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ESADE is one of the world's most prestigious academic institutions. Its main richness stems from faculty and staff whose reflection, dialogue, projects and initiatives contribute to excellent training, relevant investigation and research. Furthermore, these professionals make valuable contributions to public debate and social transformation. The institution's main objective is to train individuals to be highly competent professionals, fully conscious of their social responsibility.

Atos Origin s.a.e is the Spanish branch of a major international information technology services company, Atos Origin plc. Atos Origin’s business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenue is EUR 5.5 billion and it employs 50,000 professionals in 40 countries. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades under the names of Atos Origin, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

Barcelona Activa is the Local Development Agency of the Barcelona City Council. Its mission is to foster the transformation of Barcelona through Entrepreneurship, Business Growth, Innovation, Human Capital & Quality Employment.

The Berlin Government Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Women’s Issues is the state authority responsible for supporting and promoting Berlin’s economy. The target of the department’s division for Communication, Media and Creative Industries is to support economic areas such as broadband, wireless and mobile communication, internet, open source/open standards, e-government, security with IT, ICT for better working and living conditions, digital games, music, film and broadcasting, design, urban screens, advertising/PR, book and art market.

Worldline, an Atos subsidiary, is the European leader and a global player in the payments and transactional services industry. Worldline delivers new generation services, enabling its customers to offer smooth and innovative solutions to the end consumer. Key actor for B2B2C industries, with 40 years of experience, Worldline is ideally positioned to support and contribute to the success of all businesses and administrative services in a perpetually evolving market.

The Institut Telecom is made up of “Grandes Ecoles” (prestigious French higher education establishments) in
the field of information and communication technology (ICT): Telecom ParisTech, Telecom Bretagne, Telecom
SudParis, Telecom Business School, along with two establishments created in partnership with universities
and businesses: Telecom Lille 1 and EURECOM, and since 2008, 3 associate schools : Telecom Saint-
Etienne, ENSPS (Strasbourg), ENSEIRB-MATMECA (Bordeaux).

Located in Berlin, the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS now has a track record of over 20 years research and development of communication and integration solutions for partners from industry, contract research and public administration in the fields of telecommunications, automotive,
eGovernment and software development.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS researches and develops demandoriented solutions for partners in industry, contract research and public administration.

Economic Affairs (EZ) of the Municipality of Amsterdam (with 56 employees) is representing the interests of local companies, newcomer investors, the labor market and is committed to stimulate economic growths in a competitive business environment.

The ambition of the organization is to make possible that Amsterdam is belonging to the 5 top (most attractive)
business metropolitan locations in Europe.

How to realize this ambition? EZ has chosen 4 main activities and these activities give focus to all activities EZ currently undertakes.

Forum Virium Helsinki

Forum Virium Helsinki develops new digital services in collaboration with companies, the City of Helsinki and other public sector organizations. Helsinki residents participate in the development and testing of these services. The aim is to create better services and new business, plus to open up contacts for international markets.

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