ECOAQUA was awarded with the distinction of best elevator-pitch and commercialisation plan for an early-stage technology in the EMPORIA4KT BLUE ECONOM

ECOAQUA was awarded with the distinction of best elevator-pitch and commercialisation plan for an early-stage technology in the EMPORIA4KT BLUE ECONOM

The award was given to the joint work of a group of three researchers from the ULPGC University Institute, ITC and Aarhus University.

The group composed of Inma Herrera, member of the Biodiversity and Conservation (BIOCON) research group at the ECOAQUA University Institute of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Yolanda María Lemes, researcher at Aarhus University, and Ángel Rivero Falcón, technician at the Technological Institute of the Canary Islands (ITC), with the project titled “Fast & Fishious!” has received the award for the best technology transfer marketing plan within the framework of the EMPORIA4KT project, funded by the INTERREG Atlantic Area program.

EMPORIA-1From left to right: Yolanda María Lemes, Inma Herrera, Ana Sofia Esteves, and Ángel Rivero Falcón, Rozenn Le Vaillant

EMPORIA4KT trabaja en el diseño y la ejecución de acciones con agentes que siguen el modelo de la triple hélice para implementar la innovación territorial en la economía azul. Al centrarse en la mejora de las capacidades académicas para la transferencia de conocimientos y la innovación, este proyecto promueve el diseño de proyectos de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación (I+D+i) orientados al mercado.

Inma Herrera, a researcher from the high-level research center at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, participated with her colleagues for the past nine months in a training program developed in the Canary Islands by EMPORIA4KT, mentored by Rozenn Le Vaillant, Cooperation and Innovation Manager at Technopole Quimper-Cornouaille, to develop the project "Fast & Fishious: Farmed species for more sustainable industrial and sport fishing."

EMPORIA_2Inma Herrera presenting the market plan "Fast & Fishious"

The proposal presented by the winning group, known as "Fast & Fishious," focused on offering fresh and frozen fillets of Liza aurata fish, which they have named "Canary Rockcod", based on the advancements achieved in its cultivation through research conducted at the Taliarte Marine Science Park of the University Institute of Research in Sustainable Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (ECOAQUA), employing local and sustainable aquaculture practices.

The award ceremony took place at the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium in the capital of Gran Canaria as part of a conference held at the end of June, organized by the La Palma Research Center. This event, titled "Fostering Innovation through the Blue Economy: from the Canary Islands to the Atlantic Area perspective," had nearly 100 participants, including Ana Sofía Esteves, project manager of EMPORIA4KT and researcher at the NOVA School of Science and Technology (FCT NOVA) at the Caparica campus in Portugal.

EMPORIA-4-GroupParticipants in the conference on June 20th and 21st, 2023, of EMPORIA4KT

The jury highly regarded the project's priority to provide high-quality products with exceptional taste, valuing commitment, honesty, respect for the environment, and flexibility and adaptability to change.

Photos taken and provided by the La Palma Research Center (LPRC)

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