On the 16th of December, one of my last events as the vice rector for Research and Transfer matters, I had the pleasure of inaugurating the seminar which launched the entrepreneurial INTERREG POCTEC UNI+i project between Spain and Portugal, together with María Helena Rodrigues Moreira, professor from the University from Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro and the coordinator of the project.  The intention of this Project is to create and develop innovative businesses in strategic sectors in the North of Portugal and in Castile and Leon. It has been financed by the European cross-border funds.


Entrepreurship is becoming the main axis of cooperation between the two countries. The plan is to obtain an integral program as a result of the project, for Support to Innovative Entrepreneurship and an escort service which will boost the competitiveness of already operating innovative businesses. This porject will also set the basis for designing a plan of action that will foster entrepreneurship and innovation between Spain and Portugal.

Numerous representatives from the two countries have attended the event. During the seminar a session was conducted by a startup called Waywook, there were diverse cases of entrepreneurs’ success (Neathea and Noesis Formación from Spain and ArtinVitro and Spawnfoam from Portugal), as well as a professional meeting. This event will facilitate future Spanish-Portuguese collaboration in aspects related to entrepreneurship and to innovation, sectors of special interest and relevance. In my opinion, for the University of Salamanca, this type of collaboration fosters international prestige for the University of Salamanca and imply a very valuable strengthening of our institution. I believe we should continue to take great care of these aspects.

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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