The winners of TechnovationGirls 2022 travel to Brussels to present their project to activate tourism in the hollowed-out Extremadura.

  • At Finnova in Brussels, young people from IES Alba Plata, Fuente de Cantos presented their project at the event Building tomorrow’s Europe with today’s women.
  • The headquarters of the foundation held the event that brought together 100 people to promote female entrepreneurship and innovation.

Brussels,08/05/2024. The winners of the Finnova- TechnovationGirlsCV Challenges, edition 2022, attended the event “Building tomorrow’s Europe with today’s women” at the Finnova Foundation headquarters in Brussels yesterday, Tuesday, May 7. This event brought together more than 100 people to discuss the role of women and girls in European construction. At the event, students from IES Alba Plata de Fuente de Cantos (Extremadura) had the opportunity to present their initiative “Helium”, which focuses on fostering tourism in the hollowed-out Extremadura using unused buildings.

The president of the jury and coordinator of the Finnova Challenges -TechnovationGirlsCV, Lola Bordás, CMO of the Finnova Foundation and CEO of the Founders association, highlighted the idea in an edition in which “all the initiatives proposed great ideas to generate disruptive changes in the environment and fully aligned with the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda”. Juanma Revuelta, CEO of the Foundation, highlighted that the presentation of his project during the event emphasizes the relevance of young entrepreneurship and the importance of continuing to promote innovation in all areas.

The meeting on May 7 is part of the conclusion of the Erasmus+ 100 Women Plus project, which is led by Finnova in conjunction with the Cabildo of Fuerteventura and the Founders Association, with the aim of fostering cooperation and understanding to promote entrepreneurship and women’s leadership. An event in which women and girls will be the center of action and which will bring together different initiatives aimed at encouraging female entrepreneurship and promoting innovation among women and girls in STEM professions.

Visiting Brussels

The young women not only attended the event on May 7, but also, during their stay from May 5 to 9, visited Finnova’s offices and several European institutions such as the Parliament. In addition, they had the opportunity to visit the House of European History and participate in Europa Experience, interactive and multimedia areas in which to experience the fascinating collaboration at European level to address the most important challenges of the moment.

About Technovation Girls – Finnova Challenges

Technovation Girls is an entrepreneurship and technology program that aims to inspire girls and young women between the ages of 10 and 18 to become leaders and innovators. Led in Valencia by María José Valero, CEO of Talent Growth Management and ambassador of Technovation Girls Comunidad Valenciana, the program aims to reduce the technological gender gap that currently exists. The aim of this contest is to create groups of girls and young women so that, with the help of a mentor, they develop a mobile application (app) that helps solve a social problem that is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. In this way, in a fun and didactic way, the girls learn about programming concepts, app development, the development of a marketing plan and market research, in addition to learning about the social problems that affect their communities.

About TechnovationGirls

Technovation Girls is an entrepreneurship and technology program that aims to inspire girls and young women between the ages of 10 and 18 to become leaders and innovators. This annual competition, organized by the American non-profit association Technovation, is sponsored by València Activa, with the collaboration of American Space Valencia, ETSIAM of the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), and the Mesa de la Ingeniería Valenciana, among others.

About Finnova Foundation

Finnova is a Spanish-Belgian non-profit foundation working for the promotion and development of innovation and entrepreneurship at EU level. Based in Brussels, it operates through collaborations and partnerships in all countries of the European Union. Finnova’s experience in leading European project communication and dissemination activities is combined with a strong proven track record in start-ups and business support programs, such as accelerators, incubators and ceremonial event selection and awarding.