Awards to entrepreneurship among VT students

Fundación Repsol has participated in the 2018 Urratsbat Awards, which are given to recognise businesses formed by vocational training (VT) students with innovative projects in the Basque Country.
Awarded Urratsbat program 2018, a project of Deputy Ministry of Vocational Education of the Basque Government, organised by Tknika and supported by Fundación Repsol and Obra Social La Caixa.

Fundación Repsol supports Urratsbat programme, through FP Euskadi (Deputy Ministry of Vocational Education of the Basque Government), an initiative which aims to help VT students to create their own businesses. VT centres turn into true business incubators, providing students with an entrepreneurial spirit with all the advice and assistance they need to get their businesses of the ground.

During the academic year 2016–2017, 87 businesses were created through the Urratsbat programme. The most noteworthy were recognised today  with a prize of €2500 for each: 

  • Best technological business award: BDC Building Dream Cars from state school Iurreta Lanbide Heziketa.
  • Best technological business: Lobide from the state school CIFP Elorrieta Erreka Mari LHII (Bilbao).
  • Best service business: Auditor Seo from VT centre Ceinpro (Donostia, San Sebastian).
  • Best business in the social sector: Costume & Space from VT centre La Salle Berrozpe (Andoain).
  • Best business in industry: Gruas Gora, from Salesianos Deusto school (Bilbao).
  • Best employment-creating business: Restaurante Manolenta from Gamarra school of Hospitality and Tourism (Vitoria-Gasteiz).
  • Best female-run business: Soda Surf Trips, from the Nazaret school (San Sebastian).

Representatives of the Deputy Ministry of Vocational Education of the Basque Government attended the ceremony, along with Nicolás Sagarzazu, director of Planning and Organisation, and Rikar Lamadrid,director of Technology and Advanced Learning; from the Deputy Ministry of Vocational Education. Iñaki Mujika, executive director of Tknika (Center for Applied Research and Innovation of the Euskadi Vocational Training Institute), also attended the initiative, and the representatives of the collaborating entities, Eduardo García, director of the Entrepreneurship area of ​​Fundación Repsol and Gaspar Guembe, Director of Institutions of CaixaBank in Gipuzkoa.

During the ceremony, awards were also given to several projects that are part of the other entrepreneurship programs that Tknika promotes and coordinates in the vocational training centers of the Basque Country: Ikasenpresa and Ikerin.

Ikasenpresa is an educational program that seeks to promote entrepreneurial culture among students, a step prior to the Urratsbat program, in which students develop a company with real product or service, enhancing their professional skills. Nearly 5,000 students and 200 VT teachers have participated in the program, and have presented a total of  823 projects of which 6 have been awarded.

On the other hand, the Irekin program seeks to promote the entrepreneurial initiative of teachers, offering specialized training. The participating teachers can take part in the Good Practices Competition. This year a total of 44 initiatives from 25 VET centers have been presented, of which 12 have been awarded.

The collaboration of Fundación Repsol in this initiative is part of its commitment to support talent development, fostering creativity and innovation, with projects such as Entrepreneurship in VT or Entrepreneurs Fund.