The MIT REAP team from Andalusia initially included five representatives, from each of the five elements of an entrepreneurial ecosystem. One team member was engaged in a public-private partnership to create a health Sciences cluster, and had experience with all five elements of the ecosystem. A sixth member was added during the program and contributed to the final workshop. To learn more about the team’s strategy please visit the “Team Strategy” tabs below.
Innovation Ecosystem Stakeholder Model
Lourdes Núñez Muller
Champion Director of Knowledge Transfer at Granada Health Tech Park
Ramón Gonzáles Carvajal
Secretary-General of Research, Development and Innovation in Health
Javier Gutierrez Rumbao
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Advisor
Juan Manuel Carrasco Solís
Co-founder - GPTech
Ignacio Ochoa Mendoza
Director of Government and Businesses for the Southern Region
Ángel Ortiz Sánchez
CEO - SANDETEL S.A.
Challenge & Opportunity
Strategy & Action
In the Spanish region of Andalusia, the biggest barrier to economic development was the high rate of unemployment among its young but well-educated population.
Andalusia has existing clusters, but not all are internationally competitive or connected to global networks. Andalusia has not yet achieved competitiveness within the EU (based on GDP per capita).
Through MIT REAP, Andalusia hoped to access resources, such as knowledge, practices, and examples to map out a forward-looking vision of the ecosystem, generate ideas and launch initiatives to foster Innovation-Based Entrepreneurship (IBE) as a key driver of change.
Lourdes Nunez Muller, Director of Knowledge Transfer, Parque Tecnológico de la Salud (PTS), a science park based in Granada, Spain, sees MIT REAP as an opportunity to learn how to leverage the workforce potential through entrepreneurship, “MIT REAP helped us see how to link the innovation capacity with the entrepreneurship capacity. The program gave us all the tools that put it in the environment that really fosters innovation-driven entrepreneurship.”
The team focused on two initiatives—
Voice of the Entrepreneurs, a day-long workshop with the goal of identifying the real needs of entrepreneurs in the region.
A Public-Private Partnership (PPP) with Telefónica with the goal of developing the IDE ecosystem in Andalucía.
In 2016, European Commission approved ACTTiVAte, a three-year-long project funded by the European Union, to support innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises and foster the smart reindustrialization of Europe.
Granada Health Technology Park (PTS Granada) will be one of the key participants in this project.
ACTTiVAte will benefit Andalusia’s entrepreneurs providing direct funding for innovative small- and medium-seized enterprises (SME).
ACTTiVAte will conduct activities aimed at creating a favorable environment for SME innovation: brokerage events, mentoring, coaching, and mobility and exchange programs, and large-scale project demonstrations, among other initiatives.
The Granada Health Technology Park (PTS Granada) will participate as a health related cluster organization.
Core Regional Metrics
Economic & Social Progress
Social progress and economic prosperity as a collective measure of development in a region.
Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurial Ecosystems are regional environments that effectively support startups focused on addressing global markets based on technological, process or business model innovation.
Ability to develop new to the world innovations from inception through to the market.