ Chair of the University of Salamanca; Francisco Javier Manteca Benéitez, Dean of the School of Technical and Civil Engineering and Public Works, Western Part of Castile Leon; Jesús Vaquerizo Aragón, Technician in the Agency for Business Development and Innovation and Íñigo Martín Sánchez,Technician in USAL Emprende (Undertake, SIPPE, University of Salamanca).

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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