What is OnGranada?
onGranada Tech City is the brand that represents the Asociación Clúster Granada Plaza Tecnológica y Biotecnológica. It is an initiative of the CGE – Granada Business Confederation that includes among its members and governing bodies with:
Granada City Hall, Granada Council Office, University of Granada, Board of Andalusia, Granada Chamber of Commerce, ICT Business Associations – Andalusian, national and European Business Associations.
Its purpose is to locate technology- and biotechnology-based projects and companies in Granada and Andalusia, taking advantage of the major advantages offered by Andalusia in this type of industry, thereby boosting the local business fabric and creating quality jobs, as well as increasing the sector’s turnover.
onGranada aims to position companies in the areas such as ICT, Electronics, Biotechnology, Biotechnology, BioICT and Science and Technology applied to Health in a leading position at national and international level, as well as contributing to the development of Andalusia’s Technology Based Industry..
Board of Directors Structure
Don Francisco Cuenca Rodríguez
His Excellency the Mayor of Granada City Hall
Don Gerardo Cuerva Valdivia
President of the Granada Business Confederation
Doña Sandra García Martín
Representative of the Government of the Board of Andalusia in Granada
Don José Luis Alarcón
Vice-President of the Chamber of Commerce and Navigation of Granada
Doña Pilar Aranda Ramírez
Honourable Chancellor of the University of Granada
Don José Entrena Ávila
His Excellency the President of the Granada Council Office
Don Baldomero Oliver
Deputy Mayor Economy Delegate of the Granada City Hall
Don Luis Aribayos Mínguez
General Secretary of the Granada Business Confederation
Doña Ana Belén Palomares Bastida
Provincial Delegate of the Regional Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Science, and Employment
Doña Raquel Ruz
Employment and Commerce Councilwoman of the Granada City Hall
Don Antonio Alcántara López
Deputy General Secretary of the CGE
Don Vito Epíscopo Solís
RR. II Director at Trevenque Group
Don Joaquín Rubio Torres
Manager of the Chamber of Commerce and Navigation of Granada
Doña Ana Muñoz Arquelladas
Congresswoman of Employment of the Granada Council Office
Don Jesús Banqueri Ozáez
Office Director of Research Results Transfer OTRI UGR
Don David Arroyo González
Member of the Board of Directors of the Granada Business Confederation
Don Miguel Ángel Rodríguez Pinto
Member of the Board of Directors of the Granada Business Confederation
Doña Monica García Heras
General Secretary of the Chamber of Commerce and Navigation of Granada
Don Juan Ramón Olmos Vico
General Manager of Grupo Trevenque
Don Dionisio Torre Ramos
General Manager of Axesor Conocer para Decidir
Don Antonio Mingorance Gutiérrez
General Manager of Hefagra
Don Eduardo Haro Amate
Co-Founder & CEO of Nazaríes IT
Don Arnoud Krom
Co-Founder & CEO of Bi4Group
Don Javier Díaz Alonso
Consultant of Seven Solutions
Don Roberto Alvarez Ollero
General Manager of Solinsur Informática
Don Pablo Diaz Moreno
General Manager of Grupo Arelance
Don Antonio Vicent Pecharroman
General Manager of Mnemo
Legal and operational structure
It was established under the name “Asociación Granada Plaza Tecnológica” on 29 July 2013, under the provisions of Organic Law 1/2002, of 22 March, regulating the right to engage in association, a non-profit association with full legal capacity and ability to act. Subsequently the name was changed to the current “Asociación Clúster Granada Plaza Tecnológica y Biotecnológica” which is OnGranada.
Status of the association
In this tax year, the Asociación Clúster Granada Plaza Tecnológica y Biotecnológica, onGranada Tech City, has become the largest Digital Economy business organisation and the largest Technological Cluster in Andalusia.
OnGranada has 640 associated companies that represent 51% of the sector’s turnover in Andalusia, representing more than 3,700 million euros, almost 3% of the autonomous GDP.
On the other hand, companies associated with onGranada generate more than 58% of the sector’s employment in the autonomous region of Andalusia. The associated companies form part of the ICT, BIO-ICT, Biotechnology, Industrial and Consumer Electronics, Digital Contents, eHealth, Digital Health and other related sectors, although the ICT sector stands out as the most important in the association. More than 77% of the associates are located within the regions of Granada and Málaga.
Purposes and objectives
The purpose of the Association is to diversify the local and provincial productive and export base of Granada towards intensive sectors in new technologies, in particular:
– Attract the establishment of technology-based companies in Granada, especially information and communication technology companies as well as biotechnology companies.
– Creation of an area, or exploitation of an existing one, where the new technology companies existing in Granada are grouped together, with the purpose of fostering synergies between them.
– Attract investments in high-tech in sectors that develop or use New Technologies such as: ICTs, Biotechnologies, New Materials, in order to generate new qualified employment and new exports.
– Promote Granada as a national and international technology hub, with the purpose of improving the viability of companies based in Granada.
Distinctions and Awards
In December 2016, the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness of the Government of Spain granted us the qualification as AEI – Agrupación Empresarial Innovadora (Innovative Business Association), better known as Cluster, thus endorsing and certifying our journey, data, and the current situation of our organisation.
In July 2017, the success case of onGranada’s creation based on excellence and innovation in Granada was presented in Madrid at the Carlos III University.
In September 2017, in the VII International UIM-FLACMA Awards, in Caldas, Colombia, onGranada was awarded a special mention in the partnership category for the successful creation of an innovation-based ecosystem in Granada.
- Assistance in corporate, legal, fiscal and employment services.
- Assistance in locating offices or buildings.
- Assistance in locating employees and workers.
- Assistance in contracting supplies.
- Assistance in processing permits and licenses.
- Discount agreements with service and supply providers.
- Agreements with building and land owners.
- Agreements with hotels for temporary stays.
- Temporary offices, fully equipped for starting the activity.
- Assistance in locating housing for displaced employees.
- Assistance in locating schools and housekeeping staff.
- Identification of financial aid and subsidies for implementation.
European Cluster Collaboration Platform
The European Cluster Collaboration Platform is a space that has the objective of providing tools and services to Cluster-type organisations within the framework of the European Union, such as OnGranada.
The objectives of the ECCP are:
- Boost networking to facilitate business opportunities and to find potential partners.
- Development of collaborations between nations in Europe and outside the framework of the European Community.
- Support the emergence of new value chains through Cross-Sectorial Cooperation.
- Report on new Clusters development.
- Improve the performance and increase the competitiveness of its members.
Digital Innovation Hubs
OnGranada leads and coordinates the Digital Innovation Hub in Andalusia. A Digital Innovation Hub is a unique regional structure so that any company can easily benefit from specialised support when it comes to understanding what digital technologies are, how are they impacted by them and how they can have access to them, as well as how to finance and boost the investments needed to tackle the digital transformation of the business.
The core element of a Digital Innovation Hub is a Competence Centre (CC), where the Hub plays a connecting role among all the regional actors involved. Thus, it could be said that in most cases the Competence Centre provides the so-called “Hard” technical infrastructure, while the Digital Innovation Hub focuses on the “Soft” infrastructure aimed at offering business services.