The Bosch i Gimpera Foundation has granted € 30,000 within the framework of the Mentor in Residence (MiR) grant of the Fund for the Promotion of Innovation (F2I) to complement the entrepreneurial projects emerged from the University of Barcelona by hiring mentors.
The winners of this first edition are as follows: "Marketing Products for the Easy, Fast, and Accurate Analysis of Coliphages," led by Dr. Anicet Blanch, Faculty of Biology; "Immersive Cerebral and Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Training Exercises," led by Dr. Melvyn Slater, Faculty of Psychology; "New antibiotics for the treatment of hospital-acquired Gram-negative infections," led by Dr. Francesc Rabanal Anglada, Faculty of Chemistry; "Fully Adaptive Prediction Error Coder," led by Dr. Xavier Luri, Faculty of Physics; and "Digital Tools for Assessment, Learning and Re-education of Cognitive Functions in Childhood," led by Dr. Josep Mª Serra Grabulosa, Faculty of Psychology.
The Mentor in Residence programme aims to provide the funds to supplement the entrepreneurial team by making it multidisciplinary in order to promote the creation of new spin-offs within the University of Barcelona, and the development of newly-created spin-offs with growth potential. The maximum amount granted to each entrepreneurial project will be € 6,000, which will allow the entrepreneurial team to have a mentor specialized in managing business projects.
In 2016, the University of Barcelona and the FBG have created the Fund for the Promotion of Innovation (F2I), which is endowed with €155,000 euros and includes two types of grants. On the one hand, the Proof of Concept grant—endowed with €125,000—aims to fund proofs of concept that improve the opportunities for exploitation of the research results generated at the university, and to valorise research projects with a high potential for transfer. On the other, the goal of the Mentor in Residence (MiR) programme—with a total budget of €30,000—is promoting the creation and maturing of new spin-offs of the University by providing the funds to hire a mentor. The Fund is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and has the support of Banco Santander.