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The SPRI Group is made up of several public companies directly
affiliated to the Department for Economic Development and
Competitiveness of the Basque Government and is one of the local
government’s main tools, as it manages 75% of the budgets of this
Department of the Basque Government. Its objectives are to help
improve competitiveness and promote innovation in Basque
Its activities range from venture capital project financing and
supply of land for economic activities to the 40 different
funding and service programmes for companies in the areas of
investment in technology, innovation, entrepreneurship,
information society and internationalisation. This last area is based
on SPRI’s large foreign network present in over 60 countries.
As Arantza Tapia, the Minister for Economic Development and
Competitiveness, has said, industry is the engine of the Basque
economy. Besides contributing 25% of GDP and providing 22%
of employment, our industrial fabric, made up mainly of
manufacturing companies (19% of GDP), is responsible for many of
our exports and is the basis which underpins many advanced
services and tertiary activities in the country.
Therefore, the Basque Government is firmly committed to backing
manufacturing industry, the key for its significance and its
proven ability of influence as the main driver for wealth generation
and employment, and the main lever of internationalisation and
R&D&I. Therefore, we want to support its evolution towards
advanced, efficient and sustainable manufacturing, incorporating
new technologies and materials, but also towards innovation in
design and marketing of its products, services and solutions, new
business models and management systems. These are tasks that
SPRI will collaborate on and will drive forward as it has done in its
previous 32 years.
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The Department for Economic Development and Competitiveness,
through the Internationalisation Department and SPRI, continues to
drive the processes of internationalisation of enterprises and the
diversification of countries and sectors for Basque exports.
Our support for processes for marketing abroad can mainly be seen
in backing for 264 companies during the past year supported by
502 projects, in 23 events which have brought Basque
entrepreneurs together with representatives of companies and
institutions of various different countries. We have also extended
our presence to more than 60 countries.
SPRI, as an agent behind the internationalisation of Basque
companies and in deployment of the Competitiveness Plan 2010-
2013, carried out the activities below in 2012.
Direct support service for internationalisation
Through its overseas network, SPRI has developed
internationalisation projects at the request of Basque companies,
and provides a support service for solutions that enhance the
international management of Basque companies.
In 2012, 264 Basque companies were given advice and 503
projects were implemented abroad, representing an increase of
19% compared to 2011, broken down into 546 services. These
services fall into the following groups:
In terms of Geographical Area aimed at, the services are distributed
As for countries, the country where most projects have been
implemented are: Mexico with 50 projects, Germany with 40,
followed by China with 38, Poland with 33, India with 29, Brazil
with 27 and Russia with 25 followed by the United States and Turkey
with 23 and Chile with 17.
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In addition to the projects themselves, until 31st December 2012
SPRI worked on answering 1,874 queries and provided specific
services related to various aspects of internationalisation.
SPRI Overseas network
The network made up of our offices and specialised local consultants
is the tool that allows us to support the needs of Basque companies
in their process of opening offices abroad. The development of this
network has taken shape with the opening of new support structures
in countries with great potential for Basque companies, where their
unique characteristics require additional support to overcome
market access barriers. Thus, it provides continuous coverage with
offices and agents in over 60 countries, specialising in commercial
introduction and implantation in their respective markets of
Internationalisation Forum, Faro Intergune 2012
Since 2006, the Euskadi Intergune Internationalisation Forum has
become a meeting place and an opportunity for Basque companies
that are developing internationalisation strategies and projects. The
seventh edition of "Faro Intergune Internationalisation Forum 2012"
was held at the Alava Technology Park on the 14th and 15th
November. This time 258 companies participated, there were 313
attendees and 504 interviews were organized.
A total of 18 conference days were held to look at specific aspects
of projects for access to other markets, as well as sector workshops
attended by purchasing managers or technical departments of large
companies or foreign groups who presented their purchasing and
investment plans to Basque companies. They also presented the
procedure for approval as a supplier to these companies, and the
conferences were rounded off with individual meetings and visits to
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Activities for Basque companies in overseas markets
The Internationalisation Department has collaborated in the
organisation of 3 institutional and commercial missions:
Multisector trade mission to Mexico, with the participation of
60 companies, which took place in February.
Trade mission for institutions and business to India in March,
in which a total of 70 companies and 9 clusters and
Trade mission for institutions and business to Turkey, in
October, with the participation of 54 Basque companies and
International and multilateral development activities
During 2012, SPRI has had a special boost in its generation of
business opportunities for Basque companies in projects financed by
Multilateral Development Agencies, based on Basque prestige and
its record of successful experiences in competitiveness and regional
In this field, the following activities have been carried out:
On 19th April the bidding day of the African Development
Bank, aimed at energy and environment, was held in Bilbao. It
was attended by 24 Basque companies.
On 8th May a conference on programmes to support the
competitiveness and innovation of the Inter-American
Development Bank (IDB) took place, to find out our
capabilities and developments in these fields. 120 people
On 30th May there was a conference for sustainable cities by
the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), with the
attendance of 107 people.
