This week, the project GALACTICA, led by AEI Tèxtils, has come to Terrassa for two activities: the 2nd hackathon final round and to host a Learning Expedition. GALACTICA aims at promoting innovation across the aerospace, textile and advanced manufacturing sectors.
On Monday and Tuesday, AEI Tèxtils welcomed 12 companies coming from across Europe from aeronautic/aerospace, advanced manufacturing and textile sector within the framework of GALACTICA Learning Expedition to Terrassa with the aim of exploring the Catalan textile innovation ecosystem. Participants visited several cluster members including LEITAT, UPC, LIASA, CINPASA, Marina Tèxtil, Texfire and Marina Race.
Within the Learning Expedition, AEI Tèxtils organized a cross-fertilization workshop among visitors and cluster members (E. CIMA, GROBELASTIC, MARINA TEXTIL, TEXFIRE and MACCIÓN) in order to promote synergies across Europe and across the different domains covered by GALACTICA such as advanced manufacturing and aerospace. All cluster members were really satisfied with the new connections enabled by GALACTICA and the cluster, as source for innovation and competitiveness increase.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, AEI Tèxtils, as coordinator of GALACTICA, also hosted the 2nd GALACTICA Hackathon final in Terrassa. This second event welcomed the 9 finalist teams and the 5 jury members, all coming from different European countries. All the teams had 24h to develop an innovative business model of their ideas combining textile, aerospace and advanced manufacturing. The hackathon distributed 45.000€ in prizes and was open to startup teams and students. The final pitching session and the award ceremony was held at ESEEIAT, UPC as member of the cluster.
AEI Tèxtils is leading upcoming GALACTICA activities including the launch of the second call for proposals planned for mid-January and the organization of the 2nd matchmaking to bring together companies to establish synergies and prepare consortia to apply in the 2nd call. The second call will count with 1.64M€ in funding to support Orbital Projects and Pioneer Acceleration projects.
AEI Tèxtils is supporting its members as a collaborative engine for driving economic recovery, renewal and resilience based on innovation. The GALACTICA project is a key strategic to build and connect SMEs from the cluster with other European companies. AEI Tèxtils supports business growth opportunities focusing on connecting innovation opportunities.