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The Bosch i Gimpera Foundation grants €24,000 to promote the creation and maturation process of new spin-offs

The Bosch i Gimpera Foundation has awarded a total of €24,000 within the framework of the Mentor in Residence (MIR) grant of the Fund for the Promotion of Innovation (F2i) programme, to complement the team of entrepreneurial projects emerged from the University of Barcelona by hiring a mentor.

In this second edition, the award-winning projects were: “SaaS for automated true colour recognition”, led by Dr. Daniel Prades, Faculty of Physics; “LogMeal: A Computer Vision-based environment for smart restaurants”, led by Dr. Petia Radeva, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science; “Androgen receptor dimerization inhibitors: First-in-class drugs for the treatment of prostate cancer”, led by Dr. Eva Estébanez, Faculty of Biology; and “Development of a neurotoxicology and drug tracking platform”, led by Dr. Josep Mª Canals, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

The aim of the Mentor in Residence scheme is to provide support to complement the entrepreneurial team in order to encourage multidisciplinarity and to promote both the creation of new spin-offs at the University of Barcelona and the growth of those recently created spin-offs that have the potential to grow. The maximum funding granted to each entrepreneurial project is €6,000, which will allow the entrepreneurial team to hire a mentor specialized in the management of entrepreneurial projects.

In 2016, the University of Barcelona and the Bosch i Gimpera Foundation jointly created the Fund for the Promotion of Innovation (F2i), a programme endowed with €124,000 euros that includes two modalities: the Valorisation Fund (FVal)—endowed with €100,000—aims to valorise UB projects with a high potential for transfer, and the Mentor in Residence (MIR) scheme—endowed with € 24,000—promotes the creation and maturation of new spin-offs by allowing them to hire a mentor. These grants are co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and are also supported by Banco Santander.

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