Espaitec is the scientific, technological and business park of Jaume I University in Castellón, Spain. Promoted by the Universitat Jaume I (UJI) and the Castellón Businesspeople’s Confederation (CEC), Espaitec was set up in 2007 for the purpose of offering quantitative and recognised contribution to both socio-economic development in the province of Castellón and the diversification of its industrial fabric. Espaitec emerged as an initiative based on the intense connection of the Universitat Jaume I in the industrial fabric and the growing demand for support services for enterprise development.
Espaitec aims to create a reference environment in Castellón which hosts, supports, encourages and helps innovative business initiatives to grow, and which facilitates active technology transfer in the University. We are working in a network with the Spanish Association of Science and Technology Parks (APTE), we are also an International Association of Scientific Parks (IASP) member, a European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) member, an Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) collaborator and an important agent in promoting innovation and enterprise in the province of Castellón. The existence of various structures of technological cooperation reflects the high and increasing activity in collaboration with the industrial and business environment.
Espaitec is one of the main Innovation Global Ecosystem agents in the Castellon province, establishing all the necessary links with industry and institutions in the territory. Moreover, Espaitec has recently launched an international framework “Bridge of Innovation” or e’innobridge that will facilitate the exchange of best practices and inter-collaboration projects among Science & Technology Parks worldwide and their companies (located physically or virtually).
Espaitec is supporting 65 SMEs (under different level of life cycle) by means of add-value services such as financial resources, networking, project partnerships, fostering knowledge transfer S2B (Science to Business), etc. Since 2007, Espaitec has been providing a great deal of services to SMEs, such as: supporting R&D, commercialization, establishing public resources, internationalization, open innovation, fostering R&D interests from the private sector, generating financial mechanism, mentoring network structure, creating a culture of collaboration and cooperation among SMEs and Science and Technology Parks.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 730052 Topic: SCC-2-2016-2017: Smart Cities and Communities Nature based solutions