Jackie Sánchez-Molero (AVIA Automotive and Mobility Cluster): "VDS2023 offers an unparalleled framework to maximize the development of intelligent mobility"

For those who may still be unfamiliar, what is the Mobility Innovation Valencia event?

MIV 23 is the event dedicated to promoting sustainable and intelligent mobility. It was established in 2021 by the Automotive and Mobility Cluster (AVIA) of the Valencian Community. Its primary aim is to highlight the potential of the region’s innovative, technological, and productive ecosystem, bringing together a diverse range of stakeholders such as companies, technology institutes, universities, and innovative entities.


Tell us a bit about the event's trajectory in recent years.

During its inaugural edition, the event received support from the Ministry of Productive Sectors and Sustainable Economy and featured a well-curated programme  that showcased projects related to sustainable and intelligent mobility. The inclusion of exhibition areas, presentation sessions, and a space for B2B meetings infused the event with a dynamic energy.

In the following year, the event underwent a significant transformation and was relocated to the City of Arts and Sciences. This served as a catalyst for the participation of over 40 companies, including prominent entities within the automotive sector, tech-based firms, and mobility startups.

Notably, the event featured presentations and pitches that allowed us to share innovations, ideas, and projects with over 1000 attendees. Theoverwhelming success of the second edition solidified commitments from various companies and institutions to participate in the third edition. Additionally, the collaborative efforts between AVIA and Startup Valencia resulted in the integration of a dedicated space for emerging companies within the mobility sector, further strengthening the symbiotic relationship between the two organizations.


What role does the innovation ecosystem play in this event?

It is crucial. The current state of the automotive and mobility sector cannot be imagined without innovation. With the anticipated disruptive changes now manifesting, the integration of innovative strategies has become a prerequisite for companies to avoid obsolescence. Within the Automotive and Mobility Cluster of the Valencian Community, we understand innovation in a broad sense, encompassing not only the optimisation of production processes and products to increase competitiveness and sustainability, but also the integration of cutting-edge technological applications that are reshaping the landscape of mobility. The Mobility Innovation Valencia event stands as a platform dedicated to showcasing the innovations of all stakeholders in this field.


Given the significant presence of startups in the Valencian mobility sector, what advantages are associated with hosting the event within the framework of VDS2023?

We believe it's a wise decision. Startups bring a sense of agility and versatility to established companies, and in turn, established companies contribute startups with their extensive experience and robust structures. Furthermore, the digital and technological setting provided by VDS2023 acts as an ideal catalyst, propelling the development of intelligent mobility towards its full potential.


In what ways do these events complement each other, and how can MIV 2023 capitalise on the strengths of Valencia Digital Summit?

Mobility Innovation Valencia was originally designed for companies and entities involved in sustainable mobility. By being held alongside VDS, we believe it opens up many opportunities for collaboration between companies from various complementary sectors, thereby fostering an environment conducive to generating fresh ideas and innovative projects.

Moreover, recognising the significant success of VDS last year in attracting over 10,000 attendees, we anticipate a sustained or increased turnout this year, which benefits all parties.


What type of content can attendees expect to see at the event?

AVIA is proud to present a diverse lineup of companies and institutions eager to showcase their developments in sustainable mobility. The event will feature presentations and keynotes covering a wide range of topics, from cybersecurity to plastronics, energy supply access points, and new advancements in battery technology. These sessions will be spread across two days, interspersed with scheduled meetings and interactions between the participating companies supported by AVIA. It's worth noting that on Wednesday the 25th, AVIA will host a meeting with an automotive and mobility cluster from Finland that will be attending the MIV Event.

The session, titled "Tech for mobility: AVIA International Matchmaking event", will take place at the Innovation Center of Las Naves Centre d'Innovació Social i Urbana.


Reflecting on your participation in past editions of Valencia Digital Summit, what has been your experience, and how would you describe its evolution since 2018?

At AVIA, we believe that Startup Valencia has done an exceptional job at managing this event, even amid the challenges posed by the pandemic. It has successfully positioned Valencia Digital Summit as an international benchmark in innovation, technology, and startups, and turned it into a domestically and globally renowned event. We are proud to be strategic partners for the upcoming sixth edition of VDS2023 and look forward to contributing to its continued success.

How to get to VDS2023?

Valencia Digital Summit, the region's internationally recognised flagship tech event, is just around the corner, and it’s one you definitely don’t want to miss. A gathering point for startups, entrepreneurs, corporations, and investors, VDS2023 can pride itself on being exceptionally well-connected. 

