The Basque Country Technology Park Network
The Basque Country Technology Park Network, made up of Alava Technology Park, Bizkaia Science and Technology Park and Gipuzkoa Science and Technology Park, is a veritable ecosystem of scientific and technology knowledge and development that groups 511 businesses, research foundations and innovation centres, with large corporations and start-ups. 22% of businesses based in the park (114) have emerged thanks to the support and monitoring of the incubators and elkartegis [public undertaking that plans, builds, conserves and manages business, social and sports infrastructures] of the Basque Country that channel the talent and entrepreneurial spirit of the younger members of the population who strive to creative innovative businesses. In 2016, park network businesses invested more than 40% of total spending on R&D of businesses of the entire Basque Country (EUR 494 million per year) with a turnover of EUR 4,633 million. The Alava, Gipuzkoa and Bizkaia Technology Parks employ over 16,100 people, in total.
Looking ahead to 2020, the Basque Park Network wants to establish itself as the backbone of science, technology and innovation in the Basque Country, guaranteeing the biggest transfer of R&D to the entrepreneurial fabric to improve its competitiveness and contribute to the well-being of society as a whole. The parks’ strategic plan is in line with the Basque Government’s 2020 Science, Technology and Innovation Plan, which addresses three smart specialisation priorities: advanced manufacturing, energy and bioscience-health.