Designing, developing and managing a new business is about taking risks and requires a particular set of skills and attitudes. Because identifying an opportunity and assessing its viability is just the beginning.
Four companies were chosen to carry out their pilot projects in the Startup Challenge: Photovoltaic panel cleaning. We chatted with them to find out a little more about the projects that led them to win this challenge, which was looking for waterless, sustainable and low-cost solutions to improve the cleaning process for solar panels in large-scale photovoltaic projects.
The world is advancing at a dizzying pace and opportunities are multiplying for those who have the vision and right attitude. StartComillas, an initiative by the Universidad Pontificia Comillas, foster the entrepreneurial spirit of its students by offering them the training, support and resources they need. Find out more about this initiative directly from its chairwoman, Pilar Hernández.
David Almroth, Umar Chughtai and Sakina Turabali are an example of how to go into business sustainably and successfully. These three youngsters from Sweden, Pakistan and Sri Lanka dreamed that electrical installations could be inspected more efficiently and above all in a less harmful way to the environment. And, to do this, they founded Skyqraft, the startup that won the Startup Challenge launched by Iberdrola group, Resilience to Natural Disasters.
When companies are seeking talent, they tend to look outside. But what if it was already there, in their own offices? Owing to a lack of mechanisms for identifying talent, a mistrust of internal structures or a reluctance to rearrange the hierarchy, many companies do not encourage their employees to develop ideas.