The Foundation FUNDECYT Scientific and Technological Park of Extremadura is a non profit organisation based in Extremadura (Spain). Fundecyt’s aim is to contribute to the social and economic exploitation of science and technology in the region, supporting and promoting scientific and technological development and a better use of research and innovation outcomes, and encourage the participation of civil society mobilizing its resources.
Some examples of FUNDECYT’s work are:
Supporting Regional Government in the design of the Smart Specialization Strategy in Extremadura, the Regional Digital Agenda and other European matters such as Health and Well Ageing.
Supporting Regional Government in the implementation of the Office for Innovation (O4i), establishing bridges between Science, Technology and Innovation of Extremadura (SECTI) and business.
At international level, the Foundation promotes knowledge transfer to third countries, collaborating through tenders and international cooperation projects in strategies of development of science and technology in Latin America.
In the area of social innovation, the Foundation fosters this process in the region, mainly related to the attention to silver workers – how to exploit the benefits of ageing workforce – and promotion of social entrepreneurship on silver economy.
Anto Recio Cuesta, FUNDECYT-PCTEX, Project Manager
Within his project role, Anto responsibilities are related to the design of methodological framework for trainings and incubation process, facilitating training of the trainers process, developing tasks and activities in collaboration with both FUNDECYT-PCTEX team and the whole consortium enabling overall implementation of the strategic plan and holistic project execution.
Anto has spent several years working in international social/collaborative development projects, exploring the relationship between technology and society and its pragmatic application from the humanistic point of view. Interested in the sharing of knowledge as a new way of cultural management and as a new horizon to explore, Anto is convinced that the power of social entrepreneurship can improve the World.
Mayte Gallego Garrido, FUNDECYT-PCTEX, Project Assistant
Within her project role, Mayte has the following duties: supporting the daily management of financial operations, preparing technical and financial reports with the supervision of the Financial Manager and Project Manager, supporting the Communication Manager’s activities, managing day-to-day operations of internal resources, tasks and activities and development of tasks and activities in collaboration with both FUNDECYT-PCTEX team and the whole consortium.
Mayte has a wide experience related to working on European Projects but this is the first time she is collaborating within an EEA GRANTS one. To be working on this project is a personal challenge as this is the first time that the target audience is the NEETs population. As citizen of a region where unemployment among young peoples is higher than the 40%, her commitment at all levels is even stronger. Mayte thinks that economies and societies depends on NEETS, and therefore it is our responsibility to facilitate their access to a secure, profitable and fair future. She truly believes the RAISE project will help us all toreach that objective.
María Gracia Benítez Jaramillo, FUNDECYT-PCTEX, Project Assistant
María Gracia’s main role is related to implementation of project activities in Extremadura region, also supporting management activities.
She is convinced that training is the best tool we can offer young people, together with the right motivation, this can be the differential factor to start a professional career. María Gracia hopes that our project will “raise” the right seed that will help NEETs to change their current situation.
Rosa Méndez Mejías, FUNDECYT-PCTEX, Project Assistant
Within her project role, Rosa has the following duties: manage day-to-day operations and technical activities of Project Coordinator, implementation of the strategic plan and project execution under the direction of the Project Manager, manage front desk operations, financial and accounting functions, project management with the supervision of the Financial Manager, manage daily financial operations, prepare technical and financial reports with the supervision of the Financial Manager and Project Manager. Her responsibilities also include daily management of operations of internal resources, tasks and activities and development of tasks and activities in collaboration with both FUNDECYT-PCTEX team and the whole consortium.
Rosa is very involved in Social projects targeting disadvantaged groups, so this is an opportunity to use all that experience and overturn it in order to improve the training and labour expectations of NEETs.