The spinoff project was one of the finalist of EAE Impact Forest Awards 2022
Ecomemb, the new spin-off company being created by the University of Girona (UdG) and the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA), participated at the 4YFN – 4 Years from Now, the international conference on entrepreneurship and start-ups of the Mobile World Capital Barcelona, from February 28th to March 3th 2022.
For the first time, the University of Girona (UdG) has exhibited different entrepreneurship initiatives to connect them with other start-ups, investors and corporations, and promoting the creation of new business ideas. The event is 4YFN, one of the most relevant international entrepreneurship conferences. Thanks to this initiative, the Ecomemb team was fully immersed in the Catalan business ecosystem, sharing space with Xkelet, BAGI Inversions SL, The Smart Lollipop, TENSOR MEDICAL LLC, MENTYCO y Orpheus — Empowering Buildings.
Moreover, Ecomemb was selected in the Impact Forest Awards 2022 of the prestigious business school EAE Business School. «We have recently been awarded the Ship2b certification as a company with an environmental and social impact, which it coincides with the criteria of the Impact Forest awards jury», says Raquel García Pacheco (leader of this initiative). «We have had the opportunity to share our project with other finalists:alterity, HarBestMarket, KPLearning, MiWendo Solutions, Comunitaria.com and OtailO (the award winner). This opportunity has put us in contact with Silicon Castles, Fondo Bolsa Social , FJ Group, Bcombinator, Farzana Patherya, Zubi Capital, Fundación Repsol, Pleo, Transaction Focus, Enagás, Qonto, Canal ES, Girbau LAB, Recircular, Sorigué, MEETOPTICS and many more. Contacting so many people with so much experience has enriched us as a team and individuals», Raquel says.
Ecomemb’s mission is the sustainable recovery of reverse osmosis membranes discarded in desalination for subsequent reuse in water treatment. Such membranes are filters widely used in desalination and wastewater treatment plants. One large desalination plant can have up to 20.000 reverse osmosis membranes that are renewed every 5-10 years and then disposed in landfills or incinerated. Ecomemb sustainable membrane recovery technology has been developed within the framework of Mem 2.0 project (TECNIOSpring programme, ACCIÓ) and DECEMEM project (INNOVADORS programme, AGAUR).