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Since 2012, Spain has witnessed yearly growth in capital invested and successful startup exits – signs of a steadily expanding ecosystem. The financial meltdown of 2008 has spurred a new class of bold, young entrepreneurs; well qualified and ambitious for local and international funding from the US and Asia. CompassList offers firsthand understanding of this new generation of world-class companies and an ecosystem that is riding the wave of a robust economic recovery.

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Spain's second unicorn Glovo aims to become profitable by 2021, expanding app to offer almost any type of goods for delivery within minutes.

Spain’s Spotahome is the first European proptech to provide high quality digital tours of properties for virtual viewings by potential tenants.

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Diego Nodar López is co-founder and head of R&D at Alén Space, where he is responsible for the development of the company's proprietary hardware and software. Nodar began his career at Vigo University's Aerospace Group, before working at Alén Space and the Aerospace Innovation Center in Galicia. Nodar studied telecommunications engineering, computing and electronics at Spain's Vigo University and holds a degree in Radiocommunication and Electromagnetic Engineering. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Space Technology. 

Alberto Vilva

Co-founder and CPO of Influencity

Alberto Vilva has worked as a web developer, product and graphic designer since 2010, before becoming the CPO and co-founder of Influencity. He graduated in Industrial Product Design and Development from Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) in 2014. He is also the creator of artsy-poses.com, a product design programming platform with 5,000 unique visitors. When it was discontinued, over 1,000 petitions were signed to get the platform restored. He also co-founded porlabocamuereelpez.com. The satiric webpage about Spanish politicians was featured by Huffington Post, lasprovincias.es and regional radio stations.

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Founded in 2014 by a group of former P&G consultants, Semilla Expiga usually co-invests with bigger VC funds in early-stage investment rounds.

Jeroen Merchiers is a Belgian executive based in Barcelona. He has led Airbnb EMEA expansion over the past six years and he is currently Managing Director for Airbnb in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. A commercial engineer and executive MBA from the IESE Business School, Merchiers has over 10 years' experience in management consulting for international manufacturing and supply chain companies. He was COO at Groupalia He’s also an active angel investor. Standouts in his startup portfolio include: 21Buttons, Mr. Jeff and Trip4Real (sold to Airbnb). 

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