The mayor of Santa Marta, David Mingo, and the president of the AIR Institute Foundation, Juan Manuel Corchado, presented the basic data and technical details of the project of the entrepreneurship center to be built on Avenida de la Serna, which will be managed and coordinated by this foundation. A project that is led by the Town Council and that will be executed thanks to a million euro grant from the Junta de Castilla y León and the Provincial Council of Salamanca.
Last Wednesday, the Minister of Economy and Finance, Carlos Fernandez Carriedo, went to Santa Marta to sign the protocol and formalize the commitment of the Board for an initiative that will turn Santa Marta into a benchmark town in terms of technological development, promoting the creation of jobs linked to new technologies.
The future entrepreneurship center or business incubator of Santa Marta will be located on a plot of land that has a total area of 8,345 m2, where a sports center will also be built. The building, with a first floor and a height of 4.8 meters, will initially occupy an area of 713 m2, since this project only involves the construction of one of the three planned development units, which will be expanded depending on the availability of resources and future space requirements.
These units will be interconnected and have been conceived to enable the development of open innovation strategies in a coworking space, a space for business acceleration and a space for the implementation of consolidated companies.
In this first phase of the project, the coworking space will be implemented, focused on the development of entrepreneurship, where the foundations will also be laid for the attraction of consolidated companies that, in the future, will have their own space.
“It will be a unique infrastructure in the region and hopefully, thanks to everyone’s work, it will become a benchmark for progress, innovation and cutting-edge technology. It is a project that has emerged to drive the transformation of Santa Marta, to promote projects that bring it closer to the rest of Smart Cities that are being developed both in Spain and internationally”, explained Juan Manuel Corchado, who added that “it is a project that will strengthen the existing business, cultural and social fabric in Santa Marta and its surroundings and will be a source of skilled employment and generation of talent related to new technologies in areas such as cybersecurity or what we know as the internet of things”.
AIR Institute is the technological institution from which the activity of the future entrepreneurship center will be coordinated, promoting activities and deploying the necessary means to generate open innovation processes that facilitate entrepreneurship, the acceleration and attraction of companies and the development of activities that have an impact on the society of Santa Marta and its surroundings.
As for the technical characteristics of this first module, resistant materials will be used in the construction of the building; ones that require little maintenance and guarantee the durability of the building, which will also be positioned in such a way that it will receive the early rays of sunlight to heat and illuminate the environment, thus substantially reducing energy consumption.
An open space that in this first phase will be the center of operations to work with companies already consolidated in Salamanca, as well as to attract wealth, culture and knowledge to Santa Marta, a municipality that will contribute to this project its human capital and its environment, as well as its proximity and links to the two universities in Salamanca.
In addition, the geographical location of Santa Marta is the most suitable for attracting companies, due to its proximity to the capital of the province and its good communication with Madrid, and the location of its headquarters is ideal as it is in the city center, well connected by public transport, close to a shopping center and with parking available for hundreds of vehicles.
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