The Repsol Foundation has announced the six companies that will be joining its business accelerator, the Entrepreneurs Fund. This initiative was launched eight years ago in collaboration with Institut Cerdà. It supports innovative energy projects, with the aim of enabling them to get to market as soon as possible and, in this way, to contribute to meeting the challenges of the energy transition. Those selected will receive up to 144,000 euros of financial support and also training and business advice.
After an exhaustive evaluation and selection process by an expert jury six start-ups have been selected from among 649 proposals that were submitted in this eighth call of the Entrepreneurs Fund.
The selected projects will receive up to 144,000 euros for one year, with a possible extension for another year. In addition to the financial support, they will be accompanied during the acceleration stage by a team of mentors and will also receive technical and legal advice as well as specialised training appropriate to their needs. The startups will also have the possibility to test prototypes in industrial facilities and develop pilots in collaboration with Repsol professionals. This support does not imply any type of participation in the capital of the company or transfer of intellectual property rights by Fundación Repsol.
The selected proposals stand out for their degree of innovation in the field of the energy industry and come from Canada, Norway and Spain.
Institut Cerdà has developed the calculation tool that provides reliable data relating fuel costs to overall container transport costs in the port area.
The tool has been developed by Institut Cerdà. It has been formally presented at the Port of Barcelona by Pere Padrosa, General Director of Transport and Mobility of the Generalitat of Catalonia; Mercè Conesa, President of the Port of Barcelona and Julián Arenas, Director of Innovation and Transport-Logistics at Institut Cerdà. The tool was launched as a result of the study "Fluctuation of the cost of fuel and the externality of time in road transport". This study, also by Institut Cerdà, analysed the different factors that affect the costs of the transport of goods by road.
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