Program, Technology

Call4Tech: Meet the 15 finalists

A few years back, we were knocking at Universities’ doors with a clear determination set in mind: to bring their valuable research into the market. Back then, this was an eager dream. Right now, it is a proven reality. And what an upwards journey it has been.

Edition past edition we have only grown in support, applicants and startups. As a matter of fact, the next edition will welcome 5 extra teams (15 in total) to join our ever-increasing goals of excellence in technology transfer.

The 2019-20 edition was formally presented a few days ago by Àngels Chacón, the Catalan minister of Business and Knowledge. Among the novelties, we announced a renewed programme structure with 2 more balanced stages, inspirational sessions with star entrepreneurial figures (Atrapalo, Let’s Bonus, BitBrain, etc.) and workshops from renowned Silicon Valley professors (Jerry Engel).

Nevertheless, the true protagonists of the launch event were no other than the technologies; the 15 finalist projects represented by their proud researchers and Universities. And they had a fair reason to be satisfied: they were the top applicants among dozens in our territory chosen by The Collider’s scientific committee.

And with further ado, let us present the 15 projects that, with The Collider’s help, will soon kick the entrepreneurial scene:


Vall d’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR)

Customized monitoring platform that increases adherence of stroke patients.


Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC)

AI solution that adjusts real-time oxygen treatment for patients with respiratory diseases.


August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS)

Smart platform that engages chronic patients and health professionals throughout the care process.


Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC)

RNA-Seq data solution that improves performance and injury recovery of professional athletes.


Charles III University of Madrid (UC3M)

Humanoid robot that engages children and elderly with physical rehabilitation.


Institute for Research and Innovation Parc Taulí (I3PT)

IOT wearable that enables real-time monitoring of agitated psychiatric patients.


August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS)

Facial pattern recognition solution that detects fetal alcohol spectrum disturbance.


Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2)

Cooling and adaptable film that keeps temperatures down with zero energy consumption.


Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC)

Business intelligence platform that improves decision making for energetic aggregators.


University of Barcelona (UB)

AI geotechnical modeling platform that reduces uncertainty in oil and gas probes.


Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC)

Intelligent fabric that converts regular clothes into smart wearables.


Telecommunications Technological Centre of Catalonia (CTTC)

Surveying rodes that allow topographic studies not affected by electromagnetic interferences.


Institute for High Energy Physics (IFAE)

X-ray sensor that enhances precision and speed of material inspection.


i2Cat Foundation

Neutral host platform that allows telecom companies to operate 5G services.


Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC)

Blockchain based digital twin that permits a secure and efficient inspection in industrial manufacturing.


Program, Technology

Call4Tech: The quest for the best of science

That time of the year has come again when the shutdown of a new edition starts the countdown for the next one. On Friday the 21st June, we celebrate the closure of The Collider 2018-2019 with staff, mentors and participants invigorated by the early steps and success of the 3 newborn startups of this batch.

A couple weeks later, we will officially launch the new 2019-2020 edition in the company of institutional representatives and programme friends. However, as our reader’s may remember from an earlier post, the new edition has already been cooking under the radar for a few months now, kicking off with the challenge definition alongside a wide number of corporations.

In addition, the call for new technologies has been progressing for weeks and is currently on the last sprint: expert’s evaluation. On this occasion, The Collider has received over 160 candidacies from research centers and Universities mainly from the Catalan territory but also coming as far as Madrid or London. All projects are now in hands of an experts’ committee who is doing a thorough assessment based on standardized criteria.

To shed a bit of light into this behind-the-scenes process and acknowledge the rigorous work of our committee, herby we disclose the top 8 principles that will help rank the candidates down to the final shortlist:

  1. Technology readiness level (TRL): is the technology project mature enough to execute pilot tests in less than 1 year?
  2. Technical specifications: how much better is the technology compared to other similar or alternative technologies in terms of performance?
  3. Intellectual Protection Rights: does the current status of the technology protection favor its commercialization and represents a competitive advantage?
  4. Scalability: can this technological solution be scaled?
  5. Pilot Tests and/or “Proof-of-Concepts” completed: are the results obtained significant at the industrial level?
  6. Feasibility of proposed case study/ies development plan: is the plan sufficiently realistic to execute a pilot test with an initial funding of 50.000€ and feasibility to attract more investors after this above mentioned initial funding?
  7. Competitive advantage: how different is the solution in terms of market indicators (costs reduction, time optimization, new revenues)?
  8. Market opportunity (quantification & trends): is there a sufficiently large and attractive market? Cost reduction solution or new business opportunity?

