With the presence of the President of the Government of La Rioja, Concha Andreu, and the Mayor of Logroño, Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza, the building that will house the future headquarters of BOSONIT has been officially unveiled.
The Japanese architect Kengo Kuma will sign this project together with Javier Villar, also an architect from La Rioja.
This official ceremony marked the kick-off of a project that continues to build the future of our company, which will be located on a site in Calle Mayor.
One of the issues that Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza advanced in this term of office is his intention because the Historical Centre to become a bit technological.
Thus, on a plot of land that Logroño City Council put out to tender in the spring of 2020, the Riojan firm Bosonit, a technology company, will set up a direct investment in the area of over 7M€ with the creation of 251 jobs This is the first of many more", as he said this morning.
Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza stated that "the Bosonit project aims to take the capacity of La Rioja to the world. It will be the company's headquarters and its main objective will be the creation of technology for export around the world. Mainly, will be a space dedicated to the development of new technologies. A space capable of combining activities to promote innovation as a development centre, residence, training, accelerator and innovation laboratory.".
Miguel Fernández Morales pointed out that "the Kengo Kuma building will undoubtedly place La Rioja and Logroño at the forefront of the world of technology. It will be a high performance centre which, in addition to being the new headquarters of Bosonit, will generate employment and will serve to create new projects that we already have in our portfolio."
He also added that "having the permanent support of the Regional Government and the City Council, as demonstrated by this event, is satisfactory because it means confidence in the project and a guarantee of growth.
Kengo Kuma, author of the building
The Japanese architect Kengo Kuma (Yokohama, 1954) has been chosen by the company Bosonit to design the headquarters of this technology company in Logroño, whose plans are to create a technology complex that aspires to be an international benchmark.
In one of the most emblematic areas of the capital, the historic centre of Logroño, Bosonit will establish a High Performance Centre, based on knowledge and innovation, as the driving forces of the initiative. Named HIT (High Performance Tech Center), will be its model high performance centre for new technologies. To this end, it will establish in Logroño the central hub in the training of talent for the NFQ group and beyond.
BOSONIT, as co-founder of this large business group in 2019, wants HIT to be the training centre for all the group's new incorporations. From HIT, La Rioja will export talent and knowledge, but with a clear return to the entrepreneurial ecosystem itself, as well as to the region itself, in the form of quality job creation, so necessary in these times, and taxes on BOSONIT's activity.
While the initiative's strategy is based on the axes of innovation and knowledge, five areas of application have been defined as focal points on which to properly manage the investment that such a space deserves: Software Factory, Residence, Training, Accelerator and Innovation Lab.
The building and its parts
As a building, it will house the BOSONIT headquarters and the new technology development centre (Software Factory). As a residence, it will be the accommodation and living space for the talents that pass through our training programmes. The already consolidated internal training programmes will be carried out for those entrepreneurs who are part of the acceleration programmes and for new recruits. Finally, the Innovation Lab will be BOSONIT's business R&D unit.
Area 1. Software factory. Centre for the development of new technologies
Core business of the company specialising in technologies such as data analytics, big data, artificial intelligence, blockchain, Internet of Things, cloud computing, devops, programming, etc.
Area 2. Residence
Residential area for talents. Great ideas need to be endowed with spaces for conviviality and time for them to rest and relax. Between 20% and 30% of the buildable area will be used for residential use. This residential area will be for the exclusive use of the entire network of talents attending HIT for any of its training, acceleration or innovation-related projects. Under no circumstances will there be a transfer of ownership of the residence, as established in the tender specifications.
Area 3. Training
One of the drivers of success in the most innovative ecosystems is training. At HIT we will propose high-level training programmes in new technologies. Currently, both BOSONIT and NTER (a group company) have a clearly defined process in their talent recruitment and training activities.
HIT will have areas dedicated to training talent in new technologies and soft-skills programmes for entrepreneurship. Different concepts are foreseen in the training processes, which complement the current strategy in the training of technological talents.
The training processes will be oriented towards training for young talents, recruitment of new staff, technology-inspired talks and soft-skills programmes for entrepreneurs.
Area 4. Accelerator
HIT will serve to promote new entrepreneurial ventures in the technology sector. The accelerator will have a dual focus:
▪ Intrapreneurship: an analysis of internal projects and ideas of Bosonit staff that could lead to new companies in which the company has a stake will be carried out. The intra-entrepreneurship programme will allow working with small multidisciplinary teams that are able to develop Minimum Viable Products through a sprint methodology and test them quickly in the market.
▪ Accelerator: development of acceleration programmes aimed at discovering start-ups at national or European level. The acceleration programmes will bring entrepreneurs to HIT for short periods of time to spend time at the Residence. and receive training programmes such as those described above. As far as possible, these programmes may be funded by the Innovation department via the Commission's cascade funding programmes, corporate investment funds or BOSONIT's own funds, or those of its group, for investment in new companies.
The design of the space will be of particular importance, including rooms that allow collaborative work and equipping them with elements such as portable whiteboards, walls to write on, systems that facilitate the dynamic reconfiguration of spaces for different types of meetings.
Area 5. Innovation Lab
What has the greatest impact in terms of area of knowledge. Specific space for the creation of new products and technologies. Infrastructure will be provided to enable this type of development to take place.