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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


Targeting millennials' wanderlust, multi-destination travel platform Airhopping booked €3 million revenue in two years, making it yet another promising startup backed by Spanish tycoon Juan Roig.  

Ex-Tesla manager is one step away from creating the next Spanish unicorn - developing the smallest and most advanced chargers for electric and hybrid vehicles.


Pau Agustí Esmerats has gained valuable experience in the mobile industry as a product manager and product owner. He was part of a team that developed the iOS and Android apps for CaixaBank Digital Business. He also spent three years managing mobile marketing, communication and monetization programs at Kerad Games SL in Barcelona.The sociology graduate has completed various courses in advertising, public relations, marketing and entrepreneurship. Since January 2018, the co-founder of Sound Market has been working as the company's CEO in charge of growth hacking, product management, strategy and business development.

Emilio Galán

Co-founder and CTO of Beonprice

With a bachelor’s in Computer Engineering from the University of Salamanca, Emilio Galán is an experienced software engineer. He has worked as a developer at various companies including Telefónica for over three years, before joining GPM group’s Gestores de Proyectos Multimedia as a business manager in 2007.Galán and Rubén Sánchez Martín left GPM in 2012 to establish Beonprice. Both co-founders have completed business courses including an MBA from the European Business School of Madrid, the Ignite Programme at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge UK and the Endeavor Scaling Entrepreneurial Ventures program with Harvard Business School.


Los Riscos de Pedrique is family-owned investment fund and business consultancy based in Madrid, Spain. Established in 2014, the company has assets valued at €35 million and is run by Maria del Valle de la Riva.

Founded in 1982, Ade Gestión Sodical is an investment firm that specializes in the direct funding of startups at seed, early and growth stages. It also provides finance for VC and management buy-out /buy-in ventures.Sodical mainly focuses on enterprises connected to the Spanish region of Castilla y León to promote economic development in local areas. It normally invests between €180,000 and €2 million, taking minority stakes in small and medium-sized companies.


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