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URBE 2050 has also been launched, an initiative to
develop a platform for public-private collaboration in
international projects for sustainable urban
development. Within this field we have made contact
with multilateral institutions such as the Inter-
American Development Bank and we have developed a
catalogue of Basque Solutions and Suppliers for the sector.
Invest in the Basque Country
Attracting direct investments and strategic alliances from outside
the Basque Country has become one of the most innovative areas
within SPRI. This new service was launched in 2010 and last year 44
projects were handled, of which 40 are now being managed. In
2012 the project for the English mobile accessories manufacturer
MobileFun was completed and it opened an office in Bilbao.
Moreover, we have consolidated a continuing care service (After
Care - Monitoring and Consolidation of Established Foreign Capital
Companies) for established companies with foreign capital, to
facilitate their expansion and extension, and for tractor companies
in the process of internationalisation. Meetings were held with 20
companies. In addition, we continued with the Investors Forum,
launched in late 2011, which held its second meeting on 14th
September. This forum aims to analyse and discuss the situation of
foreign-funded enterprises established in Euskadi.
Furthermore, we made contact with 17 subsidiaries of the biggest
multinationals present in the Basque Country to start the Investors
Forum, made up of Foreign Capital Companies. This Forum has
been a meeting point between these companies and SPRI, to find out
firsthand what problems multinational companies located in the
Basque Country have.
Also in this period, two projects started in 2011 finished: the project
to manufacture General Electric electricity meters with the creation
of 100 jobs in two years and the project of the English company Fon
Lab to share Wi-Fi, which is planned to create 30 jobs in three years.
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A new centre for the Portuguese company Bial for vaccine
development was also inaugurated, in which 12 million euros were
invested in capital expenditure and 28 million euros are planned for
investment in research projects with the creation of 40 jobs (20 of
them highly qualified).
Global Training Trainee Work Experience Programme
SPRI’s Overseas Network has collaborated in identifying and
bringing intermediate organizations into the programme in 10
countries, which have passed on the programme to businesses and
helped arrange more than 170 placements for trainees, offered
by organizations such as the Centre for Renewable Energy of West
Africa (Cape Verde) or the Morocco Investment Agency.
Innovation indicators in the Basque Country have reached European
levels. This has been possible thanks to the development of a
planned strategy that in the medium term aims to support
technology, research and development. Spending on R&D has
now reached 2.04% of GDP. As a result, in 2012 we invested 160
million euros to subsidise technological business projects and
continue weaving a network of groups and technology centres, both
for business and research. In fact around 1000 technology
companies have found support in the programmes managed by
In this framework in 2012, we managed 159,981,000 euros in
grants for R&D&I aimed at companies and agents of the science
and technology network.
A programme that supports R&D&I business projects for the
development of new products that are clearly original and superior
to those already on the market. The number of projects is 1,261.
Once evaluated, 745 were supported by an amount of
41,900,000 euros. We have helped 780 companies, of
which 79% are SMEs.
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A programme that supports integrated projects for industrial
research and experimental development of a strategic nature and
tractor effect for the Basque Country. During 2012 we evaluated 64
projects, of which 40 have been backed. These projects for
cooperation between at least three companies have involved 206
companies, of which 63% are SMEs, for a sum of 39,499,000
A programme designed to launch and develop new science and
technology businesses, by supporting their funding in research,
development and technological innovation. As a result of the activity
of 2012, 80 projects were evaluated, of which 68 were backed.
Through these projects, we have helped 95 companies, 71 of them
SMEs, amounting to 4,000,000 euros.
Technical reports on qualifying for tax rebates
A service that provides a report on the status of business activities
such as R&D&I that facilitates obtaining deductions in corporation
tax, according to the cooperation agreement signed with the
Regional Governments. During 2012, 2,383 reports were issued
for 1,100 enterprises.
EEN, Enterprise Europe Network
SPRI is leading the Basque consortium of the European Network for
Business Advice and Support for Innovation, the Enterprise Europe
Network, co-funded by the European Union. Its activity is aimed at
promoting and providing a support service in transnational
technology transfer processes and exploitation of results obtained
through R&D projects.
In developing the technological outreach mission, we have held 11
seminars attended by 1,264 people, we have distributed 260 reports
on emerging technologies and have released 11 EEN bulletins for
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SPRI also coordinates and participates in European Eranet projects,
8 consortia that drive and start up programmes to support R&D&I in
businesses between European countries and regions in a
An important event among those held is the "Seventh Framework
Programme for R&D in Europe and Horizon 2020: New
opportunities for cooperation in R&D&I", organized in collaboration
with CDTI and Innobasque, with the participation of the European
Commission and the NCPs, holding a first brokerage event, with
over 500 attendees.
Another important event was the European conference Green cars
2012: Challenges and opportunities of global business, with nearly
The primary goal of the SUSTEEN project (Sustainable SMEs by
means of Enterprise Europe Network) funded by the European
Commission within the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework
Programme (CIP) is to achieve better environmental performance in
regional SMEs, allowing them to simultaneously increase
competitiveness and sustainability.
