59 research groups band together to launch technology transfer association Tecnio
All Catalan universities, I-Cerca foundation, and CSIC in ACCIÓ-backed initiative
59 research groups have joined forces to create Tecnio, an association that promotes the transfer of technology and ties with the business world in Catalonia.
All Catalan universities, the I-Cerca foundation, and the High Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) are involved in this new association.
The Tecnio initiative is supported by the Catalan government's ACCIÓ Agency for Business Competitiveness, which has given the association a 3-year €300,000 grant with the aim of strengthening business connections.
ACCIÓ will also give these 59 research groups the Tecnio accreditation identifying them as technology developers in Catalonia.
This label, which already existed, has helped research centers earn €300 million as well as €90 million in R&D contracts with companies from 2016 to 2019.
Business minister Roger Torrent and research and universities minister Gemma Geis attended an event presenting the new group on Monday at Barcelona Autonomous University in Cerdanyola del Vallès.