What is the APTE?
The Association of Science and Technology Parks of Spain (APTE) is a nonprofit association whose main objective is to collaborate, through empowerment and dissemination of scientific and technological parks, renewal and diversification of productive activity, technological progress and economic development.
It is located in the headquarters of the Technology Park of Andalusia (Malaga) and was created in 1989 by the managers of the first 6 parks that were created in Spain. APTE is an associate member of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP).
It currently has 65 members scattered throughout the Spanish geography. 49 of them are Full members, 13 are Affiliates that are under development, 1 member is Collaborator and finally 2 Honour members.
23 of these parks are sponsored by universities and 46 Spanish universities collaborate with them. In 2015 these parks located 7788 entities that billed 26.074 million euros. These companies provide employment to over 161.343 people, of which 30.269 are engaged in R&D.