The initial filtering has already reduced the contestants to 50 who are now undergoing an in-depth scoring which will leave only 25 runners-up. The representatives of these 25 projects will finally have to defend them personally in front of the committee by answering their inquisitive questions.

By the end of the whole process, we will have the 15 finalist technologies, that will be presented publicly on the press conference in early July. Stay tuned to get to know them very soon…


Meet the 3 latest companies born in The Collider

The latest The Collider edition is coming to an end and it is now fair to say that it has been a success. Among the over 30 contestants getting onboard 6 months ago, three teams of entrepreneurs have make it to the finishing line. Three teams who have endured the difficult Opportunity Validation phase and are now developing their first industry pilots. As they leave the program’s nest, these startups will enter The Collider’s exclusive portfolio, where they’ll still enjoy a wide range of benefits including office space and investment guidance.


Meet The Collider 18-19 startups:


All Read


CEO: Miguel Silva

COO: Adriaan Landman

Sci: Dimosthenis Karatzas, Marçal Rossinyol, Lluís Gómez

Research Center: Computer Vision Center at the UAB University


All_Read Machine Learning Technologies develops an advanced intelligent technology for character recognition capable of extracting alphanumeric text in operational environments. In other words: reading text in difficult conditions.

The algorithm is based on a neural network model of learning (Deep Learning), developed by the Center for Vision by Computer of Catalonia, able to detect the text and turn it into Big Data.

Nowadays, companies with industrial processes are under an immense pressure to digitalize operations and improve their efficiency. Nevertheless, today’s solutions for semantic processing are either manual, or inaccurate, and they lack profitability.

All_Read focuses on the sectors of Logistics, Utilities and Manufacturing to change the state of the art of information processing.





CEO: Mariano Sancho

COO: Marc Sendra

Sci: Marco Antonio Perez Martinez, Lluis Gil Espert

Research Center: Laboratory for Technological Innovation in Structures and Materials at the UPC University


SmarTTower offers the product and service required for the predictive diagnosis of metallic infrastructures in a remote and autonomous way.

This technology based on Structure Health Monitoring (SHM) that allows prevention of critical situations in the service of utility companies thanks to a predictive analysis (modal analysis of vibrations) based on the weather experience and passage.

The target customer is any company holding metallic infrastructure as an asset; e.g. electric companies, railway sector, telecommunications, etc. These companies can reduce the risk of their own service interruption and the cost of the insurance by monitoring appropriately the health of their infrastructure.




CEO: Alonzo Romero

COO: Natalia Skwarek, Miguel Delgado

Sci: José Luis Romeral

Research Center: Center of Innovation Electronics at the UPC University


BeNergyS has developed a predictive management system for the Energy sector backed by artificial intelligence software. BeNergyS learns the consumption patterns in any building

to predict the energetic demand. It holds the capacity to operate any building in an autonomous and efficient way.

The size of the Energy Management Systems market in Europe for the year 2019 reached a total of 12B $ with an Annual growth of 16%.


The Collider 2019-2010 Challenge: #BeyondData

The Collider was born with the ultimate goal of bringing disruptive research to the market and consequently, to society. As the programme grows in maturity and reputation, the efforts to close the circle between Research Centers and Corporations succeed more and more. Not in vain, the new edition has counted with over 50 corporate representatives for the kicking point of the new edition: the challenge definition.

Throughout two co-creation sessions held in Madrid and Barcelona, innovation managers and corporate disruptors have defined altogether the potential challenges, the game-changing issues and the quick wins in the grounds of our 4 industry verticals (Health & Wellness, Mobility, Industry 4.0 and Utilities). Among the top corporations represented we counted with Idneo, Iberostar Group, Novartis, Port de Barcelona and Canon among others.

The results of this working sessions are now ready to be presented as the challenges that will thread the new edition. It is now the turn of Universities and research centers to answer our call for technologies giving answer to these challenges.

And with further ado, meet The Collider 2019-2020 challenges:



Enhancing efficiency, accessibility and sustainability to improve people’s lives



The Demoday Wraps Opportunity Validation

Last Friday the nerves were on edge at the office. Not in vain, it was the day which marked the end of the programme’s first phase, known as Opportunity Validation. A selected group of 14 experts populated the first three rows of the presentation space awaiting to hear each team pitch the results of their hard work during the past 5 weeks.

The investor’s committee was formed of a mixture between private and public representatives, corporations, investors and successful entrepreneurs, all covering The Collider’s 4 industry verticals (Utilities, Health & Wellness, Mobility and Industry 4.0). The committee’s mission was to assess as objectively as possible 6 key areas for each project: value proposal, market, protectability, MVP development plan, business & financial plan and team.

