Ideiazoka, a Market of Rebounding Ideas | Azkoitia (Basque Country)

Published on 06/10/2009 - News

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June 11th. From 9:00 to 14:00 hours.
Jorge Oteiza Pelota Courts. Azkoitia (Gipuzkoa, Basque Country)

Within the frame of the programme for innovation Disonancias, Ideazoka is Market of Ideas produced by Platoniq and the Department for Innovation and Entrepreneurship of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Mondragon. Ideazoka wants to be a meeting point and a space for public participation where cooperatives and companies, students, researchers, workers, early retired people and citizens will contact echa other to create a map of opportunities and mutual collaborations.

The challenge is to enhance engineers' entrepreneurship skills. Thus, twenty organisations from Urola Medio region will connect their needs to the potential of students and researchers from the University of Mondragon. The aim is to revitalize cooperative model's original mission (going back to the source) and to distribute innovation dropwise by making the most of the economic and social resources that already exist on a local level. Some of those resources have been chosen: 5 solutions created by researchers, 5 requests or companies' problems, 5 students' ideas and 5 pioneers' challenges.

The physical event at the emblematic pelota court will be complemented by the virtual space at Ideazoka's blog, which integrates Platoniq's S.O.S tool, a noticeboard for videos and SMS.

Near future will lead to repeat Ideazoka's dynamics in other regions to create a cooperative for local management and distribution of business ideas. This change from an "ongoing training" to an "ongoing connection" of people, resources and opportunities will promote a movement for social innovation.

To participate with an idea, request or challenge, send us an email to, or visit Ideiazoka's blog,, and record your video-proposal.

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Platoniq y La Escuela Politécnica Superior de Mondragon Unibertsitatea, han puesto en marcha un proyecto innovador para fomentar ideas vinculadas al emprendizaje, que se llevó a cabo como experiencia piloto en la comarca de Urola Medio (Gipuzkoa) en el marco de Disonancias. En concreto, la cita, llamada ‘Ideiazoka’ o mercado de las ideas que rebotan, cuenta con la colaboración de una veintena de cooperativas y organizaciones de la zona, y tuvó lugar en los frontones Jorge Oteiza de Azkoitia.