START, the Comillas University Entrepreneurs Association, was created in 2011 with one main target: to enhance entrepreneurship spirit amongst university students and teachers. In order to do so, in 2012-2013 it held a number of sessions and initiatives aimed at boosting student interest in entrepreneurship, building a network of different profiles capable of complementing each other when facing this challenge. The START Comillas goal is to become a reference for all similar associations of university students.
One of the relevant events of the year was the “Demo Day”, when several activities were held. The agenda included a round table on “Innovation Opportunities in Industry and Energy Sectors”. Isaac Prada took part, together with Manuel Martínez Alonso (Open Innovation Manager at Ferrovial), Agustín Delgado (Innovation Director at Iberdrola), Javier Rodríguez (Accenture Partner) and Efraim Centeno (IIT Manager).
Isaac described how energy efficiency and energy harvesting are two fields with a vast potential of innovation opportunities. He also explained the different synergies existing between start-ups and large corporations in R&D and how universities are a powerful source of bright new ideas.