On 9 March, Corporación Tecnológica de Andalucía (CTA) organised the kick-off meeting of the Andalusian Bioeconomy Platform of the European SCALE-UP project. The platform, led by CTA, brought together eleven public and private entities that will analyse the potential of the Andalusian bioeconomy, focusing on the olive value chain. Through regular meetings, its members will work to facilitate knowledge exchange and capacity building for the sustainable rural development of the olive sector in Andalusia.
The SCALE-UP project, funded with nearly €3 million by the Horizon Europe programme, will generate new tools and partnerships to boost the development of the bioeconomy in six rural European regions, fostering the creation of new bio-based solutions. It will use six regional platforms located in Northern Sweden, Mazovia (Poland), the Atlantic Arc of France, Upper Austria, Strumica (North Macedonia) and Andalusia (Spain). These platforms will foster the exchange of knowledge on the bioeconomy, the creation of new cooperation networks and the implementation of innovation support services.
At the first meeting of the Andalusian Bioeconomy Platform, held in hybrid format at the CTA headquarters, its members were able to learn more about SCALE-UP, exchange presentations with the other entities and discuss their role in this initiative. So far, the entities that make up the platform are:
CTA, as a member of the consortium of this European project, will be in charge of leading the activities of the Andalusian platform. In addition, it will lead the project's business development programme to be implemented in the different regions. With an emphasis on the principles of co-creation, transparency and open innovation, the work plan proposed by CTA will provide advice to entrepreneurs to assess market conditions in the bioeconomy, develop business plans and identify sources of funding for their bio-based solutions.
The European project SCALE-UP (Concepts, tools and applications for community-driven bioeconomy development in European rural areas) has been funded by the European programme Horizon Europe. With a duration of 36 months and an end date of August 2025, the initiative integrates nine European entities from eight countries, such as: