The Spanish entrepreneurs are visiting the city in a bid to gain best practise insight from business leaders and technical experts in the region, as part of a ‘soft landing’ programme in association with Spanish partners EOI.
During the visit they will be working at the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) where they will collaborate with associate mentors, meet with local companies and learn more about UK business culture.
The visit will also give the Spanish visitors an opportunity to explore the North East and Sunderland’s history.
Paula Baldó, an environmental consultant, Eduardo Velasco, a smart city solutions developer, and Eugenio Clavijo, who has designed an e-bike concept, will be working with the BIC for four weeks.
Eduardo said: “During our first week in Sunderland, our mentors have introduced us to some fantastic business networking events and innovative companies.
“Business culture in the UK encourages collaboration and sharing of ideas with other likeminded professionals. I am sure we will all gain invaluable experience to develop our businesses, make new contacts and look forward to our remaining time here.”
Alongside working with local entrepreneurs, the Spanish visitors will also be given the opportunity to explore whether their business ideas will work for a UK audience.
Lilla Preston, special projects manager from the BIC said: “We have a great deal of experience delivering international projects at the BIC and working with the entrepreneurs not only helps to build relationships with our European partners, but also provides us with the opportunity to showcase Sunderland as a thriving city for business.
“During their stay, we have arranged for the Spanish entrepreneurs to gain valuable insight from mentors, partners and local businesses, an opportunity which may not have been available to them had it not been for our strong working relationships throughout the region.”