SPRI has the support of the Basque Energy Agency, EVE, and Ihobe
for the development of these activities. During 2012 there was a
seminar to publicize the project and two of the three planned
workshops aimed at SMEs in the chemical and metal production
and processing sectors were held. We have also participated in
meetings with all project partners, which took place in Marseilles
Moreover, the Competitiveness Plan for 2010-2013, backed by the
Science, Technology and Innovation Plan, has set itself the target of
positioning the Basque Country as a benchmark in terms of
innovation and technological development worldwide through
agents of excellence in the system and their functioning in a
coordinated and articulated network, making it possible to reach
synergies and providing greater impact and orientation for the
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results of the research carried out. In this line, SPRI is managing the
applications received in the following programmes:
A programme which aims to support basic research, through
projects aimed at scientific and technological specialization of agents
in the Basque Science, Technology and Innovation Network.
Throughout 2012 there have been 377 projects, 281 of which are
being supported, to the sum of 17,300,000 euros.
A support program aimed at the Basque Science, Technology and
Innovation Network which aims to develop actions to improve the
performance and capabilities of technology centres, through the
funding of research projects. This improved performance is achieved
through collaboration between technology corporations and
technology centres. In the year 2012 the 12 projects presented met
the requirements to receive grants totalling 30,500,000 euros.
A programme that supports projects in cooperation through the
Basque Science, Technology and Innovation Network, necessarily
geared to the needs and challenges faced by Basque companies in
the medium and long term. Thus, the R&D projects supported have
the requirements to create value in Basque companies and promote
the creation of new companies in emerging sectors. In all, in 2012
the Etortek programme has supported 9 projects of a total of 26
submitted, amounting to 26,500,000 euros.
The Science, Technology and Innovation policy of the Basque
Government is a tool that is used to position the capabilities of the
agents of innovation within an international context, and serves as a
lever for economic growth in the Basque Country. In the Hedatu
programme, promotion activity is stimulated in agents of the Basque
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Science, Technology and Innovation Network, to enhance the
technological and innovative image of the Basque Country and drive
greater levels of research excellence. In this context, the evaluation
of the 65 projects submitted has given support to 33 projects
amounting to 282,000 euros.
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In the 2009-2011 period, 24.4% of Basque companies made
organizational and/or marketing innovations.
Facing the challenge of improving this position, as key factor for the
consolidation of Basque business in the current situation and to
prepare it to come out of the crisis with greater possibilities of
success, SPRI has focused its performance on laying the foundations
that will propitiate a shift to the "culture of innovation",
promoting a global innovation environment, developing
management skills and abilities and promoting consistently
Its efforts are reflected through programmes and services enhancing
the development of non-technological innovation (Compite and
+Innova) and it has deployed an action plan aimed at training
managers, in order to promote the competitiveness of Basque
In total, through programmes and services, nearly 15 million
euros have been invested among 1,934 companies and 257
training and information activities have been organized, which 3,232
A programme that supports Basque companies in the
implementation of projects to improve competitiveness, in
cooperation or individually, the result of strategic thinking to enable
them to achieve, improve and sustain their position against the
competition. During 2012, there were a total of 356 applications
to Compite, of which 143 were approved with a grant of 5.6
This programme allows the management team of a small company
to carry out a strategic reflection on key competitiveness and
innovation helped by an expert consultant, which will allow them to
identify areas which will enhance the improvement of their
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competitiveness and increase their innovative capacity. The
programme supports two types of action arising out of this
reflection: the implementation of training projects that will integrate
systematic and incremental innovation in the organisation, and the
definition of strategic projects in the field of process, product,
organization and market innovation. During 2012, 892 companies
applied to carry out an Itinerary, of which 809 were approved
with a grant of 2.5 million euros.
This programme supports the development of excellent innovation
projects regarding strategic rethinking, market innovation and
organization and development of innovation capabilities. Projects
under this programme represent a significant transformation in the
competitive positioning of the company. In the Aldatu call 2012
there were 165 applications, of which 85 were approved, with a
grant of 3 million euros.
A newly-created programme which promotes innovation actions and
competitive improvement with rapid implementation and impact,
tailored to the specific needs of businesses, provided by specialized
service providers and approved by SPRI.
For the deployment of the programme we have the support of local
and provincial development agencies that act as intermediate agents.
In the 2012 edition there were 877 applications, of which 790 were
approved, with a grant of 3 million euros.
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Directiv@21, Lider21, 21Sarea
The transformation of an organisation begins with the
transformation of its people.
Directiv@21 is a training process designed for managers and
business leaders to acquire and consolidate the skills required for
innovation, strategy and change management that allows them to
develop their key role in the transformation of companies.
Lider21 provides a training day with the management tools
necessary for middle managers to lead and mobilize teams of people
towards innovation processes.
