The Committee of the Regions, a European Union organization that represents the regional and local agencies, has recognized Asturias as European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) 2019. This prize honors the territories that have the most promising and visible entrepreneurial visions.
The strategy of Asturias opts for innovation and human capital as the basis of a competitive economy, for inclusion to facilitate equal opportunity and for sustainability to promote balanced growth. The entrepreneurial vision of Asturias is:
The innovative, knowledge-based entrepreneurial spirit is fundamental to accomplish regional diversification. Improved research and human capital will serve as the two pillars of a competitive regional economy.
The entrepreneurial spirit must be promoted at all levels, and each innovative company must provide equal opportunities. The specific tools that support social entrepreneurship are: social companies, social innovation and support to the third sector and non-profit enterprises. This also requires measures to promote entrepreneurial spirit among the least represented groups, in particular among young persons and women.
The policies for entrepreneurship and innovation should contribute to the transition to a low-carbon economy. Creation of wealth and employment is necessary to conserve and harness the region’s natural resources by promoting territorially balanced development.
And this is based on two fundamental pillars:
As examples of good practices of this policy strategy, here are two initiatives whose innovation has been recognized internationally:
The Program for Entrepreneurial Culture of Valnalón, which promotes the entrepreneurial spirit at all educational levels with social, cultural and economic projects and innovation projects that involve the educational community and the socio-economic environment, and the program Open Innovation 4.0 of IDEPA and CEEI, which endeavors to attract emerging companies to the market and streamline their path, thanks to the work that they carry out together with large-scale, consolidated companies, with which they take on a series of technological challenges.
There will be dozens of events and collaborative initiatives organized by the partnership throughout the year, which will include prizes, seminars, workshops and roadshows with regional, national and international impact. In addition, there will be a singular initiative: ambassadors who represent the best values of innovation and entrepreneurship in Asturias. A year of cooperation to showcase the talent and innovation from Asturias.