Cajamar's high-tech incubator, made known in Murcia to companies, professionals and researchers, will favor the implementation of initiatives that promote the best use and management of water resources.
The center will support more than 150 companies and generate more than 260 jobs over the next five years.
The territorial director of Cajamar, Diego González, and the head of Cajamar InnovaCenter, Juan Carlos Gázquez, have made known to companies, professionals and researchers involved in the sustainable management of water Cajamar InnovaCenter.
It is an incubator of high-tech water companies that will welcome SMEs, entrepreneurs and technologists specialized in new technologies related to the efficient and sustainable use of water, and whose objective is to provide solutions to successfully face the great challenge of providing of water in quantity and quality, to develop human activity in general and the agri-food sector in particular.
The meeting, held at the headquarters of the entity, was attended by professionals from irrigation and producer communities, technology companies, some of them specialized in irrigation, researchers and representatives of the Administration, who have analyzed the problems regarding water in the Region. of Murcia and the lines to be strengthened from the incubator: sustainable management of aquifers, desalination, desalination, denitrification, precision irrigation and incorporation of renewable energies.
The creation and operation of this center is based on Cajamar's commitment to the agri-food sector.
In this sense, Diego González explained that "this initiative responds to one of the main current concerns of agricultural companies and producers, and highlights our commitment and strong will to contribute to the sustainable development of the Spanish agri-food sector."
For his part, Juan Carlos Gázquez recalled that "by 2050 it is expected that the world water demand will increase up to 30%, mainly due to the greater needs of the industrial and domestic sectors." According to the forecasts of the FAO, in the year 2050 the population of the planet will reach 9.800 million inhabitants, and for its food it will be necessary to increase the production of food by 50%, this reality will demand that the water consumed by the agricultural sector increases, although it will only be 10% thanks to the optimization of irrigation and the implementation of technological innovations, hence the importance of promoting research initiatives and generating opportunities for the creation of companies oriented to new business models that facilitate the adoption of new more efficient technologies in the use and management of the increasingly limited water resources. "
During the presentation of the Incubator of High Technology Companies, the creation of a community of innovation and entrepreneurship around it has also been made known, where all the agents involved in the sector can collaborate, with a common objective, to face together the global water challenges.
The Cajamar Agua Community aims to be a meeting point between technological innovations and problems, promoting innovative entrepreneurship and generating opportunities for new initiatives.
Entrepreneurs, companies and technologists will have the opportunity to develop in Cajamar InnovaCenter their initiatives aimed at promoting the best use and management of water resources.
Thus, during its first five years of activity, it is planned to support 84 companies linked to water technologies and facilitate the creation of 36 new companies that will generate more than 260 jobs.
For this, Cajamar will make available to all entrepreneurs the infrastructure, resources and technical and technological support necessary for the development and validation of their projects in real environments, either in the experimental centers of Cajamar in Almería and Valencia or in the centers of the network of collaborators of the entity.
In addition, it will help identify market niches for these projects and facilitate access to financing,
The technology-based and innovative business projects related to water can be from any field (agricultural, urban, etc.) and will be framed preferably in the following lines of specialization: resource generation (desalination, purification, regeneration), efficiency in its use (sensors, control equipment, remote sensing, etc.), and energy and environment.
As well as improvements in governance and the use of new technologies that contribute to optimize management through digitalization (IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, etc.).
The Incubator of High Technology Companies Specialized in Technological Innovation and Sustainable Water Management is part of the National Network of High Technology Incubators, and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) within its Multiregional Operational Program 2014- 2020 through the Incyde Foundation.