The Diginnova program allocates 5 million euros to the incorporation of young talent to Canarian SMEs

The Transformation for Change Conference shows the successful experience of the first promoters who have joined the Program that promotes innovation, digitization and sustainability

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The Canarian Agency for Research, Innovation and the Information Society (ACIISI), integrated into the Ministry of Economy, Knowledge and Employment of the Government of the Canary Islands, has launched the Diginnova Program managed by the University Foundation of Las Palmas, endowed with five million euros and co-financed with “Next Generation EU” funds.

On Monday, March 14, the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria hosted the 'Transform for Change' Conference that explains how the Diginnova Program promotes the ecological and digital transition as engines of growth and innovation for SMEs, anyone who whatever your sector of activity, while optimizing training and employment opportunities for the young population, promoting the incorporation of this talent into the socioeconomic fabric.

Innovation, digitization and sustainability are the transversal axes of the Diginnova Program that extends over a year to train more than 800 young graduates from the islands, of which 425 will join companies as promoters, with paid non-work practices. The Program is developed through the two Canarian University Foundations. In the case of the FULP, 115 companies and 499 young people have already signed up for the project, of which 290 are women and 209 men.

The Minister of Economy, Knowledge and Employment of the Government of the Canary Islands, Elena Máñez Rodríguez, highlighted the example of that "necessary public-private collaboration" to face the new challenges facing the productive sector of the Archipelago. "From the Ministry, one of our priorities is to contribute to a transformation that has already gone from being necessary to essential, such as the transformation of our economic development model to make it more sustainable, more innovative and therefore more resilient," he explained. her.

"This is especially important at the present time, with an enormous amount of European funds available to transform production systems throughout Europe, many of them into competitive competition, which will mean that whoever has more personnel trained in innovation and, above all, specialized in attracting these funds, have many more possibilities of presenting winning projects”, stressed the counselor.

The president of the University Foundation of Las Palmas, Alberto Cabré de León, highlighted the role played by the entity as manager-executor of the project and the history of collaboration that is maintained with the Ministry of Economy of the Government of the Canary Islands. "This is an important challenge that unites the Ministry, the Foundation, the graduates and the companies, a clear commitment to innovation and to meeting the needs of the many Canarian SMEs that have not resolved their digitization project."

For his part, the rector of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Lluis Serra Majem, highlighted the University's commitment to Innovation as an area from which to materialize its projection at the service of society and its needs.

The head of the 'r&d' area of ​​the Canarian Agency for Innovation, Antonio López, took part in the Conference, explaining all the projects that are being developed in this field promoted by the Government of the Canary Islands. There was also the presentation 'Technological Strategy. A look towards the future', which was given by Jorge Alonso, CIO at Velorcios Group; and concluded with the intervention of the managing director of the University Foundation of Las Palmas, Eduardo Manrique de Lara Martín-Neda, who explained the trajectory and success of the Foundation in this type of dual training projects.

DIGINNOVA Experiences

The 'Transform for Change' Conference showed the experience of the first participants of the program. Graduates and companies that have understood that the economy and society are moving towards a paradigm shift, practically a change of era, which has been accelerated due to the pandemic. They have also understood that this transformation goes through innovation (doing things differently with more effective and efficient results), the digitization of all processes) and sustainability (a new way of producing that respects the environment and people) .

Marcos Álvarez, energy engineer, master's degree in renewable energies. Head of Projects at Wedge Global, a company specialized in wave energy, and Alicia Sánchez, Graduated in 3D Animation, explained the path taken to stimulate the digitalization of the company in its relationship with its clients and apply blockchain knowledge. Chiqui Ciria, representative of the Marcelasa construction company, also took part, which has joined the project with the incorporation of a university graduate who will have the mission of adapting the company to digitalization in the administrative field as well as in relations with other entities. and the public sector itself. For her part, Jenifer Perdomo, a graduate in Legal Sciences and a student of the Master's Degree in Law, has joined the company Clinic Esthétic Laser as a facilitator. Her function is to develop digital marketing techniques and RRSS management.

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