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Professional Area / Calls

Entrepreneurship in Architecture


1 Architecture Entrepreneurship and Innovation Grant
at Factoría Cultural/Vivero de Industrias creativas in Matadero, Madrid
  • Requirements
  • The Arquia Foundation, in collaboration with Factoría Cultural / Vivero de Industrias Creativas in Matadero Madrid, has announced an Entrepreneurship and Innovation Grant for the development of a business project in any of the fields of the architectural profession, in order to promote and support the creation of business initiatives and encourage innovation in fields related to Architecture, thus favouring the creation of jobs.

    • Aim
    • The grant aims to:

      Promote the culture of entrepreneurship and business initiative as an engine of economic growth by supporting innovative proposals in areas related to architecture.

      Provide candidates with knowledge and tools to complement their academic training in order to make their business projects a reality.

      Promote new entrepreneurship projects that have emerged from values such as effort, drive and innovation.

    • Candidates
    • Those eligible to apply for the grant are architects who have graduated from a Spanish School of Architecture or from an international school but whose degree has been officially approved in Spain, who have a Spanish residence permit or multidisciplinary teams, composed mainly of architects, with a business idea that is feasible, creative and innovative.

      The project can be developed by one or more members of a studio/company/group.

      Candidates who have been awarded a grant by the Arquia Foundation in the current or in a previous call are not eligible to apply.

    • Calendar
    • Opening of call: 1 February 2019 at 12 p.m.
      Registration period: From 1 February 2019 at 12 p.m. until 1 April 2019 at 12 p.m.
      Results: June 2019
      Incubation: project development: from 15 September 2019 until 15 March 2020.
      Crowdfunding campaign: it will be developed in the 2 months following the end of the grant

    • Documentation and submission
    • The required documentation can be submitted via the 'registration' form until the call closes (1 April 2019 - 12 p.m.).

  • Registration
  • The registration process must be completed online, via the Arquia Foundation web platform, and formalised in accordance with the following points:

    • Registration in the Call can only be completed online via the Arquia Foundation's platform.

    • To be able to register, prior accreditation on the Arquia Foundation platform is required for those who are not already AF users or who have not yet been accredited.

    • Once accredited, they can access the registration form by clicking on the link button is located on the HTML page of the call hosted on the Arquia Foundation website


    • The applicant's proposal will be accepted after completing the registration form and attaching the files required. Proposals can only submitted online; any proposal submitted by other means will not be accepted.

    • The jury's decision will be final.

    • The Foundation reserves the right to totally or partially reproduce and/or exhibit the proposals of the competition that are selected.

  • Deadline for registration and submission of documentation
  • 1 April 2019 at 12 p.m.
  • Jury
  • The jury will be composed of a mixed team of representatives from Factoría Cultural, the Arquia Foundation and two advisers:

    Rosina Gómez-Baeza

    President of the Factoría Cultural

    María Villar San Pío

    Trustee of the Arquia Foundation

    Juan Herreros


    José Javier Quintana

    Director of BSA Rethinking Architecture

    Gerardo García-Ventosa

    Director of the Arquia Foundation, as non-voting secretary
  • Assessment criteria
  • We believe in projects with great potential, which must meet the following criteria: applications will be assessed by the jury, taking the following criteria into consideration:

    CV with the professional and academic achievements of the applicant and/or each member of the team, to assess the leadership capacity, commitment and motivation in terms of the business project.

    Report of the proposed project for the grant, assessing its originality and feasibility. Canvas Analysis.

    The tutor and members of the jury may contact candidates directly to arrange a personal interview if they deem it necessary in order to clarify aspects of the idea or project.

  • Assessment criteria
  • We believe in projects with great potential, which must meet the following criteria:

    Originality of the business idea: It must be a creative and innovative idea that provides a new working approach and contributes meaningfully in the field related to architecture.
    The business idea must have a clear, well-ordered and legible structure, and be based on a market opportunity with enough potential to generate revenues.
    Innovative business model with a high capacity to generate value and with a strong growth potential.
    The project should permit a viable market entry: clear and realistic goals, definition of strategies and necessary resources for implementation, careful planning and a detailed budget.
    Capacity and leadership of the entrepreneur or entrepreneurial team: the candidate must have strong qualifications and knowledge and must demonstrate the skills to carry out the project successfully.

  • Endowment
  • During the training period, the Arquia Foundation will give the intern a €7,000 grant.

    The grant also includes the development of the Factoría Cultural innovation and entrepreneurship plan in 24 advisory hours (over a 3-month period), split into three blocks (market, value offer and development of a prototype), whereby market, offer, branding and marketing workshops and creativity sessions are developed. Over 6 hours of follow-up of the process (over a 3-month period) by a Factoría Cultural mentor, who will monitor the implementation of the prototype and the market launch.

    This innovation and entrepreneurship plan will include Factoría Cultural's cross-cutting services, such as: 100 Mb of symmetrical Internet for uploading and downloading content, access to different advisory services (including: legal, accounting, technology, programming, communication, etc.). As well as other added-value programmes: access to a crowdfunding campaign, access to digital marketing campaigns and visibility programmes.

    Besides Factoría Cultural's services and resources, the Arquia Foundation will make one (1) adviser, who is renowned in the field of managing professional development in architecture, available for the architect intern from the first day, who will tutor the entire project through face-to-face and online sessions. This mentoring process will focus on decision-making and will guide the intern throughout the process of preparing the business plan and analysing its viability. It will also provide the intern with contacts and the information required to work successfully on their business project.

    The Arquia Foundation will cover travel expenses for the journey to Madrid (one return ticket by plane, train or bus/car – as determined by the Foundation), they will provide coverage under the terms of the travel insurance policy contracted through Arquiseguros brokerage, as well as make the appropriate contributions to social security social.

    The enrolment fees will be paid directly to Factoría Cultural.

    If the grant recipient works with a team of one or two other people, Factoría Cultural will provide the following discounts for the interested parties:

    • Discount for the second person: 75% of the monthly fee.
    • Discount for the third person: 50% of the monthly fee.


  • Factoría Cultural_Vivero de Industrias Creativas
  • Factoría Cultural / Vivero de Industrias Creativas is a space for the creation and development of business initiatives in different areas of the arts, communication and new technologies, all included in the cultural and creative industries. Factoría Cultural is also aimed at non-profit organisations and associations whose activity falls under this sector.
    It is an incubator that was created to promote and implement innovative and sustainable projects in a working environment that is pleasant, human, open, dynamic, user-oriented and that welcomes and supports entrepreneurs who want to make a creative project or idea a reality.
    Factoría Cultural aims to create an ecosystem that facilitates access for the resident entrepreneur to the resources, services and training required to develop their idea or project in ideal conditions.
    In this sense, the aim of Factoría Cultural is to become a national and international benchmark in the world of specialised accelerators and incubators for the cultural and creative industries.

    Visit the Factoría Cultural website