Our investors and partners
Support and collaboration are essential for any company and Musical Instruments Innovation Lab (MIIL) is no exception. Over the years, MIIL has developed key partnerships with internationally renowned organisations. These partnerships have helped us to progress and develop our ideas further in order to achieve our mission. This mission being to develop new technologies to design and manufacture high-performance musical instruments.
Our association with these key partners began in September 2017 with the European Space Agency when we were selected to be part of its incubation programme for the transfer of space technology to civil industry. This then led to us being awarded a research and development grant which helped us to grow and further invest in our new technologies. We are currently incubated in the Business Incubation Centre of the European Space Agency and Barcelona Activa in Barcelona.
In 2018, we proudly partnered with AMADE (Analysis and Advanced Materials for Structural Design), the Research Group of the University of Girona. The group has over two decades of experience specialising in the analysis, characterisation and study of the mechanics of materials, with an emphasis on composite materials. This made them the perfect partners to collaborate on an Industrial Doctorate Programme within our company with a focus on composite materials applied to acoustics.
In 2019 we have developed several new exciting partnerships. Firstly, the Music Technology Group as part of the Research Centre of Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, specialising in digital audio signal processing. This research group aims to improve information and communication technologies related to sound and music. In June 2019, two of our founding members, David Vidal Gonzalez and Jorge Fuentes, were thrilled to participate in the BCN Music Technology Forum at the University and led sessions where they discussed the advantages of using alternative materials to wood when manufacturing high-end instruments.
We were also delighted to be awarded a grant of €250,000 from the NEOTEC programme. This programme aims to support the creation and consolidation of technology-based companies, who base their business strategy on developing technology created from their own research activity.
In addition, we were awarded the “Seal of Excellence” under the Horizon 2020 EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 2014-2020 from the European Commission. This award was important to us as it recognises first-class innovative ideas that are worthy of investment.
We are grateful to all our partners and investors for placing their trust in us and our research. It confirms to us that our state-of-the-art instruments have great potential for the future. All these investments and partnerships have contributed greatly to developing new technologies and advancing musical instruments far beyond their traditional capabilities. We thank them for making our mission a reality. If you are interested in finding out more about our innovative project, watch our video.