Aigües de Barcelona, through its subsidiary for innovation Barcelona Business Disruptive Innovation (B2DI), launched Síty last May with the aim of complementing the traditional model of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) with “the fourth P”, that of People.
The Síty programme, whose motto is “Improving Cities – Empowering People”, began by calling on entrepreneurial citizens to propose their own solutions to improve the quality of life. It was thus the citizens themselves who proposed solutions for their own group, with the support of Aigües de Barcelona to bring them to fruition. Over 120 initiatives were presented under this call, of which 15 were selected to receive online training.
On 10 June last a committee of experts, formed by executives from the entrepreneurship area of Barcelona Activa, from Social and Economic Development of Barcelona Metropolitan Area, from Planning and Innovation from the Social Rights Area of Barcelona City Council, and from the “iDigital” and “Catalunya Emprèn” programmes of the Generalitat (Autonomous Government) of Catalonia, collaborated with Aigües de Barcelona to select the 5 finalist projects.
These projects, 3DClick, Cerqana, Sharing Academy, SmartMonkey and Things2Help, will now enter the incubation phase during three months at the headquarters of Incubio, in the municipal facilities of the Canódromo (former greyhound track) of Meridiana. The final objective is for ‘‘these objectives to provide socially, economically and environmentally sustainable solutions from the citizens and for the citizens, with a positive impact on the overall city’’, explained Fernando Rayón, Director of Barcelona Business Disruptive Innovation.
“Aigües de Barcelona provides citizens with the most basic and indispensable urban service: drinking water distribution. With Síty, we want to apply this service vocation, promoting initiatives conceived by the citizens themselves to improve the daily life of citizens as a whole”, concluded the Director of B2DI.
In September, these five start-ups will present their already developed products to society in order to improve cities and the quality of life of people.