All Collider teams had as little as 12 minutes to convince the jury that their project was worth becoming a startup and therefore, accessing the Mobile World Capital’s initial funding and fulfilling the next Venture Building phase. The rehearsals on the previous days had already set a high standard; the feedback from colleagues and tutors paving the road for the jury’s most inquisitive questions to come.

In the end, the session underwent smoothly and in a timely manner. The team’s performance was outstanding, concealing any apparent nerves if there were. Regardless of the outcome, one could feel the sense of achievement in the air; also the pride on each tutor’s faces, who have followed the projects since the very first blank page in the business plans.

The 4th of March will be the first day of the Venture Building phase, lasting up till the end of June when we will celebrate the closure of the programme with a festive Demoday. But first, next week’s Mobile World Congress will rejoin every single participant in this edition for a dose of keynotes, networking and beers. Check out what The Collider has to offer at the Mobile World Congress 19. Hoping to meet you all at the Congress next week, we leave you with a selection of photographs from last Friday’s demoday.

Entrepreneurship, Program

The Collider @ 4YFN ’19

That time of the year has arrived again. The time when Barcelona’s streets get filled with thousands of people from around the world gathered to debate and build the future of Telecomms. The Mobile World Congress is due this month (25th-28th February) in Barcelona and The Collider is proud to enjoy special access. As a programme by the Mobile World Capital Barcelona Foundation, The Collider will be present at the Congress and most especially at 4YFN, its startup event, in the form of numerous activities.

If you don’t want to miss the latest news and features in the programme, make sure to save the following events in your agenda right now:



The Collider exhibition at MWCapital stand

25-27 February / 09:00-18:00.

4YFN @ Fira Montjuïc

The Collider’s portfolio companies will be exhibited at 4YFN at MWCapital stand, which will be a meeting point for entrepreneurs, investors and corporations attending at the event. The Collider will also have an info point, where you can meet our team and discover more information about the programme.



Tech Transfer @ The Collider: Vision, Opportunity & Results

26 February / 11:15-12:00.

4YFN – MWCapital Stand

Many of today’s main opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship share the challenge of complexity: the need to converge several advanced technologies such as sensors, IoT, AI and Blockchain, as well as countless questions from the legal, and even at times ethical, perspective. Technology Transfer through the involvement of Universities, Corporates, Investors and, of course, Entrepreneurs, promises to overcome this challenge. Spain’s research ecosystem is particularly well positioned to transfer scientific knowledge into value-add opportunities and The Collider’s startups are demonstrating how.



Tech Transfer Success Stories: from Antennas to MP3

27 February / 11:20-12:00.

4YFN – AGORA Stage

The Collider brings successful Tech Transfer entrepreneurs to discuss their inspiring stories and speak about how to bring technological breakthroughs to markets in ways that consumers and businesses can benefit from.



Round Table with Technology Transfer Offices

27 February / 12:30-13:15.

4YFN – MWCapital Stand

The commercialization of technological assets from universities and research centres is a big challenge since there are many steps turning an idea into a product. The Collider invites local TTOs to present their new initiative on bridging the gap between scientific and entrepreneurial ecosystems.



Congress Talks: The Collider

28 February / 11:00-11:30.

MWC @ Fira Granvia – MWCapital Stand (CS40)

Samantha Lopez, took part in the previous edition of The Collider. Now she is CSO of RheoDx, one of The Collider’s successful startups. She will take part in Congress Talks and tell us about her fascinating journey from scientist to entrepreneur and how The Collider helped her in this transition.



We have been preparing each and every activity with attention and determination, confident that they’ll satisfy our audience’s curiosity. For anyone interested in The Collider, this is the perfect occasionand to meet the team personally; feel free to pop by at any time at the MWCapital stand to get to know the staff, current and former participants and a variety of projects from the programme.


Looking forward to meeting you all!


Opportunity Validation Kicks Off: Agenda and Milestones

Following an intense team-building weekend in November, the 10th of December marks the beginning of The Collider’s formative programme per se. As we explained in the programme’s general overview, the first phase takes two months and holds the name of “Opportunity Validation”. It is the most hectic period in The Collider, since all teams work against the clock to prove that their technologies have a viable market application. It is a time of divergence, convergence, pivoting and interviews that culminates in a Demo Day in February.

