Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Thais Glod, CEO of INNOBOUND, located in Valencia, Spain.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Innobound was born as a private innovation agency with the dream of promoting the best sustainable and social innovation projects worldwide.
Our mission is to support ecological and social innovative entrepreneurs and SMEs to bring their initiatives to life, helping to shape innovative proposals with three services:
- Innovation Consultancy: We create and optimize innovative projects by integrating technologies, talent, and the necessary resources to carry out the initiative.
- Co-create Innovation: We promote collaboration with other entities to be part of world-changing innovative projects that help achieve greater visibility in the market and position in your sector.
- Innovation Funds: We develop a tailor-made funds strategy for your project based on your needs and your initiative's needs.
Tell us about yourself
I am an innate researcher, formed as an engineer. I have always been passionate about how science and technology can improve people's lives and make the world better.
I enjoy sharing my entrepreneurial learnings by mentoring triple Sustainable and Social Innovators Projects on European Acceleration programs, like Climate KIC, UNDP, EIC Accelerator, Founder Institute, Star Startup, and Youth Business International, helping them to design and validate their business models, creating a pitch deck, proper communication of their initiative among stakeholders.
I founded INNOBOUND, a private innovation agency created to give life to triple-impact solutions that help conquer the European Green Deal objectives.
I'm also a co-founder partner of TRL +, an outsourcing transfer unit where grassroots companies' technology based on TRL is generated in research centers. Additionally, I am the board director of Asociación Nosotras, a chain of favor movement to help women entrepreneurs tackle the glass ceiling issues.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I am part of the 700 Business Innovation Coaches for the EIC Accelerator of the European Commission. I am proud to be part of the Guide of the 200 Reference Women of Innovative Entrepreneurship in Spain And part of 20 Entrepreneurs that enrich the ecosystem.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Resilience is the most complex part of a challenging entrepreneurial adventure and a lifelong learning career. Keeping yourself motivated and willing to continue after not a good day is key to success as an entrepreneur.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Follow your funder's dreams. Focus on the why more than the how.
- Finding a mentor is key to this rollercoaster entrepreneurial adventure.
- Network and pitch as much as you can.
Where can people find you and your business?
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