Yesterday, the seminar on the “Digital Kit Program: An Opportunity for the Digitalization of SMEs and the Self-Employed” took place. The Centr@tec Program has also been presented at the event, thanks to AIR Institute, the Institute for Business Competitiveness of Castilla y León (ICE) and the Chamber of Commerce of Salamanca.

Juan Manuel Corchado, President of the AIR Institute, presented the conference and explained the benefits that this type of program brings to companies and especially to SMEs. The initiatives are aimed at contributing to the digitization of small businesses and of the self-employed.

The seminar was followed by the participation of José Francisco de Diego from ICE, who spoke about the opportunities for digitalization grants offered by this institution. With programs such as Centr@tec, which promotes training and support actions for business R+D+i, in addition to providing training and advice.

Cristina Timón Gil, representative of the Chamber of Commerce of Salamanca, made the official presentation of the Digital Kit Program, a public initiative of economic aid financed by the Next Generation EU funds. This program of the Government of Spain aims to subsidize the implementation of digital solutions available on the market to achieve a significant advance in the level of digital maturity.

The attendees were able to learn first-hand about the experience of two innovative companies, Miningsense, led by Jesús Montero González, a mining company specialized in providing advice on project evaluation, planning, economic models and strategic decisions.

We also learned about the experience of Europa Metals Iberia, presented by Luis Pérez. A junior mining exploration company developing a research project in the province of León. It has been an enriching day that has allowed us to present the different opportunities for grants, while we learned about the work of the entrepreneurs in our region

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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.