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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.


Bright Ideas


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

First-of-a-kind platform uses AI-powered sensors to accurately measure 11 air quality indicators in 5 minutes, costing half the price of current technology. 


David Rovira

Co-founder, COO of Polaroo

David Rovira is the COO and co-founder of Polaroo, a household bill management app that was created at his family's garage in 2017. He is a qualified international business lawyer and has a master's from ESADE Business and Law School in Barcelona and Berlin Free University. Rovira has worked as a lawyer at Clifford Chance international lawyers and as a legal advisor at startup Medtep.  

Roger Dobaño

CEO and co-founder of Quipu

Roger Dobaño is a young entrepreneur. He graduated in Business Administration and holds a Masters in Applied Research in Economics and Business. He specialised in quantitative methods analysis and strategic planning while working for the Government Tourist Administration in Catalunya.In 2013, he co-founded Quipu, a cloud SaaS tool that automates invoicing and cash management for freelancers, SMEs and accounting firms. He held the CEO role until  2017 and is currently VP of Business Success. 


Orza focuses on direct investments in Basque startups looking to expand and internationalize.  It is part of the Elkarkidetza and Geroa pension fund system and typically takes minority stakes, forking out between €1.5 million and €8 million per investment. It actively manages its investee companies while offering them access to its network of local and international contacts.  

The VC arm of Kalonia, a Barcelona-based management consultancy focused on corporate digital transformation, Kalonia Venture Partners invests in B2B software, AI and fintech startups in the Spanish-speaking world. The VC is currently investing via its KVP III fund of €4.3m, with a target of 10 investments of about €5m on average each, taking equity stakes of 10% onward in co-investment; plus two follow-ons. Founded by Josep Arroyo, Alejandro Olabarría y Enrique Marugán, Kalonia began helping Spanish investors diversify into Silicon Valley and other US startups as early as 2001. Currently its funds come mainly from Barcelona-based family offices. Co-founder Alejandro Olabarría is son of Pedro Olabarría Delclaux, the powerful patriarch heading one of Spain's richest industrialist families today, with interests across industrial farming, banking, real estate, automotive and paper.


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