News - 06/02/2020

At Girbau LAB we reinforce open innovation

At Girbau LAB we continue with the actions to approach disruptive and advanced solutions for the laundry industry from environments outside the company itself. We work with an open and innovative environment.

Recently, the team of intra-entrepreneurs at Girbau Group’s headquarters in Vic have visited Wayra’s facilities in Barcelona. Thus, the participants of the second edition of our iDrivers program have been on Telefónica’s startup accelerator. During the meeting they were able to hear and exchange experiences with Wayra’s leaders about how the accelerator works. They also had exhibitions of some of the entrepreneurs residing in the center to develop their projects.

Previously, the iDrivers team have continued sessions with Creacció to prepare their solutions and business proposals for Girbau Group. By the end of February they will be submitted to the Innovation Committee, which will assess its continuity.

Precisely with Creacció  a new challenge has also been opened with students. Students from the Technology and Communication Training Center of the University of Vic-Teknos, from La Salle Manlleu and from the IES-FP Vic have begun their exploration to find solutions to a challenge linked to the industrial laundry launched by Girbau LAB.

Another of Girbau LAB’s open innovation activities in recent weeks has been the exploration of startups in the latest edition of IQSTechFest, the main International Congress of Industrial Startups organized by IQS Tech Factory. During the event, Girbau LAB director Mariona Sanz contacted various startups presenting in their prototype stands and potentially interesting solutions to incorporate into Girbau’s business.

In turn, Mariona Sanz has also had the opportunity to participate in the roundtable of the presentation of the new book on innovation for small and medium-sized enterprises by expert Alfons Cornella: ‘How to Innovate without being Google’ . There he was able to see that with creativity, open mind, determination, conviction and a clear and defined methodology and discipline, innovation is accessible to all organizations.