SUEZ España has joined the 1,070KM HUB initiative, which was created with the aim of combining the competitive advantages of all major digital innovation hubs of national and European relevance in the seven Mediterranean provinces participating in the project. From north to south, these provinces are: Mallorca, Castellón, Valencia, Alicante, Murcia, Malaga and Ceuta.
SUEZ joined the project through a letter of support signed by Manuel Cermerón, CEO of SUEZ in Spain. Participation in this project forms part of SUEZ’s commitment to open innovation for the purpose of addressing the challenges facing society in terms of developing a more sustainable environment.
SUEZ España will lead environment-related 1,070KM HUB activities. The company has a presence in the vast majority of the participating provinces, through its “Dinapsis” digital operation and innovation centres, and “Cetaqua” R&D centres. In collaboration with Hidraqua, a company belonging to the SUEZ group that operates in the Autonomous Community of Valencia, the aim is to improve competitiveness and growth opportunities, both for start-ups and for innovative projects being undertaken by other participating companies.
The 1,070KM HUB initiative was born thanks to a vocation of public-private partnership. The node represented in Palma de Mallorca is the Fundación General de la Universidad de las Islas Baleares; in Castellón, it is Aerocas, the company responsible for managing Castellón Airport; in Valencia, the accelerator Innsomnia; in Alicante, Torre Juana OST; in the Region of Murcia, Timur; in Malaga, the Global Cloud Group-DIH Málaga and in Ceuta, a number public-private institutions are in the process of joining the project.
The 1.070KM HUB project seeks to promote the rapid growth of startups and scaleups through the promotion of four types of activities, to which all project partners are committed: open innovation programmes, both with multinationals and local industries; the design of European R&D&i programmes; ad hoc internationalisation plans; and attracting international investment.
To achieve this, in addition to the knowledge and experience provided by its founding partners, 1.070KM HUB is consolidating support from the university environment and large technology companies, as well as attracting the interest of investment funds.