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An energy saving initiative, the best entrepreneurship idea among KIC InnoEnergy Msc candidates

A company focused on energy saving solutions for old buildings projected by Francesco Martinelli was awarded as the best entrepreneurship project among the KIC InnoEnergy Msc candidates in a ceremony held at the ESADE EGarage.

Five of the candidates for the formation programs of the KIC InnoEnergy presented last Friday their ideas to improve the energy consumption in order to win a full scholarship for the master. Al five finalists also won a two-day stay at Barcelona.

The jury, composed by members of the KIC InnoEnergy, highlighted the “deep understanding of the field of energy saving “and the “solid background and knowledge on technology” showed by Martinelli.

The idea projected a company offering integral energy saving reforms for old houses with a calculated cost and an energy saving planning. The jury valued the approach of Martinelli’s idea and his research on real costs of energy saving installations.

The ceremony ended with all the KIC InnoEnergy Summer School students and the finalists together for a networking lunch at the EGarage.

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A workshop on Open Data, first event of the new Center for Innovation in Cities

Projected aerial view of the Barcelona Smart City Campus

The Center for Innovation in Cities (CIC) of the Institute for Innovation and Knowledge Management (IIK) is hosting its first event on the 14th of July, a workshop titled “Transparency and Open Data at local administrations: Challenges and Opportunities”.

The new center, created by Esteve Almirall and Mila Gascó, will lead research and consultancy on Smart Cities from an Open Innovation approach. The aim is to contribute to define a concept, Smart City, which despite a lack of academic consensus has a huge potential and interest.

In addition to some publications and collaborations, the workshop on Open Data and local administrations will offer some examples of good practices and the experience from its promoters, the catalan municipalities of Gavà and Rubí. These municipalities also participated in the organization of the event, along with Localret collaboration.

Kevin Merritt, founder and CEO of Socrata, the company which has designed the Open Data solutions used by Philadelphia or Chicago, will explain his experience in the United States.

It’ll also include a speech by Mila Gascó, senior researcher at the IIK, and a debate on challenges and difficulties of Open Data based on the experience of its promoters in Gavà and Rubí and moderated by the center’s director, Esteve Almirall.

The workshop will be held at ESADEFORUM (Av. Pedralbes 60-62) the morning of the 14th of July. This is the event’s schedule:


Mr. Francisco Longo, General Secretary of ESADE

Ms. Carmen Garcia, Major of Rubí

Ms. Raquel Sànchez, Major of Gavà


Mr. Kevin Merritt, President, Founder and CEO of Socrata

11:15-11:30 BREAK


Moderator: Esteve Almirall Ph.D., Director of the Center for Innovation in Cities at ESADE

Participants: Mr. Eduard Gil, Manager of the municipality of Gavà, and Mr. Michael Donaldson, Presidency Coordinator at municipality of Rubí


Mila Gascó Ph.D., senior researcher at Institute for Innovation and Knowledge Management and at the Institute for Public Governance and Management at ESADE

12:45-13:00 CLOSING

Esteve Almirall Ph.D., Director of the Center for Innovation in Cities

The workshop will have simultaneous interpreting. To confirm assistance, please contact Charlotte Fernéndez (

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Turning scientists into managers and entrepreneurs: KIC InnoEnergy students at ESADE Summer School

The students worked on entrepreneurship basics at the EGarage

One of the challenges faced by any scientist with an idea with potential commercial benefits is to turn it into a sustainable business. Lack of managing, entrepreneurship and marketing education is a handicap to bring innovation to the market. KIC InnoEnergy Education Program is going to solve that offering its students an intensive course at ESADE Business School.

From the 30th of June and during four intensive weeks, 54 international students participating at three of the KIC Innoenergy Msc programs in Renewable Energy, Smart Electrical Networks and Smart Energy Buildings and Cities, along with the PhD students, will learn Business Administration and Entrepreneurship basics in order to complement its scientific education, received at the main universities of Europe in that field; the Royal Institute of Technology from Sweden, the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, the Eindhoven University of Technology from the Netherlands, the Instituto Superior Técnico from Portugal, the KU Leuven from Belgium and the INP from Grenoble, France.

During the Summer School, which serves as a bridge between the two academic years the Msc students course through Europe, they will learn about Entrepreneurship Finance, HR and Operations Management, Product Development or Innovation and Strategy, among many other issues.

KIC InnoEnergy is a European company fostering the integration of education, technology, business and entrepreneurship and strengthening the culture of innovation to become the leading engine of innovation in the field of sustainable energy. The Consortium, backed by the European Commission, consists of 27 shareholders including industries, research centres, universities and two business schools. Committed to a seven years industrial plan, they will mobilize 700M€ of resources only for the period 2011-2015.

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Taking research from Academy to Business: ESADE 10th Research Day debate

How to make managers interested in academic research? What expect private funds when they pay for academic research? Should researchers focus on concrete company problems to attract their funds? These are some of the questions proposed at the 10th ESADE Research Day, celebrated yesterday at the EGarage and with the relation between academy and business as the main topic.

The debate was opened by Dr. Lluís Comelles, Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation of the Universitat Ramon Llull, Alfons Sauquet, dean of ESADE Business School and Jonathan Wareham, Vice-Dean of Research at ESADE. They agreed on highlighting the great pace taken by ESADE researchers and the challenge of attracting more private funds in a context of crisis and public spending shortage.

The first workshop of the day was about private fundraising and the best way to attract companies to finance academic research. Ignasi Carreras, director of the ESADE Institute for Social Innovation, Esther Gimenez Salinas, Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology at ESADE Faculty of Law, Iñaki Irisarri, Associate Director of corporate Relations and Fundraising at the ESADE Foundation, Ian McLoughlin, Director of Career Services at ESADE Business School and Albert Serra, Director of the Institute for Public Governance and Management at ESADE, exposed their experience in private fundraising and debated on the need of understanding the companies point of view on research.

The second workshop, preceded by Jon Bárcena’s speech  about breaking cultural barriers between researchers and managers from its experience as partner at Accenture, presented ESADE professors Thomas Maak, Roberto Ragozzino, Marco Bertini and Ivanka Visnjic, joined by Jonathan Wareham. With the participation of the public, they debated on how to make academic research more attractive for managers.

The day was closed by Sergio Llebaría, Vice-Dean for Research at the Faculty of Law at ESADE.

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