21Sarea is the social network that facilitates the practical innovation
for management teams in innovative organizations. Through this
service, events are organized in order to develop management skills
in innovation: knowledge processes and meetings between
During 2012 we have organized 76 meetings in which 1,239 people
Training and consultancy programs in collaboration with
the EOI and the ESF
Actions performed in different areas (creation of technology-based
companies, consolidation of companies, consolidation of technology
companies, technology management in the enterprise, sustainable
management and energy efficiency, logistics management for SMEs,
international management) in which the EOI Industrial
Organization School participates as an intermediate of the ESF.
For the deployment of the programme we have the support of SPRI
organisations: CEIA, BIC BERRILAN, CEDEMI, Zuatzu and the
During 2012, 179 meetings were organized, which 1,965 people
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Master in Innovation and Knowledge Management
In collaboration with the University of the Basque Country, this
Master aims to develop the following basic competencies:
1.- Capacity for the analysis, comparison, evaluation, selection
and application of theories and concepts
2.- Provision of the necessary knowledge requiring ability to
innovate and resolve conflicts associated with organizational
3.- Acquisition of methodological elements and tools related to
4.- Ability to work in a team.
5.- Development of multidisciplinary and versatile knowledge
and form of work.
6.- Acquisition of skills and abilities when transmitting and
In 2012 there were two courses, in which 28 students participated.
In collaboration with the Institute of Machine Tools, Meka, and the
School of Armoury, this project has developed, and since 2007 it has
sought to provide, from the Vocational Training Centres, access for
SMEs to innovation and continuous improvement of key processes,
providing technical support, tools, methods and training to meet
During 2012, services were provided to 39 companies.
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In collaboration with the Basque Chambers of Commerce and the
General Council of Chambers of Commerce. Development of
diagnostic performances of business cooperation in innovation,
plans to support innovation for business groups and other
complementary actions to strengthen its competitive position in the
markets. The program is co-financed by the ERDF.
In 2012, services were provided to 68 companies.
In order to support the overall strategy "Basque Country Expertise"
a collaborative project for the design and monitoring of a business
transformation intervention programme has been initiated, based on
competitiveness and innovation of SMEs in the Chilean region of Bío
Starting from the initial identification of innovative Chilean SMEs,
the ultimate goal is to achieve, at the end of the process, internships
in the Basque Country that will generate business opportunities for
The Innovanet Network aims to improve the competitiveness of
Basque companies through the implementation of innovation
policies, trying to increase the effectiveness of communication
channels with the business sector. Thus, the Innovanet Network has
tried to lay the foundations to develop, formalise and systematise
processes of cooperation between the different actors and
institutions operating in the field of promoting innovation and
competitiveness in the Basque Country.
During 2012, the 147 agents that make up the network have been
active at some time during the year, in the various activities
conducted: 10 regional committees, 7 working groups, 114
training sessions and outreach in which around 2,296 people
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A programme aimed at the retail industry which aims to help small
businesses in the process of implementing online sales strategies
and optimising their business management processes via the
Internet. Advice services are made available to businesses, provided
by service providers linked to e-business.
In 2012, 426 projects were approved to the sum of 918,000
Innovative public procurement (IPC)
Public procurement is a powerful tool with a multiplier effect in the
development of a knowledge-based, innovative and competitive
economy. Thus, governments focus their procurement, not only to
the fulfilment of its purposes, but also to the promotion of
technological development of enterprises, encouraging those that
incorporate the most innovative proposals in their offer.
In this context, SPRI this promoted this cross-sector project in the
Basque Public Administration, after carrying out the following
actions in 2012:
Preparation of two Innovative Public Procurement Guides,
aimed at public purchasers (Administration) and suppliers.
Participation in the Advisory Board of a group of several
European countries, which the European Commission has
awarded the role of single platform for the entire European
Union, to work on the implementation of good practices in the
field of the IPC.
Meetings and contacts with the CDTI for use of the
Innodemanda Programme as a funding tool for R&D projects
in companies that are aiming for tenders linked to innovative
Identification of institutions/projects potentially interested in
Development and definition of a public procurement unit for
local business competitiveness, in SPRI, within the governance
model of the IPC at the level of the Basque Government, which
also defines a unit of transversal public procurement and the
sector unit for government public health procurement.
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Innovation Portal Euskadi+Innova
Over 150 people from different institutions annually publish more
than 1,200 items of news and 1,400 calls for conferences and
courses, videos and documents with a single objective; promoting
change towards a culture of innovation by developing abilities and
management skills and the implementation of ICTs. 23,228 people
receive the Euskadi+Innova newsletter weekly. In 2012 it received
594,770 visits and 1,376,286 pages have been viewed. In
addition, access to the contents of Euskadinnova with mobile devices
has resulted in 47,364 visits.
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The Governing Council approved the Basque Digital Agenda 2015 at
its meeting on 3rd July 2012. The new Plan Euskadi in the
Information Society aims to promote and enhance this concept. Its
development has involved hundreds of people and we have collected
more than 400 ideas that have resulted in 101 initiatives and
projects included in the Digital Agenda.
