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Bankia Accelerator by Conector launches its third edition with seven startups that will promote sustainable solutions

The corporate director of Strategy and Technological Innovation; the director of Reputation and RSC; and the director of Sustainability will be some of the directors of the entity that will advise these startups.
 

Communication Bankia

By  Communication Bankia

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19 November 2018 - 12:00

  • All selected projects contribute to the optimal use of resources and offer sustainable solutions
  • Bankia executives will be involved in the initiative once again with their mentoring to startups

Bankia Accelerator by Conector, the startup accelerating initiative promoted by Bankia and Conector Startup Accelerator, has launched its third edition dedicated to circular economy and sustainability projects with seven finalist projects.

After the celebration of the 'Startup Day' on which entrepreneurs defended their projects to enter the program, Bankia and Conector have chosen the ones with the most votes to be part of this edition focused on startups whose product or service contributes to the optimal use of resources, as well as the reduction, reuse or recycling of the elements involved. The seven selected startups propose diverse solutions, but all have this common denominator. The finalists are:

  • Hoop: Solution for the optimisation of vehicle occupancy. With its platform they connect drivers and passengers who share the same destination and/or point of departure.
  • Flip&Flip: Brand of sustainable backpacks made from reused materials.
  • RecircUP: Software platform installed in conventional waste collection containers providing them with IoT technology including gamification, information station and container monitoring in real time.
  • Ecodicta: Clothing rental platform by subscription at an affordable price, including companies with sustainable production chains and consolidated brands.
  • Rentya: Circular economy platform for the rental of products between individuals and companies that extends the life cycle of these material goods.
  • Recyclers: Online platform for direct purchase from upcycling and sustainable item creators at an affordable price.
  • Niimaar: Zero Waste lifestyle & design products online shop.

The entrepreneurs leading these projects will have the possibility, until the end of March 2019, to network with key people in their industry, participate in a weekly training program, have an exclusive team of mentors and work in a free coworking space lent by Bankia. In addition, they will receive contributions in the form of perks as well as preparation and contacts to search for investors.

The first step that the startups of the program will have to carry out is to set up the mentors board that will advise them during the whole acceleration process. On each board there will be at least one Bankia mentor and the rest will be from the Connector network. Some of the executives of the financial entity that will advise the startups are: the corporate director of Strategy and Technological Innovation of Bankia, Ignacio Cea; the director of Reputation and RSC of Bankia, David Menéndez Garbajosa; and the director of sustainability of Bankia, María José Galvez Cardona.

Cea has highlighted his "excitement for being part of the program and being able to support the career and projects of the startups, as well as encourage and share knowledge and experience and learn from each other".

The program will end in April with the celebration of 'Demo Day', a private investment forum where entrepreneurs will present their startup to investors, business angels and venture capital guests.

Bankia Accelerator was born with the aim of promoting the Spanish entrepreneurial fabric, talent, quality employment and, in this third edition, also contribute to create innovative and sustainable solutions for an optimal use of resources.

About Connector Startup Accelerator

Conector is a startup accelerator driven by some of the most prominent entrepreneurs in the technology field in Spain. Its partners are Carlos Blanco, founder of Encomenda VC and Nuclio VB; Gerard Olivé, founder of Antai VB and BeRepublic; Marc Ros, founder of AftershareTV and 60dB; Marc Vidal, founder of Idodi VC; Miguel Vicente, founder of Antai VB, CornerJob, LetsBonus and Wallapop; Risto Mejide, founder of AftershareTV and 60dB; Xavier Verdaguer, founder of Imagine; and Elisabeth Martínez, the CEO of the accelerator. Conector was born with the vocation of promoting and helping the Spanish entrepreneurial ecosystem by supporting projects and entrepreneurs in the digital industry (Internet, mobile and new technologies). Connector has more than 250 mentors from all over Spain, are experts in the different areas of the digital industry, and has accelerated more than 120 startups, which have raised over 50 million euros in investments.

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Alberto G. Toribio, responsible for Blockchain at Bankia.

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According to the ranking ‘100 Economic Leaders For The Future’ prepared by the Choiseul Institute.

