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 de Mayo de 1971, Salamanca, España) Catedrático en la Universidad de Salamanca. Ha sido Vicerrector de Investigación desde el 2013 hasta el 2017 y Director del Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca. Elegido dos veces como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias, es Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación por la Universidad de Salamanca y, además, es Doctor en Inteligencia Artificial por la University of the West of Scotland. Dirige el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido BISITE (Bioinformática, Sistemas Inteligentes y Tecnología Educativa), creado en el año 2000. Director del IOT Digital Innovation Hub y presidente del AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado también es Profesor Visitante en el Instituto Tecnológico de Osaka desde enero de 2015, Profesor visitante en la Universiti Malaysia Kelantan y Miembro del Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado ha sido presidente de la asociación IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, y coordinador académico del Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arte y Tecnología de la Animación de la Universidad de Salamanca e investigador en las Universidades de Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) y en el Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). En la actualidad compagina toda su actividad con la dirección de los programas de Máster en Seguridad, Animación Digital, Telefonía Movil, Dirección de Sistemas de Información, Internet de las Cosas, Social Media, Diseño e Impresión 3D, Blockchain, Z System, Industria 4.0, Gestión de Proyectos Ágiles y Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings​, en la Universidad de Salamanca y su trabajo como editor jefe de las revistas ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) o Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado desarrolla principalmente trabajos en proyectos relacionados con Inteligencia Artificial, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids y Análisis de sentimiento.