The Digital Agenda is being applied in four different zones or
A digital community: the goal is to achieve a population
composed of people interacting on the Internet with
responsibility and equal opportunity and with high
e-Enterprise: the aim is to ensure that Basque companies,
regardless of size, can increase their competitiveness and
productivity through new-generation ICTs.
Advanced, accessible digital services: so that the Basque
Public Administration can provide citizens and companies
with high impact advanced digital public services.
Infrastructure: to ensure that Basque citizens, businesses
and the administration have access to advanced digital services
at lightning-fast speeds, with high levels of security at
affordable prices and from anywhere.
SPRI has contributed to the management and deployment of the
various initiatives in the ADE2015 at the request of the Basque
Government. As a result, it has supported the introduction of ICTs in
Basque companies, and especially in 2012, in micro SMEs. In total,
1,628 firms have been supported with 3,869,404 euros. But
no less important is the fact that nearly 8,500 people have
attended more than 690 seminars and courses organized on
new information technology.
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“Hobeki +Digital@” Programme
A programme to support the incorporation of ICTs in SMEs,
supporting projects to digitalise processes in different areas of
business and the relationship with other companies and the
government (ERPs, CRMs, Intranet, Extranet, E-commerce, etc.. ).
In 2012 we have supported a total of 823 projects amounting to
Lankidetza +Digital@ Programme
A programme leading to the incorporation of information
technology in commercial and professional associations. 67
projects have been supported in 2012 by an amount of 1,041,033
A programme that facilitates freelance workers and micro-
companies access to information technology and communications,
through advice and training in the use of the different services that
can be accessed via internet. This has led to improved
competitiveness in micro-companies by identifying IT management
applications and expert advice on their implementation. It has
developed a catalogue of ICT solutions. In 2012, 6,861 ICT
solutions were implanted in 738 micro companies. In addition,
training both for freelancers and micro-companies in the
management of user-friendly ICT tools, such as email, online
banking, e-mailings, web development or search for information on
the internet has had a total of 2,445 435 people attending 435
courses given during 2012. These courses were taught in the
KZgunea centre network.
Enpresa Digitala Centres
A service that promotes training activities through courses, seminars
and workshops on new information technologies in the Enpresa
Digitala Centres located in the 4 Technology Parks. During 2012, we
have organized a total of 210 activities, attended by 5,534
participants with the objective of raising awareness and training.
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A service that provides intensive training on ICT tools aimed to get
to know the value they can bring and increase personal and business
productivity in a total immersion format. Open to all business
sectors and specific groups with content that is adapted to individual
needs, it is intended for professional profiles with leadership
functions and managers of small and medium Basque enterprises.
Throughout 2012, there were a total of 512 people in the 49
A system of certification for basic skills in information technology,
which objectively accredits a person's knowledge in the use of
technology tools and internet user level. The number of tests
performed during the year 2012 was 27,684 and the number of IT
Txartela cards issued totalled 14,053.
PC Lagun Initiative. www.pclagun.org
A service for overhauling computers donated by businesses and
government, reused with freeware to then be allocated to groups at
risk of digital exclusion. In 2012 we recycled 1,275 computers
This is a mailbox and safe on the Internet that allows you to receive
and store documents that are legally valid and important in the lives
of people and businesses (invoices, payrolls, bank statements,
insurance policies, health information and academic certificates)
safely. At the end of 2012 there were 33,756 users of this service.
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It promotes the development of the business sector related to
bioscience and increased economic activity by strengthening
scientific and technological activities (CICs, corporations and
universities) in health activities (BIOEF, Biobank and
Biosanitary Institutes) and business (investment, new
businesses, attraction of foreign companies, biocompany
It represents the Basque Bioregion, with more than 75 companies
and sales of over 320 million, employs over 3,000 people and it
disseminates information to a network of more than 2,000
The Agency co-organized the event Biospain 2012. The holding of
this event in Bilbao has been recognition of an industry which is
an economic reality in the Basque Country and which has great
potential for growth in the coming decades. The event has been a
success in terms of attendance, institutional brokerage,
international presence, participant satisfaction, a success which
is reflected in the growth of all its main parameters.
Participation has exceeded 760 companies and 1,850
delegates/participants (14% and 30% growth respectively
compared with the previous edition)
International participation, with 25 countries represented
and 210 companies, has made up nearly 30%, almost
doubling the number of Biospain 2010.
The trade fair had 217 exhibitors (48 of them
international), 29% more than at the previous fair.
There were 2,775 partnering meetings, an increase of 23%,
which also puts Biospain as the fourth partnering event in
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It promotes the integration of micro and nanotechnology in
Basque companies to improve competitiveness in key economic
sectors and promote diversification of our industry. The
companies that make up our "nano-universe", which are about a
hundred, belong to fifteen industrial sectors and all are
characterized by both intense R&D activity and an international
The Agency is aware of international efforts to define a
regulatory framework on the use of nanomaterials as well as
ongoing developments in safety and current industry difficulties
in monitoring them, and launched an initiative in 2012 to align
the knowledge and infrastructure of scientific-technological
agents working in this field and offer support to the industry
through a Competence Centre for Nanoscience and
Nanotechnology in matters of Environment, Health and Safety.
