Gob. Cantabria

Cátedra Pyme at the University of Cantabria

The SME Chair (Cátedra Pyme) of the University of Cantabria is aimed to research and training on micro, small and medium enterprises. This task is carried out in coordination with other Spanish and foreign universities and public institutions, coordinating their activities on three strategic lines:

The creation and development of the Small and Medium Enterprises Survey Center of Cantabria (OpymeCan). This is the basic tool to gather and analyze information about the past, present and future of micro, small and medium enterprises of Cantabria. This task is performed through three instruments, the Business Directory, the SME's Report and the Central Balance Sheet Data.

Participation in the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM Project). This project is coordinated worldwide by the London Business School and Babson College, and in Spain by the Instituto de Empresa. It constitutes a reference in the phenomenon of enterprise and entrepreneurship research throughout the world.

The Strategic Analysis for the Development of SME's Interuniversity Research Group (Gaedpyme). This research network has been created by three research groups on SME's from the Universities of Cantabria, Murcia and Politécnica de Cartagena. Since 2006 the network has been expanded with researchers and groups from Latino American universities and institutions in order to be an international research network on SME's, and therefore an area of collaboration at regional, national and international levels in order to carry out joint activities, teaching and research on SME's. In 2010 this Research Group became a Foundation.

The Cátedra is inserted in the Cantabria International Campus, which establishes a priority area to coordinate all the public and private knowledge resources (University of Cantabria, Bank of Santander, CEOE, Chamber of Commerce) about the Bank's financial and entrepreneurial activity, particularly in relation to the Small and Medium Enterprises, in the training area as well in the area of research and knowledge transfer, considering this a key element for the economic development of the Region, at a national and international level. Likewise, it collaborates with other institutions to favour the creation of spin-off companies and to encourage an entrepreneurial spirit.