Programmes of acceleration of startups in international nodes
The Provincial Council of Bizkaia has signed an agreement with Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) and Masschallenge of Boston startup accelerators that will connect entrepreneurs and local startups with markets, networks and investors of the global innovation network.
Boston CIC International Coworking
The Provincial Department of Economic and Territorial Development and the Cambridge Innovation Center of Boston-CIC signed a collaboration agreement in May 2016 that will allow 24 startups from Bizkaia to be located for 6 months in the CIC, a reference entrepreneurial community in the United States.
This programme expects the participation of 24 startups from Bizkaia, in a six month intensive process of acceleration, in a unique technological environment: CIC Coworking, an entrepreneurial community founded by MIT, an unequaled access to the US market.
The agreement between the Provincial Council of Bizkaia and the MassChallenge American accelerator enabled 55 startups to participate in the MassChallenge-Biscay competition, in 2016.
A new call is now opened to Biscayan startups with high impact that want to internationalise. According to the rules of the competition there will be a first selection of 20 startups; a second one of 10 that will travel to the MassChallenge headquarters in Boston and will participate in an intensive project acceleration workshop for one week; and a third one that will decide which three Biscayan companies will take part in MassChallege world competition.
SOSA is an open innovation platform created in 2013 by 25 important Israeli investors and high technology entrepreneurs, with the aim of reducing the gap between supply and demand of cutting-edge innovation. Its headquarters are located in Tel-Aviv, although it has also a delegation in New York. Over 8500 startups and companies, 150 corporations and international investors have already been around these two premises.
Several companies of the territory will soon join the network, once the Provincial Council of Bizkaia and SOSA sign a collaboration agreement for a new programme that supports international startup connections.