The Centre d’Esport Adaptat La Molina, SM Genomics and Macsha were this year’s winners
The Centre d’Esport Adaptat La Molina, SM Genomics and Macsha were the three companies awarded in the fourth edition of the Business and Sport Awards organized by Indescat to recognize the most outstanding projects in the field of innovation, internationalization and partnership. The Catalan sports cluster yesterday held the awards ceremony at the Museu Olímpic i de l’Esport Joan Antoni Samaranch, attended by the Johan Cruyff Institute which for another year formed part of the jury. The event was chaired by Anna Pruna, president of Indescat; Jordi Baiget, minister for enterprise and knowledge of the Generalitat de Catalunya; Gerard Figueras , secretary general for sport of the Generalitat de Catalunya; David Escudé, sport commissioner of the Ajuntament de Barcelona, and Gerard Esteva, president of the Unió de Federacions Esportives de Catalunya.
The Partnership Award was awarded to Play and Train and Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya, for the Centre d’Esport Adaptat La Molina, a center adapted to users with specific requirements due to physical disability. The Cruyff Foundation has collaborated for a decade with the La Molina ski resort, where it adapted the well-known Bosquet piste to make it possible for people with disabilities to ski. The Generalitat de Catalunya decided to rename it the Johan Cruyff piste as a posthumous tribute. The jury decided to award the prize “because it is a project of undoubted social impact with continuous growth since its creation and especially in the last three years”.
SM Genomics was awarded the Innovation Award. This laboratory applies genetics to sports medicine to improve the performance of professional and amateur athletes. The company has developed two tests, in injuries and in sports nutrition, whose information allows for the personalization of athletes’ training and nutrition, and enables them to obtain benefits in their performance and in their general health.
The Internationalization Award went to Macsha, a company dedicated to the development of technology for the timekeeping of different sports disciplines, both for event organizers and for athletes. The jury valued that the company’s exports will account for 48% of its turnover in 2016, as well as its expansion to 16 countries.