The Gran Canaria Economic Promotion Society (SPEGC) and the Microsoft Global Sports Innovation Center held an event in which over twenty Spanish ICT companies showed interest in the pros of setting up business in Gran Canaria.
In this way, the Island Council (Cabildo) continues its strategy of promoting the island as a destination for investment and welcoming firms by means of its external brand “Best in Gran Canaria”, and with this in mind a delegation of the SPEGC went to Madrid to hold talks with possible investors.
The President of the Herbalife Gran Canaria Basketball Club, Miguel Angel Betancor, and the Director of the UD Las Palmas Football Club, Patricio Viñayo were present at “Innovation and Sport in Gran Canaria: opportunities for investment and business for start-ups and SMEs”, and shared their respective strategies for innovation with the firms that attended the event.
The Director of the SPEGC, Cosme Garcia, explained to those present the main reasons for setting up business in Gran Canaria and, to emphasise its innovative environment, spoke of its technological incubators, shared offices and work spaces, both public and private, and the island’s important tourist market, as well as its enviable quality of life.
He also remarked on the possibility of companies having access to “local talent, which is highly qualified on account of the wide-ranging offer of educational opportunities in Gran Canaria”.
The extensive range of fiscal incentives in the islands, and the instruments of public and private financing and other support for recruitment, training and research available in Gran Canaria were a further part of his address.
The representatives of several of the ICT firms that were present at the event were able to have personal and individual talks with both the representatives of the SPEGC and those of the Gran Canaria Basketball Club and UD Las Palmas Football Club.
Global Sports Innovation Center
The purpose of the Global Sports Innovation Center is to improve the chain of value of the sports industry and become a world leader by taking advantage of the most advanced technology and facilitating contact between all sorts of firms, from start-ups to consolidated medium and large-sized companies.
Located in the heart of Madrid, it offers technological services, solutions and programmes that satisfy the needs of all members of the public, including students, entrepreneurs, governments and industries. With this in mind, their facilities have areas to meet all their needs.