GMV signs a collaboration agreement with Innova-IRV at Transfiere

  • With this signing, both entities commit to strengthening and promoting mutual cooperation in innovation and technological development
  • Likewise, as a leading company in technology transfer, GMV participated in the new edition of this event by sharing its experience in innovation projects and technology transfer

The technology multinational GMV and the Ricardo Valle Institute of Innovation Foundation (Innova IRV) signed a Collaboration Agreement on Thursday, March 21, within the framework of Transfiere, the European Forum for Science, Technology and Innovation, held in Málaga, where GMV also participated in its program of activities. The General Director of Secure e-Solutions at GMV, Luis Fernando Álvarez Gascón, and the General Director of Innova IRV, José Manuel Leceta, endorse with this signature the commitment of both entities to strengthen and promote mutual cooperation in innovation and technological development, sharing their knowledge and experience. The aim is to achieve common goals and contribute to the development of communities and areas of mutual interest. 

Thus, the technology multinational and the Institute will work together to identify challenges and promote innovation and technology transfer projects that address current and future challenges, generating innovative solutions to improve the competitiveness of our economy, making it more digital, and ultimately, benefiting society.

In the words of the General Director of Secure e-Solutions at GMV, “this agreement allows us to access a network of top-level business innovation hubs, with a national vocation and international dimension. The Innova IRV model is developed with the aim of gaining competitiveness, attracting investments, and promoting the creation of new technology-based companies, all of which are objectives that we endorse. GMV is aligned with all the technological lines worked on at Innova IRV and will initially focus its efforts on initiatives related to Smart Agro, Digital Health, and Cyber Security.”

For the General Director of Innova-IRV, this agreement will “strengthen synergies between both entities, through the development of collaborative projects with the industry and the generation of new investment opportunities in innovation.”

Presence in the Transfiere work program

Luis Fernando Álvarez-Gascón moderated the INNOVA IRV Panel focused on deepening leadership opportunities in European innovation spaces with data, while Patricia Tejado, Director of Digital Public Services at Secure e-Solutions of GMV, participated in the discussion on the innovation ecosystem in Castilla y León, focusing her intervention on the role of large companies in these ecosystems and how this role can be maximized in the case of the emblematic cyber security initiative in Castilla y León.

In his intervention, the GMV executive highlighted how data spaces are “spaces for innovation and value generation, a genuinely European commitment to find a place in the data economy and to implement our vision of what the digital society should be.” In its implementation, “the dynamization of the ecosystem with all its types of actors, through public-private collaboration, will be fundamental,” he concluded.

On another note, Patricia Tejado stated that GMV “is a leading company capable of leading large consortiums involving a diverse number of partners, SMEs, startups, research centers, end-users… and this leading role can be enhanced by the opportunities that recovery funds are bringing us, (CPI INCIBE, REYECH initiative for territorial specialization…).” In her opinion, administration “plays a crucial role in the implementation of these tools, but we have a challenge, and that is to act swiftly; for this, we must be agile in the development and implementation of these initiatives and programs and not complicate processes or procedures in the execution of projects.”

It is worth mentioning that GMV has both innovation and startup identity in its DNA, since the technology multinational was born as a spin-off from the Aeronautical Engineering School of the Polytechnic University of Madrid.

In the global context in which we live, innovation knows no borders. In any part of our country an innovative idea can be conceived, materializing into a project that grows like GMV’s, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

About GMV

GMV is a private equity Spanish technology group founded in 1984. With international presence, it operates in the sectors of space, aeronautics, defense and security, cyber security, intelligent transport systems, automotive, healthcare, telecommunications, and Information Technology for Public Administrations and large companies. In 2022, it generated revenues of over 311 million euros. With a workforce of over 3,000 professionals, the company currently has subsidiaries in Spain, the USA, Germany, France, Poland, Portugal, Romania, the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Malaysia, and Colombia, with 75% of its revenue coming from international projects on five continents. The company’s growth strategy is based on continuous innovation, allocating 10% of its revenue to R&D&i. GMV has achieved level 5 of CMMI, the world’s most prestigious model for improving an organization’s process capability, and holds numerous international patents. Currently, GMV is the world’s leading independent supplier of ground control systems for commercial telecommunications satellite operators and a European leader in ground-based navigation systems (EGNOS and Galileo). It is the main supplier of C4I command and control systems for the Spanish Army, the national leader in telematics systems for public transport, and a trusted provider of software, services, and telematics systems in the automotive sector for over 20 years. In the ICT sector, GMV is a national reference as a provider of advanced cyber security solutions and services, artificial intelligence, and digital transformation. In 2024, GMV marks a new milestone in its journey: the company celebrates 40 years of history under the motto “Excellence and Beyond,” four decades of success based on talent, excellence, and innovation.