• The winners of the Talent Factory Awards and their CEO and co-founder, Juan Castilla Medina, visited Finnova’s offices in Brussels yesterday, Thursday 6 July
  • The meeting was attended by Pedro Martínez Ruano, Education Counsellor of the Spanish Embassy in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg
  • Amaia Cardaño, from the Communication Department at Finnova, explained the European project LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0 as a success story of the LIFE Programme

07/07/2023, Brussels. The European project LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0 was presented yesterday, Thursday 6th July, during the visit of the winners of the Talent Factory awards to the Finnova offices in Brussels. A meeting organised by Finnova Foundation together with TF Talent Factory, an entrepreneurial initiative to help young people to adapt to a real scenario of job opportunities for their future, based on their own initiative, skills and talents.

The visit was attended by Pedro Martínez Ruano, Education Counsellor of the Spanish Embassy in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, who was in charge of welcoming and opening the event. After his speech, Juan Castilla Medina, CEO and co-founder of Talent Factory, participated to contextualise the initiative and present the winners of the awards.

The day continued with a panel discussion and debate on existing mobility programmes for young people and some European projects coordinated by the Foundation. In this panel, Amaia Cardaño, from the Department of Communication and EU Projects at Finnova, was able to present the LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0 project, which uses an innovative technology to transform putrescible organic waste into biogas thanks to the anaerobic digestion of the digesters of Waste Water Treatment Plants (WWTP), and the new call for LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0 SEUA (Startup Europe Awards).

The main objective of this visit was to present the different European programmes and funds that can be accessed thanks to the European Commission and to exchange good practices in terms of prevention and reduction of climate change.


This is a pilot demonstration project, funded by the LIFE programme and with a budget of more than 970,000 euros, which generates biogas in sewage treatment plant digesters by mixing putrescible organic waste (slurry, poultry, organic fractions, MSW, horeca, etc.), thus transforming sewage sludge into green energy through technology. The initiative led by Global Omnium, (Spain), in collaboration with the Finnova Foundation (Belgium) and Águas do Centro Litoral (Portugal) aims to become the most versatile digestion control tool on the market, achieving environmental and economic benefits through the production of biogas by making optimal use of waste. Thanks to this technology, it favours the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the use of sewage sludge generated in wastewater treatment processes, thus achieving a positive impact on the environment. This programme is easily scalable with other funds such as FEDER, NextGenerationEU or Repower EU.

About Startup Europe Awards 

The Startup Europe Awards (SEUA) is an initiative promoted by the European Commission, launched by the Finnova Foundation in collaboration with StartUp Europe. It is an open innovation tool that allows companies to identify talented startups capable of solving today’s challenges in multiple areas. Its mission is to help Startups and Scaleups become more efficient, smarter and more successful. These awards are a useful tool to promote knowledge sharing, add value to the entrepreneurial ecosystem and help startups to grow and position themselves in the market.

About Finnova Foundation

Finnova is the Spanish-Belgian non-profit foundation based in Brussels and Spain, working for the promotion and development of innovation and entrepreneurship in the EU. Finnova’s experience in leading communication and dissemination activities for European projects is combined with a proven track record in business creation and entrepreneurship support programmes, such as accelerators, incubators and events, as well as its commitment to training and employability of young people.