StartupVillage is a project that combines high connectivity with entrepreneurship and innovation for rural and territorial repopulation, by working with more than 450 entrepreneurs in Spain. Coordinated by Territorio Emprendimiento, it is a spinoff of the European Commission StartupVillage Europe Network (SVEN).
It goes back to 2019 when StartUpVillage Villahoz - a small town of almost 300 inhabitants, was inaugurated as a workspace and incubation of projects; then the project scaled up the initiative to Lerma (the head of subregion with 10,000 inhabitants) and opened an Technical Office for Resilience and Innovation (OTRI) for identifying and creating inter-territorial projects within the Next Generation EU (NGEU) fund. Currently it is developing five projects at national level, focusing on rural environment and on building digital platforms to tackle rural depopulation and to improve the business and tourism information in the territory.
Watch these videos and find out more about the project here.