In 2007, when I first met Hesham Salman, he just had an idea: starting a company that would put the value of his thorough knowledge of polymer nanoencapsulation by applying them to multiple sectors. It was an idea that was more than innovative, it was quite disruptive: it consisted in the application of nanotechnology techniques to biotechnology, pharmacology, food manufacturing, fertilizer, etc. Continue Reading…
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– It is a company that uses scientific and technological knowledge systematically and continuously to produce new goods or services with high added value.
– They mainly operate in top-level strategic sectors, such as microelectronics, biotechnology, medical device, nanotechnology, etc.
– They perform R & D in-house or in close cooperation with universities and research centers.
– Many start-ups are not technology-based companies.
– Similar terms: knowledge-based companies, new technology-based firms.
- Why do we need technology-based companies?
- What is a startup?
- What is a Technology Startup?
- EIBT-Sudoe European project for the development of technology-based companies.
- Definition and evolution of the term technology-based company (in madrimasd.org Spanish blog)
A couple of years ago, when I started reading about “lean startup“, the entrepreneurship methodology by Eric Ries, I remembered a story from my school days that may serve to illustrate the basic features of this methodology.
When I was ten, Santa Claus never brought me my Scalextric car racing game, instead gave me a useful stapler. When we were in class and an assignment needed to be stapled, we used to ask the teacher to do it for us with his own stapler. So with my new gift, my classmate and I decided to make several small writing notebooks that would serve to help us remember our assignments. Continue Reading…
These days are special for those of us who live in Pamplona. The city is transformed for nine days during the festival of San Fermin.
Humorously I can say that the skills needed to enjoy the Festival are similar to those that startups entrepreneurs require: Continue Reading…
I interviewed Pello Gamez, one of three Geoactio’s entrepreneurs, who I met when they first launched their company. I negotiated Start Up Capital Navarra’s investment in their company. Since then, I have been witness to the positives changes in Geoactio, thanks to these entrepreneurs’ efforts, sacrifices and capacity to adapt to the market. Geoactio’s story is a good example of the difficulties which a start-up faces its first years and how its entrepreneurs overcame them.
Startup: GEOACTIO, Pamplona, Navarra, Spain.
Activity: Software and mobile applications development. Smart city and mobility projects. Smart bluetooth. Continue Reading…