Alberto G. Toribio, responsible for Blockchain at Bankia, among the ‘100 Economic Leaders of Tomorrow’ in Spain

The study is prepared by Instituto Choiseul that analyzes aspects such as aptitudes and professional trajectory, reputational image or leadership, among other multiple factors.
 

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By  Bankia Comunicación

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31 January 2019 - 10:45

  • The study is focused on identifying the Spanish leaders of the future and its third edition has been published in our country
  • Alberto G. Toribio, who enters for the first time in position 56 of the ranking, signed for Bankia in 2017 to lead projects based on Blockchain technology
  • As an expert in technology, Toribio has also collaborated with national organisations; such as the Ministry of the Interior, the Supreme Court or the Bank of Spain; and international ones, including the Federal Reserve of the United States, the European Commission or Europol

Alberto G. Toribio, responsible for Blockchain at Bankia, has been included among the ‘100 economic leaders tomorrow’ in Spain in the ranking that the Choiseul Institute publishes each year.

This is the third edition of ‘100 Economic Leaders For The Future’ and Alberto G. Toribio enters for the first time in position 56 of the ranking.

The study is focused on identifying the Spanish leaders of the future. To carry out the selection, the Choiseul Institute has developed a methodology of its own, previously tested in other similar works in France and Africa, in order to carry out an in-depth analysis of the candidates.

This analysis has been based on aspects such as aptitudes and professional career, power and position, influence and relationships, image and reputation or potential and leadership. Given the particular circumstances of Spain and its educational system, people in the range of 30 to 42 years have been included.

After creating the first Blockchain startup in the world with a banking partner and creating Blockchain projects for large companies, Alberto G. Toribio joined Bankia in 2017 to lead projects based on Blockchain technology.

He has also worked as a technology expert for organisations such as the Ministry of the Interior, the Supreme Court or the Bank of Spain. His experience led him to collaborate with international organisations such as the Federal Reserve of the United States, the European Commission, in Brussels or Europol, in The Hague.

The Choiseul Institute is an independent Think Tank dedicated to the analysis of international strategic issues, as well as global economic governance. Its objective is to create independent spaces for dialogue at the intersection of political and institutional worlds, between the economic environment and in the sphere of ideas, in order to fertilise the debate on contemporary issues, as indicated in the aforementioned study.

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The 2nd of the Dualiza Challenge kicks off to boost innovation in Dual Vocational Training

This project, promoted by the Bankia Foundation for Dual Training, allows students to acquire their first experience of real work while promoting the capacity for entrepreneurship and innovation.

Communication Bankia

By  Communication Bankia

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31 January 2019 - 11:45

  • 50 participants, 7 centres and 10 companies start the 2nd edition of the Dualiza Challenge
  • The Bankia Foundation for Dual Training, the Bertelsmann Foundation, the Alliance for Dual Vocational Training, the CEOE Business Confederation of Madrid (CEIM) and the Cooperativa Gredos San Diego, promoters of the Project

The 2nd edition of the Dualiza Challenge to promote innovation in dual Vocational Training has started at La Nave de Madrid with the participation of 50 or so attendees.

For two days, students, professors and professionals will work side by side in order to identify innovative improvements in the participating companies, which represent a qualitative leap for the company.

The Challenge seeks to promote the capacity of entrepreneurship and innovation through the search for improvements in production processes, logistics, marketing, communication, internal management or even in the product itself.

Once they have been identified, the teams will receive online training and accompaniment sessions to advance in the development of the projects, which will have to be prepared by the end of April or early May. At that time they will be presented before the management of the participating companies.

In this edition, a total of 36 students from the Community of Madrid have enrolled, belonging to the advanced levels of Administration and Finance; Administration of computer systems in network; Animation of physical and sports activities; Children's education; Automotive; Laboratory for analysis and quality control; Development of cross-platform applications; and Prevention of occupational risks.

Together with them, 11 teachers from 7 educational centres and 11 professionals from 10 companies will be attending.

The Dualiza Challenge represents the Bankia Foundation’s commitment for Dual Training, of the Bertelsmann Foundation, the Alliance for Dual Vocational Training, the CEOE Business Confederation of Madrid (CEIM), and the Cooperativa Gredos San Diego for promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in the field of Dual Vocational Training.

