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Hunting And Capturing Of Talent

Link, connect, unite, retain and finally add. All this means the English verb bind and this is what the BIND 4.0 program aims to achieve, attracting to the Basque Country projects related to the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, artificial intelligence, artificial vision, robotics, cybersecurity and biosciences or feeding techniques , among other new disciplines.

The objective is to accelerate the transition from the industrial fabric to the new technologies with which the most competitive are already managed and thus guarantee quality jobs and business survival.

The 57 driving companies that participate in this intelligent industry innovation platform, including Mercedes-Benz, Siemens Gamesa, Faes Farma, Coca-Cola, European Partners or Unilever, have not hesitated for a second to maintain the objective of digitize their businesses, despite the pandemic, by 2021.

In the fifth edition of the program, they have selected 72 startups as finalists to be added to their projects and put one more march towards that goal.

They know that talent and good ideas are the key to survive and do so in the best conditions and that despite the slowdown of the coronavirus and the health and economic crisis that has ensued from the spread of the virus, we must keep moving so as not to stay behind.

It will be this coming January when the participants of this public-private initiative of the Department of Economic Development, Sustainability and Environment will be announced, through the SPRI group and its Up Euskadi platform.

The finalist companies of the fifth edition of BIND 4.0. They come from 17 different countries. 20 of the startups that have been presented are from the Basque Country and another 20 from the rest of Spain — Catalan, Galician, Murcian and Madrid — and another 32 are international, —10 come from Germany, and the rest from the United Kingdom, Italy and Canada -.

In the Basque Country, public-private collaboration follows an advanced model that is giving good results in everything related to technology and knowledge transfer.

The clusters, which began as sector platforms, have ended up becoming collaborative and permeable entities so that the developments of all kinds that they achieve, thanks in part to access to public financing, reach the smallest entrepreneurs and SMEs. “It would not be possible otherwise,” assures the Basque Government Minister of Economic Development and Infrastructures, Arantxa Tapia, to EL PAÍS.

The smart industry open innovation platform, BIND 4.0, was awarded the main prize at the XIV edition of the European Business Promotion Awards, organized by the Directorate General for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission, in the business environment improvement category.

The award was announced on November 16 at the Annual Meeting of SMEs in Berlin and recognizes local, regional and national policies to promote entrepreneurship.

BIND is not the only bet. It is inserted in a network of initiatives that will have to fight fully against unemployment, business closures in many sectors and the scars it is leaving in others, such as the automotive industry, or aeronautics, without forgetting the hospitality industry and all the related to tourism, which, since the end of ETA, has not stopped growing .

The Basque Government is going to promote a one-stop shop for the Basque entrepreneurship system with specific offers for young people, in coordination with the University and VET centers.

Young people, for the second consecutive crisis, are those who are suffering the most from its consequences. Basque companies should take note and go to vocational and university training centers to select talent and knowledge.

For the moment, the data for the latter part of the year indicate that unemployment in the Basque Country is being contained, and that companies are trying to resist as best they can the huge gap opened by the pandemic.

But we cannot forget that this is the result of a series of decisions that are temporarily cushioning the brutal drop in activity caused by the covid, a decline that, according to the Basque Government, will be around 10% this year.

Two measures have a lot to do with this ‘containment’. On the one hand, ERTEs for suspension due to force majeure which, in the Basque Country, affect some thirty thousand workers; and that they do not count as unemployed.

And on the other, the line of guarantees to companies, via ICO or Elkargi, which have provided liquidity to companies and avoid, for now, numerous bankruptcies and closures. Another thing will be when you have to start returning them.

If activity does not recover by then, the outlook could be very different from today. But let’s not anticipate events. Today, the important thing is precisely to resist, a task that is not proving easy at all. In addition to the complicated situation of the hotel and tourism industry, in Euskadi there is a non-homogeneous behavior of the industry.

Depending on which sectors, we see a completely different evolution, but especially complicated, in cutting-edge areas such as aeronautics, machine tools or the sector more directly related to oil.

On the contrary, the automotive industry is pulling strongly again, the same as those related to, for example, biosciences or green energy have been doing for a long time. So, the crisis does not hit everyone equally, although all have felt it intensely.

And, beyond that, what we all share is that business visibility is practically nil. It is not known what awaits us after the next curve. It is very difficult to make predictions about the evolution of the economy in the short term because the uncertainty is very high.

