The concept of a Venture Building, also called a Startup Factory or even Startup Studio (using the simile of a film studio), is a relatively new concept that is beginning to gain a firm foothold in the United States, but also in Europe, India and South Africa, among other places.
With different variants, at the heart of this model of entrepreneurship there is a highly experienced team that generates the initial ideas for possible avenues of business. It then tests them, prepares a business plan, incorporates a team of entrepreneurs, finances the initial phase and commissions them.
At Mas Vinyoles we have adopted the name “Venture Factory”.
We have a strong entrepreneurial background in technology and business development, as an investor and business angel with companies like Ecotècnia, Enertika Group, Urbiotica, WeSmartPark, Nexiona and Impact Media, and we have been involved in financial instruments or networks such as Victoria VC, GICoop and ESADE BAN.
Mas Vinyoles as a centre of initiatives such as investment forums, seminars such as “Osona Smart”, meetings of entrepreneurs and professionals from the region with specialists from other places, has helped us to start a dynamic initiative for generating business ideas.
Mas Vinyoles, in a physical and symbolic sense, is a place that stimulates creativity and innovation and brings together physical, financial and knowledge resources. We also have a Co-working centre where synergies are often formed.
Mas Vinyoles, with its rural setting, can catapult talent and resources from the regions of Central Catalonia, and we have the will to contribute to local development. But this territory does not have the critical mass of urban areas, and what is more, we do not want to, nor can we, compete with public initiatives or those of large corporations. And personally, we feel more like entrepreneurs than consultants. For all these reasons, we have ruled out becoming an accelerator or incubator. As a result, we are Mas Vinyoles Venture Factory.