In this post, we zoom into this edition’s Opportunity Validation phase, including the overall agenda, milestones and deliverables entailed. Apart from the first week and a half, which is packed with inspirational and informational keynotes (hosting corporates, OTRIs, etc.) every week during the programme will have a regular set of activities detailed below:


Team Presentations

Group sessions where each team has 5 minutes to share their progress while presenting the tool/canvas they have worked on the previous week followed by another 5 minutes to receive feedback from other fellow teams. This will be the regular schedule:

  • What are you working on? (One-liner)
  • What was the goal set 3 days ago? Why did you complete it or not?
  • What is the biggest obstacle that you are currently facing where the group can help you?
  • Explain your unit assignment.

Meet the Expert

Each Tuesday, we will welcome a wide range of worldwide experts in tech-transfer and entrepreneurship for an informal talk in the lounge area. The goal of these sessions is to present real cases that participants can connect with and extend their network. Guests will comment on their experience and offer honest advice on the programme’s projects.

New Unit

The formative programme is split into 8 units. Each unit has a lecture, some optional readings, a video, a group discussion and an assignment to be completed. The whole process is aimed at building and validating hypotheses. Tutors will use the “Online Workspace” to guide participants through the Lean Startup Process and smoke tests.



In addition to having full access to all lectures and conferences, participants are bound to meet privately at least once a week with a tutor particularly assigned to each team according to their needs. Tutors share a hands-on expertise in a range of areas concerning deep-tech and entrepreneurship. Besides their 2-hours of tutoring each team will also get a chance to meet with specialists to help in specific topics related to their industry or weakness.



On the personal level, all participants will also benefit from the support of a human resource specialist, who will attend three checkpoints per team during the first phase. These sessions are meant to work all emotional aspects related to the project, including work roles, team pulse, motivations and learnings.



All the activities detailed above are set to prepare The Collider participants for the final test: the Demo Day (mid-February). On this occasion, which marks the end of the Opportunity Validation phase, all 10 teams present the results of their hard work in front of the investment jury. This jury is formed by the most influential programme ambassadors, scholars and institutional representatives who will take into consideration 5 key points to give their verdict on each team:

  • Technology Transfer agreement with the University
  • Investment Deck
  • Business Plan with a Financial Plan
  • MVP Development Plan
  • Pilot secured with a business company


All projects that successfully achieve the stated points above will be granted an entry to the programme’s second phase (Venture Building), where they will be incorporated into a startup and receive the first investment by mVenturesBcn to develop their MVP. If you’re curious to see how well each team performs, stay tuned to our social media as the Opportunity Validation unfolds.


Meet The Collider ‘18 Technologies

Last week, we introduced you to the people that will take the stages of The Collider 2018, coming from renowned research centres and outstanding professional backgrounds. Needless to say that we are thrilled by the perspective of being surrounded by such an upmarket talent for the next six months. Thus, we have placed all our will an effort into turning this journey into a memorable and successful experience for everyone.

But today, we are for once removing the spotlight from participants and focussing on the other true protagonists of The Collider 2018: the onboarding technologies. We can now officially announce that the new edition welcomes 10 technologies with the greatest potential from over 250 candidacies, each of which has gone through a thorough assessment by an expert’s committee evaluating factors such as readiness to market, industry impact and protectability.

Without further ado, meet the final selection of technologies entering The Collider 2018:



Research Group: Centre de Visió per Computació (CVC), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

Description: AI & Computer Vision to identify text in images.

Project BeNergyS

Research Group: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)

Description: Machine Learning for preventive control of energetic consumption.

Project MSci

Research Group: Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV)

Description: Data Analytics for risk prediction and decision making.

Project RPEHS

Research Group: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)

Description: Material to generate energy from movement.


Research Group: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)

Description: Wireless IoT to identify damages in power towers.


Research Group: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau

Description: AI & Sensors to predict athletic performance.


Research Group: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)

Description: Miniaturized sensors to be integrated into textiles.


Research Group: Parc de Salut Mar (Hospital del Mar)

Description: Personalised treatment and monitoring of diabetes through IoT and Open Data.

Project F2C

Research Group: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and Hospital Clínic de Barcelona

Description: Fog & Cloud Computing to tailor oxygen dosages for patients.

Project TELNA

Research Group: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)

Description: AI to improve the performance of new configurable networks such as 5G. 


All the listed technologies above come hand in hand with a set of researchers and principal investigator’s who have dedicated years of work into developing these projects – you will get the chance to meet them in due time, too.

Now, it is our turn to help them bring this potential into the market.

Keep posted for more!


The Collider Weekend in pictures

It’s 9 o’clock on a Saturday morning of November. The auditorium at mVenturesBcn has over 40 chairs perfectly aligned awaiting the audience. On the screen, one message receives all guests: The Collider Weekend – Welcome!

