The aim of the call is the selection of projects of entrepreneurship for the Crowdworkings spaces.
Telefónica Open Future (TOF) Initiative aims to achieve the following objectives:
• Support entrepreneurs, motivate and direct them, so that their ideas become successful companies improving their projection growth and scalability.
• Become a magnet for attracting talent in topics related to new technologies.
• Create value in the environment through a methodology of own innovation that beneficiaries can internalize, systematize and replicate throughout their business trajectory.
The initiative is promoted by the partners TOF and ICE within the framework of the Castilla y León OF initiative, counting as local partners with the City Council of León (Institute of Economic Development Training and Employment (ILDEFE)) in the Crowdworking of the Tech Park of León and with the University of Salamanca (USAL), in the Crowdworking of the Fonseca Building. This initiative aims to cover up to 10 places in each of these centers. Exist also spaces in Burgos, Palencia and Valladolid. Participation in the 1st phase of the incubation program has a length of 3 months. After this time, the management teams of the different crowdworking spaces, will evaluate the projects and may recommend, a 2nd phase of acceleration of another 6 months within the ADE 2020 program.
It will be evaluated the use of the proposed technology, the ability to solve the challenge proposed, the degree of maturity of the project, the feasibility, the degree of innovation and the Business opportunity.
Regarding human resources, a technical team from ICE coordinates the program together with TOF team.
Evidence of success
This practice has been selected as a good one because of its success. Nowadays it is replicated in 42 crowdworking centers in Spain and South America. These spaces are successful because participants receive a specialized accompaniment itineraries composed of specialized training, counseling and mentoring for their digital ideas.
Potential for learning or transfer
We consider this practice interesting for other regions to learn, and with potential for transfer, because of the structure of the program. One of the keys is the agreement among TOF and the local or regional governments, universities, technological institutes that allow to take advantage of the synergies and the networks previously created. Other key component is the connection between the tractor companies, the universities and the entrepreneurs (start ups).