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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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Food traceability app NutraSign will boost consumer confidence by giving real-time information about the origins of products.

With partnerships already secured with Google, Microsoft and Amazon, Acuilae is poised to introduce ethical decision-making in a big way to the AI community.

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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.

The co-founder and CEO of NutraSign Abraham Gómez Toro is passionate about creating apps for good causes. His road safety app "Watch Out" won him a scholarship at an international design competition "Creative Diary 2013" run by the Institute of European Design (IED).Originally from Venezuela, he studied graphic design at IED Madrid in 2014 and completed a master’s course at the Animum Creativity Advanced School in Malaga in 2018. Based in Madrid, he also works as a creative director at nutri-holistic products company Biomol Care SL and as a visual designer for e-learning site Banana Exams.

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Headquartered in Madrid with satellite offices in Barcelona, London, Seattle and New York, Alma Mundi is a venture fund that aims to connect Spanish and Latin American entrepreneurs. Alma Mundi’s investments range between €500,000 and €5 million.Alma Mundi offers its investee companies direct access to a global network of investors and industry experts in leading technology ecosystems. Called the Mundi Club, the group comprises over 700 members from 41 cities worldwide. The group’s board members include advisers and executives from Merck, Havas, PepsiCo, Carrefour, Nestlé and HP. 

Founded in 2009, Modara Technologies invests in SMEs in the Spanish startup ecosystem. Modara provides equity, as well as operational and organizational support. The firm comprises international partners offering a wide range of investment, management and business experience.

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