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A total of four startups start a period of boosting their projects with innovative mobility solutions. Renfe, the Mataró City Council and the TecnoCampus collaborate in the promotion of open innovation, the creation of new models of mobility and local employment.
The general director of Strategy and Development of Renfe, Manel Villalante, accompanied by the mayor of Mataró, David Bote, and the general director of the TecnoCampus Foundation, Lluís Checa, visited this morning the Antena TrenLab facilities, where this week begins a complete six-month acceleration program of innovative projects at the service of mobility.
Villalante, Bote and Checa have toured the facilities of the Antena TrenLab space that are already prepared to host the various startups that, last November, were winners of the first Antena TrenLab awards. This space constitutes Renfe's first antenna or meeting point for open innovation and entrepreneurship, with an important social and educational character for the transmission of all the knowledge and values generated.
With this first antenna, Renfe, in collaboration with different local and regional entities, has started the creation of a national network of TrenLab Antennas. In this context, entrepreneurs will have experts and specialized mentors who will accompany them in the growth of their solution, not only for the railway sector, but with impact in the field of mobility and, in this case, in the Maresme region.
This initiative responds to Renfe's desire to continue betting on the creation of new knowledge, with the aim of promoting the creation of innovative solutions that contribute to the digital transformation of the railway company. This purpose is shared by the other two entities that are part of the first TrenLab antenna, the Mataró City Council and the TecnoCampus, to which is added the creation of local employment and the involvement of the citizens of the region in the creation of new models of mobility and values aimed at environmental improvements associated with transporte.
With the start of the startup acceleration program, also from today and throughout 2023, a set of activities will be developed to involve local and regional entities in the project, which will allow greater permeability of the advances to be achieved in the field of mobility and transporte, incorporating more actors in the innovation ecosystem.
With an allocation of 150.000 euros per edition, the call aims to promote innovative solutions that solve the challenges of the railway sector. Each year, four entrepreneurial projects are chosen to enter a six-month acceleration program that includes the possibility of testing the solution in the territory of Mataró and the Maresme. This initiative stems from Renfe's experience with the start-up accelerator TrenLab where during the four calls, a total of 15 startups were accelerated, of which 4 were Catalan, a figure that represents that 26% of the impulse is born and activated in Catalonia.
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