The future Competence Centre, which aims to become the Basque
knowledge node in this area, will aim to support, guide and
disseminate R&D&I work done internationally in the areas of
Environment, Health and Safety in nanoscience and
nanotechnology, fostering the transfer of the results to Basque
companies and, ultimately, facilitate the safe use for health and the
environment of new developments that will be made.
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SPRI has made a major effort to promote entrepreneurial culture
and encourage entrepreneurship towards new economic activities
with future prospects in the medium to long term. Public initiatives
to support entrepreneurs have two distinct and essential aspects. On
the one hand, economic aid and, secondly, there is a movement
towards institutional and social consensus that makes the Basque
Country a reference point in entrepreneurship, and thus provides
new entrepreneurs with help in the launch of a new business.
A programme managed by the Business Innovation Centres, which
aims to support the maturing of a business idea and its
implementation, provided that it belongs to the industrial sector or
services related to industry, and is considered to have an innovative
and/or technological basic idea. During 2012, we have supported a
total of 116 Ekintzaile projects amounting to 1,838,650 euros.
A programme that aims for the accelerated development of
technology-based SMEs with high growth potential and
international presence that allocate 5% of their operating expenses
to R&D. SPRI has supported 1 project with 100,000 euros.
Succession in SMEs and Handover in Trade
Programmes designed to facilitate succession and generational
change in the management and/or ownership of a business to
maintain, foster and promote business continuity. The number of
projects throughout 2012 has been 263, of which 47 belong to the
SME Succession Programme and 216 to Handover in Trade. In total
232 were approved, of which 33 belong to Succession in
SMEs, which have cost 225,282.50 euros and 199 to Handover
in Trade, with a grant of 400,374.52. The overall grant
amounts to 626,627.02 euros.
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Basque Entrepreneurship Service
The Basque Government has acquired the firm intention to
encourage entrepreneurial activity. SPRI has taken this cultural
change on board by taking responsibility for the creation of the
Basque Entrepreneurship Service. Its ultimate goal is to streamline
the process of creating new business projects, by reducing red tape
and providing all existing routes and tools.
Euskadi Emprende, its brand, consolidated the first
activities in 2012 and made the environment conducive
to weave a web of knowledge sharing and project
development, open to the participation of all those who
have something in common in terms of
During 2012, the entrepreneur attention number (900 716001),
handled a total of 1,387 calls. The www.euskadiemprende.net
enterprise portal that provides information, training and interaction,
commercial and visibility spaces for new projects, was set up in May
and by March 2013 had had almost 100,000 visits, with more than
341,225 page views and 2,453 followers on Twitter.
SPRI has managed to make the Forum Emprende
a participatory and innovative meeting place,
suitable for relations between entrepreneurs,
agents with skills in entrepreneurship,
institutions and investors. A place where many future projects will
originate, and where the only objective pursued is to encourage
entrepreneurial activity. At its third edition, held on 12th September
at the BEC, enrolments totalled 3,000 participants and another 650
people followed it on the internet. Thematic workshops,
roundtables, conferences and discussions were organized and spaces
were set up for informal meetings and presentations of business
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Euskadi Emprende Workshops
These were 10 workshops on entrepreneurship with subsequent
online tutoring to compare experiences and doubts, approached
from direct experience and practical application working on
experiences by equals, supporting the training with examples,
simulations and actively encouraging participation. A total of 1,967
registrations were received and 1,936 profiles were generated in
the 10 working groups created in this channel.
Cooperate to set up a business programme
This programme is aimed at public and private enterprise agents in
order to support the development of meetings, conferences and
workshops that encourage interaction between entrepreneurs,
groups of students, the unemployed and investors. It looks for
support for the development of training and entrepreneurial skills
training, raising awareness responsibly and giving entrepreneurs
useful tools for the good management of their projects. In 2012 it
covered a total of 89 activities, with the attendance of 5,576
people at seminars and workshops, and another 424
participants on courses.
Business and Innovation Centre
The impetus for business promotion is carried out in coordination
with the Business and Innovation Centres (BICs), which conduct
promotion and mentoring of new business projects. Similarly, the
BICs provide the backbone of a close relationship with universities
and vocational training centres, provincial authorities that directly
affect the development of new promoters. SPRI, in addition to
coordinating the Basque BIC network, designs and carries out
specific programmes to provide material support for its own
In Gipuzkoa BIC Berrilan, 18 companies were created, creating
138 new jobs within three years and a planned investment of
5,130,000 euros. In Cedemi, 24 companies were created, with
233 jobs and an investment of 6,230.317 euros. In Ceia, 18
companies were created, with 125 jobs and an investment of
3,057,000 euros. Saiolan created 15 companies, creating 209 new
jobs within three years and an investment of 15.233 million euros.
