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(l-r) Maria A. Leon, Daniel Velarde, Lilla Preston, Yrenis Perez

North East BIC becomes hub for overseas entrepreneurs

The North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) has once again welcomed European entrepreneurs to the region as part of a five week mentoring programme.

In association with EOI, the BIC is supporting three Spanish entrepreneurs as they visit the city to gain knowledge of best practice and an insight from business leaders and experts in the region.

The ‘soft landing’ programme aims to help businesses develop and grow and the BIC is calling for UK businesses interested in learning more about the visitors or maybe looking for collaboration opportunities to get in touch.

Daniel Velarde has created an innovative online platform that connects sports professionals with users wanting to participate in ‘pay as you go’ group exercises. Maria A. Leon is developing an online community to facilitate a language learning exchange programme and Yrenis Perez has launched a number of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality solutions for the medical, marketing, gaming, education and training sectors.

Lilla Preston, special projects manager from the BIC said: “We’re delighted to welcome Daniel, Maria and Yrenis to the region and I look forward to helping them develop their ideas as they take part in various activities throughout the five weeks.

“During their visit, the entrepreneurs will be based within our co-working facility, working with the BIC and associate mentors, and learning about the UK market and business culture. They will be challenged by innovative approaches and discover new ways of working to help them go on and grow their businesses.

“With our longstanding membership of EBN, a global business network, we can connect our customers to local, national and international partners enhancing collaboration, stimulating growth globally which in turn will have a positive impact on the local and national economy.”

Talking of her visit, Yrenis said: “There’s a great atmosphere at the BIC and everyone has been so welcoming, my mentor has already introduced me to some vital businesses here in the North East.

“I feel it’s important for any growing business to seek new opportunities and to push the boundaries, participating in the soft landing programme has enabled me to broaden my understanding of the UK market, which can only help me to develop and grow as an entrepreneur.”