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Three startups reach the finals of the 7th Sacyr Innovation Award

Zapiens, Liphi and DotGIS will compete for the award, which will be presented on October 26. The award credits innovative ideas in the fields of construction, infrastructure and services.

Three startups will compete for the 7th Sacyr Innovation Award, which will be presented on October 26th. The finalists, Zapiens, Liphi and DotGIS, have been selected by a jury that assessed the seven candidates who reached the semifinals.

In this edition, Sacyr received about 40 applications with innovative ideas in the construction, infrastructure and urban services sectors. After the first selection, seven of them moved on to the second stage, in which a jury comprised of recognized business players and Sacyr executives analyzed all the proposals.

This selection stage was carried out with the elevator pitch mode: each of the startups defended their proposal for five minutes and then the jury had another five minutes to ask questions about the projects.

The members of the jury assessed the candidates following six criteria, including technological innovation, the generation of new business models or ease of implementation. The finalists prevailed in the elevator pitch to the other four semifinalists, namely Innoarea, Past View, THINK Productivity and Masreco.

Very varied proposals

The companies that will compete for the 7th Sacyr Award work in very diverse fields: Zapiens is a company dedicated to the gamified management of knowledge; Liphi Technologies is focused on data transmission through the visible spectrum and DotGIS performs geospatial analysis with GIS technology. The winning company will be selected by Sacyr’s senior management based on reports prepared by the Innovation Department.

The prize for the winner consists of financial support (€50,000), mentoring and access to Sacyr's network of professionals and clients, as well as the possibility of developing a pilot.

The prestigious jury that analyzed the seven proposals comprised the following members:

• Gonzalo Galindo, CEO of Cemex Ventures

• Daniel Carreño, President of General Electric

• Isaac Hernández, Google Country Manager

• Ana Segurado, CEO of Telefónica Open Future

• María Benjumea, Founder & Chairman Spain Start Up

• Jaime de Jaraiz, President & CEO LG Electronic

• Javier Adroher, Board member of Sacyr

• Elena de Arrieta, Editor of Digital Economy of Expansion

• Fernando Lozano, CEO of Valoriza

• Fernando Pardo, Risk General Manager of Sacyr Construcción