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The Basque Venture Capital Management Company (Gestión de
Capital Riesgo del País Vasco SGECR, S.A.) has a mission to invest
in enterprise development in the Basque Country, and is responsible
for managing funds through minority and temporary shareholdings
of SMEs, new or expanding, unquoted non-financial and with a
viable future project. These contributions confer economic and
financial stability on businesses. They also provide an incremental
value in collaboration with the management of a company, through
the development of strategic plans and management plans.
Throughout 2012 it has prioritised enabling financial instruments to
sustain the activity of Basque companies. 174 projects have been
approved for aid of 1,437,258 euros. 15 investments have been
made of 19.065 million euros and 11 disinvestments of 13.779
million euros were carried out.
The entities managed by the Basque Venture Capital Management
Company, as of December 2012 were:
Ezten - Venture Capital Fund. Capital managed: 101,742
Ekintzaile XXI - Venture Capital Fund. Capital managed: 5,419
Suztapen - Venture Capital Fund. Capital managed: 21,874
Elkano XXI - Venture Capital Fund. Capital managed: 4,516
Seed Gipuzkoa - Venture Capital Company. Capital managed:
7,590 thousand euros
MONDRAGON Business Promotion SPE - SA Business
Promotion Company. Capital managed: 60,000 thousand euros
MONDRAGON Innovación SPE, S.A. - Business Promotion
Company. Capital managed: 6795.60 thousand
Socade, S.A. - Capital Development. Capital managed: 30,050
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Specialisation, Managed Capital and Shareholders
Capital investment in new start-ups. Participants: SPRI 79.31%,
Basque Government 5.99% and Basque Institute of Finance,
Capital investment in innovative companies with intensive and
extensive use of new information technology and in the
biotechnology sector. Participants: Basque Government 81.55%,
Capital investments in consolidated or developing companies.
Participants: SPRI 47%, Financial Institutions 51.76%, Other
Capital Investments in high-tech companies. Participants: SPRI
18.50%, Basque Government 41.59%, Financial Institutions
35.29%, Other 4.62%.
Capital investment in innovative and technology based start-ups
in the province of Gipuzkoa. Participants: Regional Government
of Gipuzkoa 50%, Ezten, FCR 50%.
Participation in developing companies related to the Mondragon
group. Participants: SOCADE 20%, MONDRAGON Investments
16%, Financial Institutions 62%, Other 2%
Participation in high technology and/or innovative companies
related to the MONDRAGON group. Participants: SOCADE
49.44%, Caja Laboral 49.44%, MONDRAGON Investments 1.12%.
Participation in the capital of large projects considered
strategic by the Basque Government. Participants: Basque
Government 40%, Regional Governments 60%.
A programme that establishes an aid system for hiring financial
advisors in order to proceed with the restructuring of financial
liabilities. During 2012, 14 projects were approved for an amount
of 403,829 euros.
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Following the guidelines of the Business Competitiveness Plan 2010-
2013, the Department of Infrastructure in the SPRI Group aims to
provide Basque companies with a diversified offer of business areas,
infrastructure and technology best suited to the type of economic
activities in the Basque Country.
The objectives of the infrastructure department are territorial
cohesion, public expenditure rationalization and efficiency, in order
to act as agents of proximity for finding out space requirements of
Basque companies, participation and simplification of the
management and definition of areas set aside for economic
At the end of 2012, following the process of reorganizing and
improving governance, coordination and organization of the group,
it concluded with the merger of the Industrialdeak companies,
leaving the composition of the Infrastructure Department with three
Technology Parks, an industrial land management company
(SPRILUR) and 12 Industrialdeak interinstitutional companies (1 in
Álava, 4 in Bizkaia and 7 in Gipuzkoa).
SPRILUR aims to make industrial plots of land, modular premises
and offices available to companies with a clear objective of
promoting the installation of new business initiatives and the
relocation of others to perfectly conditioned areas for the
development of their economic activities.
SPRILUR bases its activity on three lines of action:
1. ITS OWN INDUSTRIAL ESTATES, managing a hundred
2. INDUSTRIALDEAK PROGRAMME, shareholding and
management in 12 companies with a majority and five with a
3. SPECIFIC PROJECTS, promotion and revival of strategic
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About a hundred business areas distributed around the three
provinces have adequate infrastructure for the needs of Basque
business. SPRILUR manages a large part of them directly and
another fifty are handled by 12 Industrialdeak companies at a local
level, which have SPRILUR as a majority shareholder. It also has a
minority share in Burtzeña Enpresa Parkea, SA (Barakaldo),
Gasteizko Lurra Industry, Inc. (Vitoria-Gasteiz), Ibarzaharra, SA
(Sestao) Urdulizko Industrialdea, SA (Urduliz) and Garaia Polo
Sprilur's commitment to sustainable development has been a
determining factor in the performance of its business areas, applying
criteria of respect for the environment and energy efficiency both in
the processes of urbanization and in the building.
