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The Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC-BarcelonaTech) has set in motion the 5th edition of the ESTUDIA i EMPRÈN in UPC Competition!

This initiative aims to contribute in encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit and the innovation culture amongst the students of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.

The competition is divided in two stages:

  1. Business Idea: In this first phase, up to 20 finalist projects (or 25 finalist participants) will be pre-selected.
  2. Business Project: The selected projects will receive training and assessment to structure and defend a viable business proposal. Once gotten past this second phase, the 10 business ideas that have better developed their project, will be the finalist to present in front of a jury.


  • The projects must incorporate some technological and/or innovative element.
  • The teams must have at least one member that is a student at the UPC.


  • 1st prize: 3.000€ and trip to Silicon Valley (for 1 participant) + eligible for YUZZ national prize.
  • 2nd prize: 2.000€
  • 3rd prize: 1.000€

(*) The national prizes are of 30.000€, 20.000€ and 10.000€


This competition is organised by the UPC Innovation Management Unit, and counts with the sponsorship of the Fundació Caixa d’Enginyers, Sener, Solvay, Aqualogy and KIC Innoenergy, and with the collaboration of the Centro Internacional Santander Emprendimiento, which promotes the YUZZ Programme “Jóvenes con Ideas”. It also counts with the institutional support of the Departament d’Empresa i Ocupació, Catalunya Emprèn, Ministerio de Empleo y Seguridad Social and the European Social Fund.