Espaitec and the Castellón Council Offices closed the eighth edition of the Castellón Global Program, a reference business growth programme in the province of Castellón, which has helped to help the growth of 77 companies from 30 towns in this province since it started.

This event was held online, when the nine selected firms, and the teachers and mentors of this edition, participated with: Pau Ferrando, Provincial Councillor of Economic Promotion, Occupation and Internationalisation of the Castellón Council Offices; David Cabedo, Deputy Vice-Rector of Transfer, Innovation and Entrepreneurship of the Universitat Jaume I (UJI); Juan A. Bertolín, the Manager of the General Universitat Jaume I Foundation and the Managing Director of Espaitec.

The Castellón Global Program has redesigned its training and mentoring plan to be held online owing to today’s pandemic. Both the Castellón Council Offices and Espaitec very positively value the efforts made and the level achieved by the nine participating companies after 6 months of intense training and mentoring. These firms have worked alongside very prestigious teachers and professional mentors with ample experience acquired in Spain and abroad, who shared their experiences and advice with all the selected firms so they can develop by following set patterns. From May to November, these firms have attended different training sessions of relevant themes, such as innovation, communication and marketing, business strategies or internationalisation, among others.

The firms of the eighth Castellón Global Program edition

The nine firms that participated in this edition operate in six different sectors and are located in six towns from the province of Castellón: Mamá Bio from the Agro-Food sector (Benicasim); Hoyoyo from the audiovisual sector (Benicasim); Cardenal Zenit from the design sector (Vall de Uxó); Bydoing Creative Educational Center from the education sector (Vila-Real); Producciones & Espectáculos TS from the services sector (Altura); Asia Paradise from the tourism sector (Castellón); Dr. Farnós, from the health and beauty sector (Alcocéber); Mondo Ritmic from the education sector (Castellón); Balneario de Montanejos from the tourism sector (Montanejos).

One main novelty of this edition was the addition of the Mentor-Friend figure: companies from the programme’s previous editions accompanied the new firms throughout the training process, and personally contributed their experience and knowledge. It is also worth mentioning the support offered for training, networking and follow-up actions by the Castellón Global Program Companies Club, which is formed by the 68 firms that participated in previous programme editions.

During this Castellón Global Program edition, a set of training actions and innovation seminars was performed; for example, the webinar “Management Challenges in the COVID-19 era” given by Xavier Marcet, an expert consultant in strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship, the webinar “Traceability in the Primary Sector” by means of blockchain technologies, and the recent “Innovatossals Event” held with experts in innovation from domestic firms to share their experiences with the business fabric in the province of Castellón.

The Castellón Global Program is organised by Espaitec and co-financed with the Castellón Council Offices to make the business sector powerful and innovative in this province, to help rural areas fight against depopulation, and to contribute to increase the provincial business fabric’s growth capacity and competitiveness, especially in times of crisis when innovation must become a constant business feature.

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