A relevant point in this aspect of management is that the production
income of photovoltaic power in their business areas came to
600,000 euros from 2008. In addition, nine business areas have this
type of renewable energy production, avoiding the emission into the
atmosphere of more than 600,000 kilograms of CO2 per year.
The joint investment by the Basque Energy Agency EVE and Sprilur
in photovoltaic facilities was 3.3 million euros. With the production
data that are being obtained, the amortization period of the Sprilur
Group's facilities, originally planned for 14 years, could be reduced
European cooperation projects
After the completion of the MITKE-Managing Industrial Territories
in the Knowledge Era project, in 2011, Sprilur and three other public
state land management companies agreed to collaborate in carrying
out a benchmarking study to analyse the competitive factors and the
definition of development of land for economic activities in certain
European Union countries (Spain, Holland, Germany, France and
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In addition, in 2012 Sprilur started a new project for the promotion
of joint activities with The CUB-Communite Urbaine de Bordeaux
Aquitaine region, with support from the Aquitaine-Basque Country
Common Cooperation Fund. During this year, the two entities
analysed the reality of urban and business areas in both territories
where, in fringe areas, spaces for urban and socio-economic
SPRILUR industrial estates
In 2012, SPRILUR invested a total of 9,197,287 euros in its own
industrial estates, including the activity in the Strategic Land Fund.
This investment volume refers mainly to:
Development and construction works on two buildings in the
Ballonti II industrial estate, in Ortuella, with an estimated
investment of 5 million euros.
Completion of the development works in Alava on the
Kanpezu Industrial Estate, jointly funded by contributions
from the FES Strategic Land Funds of 300,000 euros.
Advance payments to suppliers amounted to a total of 3
million euros for the Arangoiti Industrial Estate in Güeñes.
Both the Ballonti project and the Güeñes one will provide new
promotions to market in the first half of 2013.
To date, SPRILUR has managed more than 50 industrial estates and
currently has 28 industrial areas, geographically distributed as
follows: 4 in Alava, 11 in Bizkaia and 13 in Gipuzkoa. Investments by
province in 2012 were €671,939 in Alava (including contribution to
projects integrated in FES-Funds) €7,992,434 (including the same
contribution) and €532,908 in Gipuzkoa.
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Despite industrial infrastructure demand by Basque companies
continuing to slow down, turnover in 2012 was 12,256,591 euros.
Associated with this figure, SPRILUR has sold a total of 16,800 m²
from 5 companies.
In this regard, we must mention the sale made to the Administration
of the Basque Country for 7,464,029 euros (9,406 m²) in the
Matsaria Industrial Estate in Eibar. In the project for moving
companies from the Txonta district of Eibar to complete its
regeneration and rehabilitation, the transfer to the Basque
Administration of 14 premises and 40 parking spaces in this
municipality of Gipuzkoa was agreed on.
The main goals achieved in 2012 are:
Corporate Reorganization. The process, as it was defined,
culminated in 2012, so that the final situation of the Sprilur
Group is 12 subsidiaries with the following geographical
distribution: 1 in Alava, 4 in Bizkaia and 7 in Gipuzkoa.
Reduction of operating costs. This meets 13% of the planned
initial target by 20% for external services and staff costs for all
the companies of the General Infrastructure Department in 2012,
compared to 2008.
Human Resource Reallocation. With a strategy of internal
functional readjustment, functions have been rethought and the
sales area has been reinforced.
Sales Effort. It has been a priority of the company, and despite
the circumstances it has exceeded budgeted targets.
The Industrialdeak companies operate in a local area. Sprilur has a
majority stake in them, together with Regional Governments and
Municipal Councils. They are:
Arabako Industrialdea, S.A.
Abanto Zierbenako Industrialdea, S.A.
Arratiako Industrialdea, S.A.
Bizkaia Sortaldeko Industrialdea, S.A.
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Busturialdeko Industrialdea, S.A.
Beterri Kostako Industrialdea, S.A.
Bidasoa Oarsoko Industrialdea, S.A.
Deba Bailarako Industrialdea, S.A.
Goierri Beheko Industrialdea, S.A.
Lanbarren Parke Logistikoa, S.A.
Urolako Industrialdea, S.A.
Tolosaldeko Apattaerreka Industria Lurra, S.A.
The investment made by the Industrialdeak companies in 2012
was 4,055,196 euros. Due to the economic recession, some of the
investments made during the year were allocated to the repurchase
of premises and industrial bays, exercising the right of withdrawal
clauses established in the sales contracts.
Another project that required investment in Gipuzkoa was the
continuation of the extension works of the 2nd phase of
Apattaerreka in Tolosa, which was begun in 2011. In addition, the
redevelopment of the Mijoa II industrial estate in Mutriku was
completed with the building of 5,200 square metres for modular
For its part, the Industrialdea of Hernani, currently managed by
Beterri Kostako Industrialdea, SA, celebrated its 25 years of
existence with 16 million euros of investment in 2012 in two
In Bizkaia, improvements were made on previously completed
projects in Gizaburuaga (Okamika I - II) and in Abanto (El