Nanoshield, a start-up from the University, is gaining momentum with the Wolaria plan

The Nanoshield startup created by researchers from the University of León has been selected by the Council for its Wolaria high performance program, with which it seeks to accelerate the start of innovative entrepreneurial projects with high growth potential that arise in Castilla y León . The León initiative, led by Professor of the Department of Applied Chemistry and Physics María Fernández Raga, joins nine other projects also linked to the universities of Castilla y León.

Nanoshield has developed an application of sustainable nanotechnology to climate erosion which acts on historical and cultural heritage. Indeed, it is already working on a treatment derived from graphene to reinforce the stone of the cathedral of León. Thus, the main objective of their work is to stop the devastating effects of weather aggressions and the effects of climate change on the stone heritage materials that are exposed outdoors.

Through Wolaria, the Council promotes ten new innovative companies and explores nine projects covered by this business program, which since its creation has promoted 205 projects, which have generated more than 700 jobs, with a planned investment of 44 million.

To do this, it brought together two “pillars” of regional innovative entrepreneurship, companies and research groups with an entrepreneurial vocation. The former, from a new edition of the Castilla y León Institute for Business Competitiveness Accelerator, one of the “most consolidated” programs of the institute, and the latter, participants in a pioneering program in which work was carried out to promote the development of research project companies incubated in the universities of the Community.

With their access to the accelerator, the ten companies have completed the first phase of a work process based on a four-month acceleration campus where they worked collectively, and will begin a second phase of implementation. on a scale that lasts five years.

From then on, the work is individual with each project in the areas of business, technology, finance, management, marketing and sales, networking and physical spaces and, “above all, in the acceleration of the market and they will benefit from full support throughout the life of the project.

Other new CYL projects

On the other hand, and as an “umbrella” for business innovation, also through the transfer of knowledge, the Institute for Business Competitiveness of Castilla y León “has strengthened the framework for collaboration with the universities of the Community to underline the arrival on the market of the innovative solutions that emanate from the Research groups”.

In this sense, the Council emphasizes that work has been done on a training program with university transfer managers in a methodology that allows to validate the technologies developed by the researchers, to contrast the business models on the market and to create new businesses.

At the moment, they point out from the Ministry of Economy and Finance that they are working with nine real projects of research groups from the four universities in areas such as health, agrifood, energy and ICT.

Finally, they specify that the ten projects which received their diploma at the end of this first part of their acceleration process are added to those promoted within the framework of acceleration of what was the first public accelerator in 2012, and that they have been Bio Nordic, Leial Technologies, Awa Technician Services, Daremapp, Ada Ai Solutions, H2M Manufactured Hydrogen, Progradum, Insolecare, Enerbolt and Nanoshield de Leon.

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