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Friday, 16 November 2018 11:07

The project ‘Automatic Estimation of Olive Production’ of the University of Cordoba is proclaimed winner of the Emilio Botin Awards 2018

Authorities and the winners of the Emilio Botin Awards 2018 Authorities and the winners of the Emilio Botin Awards 2018

Through Santander Universities, the Agrifood Campus of International Excellence ceiA3 and Banco Santander are the promoters of three new entrepreneurial projects in the agrifood sector. Two second prizes have been awarded for a fourth and fifth project.

Cristina Martinez Ruedas, student in the PhD Program in Agronomy, Food, Forestry and Rural Development Engineering at the University of Cordoba, became one of the main protagonists of ‘La Noche de las Ideas’. She received the first award of the Emilio Botin Awards 2018 for A3BT!’s Company Project, convened by the ceiA3 with the collaboration of Santander Universities.

This young entrepreneur is the promoter of the business project ‘Automatic Estimation of Olive Production by using Remote Sensing Methods and Image Analysis’. This project aims at improving the accuracy and operability of olive production’s estimation by using remote sensing techniques, aerial and terrestrial photogrammetry, automatic treatment of meteorological data and image analysis.

The second prize went to Resivive, whose activity is dedicated to the brokering between companies to take advantage of waste as secondary raw materials and to encourage the circular economy between companies without R&D centers. The main objective is to identify the highest quality solution and / or partner with the best cost-benefit ratio to add value to specific waste. Yalbeiry Claret Labarca Rojas, engineer of Cartography and Geodesy, is the promoter of this project.

‘Pizca & Trufa-Comida natural para animales de compañía’ won the third prize. This business focuses on manufacturing and retail aimed at natural and fresh food for dogs and cats and animal welfare. Customers will find natural and toxic-free products online and at their physical store. The promoter is Lucia Chica Arnedo, a graduate in Market Research and Techniques, as well as Business Studies from the University of Cordoba.

In this edition, two prizes have been awarded to the projects ‘El Tablon del Campo a tu Mesa’, whose promoter is Begoña Maldonado Jeronimo; and the technology-based company Glubel, promoted by Daniel Ortega and Alejandro Parras.

The awards ceremony for entrepreneurs of agrifood companies was held at the ‘Noche de las Ideas’ Gala in the Mudejar Room of the University of Cordoba. Jose Carlos Gomez Villamandos, president of ceiA3 and rector of the University of Cordoba; Amador Fraile Palacios, Director of Agreements and Patronage at Santander Universities; and Francisco Luis Cordoba Berjillos, president of the Social Council of the University of Cordoba, presented the awards to the winners. The second prize was given by Enrique Quesada Moraga, general coordinator of the ceiA3 and vice-rector of Innovation, Transfer and Campus of Excellence of the University of Cordoba, Enrique Quesada Moraga; and Jeronimo Perez Parra, president of IFAPA.

The meeting was attended by ceiA3 representatives, local and regional institutional authorities, as well as authorities and representatives of Banco Santander. All of them emphasized the importance of this type of initiatives in order to promote the creation of technology-based companies in the agrifood sector, resulting in transfer of knowledge from the Campus laboratories to the sector.

The winners will get some financial help for the costs of setting up their company: 8,000 euro for the first prize, 6,000 euro for the second prize, and 4,000 euro for the third prize. In addition, there will be a cash prize of 1,000, 750 and 500 euro, respectively. On the other hand, the second prizes have been endowed with 300 euro.

The prize jury consisted of Lola de Toro, ceiA3 manager; Lorena Escudero, head of Universidades Andalucia; Nathalie Chavrier, technical head of the agrifood sector of the Technological Corporation of Andalucia; and Manuel Jesus Diaz, general coordinator of ceiA3 at the University of Huelva. All of them highly valued the innovative capacity of the projects and their quality.

For five years now, the Emilio Botin Awards and the A3BT contest are part of the collaboration agreement between ceiA3 and Santander Universities. This arrangement allowed the development of several lines of action: on one side, the Doctores en Empresa programme, which began as a pioneering project in 2012 and whose evaluation of results were presented during the gala. On the other side, the Training Network Courses programme, which is a specialized training in the agrifood sector. It also contributed to the Company Project Contest, also known as A3BT!, and the grant for the International Projects Office of ceiA3 in Brussels.

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