Throughout its history, Donostia-San Sebastián has been an innovation-driven city, focusing on reinvention based on basic features and values. And it continues to be so, in keeping with the new times and facing the new economic, environmental and social sustainability challenges.

The bid for innovation is key to Fomento de San Sebastián. Since the agency was first established more than 100 years ago, it has been a driving force of social and economic transformation. Critical elements in this bid are knowledge, talent, innovation businesses and entrepreneurs, and the drive for cooperation in a rich, diversified environment like Donostia.

Our innovation strategy is aimed at: 

  • Boosting talent by supporting its development, creating local talent retention opportunities while focusing on the recruitment of people with high capabilities and of local talent abroad.
  • Supporting high value-added business projects that are a driving force in the city for the creation of new business opportunities generating employment and having a huge growth potential, especially in strategic sectors with good future prospects.
  • Boosting the innovation ecosystem by means of networking, dissemination platforms, joint promotion, specialised activities, and so on.
  • Positioning Donostia-San Sebastián as an innovation city with the help of all city actors, using a common language, forged bottom-up.

The inclusion of a fourth level in our ‘quadruple helix’ strategy – public-private participation, or the so-called ‘social innovation’ – is crucial. In line with this, new open innovation tools are being tested to solve some of the challenges faced by the city working with key actors in the ecosystem.