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The Tech Tour Congress finalises its stay in the Basque Country today with a visit to the Biscay Technology Park

2011 December 1

• This morning, more that 50 participants visited Tecnalia and Gaiker-IK4, having celebrated the first part of the conference yesterday in the University of Deusto

• The Congress was promoted by the independent association Tech Tour Europa and includes the collaboration of the Basque Ministry for Industry, Innovation, Trade and Tourism via SPRI

Bilbao, 1st of December 2011.

The more than 50 participants of the 51st edition of the Tech Tour Congress draw their stay in the Basque Country to a close today. Having celebrated the first part of the company presentations yesterday in the University of Deusto, today they visited the Biscay Technology Park. The second part of the company presentations took place there and the participants also visited the Tecnalia and Gaiker-IK4 technology centres.

The congress has drawn together the leading technological companies in the southern Europe and potential investors. The companies were chosen on the basis of their level of technological innovation in areas such as Internet, New Media, Medical Technologies and Clean Technologies, amongst others.

Six Basque companies participated: Mouin, Hiriko, Doocuments Software, Gomavial Solutions, Linkatu and Sustainable References.

The Congress, which has entailed the active collaboration of the Basque Ministry for Industry, Innovation, Trade and Tourism via SPRI (the Society for Competitive Transformation), is promoted by Tech Tour Europe, an independent non-profit association founded in Genoa in 1998.

The Tech Tour association chose the Basque Country for the celebration of the first part of the Congress as it is a region with a long tradition of entrepreneurship where industry has evolved and invests in R&D and innovation. Indeed, such investment now accounts for 2% of the GDP, a percentage that his higher than the Spanish average and at the same level as the European average. In this context, the Centres for Companies and Innovation (CEI's) are actively working towards the transformation of this investment into new technology-based companies.

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