Whether you choose to travel by land, sea, or air, we’ll guide you on how to reach Valencia Digital Summit, which takes place on the 26th and 27th of October at the City of Arts and Sciences. Along the way, you’ll also discover the exclusive benefits available to you as an attendee at one of Southern Europe’s most important tech events.


Valencia: a city open to the world

Valencia stands proudly among Spain's major regional capitals. Its Mediterranean location, industrial presence, and tourist appeal have forged strong connections for the city, both domestically and internationally.

In our quest to make your journey, stay, and attendance at VDS2023 as hassle-free as possible, we’ve partnered with a trusted travel agency. Thanks to Consultia Travel, you can efficiently organise your trip and optimise your travel and accommodation choices. 

If you choose to fly to Valencia with Iberia, Iberia Express or Iberia Regional Air Nostrum,  Valencia Digital Summit has a special offer for you. You can enjoy discounted prices on all Iberia flights to and from Valencia for the seven days preceding and following the event by using the discount code "VDS2023".

For attendees travelling to Valencia Digital Summit by train, there’s a 5% discount available on Renfe's AVE – Larga Distancia service when arriving or departing from Valencia's Joaquín Sorolla train station. To take advantage of this discount, simply complete the form in the "Getting There" section of the VDS website.

To make your stay more comfortable and transform your attendance at Valencia Digital Summit into a unique experience, we’ve established a collaborative partnership with Stayingvalencia. This hotel chain boasts six hotels, five tourist apartment buildings, and five restaurants across Valencia. These spaces prioritise design and quality, offering you the perfect place to “recharge” between event days. You can enjoy a 25% discount by using the code "VDS2023"  when booking on their website, 


All roads lead to Valencia Digital Summit

Once you’ve arrived in the city, it's time to make your way to the heart of the action: the City of Arts and Sciences, the venue for Valencia Digital Summit. As we consistently emphasise, Valencia is an accessible and welcoming city, boasting a robust public transport network that makes getting around exceptionally easy.

Here's a crucial detail: VDS2023 is being held within the Science Museum, located inside the City of Arts and Sciences, at Avenida del Profesor López Piñero, 7. This is the address you should enter into your GPS if you’re driving or provide to the driver taking you there.

FREENOW is offering a generous 50% discount per person per trip, valid for up to four trips, to help you attend the event. Simply remember to apply the code "VDS2023XFN" when booking your ride through the app.

Additionally, Cabify is extending an even greater discount of 60%, with a cap of 10€ per trip, valid for up to four trips throughout the event’s two days. Enter the code "VDS2023" in the "CABIFY" app and/or the website to take advantage of this discount.

If you are more into cycling, you can also go by e-bike with the special Kleta discount.

If you’re arriving in your own vehicle, enjoy our exclusive rates at the City of Arts and Sciences car park: €5 for 3 hours, €7 for 12 hours, and €24 per day for stays exceeding 12 hours.

For those opting for public transport, EMT bus lines 13, 15, 19, 24, 25, 35, 40, 94, 95 and 99, as well as Metrovalencia line 10 (Ciudad Artes y Ciencias - Justicia station), will smoothly transport you to the Valencia Digital Summit venue. 

While they say all roads lead to Rome, it’s clear from this post that all roads are leading straight to Valencia Digital Summit. Make the most of these exclusive discounts and start planning your trip to ensure you won’t miss a single moment of VDS2023’s action-packed programme.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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Valencia Digital Summit fosters university talent with The Challenge

Valencia Digital Summit (VDS2023) will serve as a catalyst for fostering an innovative culture within the university landscape and talent through The Challenge. This project is a joint effort between UPV and Startup Valencia, with the support of HP, the Valencia City Council, Valencia Activa and VLC Tech City, and made possible by Curiosibot. The primary aims of the initiative are to empower participants to develop their skills by engaging in hackathon-style challenges, and to give them the opportunity to develop and present innovative products and services that provide solutions to contemporary issues.

The competition welcomes both professionals and undergraduate, postgraduate or PhD students from any public or private university within the Valencian Community. There are no age restrictions or prerequisites for prior experience. Registrations will remain open until the 2nd of October.

Selected participants will not only have the chance to showcase their projects with a pitch on one of the main stages of VDS2023 at the City of Arts and Sciences, but they will also be in the running for a financial prize, courtesy of HP’s collaboration. Additionally, they will have the valuable opportunity to network with startups and prestigious organisations present at the international tech event, set to take place on the 26th and 27th October.

