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The finalist startups in the OI challenges arrive at the Digital District

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In sponsorship with Digital District.

Comunitat Valenciana Digital District will receive in the coming weeks the startups that have been finalists in its open innovation (OI) challenges. They are part of the ambitious program with which it has been possible to attract entrepreneurial talent inside and outside our borders, in the sectors of tourism, the forecast of meteorological catastrophes and climate change, and health.

Digital District, Antonio RodesThe CEO of Digital District, Antonio Rodes, explains that “we are already in the final stretch of the three challenges that we launched last year. These programs foresee that a minimum of 17 startups settle in the Digital District to carry out the final phase of their projects. That is, carry out concept or pilot tests in real case scenarios, and advance in the mentoring of their business plans”.

To get to this point, many months of conscientious work have been necessary, which began with a call to the entire international technological ecosystem. The three companies contracted by Digital District to promote open innovation programs, —Globaldit & Barrabés.Biz for Distrito Turismo, the AGBAR & Gellify for Climate Change District, and Innsomnia for Distrito e-Health—they surveyed more than a thousand startups from all around the world.

Of these, the most interesting projects were selected, always with a view to solving real needs problems raised by companies, corporations and public administrations that are participating in the challenges as applicants for innovation in tourism, health and climate change prevention. But this strategy of capturing and retaining talent and projects does not end here. The innovative solutions that emerge from these challenges will be available to other markets, both national and international.

Win-win strategy

It is a successful operation for Digital District: in such a way manages to facilitate the transfer of tech knowledge to the business fabric while promoting innovation, wealth and employment projects to strengthen the digital ecosystem of the region of Valencian. A win-win strategy, because these are two of the objectives with which the Government of the Generalitat, through the Department of Innovation, created this technological hub in 2018.

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Young but consolidated hub

The region of Valencia has ideal conditions to attract talent and establish a solid base of technological fabric. Its geostrategic location is privileged, with a favorable climate all year round, excellent communications and a quality of life that constitutes a powerful differentiating value.

The philosophy of Digital District is to interconnect its participants through events, collaboration and development plans, investment funds and other tools to create a technological network capable of responding to the current demand for innovation. Likewise, its privileged location allows its companies to scale and access European and Latin American markets, as the perfect platform for international expansion.

Therefore, since its launch in 2018, Digital District has managed to consolidate itself as an effective pole of attraction for technology companies. This is endorsed by the 450 companies and technological entities that are part of its digital ecosystem, almost a hundred of them installed in its central offices in Alicante and the rest partners or collaborators spread throughout the region.

It is an ecosystem that integrates companies specialized in all kinds of enabling technologies: Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and deep learning; Big Data and Smart Data Business Intelligence; IoT, cloud, sensorization and smart cities; fintech, proptech, edutech, traveltech and edtech; infrastructure and connectivity; hardware production; software, CRM and multi-platform; ecommerce; digital-marketing; cybersecurity, digital transformation, Gaming and eSports.

This young hub has also achieved its goal of positioning itself as a facilitator of business opportunities, both for the companies that make it up and for the entire innovation business fabric of the region of Valencia. 

In addition, it has been strengthening its policy of alliances with companies, startups, entities and institutions throughout the territory, to collaborate in the creation of synergies and joint projects, as a unit that promotes the development of the new digital economy. At the present time, when the technology sector has such a booming projection, Digital District is presented as a safe bet for modernization with which the region of Valencia advances towards a more than promising future.

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Nurcin Metingil
Nurcin Metingil
A permanent student, a passionate first reader and nowadays doing master’s degree in Publishing Management. Beside these, I am up for games! I have been playing games since I was 6. Now, I am whispering "Business. Business. Numbers. Is this working?"

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