From 12th of June until 20th of July participants will accelerate their projects in a six-week intensive program and be eligible to get direct access to Boston
IQS Tech Factory, the center for entrepreneurship of IQS, kick started IQS Next Tech, the first industrial acceleration program in Spain. The kick off event, which took place at IQS in Barcelona and brought together more than 100 people, introduced the first edition of the program and announced the 10 selected startups.
The launch event started with a welcome speech by Dr. Pere Regull, director of IQS, who welcomed the attendees, mentors and participating startups of IQS Next Tech and congratulated the projects for their high quality.
After the official welcome, it was Oriol Pascual’s turn. The director of IQS Tech Factory introduced the program structure and announced the 10 science-based startups.
The new generation of industrial startups of IQS Next Tech are:
3Dealo develops large format 3D printers catering to the needs of small to mid-size organizations access, who are often struggling to find a solution that fits both price and features. 3Dealo´s 3D printers offer them that cutting edge technology at affordable prices.
BioEclosion develops and produces new clinical diagnostic devices based on state-of-the-art biosensors. Their product “Celifast” helps fast diagnosis of celiac disease at point of care.
Husk Ventures generates new revenue streams for rural communities by Upcycling rice husk to create sustainable products that contribute to a circular economy. Creating products using Rice Husk Composites is an opportunity to reduce deforestation and plastic consumption.
Naru Intelligence is powering the future of biomedicine. Their solution “Step” is an intuitive system that guides the patient during treatment and recovery. It provides communication between the patient and doctor, and allows for the monitoring of patients’ toxicity levels, symptoms and quality of life.
ONYRIQ is a B2B R&D company in the field of polymer materials. Currently, it's developing cross linkable thermoplastic polyurethane powders for 3D printing applications, in such a way that, depending on the energy source of the printer, the stiffness of the material can vary. That will enable to obtain variable stiffness areas in a single printed product, with near 100% recyclability of the raw material and to produce thermoset products by Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), with one single material. This challenge has never been achieved.
Sense4Care is a company specialized in improving quality of life of people with frailty issues or chronic diseases through solutions based on information and communication technologies (ICT). Their products include a personal and unique fall detector device, and a new medical device to continuously monitor the motor status of patients with Parkinson’s Disease.
Simbio is a startup specialized in the development of a wearable that helps to predict the top 10 causes of death through an algorithm.
Smart Monkey offers an intelligent management system for logistics. The technology is based on artificial intelligence and self-learning algorithms to manage complex supply chains that needs to improve their efficiency.
Tamic offers Smart Solutions for Viticulture, with a mission to provide the agrofood industry with tools for monitoring and control the production processes. It aims to reduce costs, to improve the final quality and to make a more responsible and efficient use of the available natural resources.
Zymvol generates protein models through computational simulation in chemical and food industry. It helps to close the gap between traditional industry and protein producers by finding the right partners for implementation.
Finally, the kick-off event closed with a networking session, where entrepreneurs, mentors and attendees began to establish the first synergies.
IQS Next Tech, step by step
During the next weeks, from 12th of June until 20th of July, participants will accelerate their projects in a six-week intensive program by attending to of 11 sessions led by experts in industry and based on different phases of a startup’s development – fundraising, business modeling, go to market, among others.
Entrepreneurs will also get prepared for the Demo Day on 20th of July, where they will be eligible to get direct access to Boston to participate in Richi Social Entrepreneurs immersion program - an initiative by the Richi Foundation.
From Barcelona to Boston
IQS Next Tech will close its first edition with a Demo Day on July 20th in Barcelona. A jury formed of experts in industry and entrepreneurship will be in charge of selecting one startup that will travel travel to Boston to join the Richi Social Entrepreneur’s fall edition powered by the Richi Foundation. to Boston to participate in the immersion program by Richi Social Entrepreneurs.
The selected project will join this all-paid three-week immersion program (10.000$ value), where they will get a deep-dive into Boston’s innovation ecosystem, connect with investors, interact with key market players and industry experts via networking sessions and workshops.
IQS Tech Factory, the boosting industrial entrepreneurship
IQS Tech Factory, the center for entrepreneurship of IQS, was born in 2015 as the first industrial incubator in Spain. Since its inception, the organization works with the aim to contribute to industrial development by turning disruptive technologies into business opportunities. The center offers support at different stages of a startup’s development related to business model definition, access to publicandprivate funding, growth strategy, connection to industry, besides one-on-one mentor sessions.
IQS Tech Factory is an equity free incubator, which currently supports 21 startups both from within the university and outside. During 2016, the startups created 110 jobs and already mobilized 12,4 million euros