Carles Puente and Baliarda, participated in the round table "Innovation in business: the importance of the connection with the ecosystem"

Mar 25, 2024

The professor and co-founder of the first spin off Fractus has participated in the round table within the framework of the Pre-acceleration Program of Science in the Market

On Wednesday, October 25th, the professor and co-founder of Fractus, Carles Puente i Baliarda, participated in the roundtable discussion "Innovation in Business: The Importance of Connection with the Ecosystem" within the framework of the Pre-acceleration Program of La Ciència al Mercat funded by the Department of Business and Employment (Primer Program) at the StartUB! co-working headquarters of the Faculty of Economics and Business.

Carles Puente i Baliarda gave a presentation explaining his journey as a doctoral student, entrepreneur, businessman, professor, and technology consultant, reinforcing the idea of the importance of having a good technology protection strategy, and how Fractus transitioned from a company that commercialized products to opening a new business line focused on patent commercialization.

Also participating in the event were: Albert Puigpinós Colillas (Grupo Carinsa), Sergi Segarra (Bioiberica), Aleix Bosh (Dekines Workplanner), Inés Fernández (Universitat de Barcelona), Marta Herrero (Reig Jofre), and Xavier Llovera (Hewlett-Packard, HP), where discussions were held on innovation experiences in the company and the importance of connection for doctoral students with the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The Pre-acceleration Program of La Ciència al Mercat is a program to promote scientific entrepreneurship and provide doctoral students from collaborating universities (UB, UAB, UPC, and UPF) with the necessary tools to explore the possibility of creating a company derived from research. Participants have free access to over 100 hours of intensive training and the opportunity to work with expert tutors and successful entrepreneurs in the sector, as well as to visit facilities in the Catalan innovation ecosystem. Among the program's content highlights are: introduction to entrepreneurship and innovation, knowledge valuation and protection, business management techniques, and skills such as leadership and design thinking.

Additionally, the company Fractus has signed an agreement with UPC to create the Fractus-UPC Deep Tech Hub, aimed at promoting joint activities ranging from talent development, training, innovation, research, and transfer, thus enabling an active and strategic contribution to facilitate the access of scientific discoveries and/or technological innovations to the market.