Welcome to The Collider 2018. Welcome to your new office. Welcome to your new team. And welcome to the technological matter that is bound to revolutionise the industry thanks to your effort and attitude.

For the next two days, the office would become a playground for team-building activities and experiential learning starring the successful candidates of the new edition (from now on, our Colliders). It was a real joy to see top-class CEOs, enthusiastic COOs and awarded Scientists starting the engines and working together for the very first time.

The main goal? To get to know each other and to set the values and grounds for the purposeful months ahead.

If you’re curious to feel a bit of the vibrant energy revolving The Collider Weekend, today we bring a graphic memory of what happened over these days.

Keep posted to follow the promising road ahead!


Inspirational speech offered by the programme’s star speaker, Albert C. Mikkelsen.


Roundtable with former Collider participants: Anna Nicolau (Icaria Medical), Smantha López (RheoDx) and Cristian De Santos (SAALG Geomechanics).


Participants get to know each other in ice-breaking dynamics directed by coach experts Humanside.


First team-building challenge: the pipeline.


Another collective challenge: the big bag jump!


The emotional journey experience, proving how we manage expectations.


Participants sharing their learnings and values from the activities undertaken.


Views from the after-work terrace at Museu d’Història de Catalunya.


Meet The Collider ‘Experts Committee’

As a public initiative, The Collider aims for rigour and transparency. This is why the programme’s road to excellence is backed by a prestigious experts committee, who offer their impartial advice in the major decisions and lines of action of The Collider. Hereby, we present a selection of our invaluable expert’s board that brings together key influential backgrounds in the tech-transfer and venture building scope, both from the public and private sector. We will disclose further names in the upcoming weeks.


Eduard Alarcón

Vice President of IEEE Circuits and Systems Society & Professor at UPC BarcelonaTech

Eduard Alarcón-Cot holds an M. Sc. (National award) and Ph.D. degrees (honors) in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Catalunya (UPC BarcelonaTech). An associate professor at UPC, Eduard Alarcon has performed numerous directorial roles in the academic scene, including co-director of N3CAT, the center for Nanonetworks at UPC. He has co-authored more than 250 international scientific publications, 4 books, 4 book chapters and 4 patents, and has been involved in different National, European and US (DARPA, NSF) R&D projects. He is an elected member of the IEEE CAS long term strategy committee where he currently serves as Editor-In-Chief for the IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems.


David Arroyo

Innovation Technology Project Manager at GSMA

David Arroyo is the Innovation Technology Project Manager at GSMA, coordinating programmes such Digital Transformation, FutureNetworks and Internet of Things, implemented in Spain. With a background in Technical Engineering (Universidad Politecnica de Madrid), David Arroyo has also served bringing GSMA’s initiatives to Latin American operators following an intensive experience in both private (Voice and Mobile Data Project Manager at Vodafone) and public institutions (Technical Programmer for the Agricultural Ministry of Spain).


Marta Príncep

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Director at Bellavista Legal

Marta Príncep built a career of 16 years in the healthcare industry becoming Head of Central Nervous System Pharmacology department at Ferrer Pharmaceutical. She then moved on to the largest Biocluster in Catalunya (Biocat) as Innovation Director and Board Member for four years. Such expertise in the biomedical sector has brought her to key responsibility positions at Bellavista Legal, GAEM Foundation, Mind The Byte, and the Richi Foundation among others. Marta holds an Advanced Management Program at ESADE-Wharton School where she mastered in global growth strategy, business opportunities and financial challenges.


Javier Sendin

Networks Group Director at GSMA

Javier Sendin graduated in Informatics from Universidad de Deusto and started his career as an informatics consultant. He then joined Telefonica, the major Spanish Telecoms company, for 14 years where he reached managerial positions in the areas of International Roaming and Customer Care, also served as CTO for the L2O Roaming Hub Company project. After a year in the US working as Operations Manager for Syniverse en Tampa, he finally joined GSMA in 2013 where we acts as Roaming Technical Director in the United Kingdom subsidiary (Director of International Roaming Expert Group and Interconnect Working Group).


Jordi Serrano

Founder of UniversalDoctor

Dr. Jordi Serrano Pons is a General Practitioner and the founder and CEO of UniversalDoctor, a social enterprise developing applications to facilitate multilingual communication between healthcare professionals and patients – winner of the United Nations World Summit Award for Global Champion of the mHealth category. He currently serves as a Health and Innovation Consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO), where he has coordinated international projects and seminars. In addition, Jordi serves as Innovation Consultant for various entities, including Fira Barcelona and healthcare organizations in Spain, and is now a Grand Jury member of the World Summit Award.

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