Fundación Corporación Tecnológica de Andalucía (CTA) is a regional public-private partnership (PPP) that was created in 2005 as joint effort of Andalusia regional government and a group of key companies to trigger innovation activities performed by the Andalusian private sector and to connect these activities with academia and society, supporting public bodies innovation policy implementation and promoting world-class R&I in a transition region. Currently, CTA is owned by more than 150 companies, 70% of them SMEs, in 7 main European industrial priority sectors: ICT, Aerospace and productive processes, Agrifood, Biotechnology, Building and civil engineering, Energy and Environment, and Leisure and Tourism.
CTA’s main activity during these years has been advising, mentoring and funding (with own funds) innovation projects lead by companies and with a clear a measurable market application in a short and medium term, being therefore deeply embedded in the productive system. For the past 12 years, more than 600 projects have been supported with a total investment of some €150 million, having a leverage effect to mobilise additional private investment of ca. 460 M€. The partnership approach permeates these research projects, which must involve a research group. So far, more than 1000 local researchers and 309 research groups have participated. This way, CTA excels as a unique organization, acting as a multi-sectorial innovation cluster and, far from just funding, developing a holistic approach to innovation that paves the way for project results swiftly introduction in the market. CTA also acts as a catalyst of collaboration, disseminating results, creating partnerships between its members and research groups, both local and international, and supporting the creation of joint research projects. In addition, CTA organizes technology awareness events and training for companies on key emerging areas. Regarding the connection with public bodies, CTA is a policy advocacy body, providing strategic advice on innovation and technology to governments, from regional to international frameworks.
Usual contributions and activities of CTA in international cooperation projects are:
- Systemic vision of the RDI ecosystem: involvement of all value-chain stakeholders, RTDs and universities, society, governments, other associations, etc.
- Holistic approach for RDI: strategic R&D advice, support in innovation policies and business plan alignment, financing plan definition
- In-house evaluation service with detailed objectives and proven procedures which can be adapted to the specific nature of each project and sector
- Support for public-private partnerships (PPPs) development
- Private funding scheme: Financing of Andalusian RDI project initiatives with CTA incentives
- Training / mentoring of entrepreneurs in the financing and marketing of innovation and the dissemination of technological developments. Entrepreneurship programs and awards evaluation
- Support in RDI results comercialisation. Business planning and market analysis. Technological risk assessment for entrepreneurial initiatives
Dissemination and communication of project results