The BBF Project Bilbao Berrikuntza Faktoria (BBF) is a pioneering learning, innovation and entrepreneurship project located in Bilbao, Spain, and promoted and management by MONDRAGON UNIBERTSITATEA and the Grupo init, in cooperation with the Municipality of Bilbao.

It brings together in one space and in complete coordination, university education and a community of people who provide innovative business initiatives.

It creates the necessary conditions to allow learning, creativity and collaboration between them to occur in a natural way.

The enabling environment created at Bilbao Berrikuntza Faktoria promotes the development of new business projects.

The 3-layer


The BBF model comprises three unique, interconnected layers that and aligned with the strategic sectors for the development of Bilbao and the Basque Country: Learning, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation.

LearningSee training offer
A university (MONDRAGON UNIBERTSITATEA) focussing on innovation and the business community, where undergraduate (Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation – LEINN) and graduate degrees (Entrepreneurship, Coaching, Leadership, Internationalisation, Industrial Design, etc.) are given based on innovative educational models, and where research work and knowledge transfer are performed.

EntrepreneurshipSee services
Entrepreneurship Centre (initland BBF) through formation, consulting and project development in the field of innovation, intrapreneurship, and creativity.

InnovationSee innovative companies
A group of companies with innovative products and services and significant growth potential.

The interconnection of these three layers is what truly enriches and differentiates BBF.

MONDRAGON UNIBERTSITATEA and the Grupo init, have combined their skills and experience in the field of innovative learning, on the one hand, and on creating innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems, on the other hand, to create a space that aspires to become an international benchmark, led by a mixed team in an innovative and successful strategic partnership model.

7 crucial keys to understanding the BBF project:


A project promoted and managed by MONDRAGON UNIBERTSITATEA and the Grupo init, in collaboration with the Municipality of Bilbao. 


We define BBF as a place of learning, innovation, and entrepreneurship.


It consists of 3 layers: a centre of innovation and advanced entrepreneurship, a university, and a centre of innovative companies.


The 3 layers comprise an integrated system with shared objectives, strategies, and actions.


Its strategic collaboration model (MONDRAGON UNIBERTSITATEA + Grupo init), with little or no reference elsewhere.


11 innovative companies, 30 projects in business launch phase, being promoted by over 50 entrepreneurs and 150 university students attending their courses. A community composed of over 300 people.

open project

When society as a whole and, in particular, the business community, integrating in one space a range of products and services designed to cover different needs in the field of university education, innovation, and entrepreneurship.