The deadline for registrations is Monday, the 2nd of October. From the 3rd to the 10th of October, teams will be formed and the challenges assigned. The hackathon itself is scheduled for the 18th of October, during which participants will be able to engage with prominent organisations including HP, BStartup Banco Sabadell, GoHub Ventures, Fresh People, Marina de Empresas, Fundación ValenciaPort, Banco Santander, and the Valencia City Council.

The most recent edition of The Challenge brought together 46 students from various universities, forming 9 teams that each presented their innovative solutions to tackle the challenges outlined in the fifth edition of VDS: Ignition, Growth, Transformation and Sustainability.

The winning teams, Viejos Amigos, BlueChange and GreenCam, all designed projects aimed at improving people’s lives and creating value for society.



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6 winning startups of the VDS Competition you should know

Disruptive startups from all around the world. These are the types of winners of the VDS Competition. The international startup competition of Valencia Digital Summit’s sixth edition is set to welcome two new tech startups to its list of winners. 

The competition continues to grow every year, with 2022 alone witnessing over 500 applications from more than 35 countries. It comes as no surprise, given that the startups claiming the award will go down in history as distinguished winners of VDS. Furthermore, they will benefit from the unique networking opportunities, heightened visibility, international media exposure, and business promotion inherent from a global tech event like VDS.


Shower of awards at the VDS2023 Pitch Competition

On the 6th of July, the top 50 startups will be announced. These startups have been selected by the expert jury of the competition for their innovative and disruptive nature, and they will gain even more visibility at VDS2023.

To discover the 10 finalists of the Pitch Competition, who will gather at the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia on the 26th and 27th October, we will have to wait until the 24th of July.

Earning a spot among the top 10 finalists in this competition and participating in the Pitch Competition is already an extraordinary achievement. The ten chosen tech companies will present their projects during VDS2023 to a top-level international jury comprising renowned investors and industry leaders. This means that they will have the opportunity to pitch at a tech event that is expecting over 10,000 attendees from more than 80 countries, and that attracts over 400 international investors with a total investment portfolio exceeding €8 billion.

The two winning startups, one in the Seed category and the other in the Growth category, will secure a space at VDS2024 and exclusive benefits such as networking opportunities and prominent visibility.


Winning startups at VDS2022

Trebellar (Best Seed Startup). Founded by two Florida-based Spaniards, Trebellar claimed the Best Seed Startup award at the fifth edition of Valencia Digital Summit for their platform that unifies and analyses the data generated by buildings, making them more efficient and sustainable.

 "As a Spaniard who has been working in the US for a long time, it is fantastic to witness this thriving community. The future looks promising, a fitting slogan for this event," said CEO Diego Ferreiro about VDS2022.

Delivers.AI (Best Growth Startup). This Turkish startup, with offices in London, Istanbul and Dubai, secured the title of Best Growth Startup at the VDS2022 Competition thanks to the development of a robot that provides an on-demand delivery service for food, groceries and parcels. Usame I, a Robotics Software engineer at the startup, highlighted their mission, stating, "We aim to solve traffic problems while building a better future through zero-carbon technology".


Winning startups at VDS2021

Streamion (Best Seed Startup). An advertising platform that  specialises in connecting advertisers with live streaming channels and video-on-demand platforms. Their approach integrates advertising seamlessly into streams, eliminating the need for disruptive interruptions. It won the Best Seed Startup award at the VDS Competition 2021 and was also a finalist at the 10th edition of South Summit.

For José Barreiro, the CEO of the startup, the key lies in "thinking differently and implementing ideas differently".

Nect (Best Growth Startup). Recipient of the Best Startup Growth award at VDS2021, this startup developed an AI-based application for automated online identity verification.

"The whole point of building a good future is to deliver positive change, and in order to do that, we must take risks,” stated Rubén Levy, Country Manager at Nect, during VDS2021.


Winning Startups at VDS2020

Camillion (Best Seed Startup). A Mexico-based startup founded by Valencian Adrián Doménech that has developed an internal audio and video messaging app tailored for sales teams and distributors. The tech company started 2023 with a successful round of funding, securing €1.8 million for its expansion plans.

Reflecting on Valencia Digital Summit and the innovation ecosystem in Valencia, CEO Adrián Domenech mentioned: "The positioning of Valencia is key for attracting top international speakers from renowned companies to VDS".

REGEMAT3D (Best Growth Startup). Based in Granada and Valencia, this startup designs and develops customised solutions in the field of bioprinting and regenerative medicine. The startup achieved significant progress in 2022 by successfully closing its second round of equity crowdfunding, raising €515,402.



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