Demo Night SW

Demo Night is back and this time it is Digital!

What does it mean?  Well this series will be entirely online.

By doing so we strive to reach all corners of the South West and beyond with our amazing startups.

This month we are excited to be hosting the Plymouth College of Art and their international entrepreneurial programme – Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs (AYCH).

We will begin with an interview with Pablo Casto Alverez who will explain more about AYCH.

So come along and show some love and support for these inspiring founders who are choosing to follow their dreams.

The Objective as always is to help dissolve the #1 issue for startup failure (globally) which is that we build things that people don’t want or need.  Your feedback, questions and insights are therefore essential and we encourage you to ask as much as you can on the evening and to reach out to the founders afterwards.

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COVID Atlantic Youth

by Xosé L. Garza (chair of Communication AYCH)

When you look back, not too far back, simply until March 13th, which was when everything began, and analyze everything that has happened in your life, you say: damn it! Has the human being really evolved in these two thousand years at the speed that nature, the circumstances of each moment or his own life have demanded? I sincerely think so, but in many cases this evolution stops at certain ages and people do not move forward, perhaps out of comfort, perhaps out of laziness, perhaps because “the less you bother me the better.”

But COVID is something else, humanity has been threatened overnight, and when I say threatened it is in the literal sense of the word and underlining it: if humanity does not act correctly it will screw it up.

Let us put aside the politicians and their illogic (welcome presidents of the First World countries), let us also put aside the political scientists, tabloid journalists and the millions of false epidemiologists who have appeared in the world like mushrooms of this Autumn that is about to begin.

Let’s stay with what is truly important, our future. And I am optimistic, and I see that our future will be in the hands of the young people of Covid. At the time of confinement in their homes, the majority have been exemplary, and have not asked for anything in return. And in the activities this Summer they have been demanding, and they have not been given anything in return. Well, yes, a myriad of contradictions and nonsense that clouds their educational future, because many are not able to sit down and develop common regulations to reassure the young population.

Yesterday I was with my hairdresser, and she asked me how the Summer Campaign with young people had been. Obviously I replied that It had been exemplary once more. In Galicia, a Summer Activities Campaign was created at an impressive speed for this COVID era with more than 6,000 young people in activity during the months of July, August and early September, and today we can say that there has not been a single child, youth or worker who has been infected by the virus.

Let’s analyze what happened.

– A working table was set up between professionals from the sector and the Autonomous Government (General Directorate of Youth, Participation and Volunteering of the Xunta de Galicia).
– Safe activities were created with training of staff who would work with children and young people.
– An unwavering protocol was created that has now been seen to work.
– And a lot of common sense of responsibility was used.

My particular analysis leads me to review the activities that I directed myself, carried out in the Cíes Islands Volunteer Camp in the National Park of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia. There AYCH Ocean, the environmental prototyping and marine litter characterization project that the AYCH Project designed in its day was developed in the months of July and August. Well, my young people assumed the new normal as such, creating an underworld where no one enters without everyone’s permission and where basic things of daily life have been changed, which perhaps should have already changed before.

Today is September, and I have the feeling that the summer activities have been the test of many other activities of civil society, but with pride I have to say that it can truly serve a lot and for many that children and young people have attended to these activities, because their teachings will be applied at home, with their friends and acquaintances in order to create a new normal that will necessarily have to live with this situation for a considerable time.

Congratulations children, youth, professionals and administrators for making this summer a “summer we needed”.

AYCH CAMPUS (november)

Every year thousands of students and young professionals from all over the world come to Spain to obtain a relevant work experience, improve their language skills or live an experience. 

AYCH Campus connects young people and companies. If you would like to discover work environment of your field of interest and to create a business network with professionals and other young people, we invite you to Lugo!

The objective of AYCH Campus is to create a place of thinking and design of ideas, connected with company visits. Participants will have an opportunity to benefit from experience available in one of AYCH Hubs to develop their own projects and to connect with experts and other young people. It is also an opportunity to discover a new city in Atlantic Area.

