Spain

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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Wide Eyes' visual recognition technology help customers link their offline and online shopping experiences, helping to boost sales in the challenging fashion retail e-commerce segment.

Triporate's AI-powered personal corporate travel planner lets you bypass travel agents for a fully streamlined online experience.   

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Since 2016, François Derbaix has become a co-founder and adviser to Indexa Lending, in addition to his role as co-CEO of Indexa Capital. Derbaix is a serial entrepreneur, with interests in the vacation rental and retail sectors like Rentalia and Soysuper.  He was the CEO of Toprural from 2000 to 2012, when it was acquired by North American travel giant HomeAway.Derbaix has also invested in various Spanish and Belgian internet businesses like Percentil. The University of Leuven summa cum laude graduate was the first private investor to join a fund managed by the European Investment Fund in 2014.

Angel Albiach Ruiz is the Spanish co-founder and CTO of Visualfy, the first hardware and app employing AI-enhanced sound recognition for the autonomy of the deaf, where he has worked since 2017. Prior to this, he was co-founder and co-manager at the startup’s forerunner, Valencia-based Fusió d'Arts Technology, a communications agency for the disabled from 2011 until its pivot into Visualfy. Before that, Albiach was founder and manager of his IT and company administration agency GX Informatica from 2007–2011. He previously worked as a technician in different firms in the Valencia region. Albiach has studied software development, webpage design, and hardware repair and maintenance at different Valencian colleges. He is a certified Scrum Master and is fluent in Spanish sign language. 

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Alvaro Córdoba is better known as co-founder and chief strategy officer at Spanish online room rental platform Badi that secured US$30m in Series B investment in 2019. Córdoba joined the seed round of household bill management tool Polaroo in 2019.

Salut Monràs is Wealth Manager and CEO of Valra Finances, S.L., a family holding company with financial assets and investments in Biotech, AI, Fintech and real estate. She has broad experience in communication, production and design and is passionate about aesthetics and creativity. She is a mother of three and a former international model, professor and entrepreneur. She is general manager of Lorda, S.L., model agent and booker for Francina Modelling Agency and is also founder of Mother Studio and co-founder and commercial director of HELMUTANDCO. She has a degree in Graphic Design from the Ramon Llull University. 

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