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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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As online video dominates the Internet, NPAW's AI-powered business intelligence solutions give media companies an edge in understanding, serving and retaining their customers. 

Grow your own Bioo “plant electricity” and portable Bioo Wi-Fi for home devices and smartphones.


María Eugenia García founded her first business in 2013, dedicated to the import and export of education materials. After a stint in Hong Kong, she closed the business and focused on developing the MenteLista platform to follow her passion for neuroscience and how it can be used to enhance children's learning.She had previously managed the Andalusian Center of Technology and Innovation (CITIC) for 11 years. She had also worked as a senior consultant at BAE Systems. She has a computer science degree from Salamanca Pontifical University and a master's in Business Administration from San Telmo International Institute.

Joan Oliver Malagelada is an engineer with a PhD and experience in microsensing and ultra-low power electronics. He is a co-founder of AEInnova and currently serves as its R&D manager and advisor. Since 1990, Oliver has been a physics professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.


Pinama Investments is a Madrid-based club of investors that has invested across a range of sectors and technologies. It has conducted two selection rounds to date, in 2013 and 2017. The group looks for scaleable opportunities that help its portfolio companies derive synergies among themselves so that they potentially collaborate with, and become customers of, one another. The firm has seen one exit to date. 

Making Ideas Business was founded in 2012 by a group of 51 students and professors after the end of the 2011-2012 Master in Internet Business at ISDI, an international institution that offers training and degree programs in digital business management.Along with mentoring and industry expertise, the fund provides tech startups in the Spanish ecosystem with seed investments. It has invested €260,000 in five companies to date.The group today includes more than 78 partners and angel investors that, in total, have more than 1,000 years of professional experience and 50,000 hours of training in the internet sector.


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