By Deirdre Tynan • 20 June 2021 • 13:21
Eco Wave technology is already in use in Gibraltar.
Image: Eco Wave
Spain has selected Eco Wave, a company producing clean energy from sea waves, to be a member of Rising UP in Spain, a business accelerator.
The company, which already operates in Gibraltar, has also been selected for the UK’s Cleantech Bootcamp 2021.
The Spanish program will run over six to eight months, the UK program will run for a duration of four weeks with program partners including the British Embassy in Israel, and corporates such as Shell, Octopus Energy, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, National Grid, and the Clean Growth Fund among others. Both programs aim to facilitate business opportunities through custom-made investor networks, entry to major national and international events, business development and legal support, as well as local marketing and communication.
Spain and the UK are two of the largest potential markets for companies within the renewable energy sector. Eco Wave Power’s wave energy technology has already received positive attention in Spain and the UK for its pioneering technology based on a number of Letters of Intent signed with the largest ports in these countries. Since 2020, Eco Wave Power has signed letters of support with the Port of Bilbao, Port of Valencia, Port of Barcelona, and Port of Las Palmas.
Spain has 8,000 km of coastline and set an ambitious target of 74 per cent renewables by 2030, while the UK has over 12,500 km of coastline and a target of reaching net-zero by 2050.
Inna Braverman the CEO of Eco Wave Power said, “Spain and The UK are strategic markets for the expansion of Eco Wave Power’s operations, and having our company participate in Rising UP in Spain and in the Global Tech Connect UK Cleantech Bootcamp 2021 will enable us to further develop the projects we have in our pipeline in these markets, as well as, to secure additional projects”.
Martin Jerch, Program Manager of Rising UP in Spain, added, “Rising UP in Spain is well positioned to assist Eco Wave Power in developing and implementing its’ technology in the Spanish market, due to its significant expertise in setting up and developing entrepreneurial projects in the country. Eco Wave Power is a great fit for the Spanish market due to the Spanish government’s renewable energy initiatives and Spain’s abundant coastline.”
About Rising UP in Spain
Rising UP in Spain is a soft-landing and acceleration initiative by the Spanish governmental organization ICEX Invest in Spain, which was created to support foreign companies in setting up in Spain. The program offers a soft-landing service, in areas such as the registration of the company, and tax and hiring advice and assistance, and includes access to a broad network of investors, complimentary co-working space for six months, support to attend investment forums specializing in obtaining finance for start-ups, visibility in media specializing in entrepreneurship and assistance in obtaining visas.
The program is supported by the Spanish government and is delivered by the renowned accelerators Cink and The Venture City. 15 startups a year are selected to participate in the program, which is aimed at foreign and Spanish non-resident entrepreneurs who have an innovative project that has already received positive feedback in the market. This is the first official program designed to attract international talent and innovative business models that will contribute to enriching the Spanish entrepreneurial fabric.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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