The Port Authority of Bilbao will present Bilbao PortLab at the Biscay Bay StartUp Campus (BBSC) competition, to be held on 24 and 25 September. The aim of Bilbao PortLab is to create an innovation ecosystem in the Port of Bilbao, working with the port community on innovative projects that can be generated internally or by attracting innovative projects from outside. Bilbao PortLab provides start-ups, entrepreneurs and companies with a living lab environment in which to test and develop prototypes, facilitates contact with companies in the Port, provides them with a space to take their projects forward and supports entrepreneurs with the preparation of the corresponding individualised work plans.
This third edition of the BBSC, to be held at the Azkuna Centre in Bilbao, will be virtual, and will focus on Open Innovation, with the participation of founders of international start-ups. On Thursday 24 September, at 1pm, the Port Authority will take part in a round table discussion alongside Iberdrola and Airbus.
The objective of the organisation is to shape the next generation of innovators and to position Bizkaia as an innovative area that supports start-ups and young entrepreneurs. BBSC is part of Biscay Startup Bay, the strategy of the Provincial Council of Biscay designed to make the province the number 1 hub of communication worldwide. In addition to the Port Authority of Bilbao itself, BBSC partners include Iberdrola, BBK, KPMG, the University of the Basque Country and the Water Board.
For the Port Authority, “the BBSC initiative is aligned to the objectives of our own Strategy Plan, to make Bizkaia a benchmark in innovation and digitalization. Bilbao, the port of Bizkaia and the main port of the Atlantic axis, together with
its port community, must be a flagship and role-model of commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship. This is precisely why we set up Bilbao PortLab, and we now invite our start-up companies to get to know this initiative and to come forward with projects that meet the needs of our Port”.
Bilbao PortLab has already identified 60 projects linked to the Port of Bilbao with an interest in submitting their proposal to the first call of the Ports 4.0 Fund, which was launched on 27 July with a budget of EUR 12 million.
Further information is available at biscaybaystartupcampus.com