The programme gives you invaluable insights into different roles and industries. With us you can gain confidence and transferable/ technical/ creative/ enterprise skills. We will help you progress your personal projects, build your own business and create professional network.

What are my incomes?

  • Your product and/or ideas will progress
  • You will build professional networks
  • You we will share our experiences, knowledge and skills with other participants
  • You will get a better understanding of the professional field
  • You will experiment a personal and proffesional ‘grow’ as a result of the experience
  • You will improve your language knowledge and soft skills.

During this week you will learn different techniques and methods which will help you to develop your project or shape new ideas.

We will establish with you a methodology of work to develop your capacities.

You will also create your business network and get a better understanding of what professionals in the field are doing.



During the month of November our partner

Vida Láctea

will host AYCH Campus, a transnational activity with the collaboration of the whole partnership of the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs Project.

AYCH Campus will allow young people to experience an entrepreneurial and active working ambience, thanks to different formations and visits to companies of a broad scope in the area of Lugo, Spain.
In the following months we will explain more about this activity, through the social media and webpage of the project. Stay tuned!


During the whole month of August the AYCH Tech Camp will take place at the Coworking Lug2, the fablab of our partner Vida Láctea.
This summer Camp is developed with the collaboration of Xuventude Galicia and is aimed at promoting the use of new technologies and design thinking of youngsters among 12 and 17 years old.
They learn about 3D printing, laser cutting and branding, among others; and work in the development of prototypes for helping our society during the pandemic.

Aych Community

There is no summer break for the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs project. Our young Ambassadors are always guided and supported, working on the upcoming activities of the project with the support of a group of experts.
Youngsters from the four countries of the project are working online in the creation of materials for different areas: AYCH Talent, AYCH Engage and AYCH Vision. This kind of activities provide the young people with voice within the AYCH Project and the possibility of been an active part of its development.

Aych Ocean 2020

During 2020, the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs project continues to develop its work in Aych Ocean in collaboration with the Cíes Islands Volunteer Camp. An environmental conservation project in the National Park of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia.
Due to the Covid-19 this year, the young people who can access are fewer but have the same desire to collaborate in the development of prototypes and ideas for a better development of life in this natural space.
These young people have created three very specific prototypes to help life in a natural space:
– The creation of a network to help eradicate eucalyptus on the island in such a way that the seeds do not fall to the ground and spread.
– An educational program to bring natural spaces closer to schools, for adolescents from 14 to 17 years old.
– A game-app to learn about life in a protected natural space.
The Aych Ocean project aims to draw attention to the 2030 agenda and the future of society by fighting for the eradication of the use of plastic as well as environmental awareness.
The project is completed with the collection of garbage on the beach and its characterization.

AYCH Summer


This summer will be full of innovative activities in the scope of the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs Project.
From the month of July till the beginning of October several and varied activities and events will be performed by our partner Vida Láctea in order to improve the entrepreneurship, knowledge and skills of our young people. New technologies as well as social and enviromental elements will be a key element on the AYCH Summer.
Do not hesitate to contact Vida Láctea’s hub Coworking Lug2 or our social media for further info!


by Luise Honey - AYCH ambassador


The UK officially went into lockdown in March and for the last three months I have been spending my time catching up with personal projects, making PPE for those in need and continuing to work in my role as a digital content creator and ecommerce copywriter from home. I am very fortunate to have a garden and to live with my family so I haven’t felt too isolated, but I have found the need to have a schedule very important as one day can easily blend into the next!

After seeing that my friend Ali Goodman (owner of a Cornwall based crafted accessories company called Francli) was helping to make laundry bags and scrubs for NHS workers in partnership with Cornwall Scrubs I offered my skills and was kindly given sewing instructions and complimentary fabrics donated by Finisterre, a local surf company I used to work for that specialises in sustainable outdoor goods. In addition to this, I have been making face masks for friends and family to ensure we are all as protected as possible from the virus and are helping to prevent further spread when we leave our homes. Following this, I was asked to put together a video for The Guardian which highlighted the collective effort of those living in Plymouth and the South West who were all lending their skills towards helping others during the pandemic. You can see what I have been up to in the video above, or read the full article here.

