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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.


Movers and Shakers


Bipi is disrupting the rental car market with its door-to-door app-based service, saving individuals and businesses the hassle and high expense of car ownership.

Kantox targets the trillion dollar foreign exchange market, offering transparency, lower fees and risk management tools to corporate clients on its P2P platform. 


Juan Martinez

CTO and Co-founder of Solatom

Juan Martinez studied Industrial Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain and holds a master's specializing in rotary machine design. He has spent over four years as a design and stress engineer at various Spanish engineering companies, including rail infrastructure firm Vossloh, Altran, an engineering R&D services company and ISATI (International Solutions for the Aeronautical and Telecommunications Industries). Since 2016, Martinez has been co-founder and CTO at Solatom, a startup that develops solar concentrators for industrial applications.

Daniel Sánchez is an IT engineer with a Computer Science degree from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. He has over 10 years of experience working as a systems analyst for companies like Accenture, Vision IT group, Alten and Isban in Spain and on projects in Italy, Ireland, Germany and the Czech Republic. In 2013, he founded, a crowdfunding platform for social causes. He was also a teaching professor of the Influencers Campaign Management and Brand Ambassadors program developed by the USJ in collaboration with Socialnautas. In 2014, he became the CEO and co-founder of Influencity.


Pere Valles is an entrepreneur and angel investor in the Spanish startup ecosystem, sitting on the board of several companies. Valles has been chairman of Spanish digital voting platform Scytl since 2004. In 2018, he was appointed CEO of travel platform Exoticca, which sells long haul touring holidays and has a presence in Spain, France and the UK. He had been a financial director of GlobalNet and a senior manager at KPMG's mergers & acquisitions group in the US.  

Francesc Riverola is a business angel and the chairman of FXStreet. He launched FXStreet in 2000 while working as an e-Research Manager at PwC and at the IESE e-Business Center. He was CEO of the worldwide forex reference portal until 2012.He is also an investor at Lanta Digital Ventures, a Barcelona-based VC for early-stage startups in Spain and Europe. Born in Palo Alto in California USA, he moved to Barcelona as a child. He has an Economics degree from the University of Barcelona and a PDD in management development for company directors run by IESE Business School.


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