The development of innovative solutions is carried out in a real way, hence all companies apply the solutions found.

The Challenge allows the student to acquire their first real work experience, helps the teacher to put their centre in contact with the latest market technologies, and allows the company to promote social commitment with the promotion of education, as well as contributing to the training of young talent for the subsequent incorporation into their workforce.

Dualiza Bankia, Bankia’s dual training initiative

Dualiza Bankia is the brand through which the Bankia Foundation for Dual Training conducts all its promotion and awareness initiatives for vocational training and dual vocational training. And it represents the commitment acquired by Bankia to the promotion of education as a way to improve society, combat inequality and promote greater social cohesion.

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The students have received a diploma that accredits their training during an event that took place at Adeca's headquarters

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The course ended this Wednesday in Albacete

More than half of the students of the digital skills course promoted by Dualiza Bankia in Albacete already have a job

Training for students has been focused on acquiring skills in digitalization, digital marketing, user experience (UX), and web programming

Communication Bankia

By  Communication Bankia

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27 February 2019 - 14:00

  • Eight of the thirteen students of the Ditec course are already working in companies in the industry.
  • The project has come to fruition thanks to the collaboration of Dualiza Bankia -the brand through which the Bankia Foundation channels all its actions to promote Vocational Training-, Adeca and the Regional Government of Castilla la Mancha.

Eight of the thirteen students of the Ditec digital skills course imparted by Dualiza Bankia in Albacete, in collaboration with the Association of Companies of the Campollano Industrial Park (Adeca) and the Regional Government of Castilla la Mancha, have been hired at the end of the course by the companies in which they interned.

The students are from the IT cycle of the IES Leonardo Da Vinci high school. All of them began their additional training in April, which lasted until the end of December due to their internship periods.

During the theoretical part, students have received a total of 180 hours of training to acquire skills in digital transformation, digital marketing, user experience (UX) and web programming.

Bankia’s Regional Corporate Director in Castilla la Mancha and Extremadura, Jaime Campos, highlighted "Bankia’s commitment with the promotion of education and Vocational Training through its Dualiza Bankia brand, which serves to improve the training of numerous students". He added that "proof of this is that more than half of the students who have participated in this Ditec are already working, which shows that courses like this respond to the needs of the market."

For his part, the president of Adeca, Santos Prieto, stressed that "from ADECA we have collaborated to make it easier for company owners to adapt their business to the new digital requirements by hiring qualified people." In addition, he added that, "we want to continue working on the same path of support for company owners, talent and dual education, because businesses must adapt to the digital age and to the new demands of the market."

Today, the students today received the diplomas that certify their training during an act that took place at the Adeca headquarters.

The commitment of Dualiza Bankia and Adeca to the region is evident in the new training activities that will begin shortly. Both organizations will promote another Ditec training course in Ciudad Real. In addition, together with the Business Association of the Romica Industrial Site, Adepro, and the Regional Ministry of Education, they will provide an additional training course in foreign trade, Comex, in Las Pedroñeras.

Apart from this training, Dualiza Bankia, in collaboration with the Confederation of Employers of Albacete, with the Provincial Association of Dressmaking of Albacete and the Regional Ministry of Education, will develop a complementary training program in computer-assisted pattern design, for students of the clothing and fashion industries.

Dualiza Bankia, Bankia’s dual training initiative

Dualiza Bankia is the brand through which the Bankia Foundation for Dual Training carries out all of its promotion and prestige activities regarding vocational training and dual vocational training, keeping in mind that it improves the employability of students and the competitiveness of companies. And it represents the commitment acquired by Bankia to the promotion of education as a way to improve society, combat inequality and promote greater social cohesion.

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The president of Bankia, José Ignacio Goirigolzarri, during his inaugural speech at Forinvest in Valencia.

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At the inaugural speech of Forinvest in Valencia

Goirigolzarri: "Our goal is to turn Bankia into the preferred bank in Spain"

To achieve this, Bankia has "customer satisfaction, an excellent corporate governance, a permanent vocation of service to society and absolute respect for our principles and values".