We live surrounded by a thick fog that grips our confidence, delaying our investment and purchase decisions. That will only change when the pandemic is definitively controlled, an expectation more present than ever before the imminent arrival of vaccines that in months could turn the health crisis on its head.

But, until that moment arrives, we cannot just wait, nor let ourselves be carried away by pessimism. It is more necessary than ever to plan a reactivation of the sectors most affected by the pandemic, among which is also the industry, being aware that we have a previous situation and tools that we have never had before to face a crisis.

In Euskadi we already have the experience of having overcome particularly complicated situations.Nothing indicates that, on this occasion, we cannot do the same as long as we make the right decisions and, of course, we know how to take advantage of the enormous aid launched by Europe, in which constitutes an obvious shift in the direction of recent crises.

There it is key. First, and in current circumstances of total uncertainty, it is a matter of keeping the largest number of companies and jobs possible. Once the worst is over, We must promote measures that help us to reactivate solvent companies and sectors that have been hit hard by the pandemic.

And, immediately afterwards, we have to know how to take advantage of European aid to favor a profound transformation of our productive fabric, which affects future activities and thus guarantees our particular model of social welfare in Euskadi, today at the head of the most important countries. developed in the world.

That is precisely the basis of the proposal that Confebask put forward in institutional forums for months. The need to, first, resist and reactivate in order, then, to promote the development of an internationalized, innovative, digital and sustainable Basque economy.

This last point is also crucial, because triple sustainability – economic, social and environmental – is an unavoidable requirement for the new model of economic growth. And something is already being done in the Basque Country. Initiatives around ‘green hydrogen’ are moving a significant number of Basque companies with important planned investment plans.

They are not the only cases. At Confebask we are working hard so that the receipt of European subsidies allows Basque companies to take a great competitive leap. That is the great challenge that lies ahead. A transforming project of the country that, in addition, is going to require broad and transversal agreements between all social and institutional agents.

At Confebask we have always been open to constructive dialogue. Today, if possible, more than ever: they can count on us from minute one. And something is already being done in the Basque Country. Initiatives around ‘green hydrogen’ are moving a significant number of Basque companies with important planned investment plans.

They are not the only cases. At Confebask we are working hard so that the receipt of European subsidies allows Basque companies to take a great competitive leap. That is the great challenge that lies ahead. A transforming project of the country that, in addition, is going to require broad and transversal agreements between all social and institutional agents.

At Confebask we have always been open to constructive dialogue. Today, if possible, more than ever: they can count on us from minute one. And something is already being done in the Basque Country. Initiatives around ‘green hydrogen’ are moving a significant number of Basque companies with important planned investment plans.

They are not the only cases. At Confebask we are working hard so that the receipt of European subsidies allows Basque companies to take a great competitive leap. That is the great challenge that lies ahead.

A transforming project of the country that, in addition, will require broad and cross-cutting agreements between all social and institutional agents. At Confebask we have always been open to constructive dialogue.

Today, if possible, more than ever: they can count on us from minute one. Initiatives around ‘green hydrogen’ are moving a significant number of Basque companies with important planned investment plans.

They are not the only cases. At Confebask we are working hard so that the receipt of European subsidies allows Basque companies to take a great competitive leap. That is the great challenge that lies ahead.

A transforming project of the country that, in addition, is going to require broad and transversal agreements between all social and institutional agents. At Confebask we have always been open to constructive dialogue. Today, if possible, more than ever: they can count on us from minute one.

Initiatives around ‘green hydrogen’ are moving a significant number of Basque companies with important planned investment plans. They are not the only cases. At Confebask we are working hard so that the receipt of European subsidies allows Basque companies to take a great competitive leap.

That is the great challenge that lies ahead. A transforming project of the country that, in addition, is going to require broad and transversal agreements between all social and institutional agents. At Confebask we have always been open to constructive dialogue.

Today, if possible, more than ever: they can count on us from minute one. At Confebask we are working hard so that the receipt of European subsidies allows Basque companies to take a great competitive leap. That is the great challenge that lies ahead.

A transforming project of the country that, in addition, is going to require broad and transversal agreements between all social and institutional agents. At Confebask we have always been open to constructive dialogue. Today, if possible, more than ever: they can count on us from minute one.

At Confebask we are working hard so that the receipt of European subsidies allows Basque companies to take a great competitive leap. That is the great challenge that lies ahead. A transforming project of the country that, in addition, is going to require broad and transversal agreements between all social and institutional agents.

At Confebask we have always been open to constructive dialogue. Today, if possible, more than ever: they can count on us from minute one.

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