Campus Iberus and the CLH Group present the third edition of the Entrepreneurship awards

  • The proposals submitted by Uptech Sensing and FUVEX are the winners in the categories of innovative idea and business project.

The proposals of Uptech Sensing in the category "innovative idea", and the company Fuvex in the category "business project" are the winners of the third edition of the Iberus Emprende awards, sponsored by the CLH Group.

The Chairman of the CLH Group, José Luis López de Silanes, participated in the award ceremony, which took place earlier today in the University of Lleida, where he congratulated the finalists and encouraged them to “trust in their creativity and to progress on their projects”.

In addition to López de Silanes, the event was attended by the rectors of the four universities that form part of Campus Iberus: the rector of the University of Zaragoza, José Antonio Mayoral; the rector of the University of Lleida, Roberto Fernández; the rector of the Public University of Navarra, Alfonso Carlosena; and the rector of the University of La Rioja, Julio Rubio.

To select the winners and finalists, a panel of experts took into account criteria such as the uniqueness, applicability or innovation of the ideas. The members of the jury have highlighted the high level of the proposals submitted, as well as “the relevance of research in universities to promote innovation and business generation.”

The main purpose of the Iberus Emprende programme is to foster entrepreneurship in the Ebro Valley, through the recognition of the best ideas and business projects submitted by students, graduates, teachers, administrative and service staff of all four universities that form part of Campus Iberus.

The collaboration of the CLH Group with Campus Iberus is part of its Entrepreneurship Support Policy implemented to contribute to innovation, the development of new ideas and, in general, entrepreneurial spirit. This policy is applied at a national level, especially focusing on those communities where CLH has its facilities.

Projects awarded

The winner of the category “innovative idea” is the project Uptech Sensing, submitted by three engineers from the Public University of Navarra, who propose the monitoring of structures and assets by using optic fibre. Their idea consists of installing optic fibre connected to interrogators in the structure or assets intended to be monitored, which makes it possible to create a kind of artificial nervous system able to detect multiple relevant parameters, compared to standard monitoring systems, which only provide information of a single point.

Under the category “business project”, the awarded project is FUVEX, a company with eight professionals of the Public University of Navarra, who have developed specific drones for marine use. These unmanned aerial vehicles are easy to operate, similar to a helicopter, but with twice their autonomy and speed.