[image courtesy of Francli Craftwear / James Bannister Photography]

Additionally, myself and two friends have been managing bi-weekly digital creative residencies that we have set up through a collective called Plaay Studios, which is operated between London, Bristol and Devon. We encourage play and creativity through making and have had wonderful feedback so far from people who have completed our projects and expressed how it has given them a much needed boost during a difficult time. We’re currently taking submissions for Project 2 and everyone is welcome to join! Find us at @plaay_studio.

[images courtesy of @plaay_studio]

Whilst this has been an unexpected challenge of a lifetime for many, I think Covid-19 has presented us with a great opportunity to reshape how we operate within society and how we communicate with one another, as well as ourselves. I feel the pandemic has pulled us together in a way that may not have happened naturally and has forced us to rethink what we truly need in day to day life, what brings joy and if we have had a lot of free time – an opportunity to slow down and see where our mind goes.

My tips for lockdown:

  • Music: Take some time to put together some personal playlists that can help to uplift or calm you, sometimes having a good shake out or hearing a song you love can do a lot of good.
  • Online Tutorials & Resources: A really good thing to come out of the world going into lockdown is the abundance of online resources that have been made available, often for free. Whether you want to learn how to dance, sew, browse a museum in another country,read a new book…there are so many available right now.
  • Spend Time In Nature: As lockdown rules are slowly beginning to ease, if you haven’t been able to already take some time to walk in nature, being mindful of the smells, sounds and textures you see to create a walking meditation experience which can help to ground you from any overwhelming thoughts. Of course respect social distancing rules whilst doing so!
  • Movement: Whilst Netflix and movie binges are good fun, your body could be in need of a good stretch which will also help to boost your mood if you’re feeling flat. Youtube has endless workouts available all free and sometimes just twenty minutes is all you need.
  • Speak To Friends & Family: The pandemic is affecting everybody and now is an important time to ensure we are checking up each other to ensure we are all doing ok. Thankfully the internet allows us to do this easily and throughout the day, but a nice switch up from a screen could be to start a letter exchange or instead of texting having a phone call with a relative or a friend, hearing someone else’s voice is a great change from reading messages on a screen too.
  • Join the AYCH community: Every two weeks, we are now having online meet-ups with ambassadors and partners of the project from all over Europe to keep in touch, collaborate and help each other.



Bewell – an agriculture project


BeWell is  a project developed in the frame of the Campus Terra of the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, in collaboration with the partner of the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs Project in Lugo, Vida Láctea, SLU.

After 20 years of research, BeWell services reach the agri-food sector through its innovative animal welfare evaluation system. With up to 72 aspects evaluated,  it is facing a unique system for its monitoring of environmental variables and its measurement of animal activity with infrared sensors. The system combines the advantages of environment-based protocols and those based on the animal’s response to that environment.

Using this protocol, advice is offered to intensive livestock farms, with the ultimate aim of improving their productive and economic efficiency on the principles of animal comfort.

BeWell customers who comply with the protocol can access the animal welfare + seal, developed by the promoter team at USC, guaranteeing strict animal welfare standards. In addition, interaction with the consumer is promoted through a QR code that provides information on animal welfare at each stage of the production process.

BeWell services are grouped into 3 strategic lines:

  • Advice – in the advisory area, offers support to livestock farms to improve both the air quality parameters of the accommodation and animal welfare. On the other hand, we carry out part of our activity in the field of animal welfare certification, both through a USC brand of guarantee that will soon be released, and with preparatory work to obtain other recognized brands. All these works are based on the in situ measurement of a multitude of indicators on farms and backed by a deep scientific-practical knowledge.
  • Disclosure – in the dissemination part, offers both individual and collective training in the topics in which we are specialized, the management of the environment on farms and animal welfare.
  • • R&D – design and installation of experimental tests for scientific purposes in:
    • Monitoring, modelling and control of environmental, animal and productive variables in livestock farms.
    • Measurement of concentration and emission of GHG gases and other harmful gases such as NH3 from livestock activity.
    • Animal welfare.
    • renowable energies sustainability and energy efficiency in rural areas.