4YFN is the startup event of the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry, GSMA MWC. This year, 4YFN 2021 has been a key date on the CREB UPC calendar because for the first time we had our own stand. The goal has been to present and introduce our Innovation Health Tech network (Xartec Salut) to the international start-up community and industry.

Xartec Salut, led by CREB-UPC and funded by AGAUR and FEDER, is made up of 47 research groups from Catalonia that belong to 17 different institutions. It aims to be a catalyst for R+D+I in the field of healthtech in Catalonia, fostering the exchange of knowledge and technology transfer between research groups, institutions, hospitals and companies, promoting the creation and growth of new innovative companies and offering more efficient instruments for technology transfer with a greater economic and social impact. The idea is focusing on reducing the gap between research and impact on the market, generating tools that facilitate the arrival of technologies that address the needs of the health world. Finally, we have started our own venture builder program with our first 7 startups.

All these ambitious goals described above are carried out by a great team formed by (from left to right in the picture): Sergio González, Antonio Galicia, Manel González-Piñero, Anna Turón, Berta Borràs and Sergio San Agustín.