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05 March 2019 - 13:30

  • The president of Bankia highlighted, at the main financial forum of the country, the importance of customer satisfaction, the permanent vocation of service to society, excellent corporate governance and the "absolute respect for principles and values" required to achieve this goal
  • Goirigolzarri claimed that "we must be aware of and deal with" the reputation of banking and argued that "Bankia is possibly the best example of the recovery of the financial system"
  • "Valencia is our home, we were born here and here we have our headquarters since the beginning" he said.

The president of Bankia, José Ignacio Goirigolzarri, has assured that the objective of the financial institution is "to be the preferred bank in Spain" and that, to achieve this, Bankia has "customer satisfaction, an excellent corporate governance, a permanent vocation of service to society and absolute respect for our principles and values".

Goirigolzarri has inaugurated the twelfth edition of the Forinvest fair, which is being held today and tomorrow at the Valencia Fair, with a conference entitled 'Bankia against the challenges of the financial system'.

"In the main financial forum of our country", he pointed out that, strategically, the companies that overcome the challenges of the future will be those that "give a high quality response in virtual relations with their customers, promoting digital practices to protect data privacy” and that, at the same time, are capable of "accommodating their traditional distribution network so that it complements a multi-channel approach and is a source of competitive advantages".

The great challenges of the financial sector

The president of Bankia underlined in the course of his speech that "the two great challenges" of the Spanish economy in the medium and long term are the high level of unemployment and the level of public debt.

In addition, he pointed out that the financial industry faces three major challenges: reputation, profitability and the strategic challenge derived from the change of habits of its customers due to the emergence of new technologies.

With regard to reputation, Goirigolzarri stressed that "the financial system is key to the future of society" and has admitted that, in 2012, it was the main economic problem in Spain, but that it has carried out "a very significant restructuring and transformation process". "While it is true that the bailout received made it solvent and guaranteed the safety of the customers and the system, it was not a guarantee of its viability in the long term", he pointed out.

"The savings of the depositors were rescued, but the bank, employees and shareholders have undergone a profound restructuring process", he explained, assuring that "it has led it to a 40% decrease in offices and a similar decrease in workforce, about 80,000 people". In this regard, Goirigolzarri argued that "Bankia is possibly the best example of the recovery of the financial system".

The president of Bankia stressed that he has "always" considered reputation to be "highly important". "We must not only be aware of, but also deal with what society is asking of us because it is evident that society is very disappointed with the operation of the financial system during the crisis", he acknowledged.

On the opening day of Forinvest, Goirigolzarri stressed the importance of having "excellent corporate governance practices" and insisted that "the sustainability of a project lies in society finding it useful" and "wanting us to exist".

In addition, the president of Bankia has mentioned profitability as one of the great challenges faced by the financial industry. "Without adequate profitability, which must be higher than the capital cost, the bank will be unable to attract investors and, therefore, finance the economy", he warned, and mentioned negative interest rates as a cause of low profitability along with the continuous deleveraging of families and businesses.

Lastly, Goirigolzarri pointed out that banking faces a "very important" strategic challenge derived from the change in customers' habits and that "it is boosted by a technological revolution".

However, he stated that he sees this technological change "as a great opportunity" and not "as a great threat" along with the fact that there are new competitors due to the rise of new technologies. "Technology is a weapon that should allow us to improve service to our customers," he remarked.

Bankia Fintech by Innsomnia in Valencia

Goirigolzarri pointed out that Bankia's strategy regarding new competitors is "collaboration and alliance" and that, for this reason, it created Bankia Fintech by Innsomnia in La Marina de Valencia, with the aim of incubating and accelerating national and international startups. He explained that, in two and a half years, it has received more than 300 startup applications from which the entity has selected 47, with 60% of which it has signed a collaboration agreement.

The president of Bankia also stressed that Valencia is "a very important region" for the entity. "It's our home, we were born here as a bank, and here we have our headquarters since the beginning", he said, and highlighted its "great importance from a business perspective."

In this line, he acknowledged that the fact of having 1.6 million Valencian customers, more than 60,000 companies working with the entity in the Community of Valencia and having a 19% market share in the province of Valencia entails a "great responsibility".

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