The UPC shows its muscle and entrepreneurial talent at 4YFN

The UPC’s start-up corner at the 4YFN previous edition

The UPC’s start-up corner at the 4YFN previous edition

From February 27 to March 2, the UPC showed its entrepreneurial spirit at the Four Years From Now (4YFN) event. More than thirty technology-based spin-offs and start-ups, led by UPC students, alumni or research staff, have attended this international meeting of the innovation ecosystem. It was also the beginning of the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Emprèn UPC program, a technological springboard that has contributed to the establishment of more than 380 companies.

Mar 02, 2023

The start-ups corner of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech (UPC) at 4YFN has presented 16 start-ups and spin-offs from very varied sectors, such as health, business and industry 4.0, agriculture and food, aerospace, construction, virtual reality, mobility and smart cities, energy, games and AI in digital marketing. Once again, the UPC is the university that has presented the most entrepreneurial initiatives at this event dedicated to start-ups, which took place at the Gran Via site of Fira de Barcelona at the same time as the Mobile World Congress (MWC).

Specifically, on February 27 and 28, the following start-ups were presented at the UPC stand:

  • Kombo connects local vendors to deliver fresh, healthy food to offices.
  • Inmersia has developed the first smart glasses for daily use combining augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) in a single device.
  • Nuwe is a SaaS platform for companies to assess and hire digital talent through challenges, games and competitions.
  • Virmedex develops serious games for healthcare specialised training.
  • Hodefy allows real estate SMEs to make transactions more quickly, easily and securely.
  • Datision develops artificial intelligence solutions for industry to perform predictive maintenance.
  • Loyapp replaces loyalty cards with the aim of increasing revenue for small businesses.
  • Finboot Tech has developed a digital platform to boost technology-based applications for corporate use through blockchain.

In addition, on March 1 and 2, the following start-ups were presented at the UPC stand:

  • Kreios Space is developing a new electric propulsion system for satellites operating at low orbits.
  • Ludium Lab has deployed technology for cloud adoption and interactive streaming of applications at a reduced cost.
  • Pullpo provides a system to integrate GitHub and Slack for seamless collaboration between tech teams.
  • Aridditive has created a high-performance concrete 3D printer for construction and architecture.
  • Invite is an app for group connections and activities among Generation Z.
  • Ugiat Technologies offers AI-based solutions for media analysis.
  • Gox has created the first decentralised and secure data storage system in the cloud, for the new internet.
  • Process Talks assists SMEs in their digital transformation by automating and simplifying operations with natural language processing and machine learning.

When: 27 February to 2 March
Where: Fira de Barcelona, Gran Via venue. Stand 8.1C33A & 8.1C33B (hall 8)

More entrepreneurial talent in other areas
Also at 4YFN, the following spin-offs and start-ups led by research staff, former students or students of the UPC have presented their technology: Biel Glasses, Bio2Coat, Columat, Ecodeliver, eRoots, Exheus, IMAZ, HumanITCare, Levelab, MEETOPTICS, Opground, The Predictive Company, Qbeast, Sense4Care,TheKer, Unblur, Veteasy, Vincer.AI and Wivi Vision.

25 years promoting the entrepreneurial spirit

The event was also the starting point to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Emprèn UPC program (formerly Innova). It is a pioneering initiative in Catalonia and the State focused on promoting the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the university community, and the creation of technology-based companies.

To date, this technological springboard has contributed to the creation of 380 spin-offs and start-ups, which have created 5,000 new jobs. The UPC has made a toast for this anniversary at its stand, on March 1.