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David Mayoral Vilches is the CEO and co-founder of Alias Robotics that is based in the Basque Country, Spain. He is an entrepreneur with experience in robotics. He was previously the co-founder, CEO and president of Erle Robotics until its sale to Swiss medtech Acutronic Robotics that is now run by his brother, Victor. He studied Entrepreneurship and Innovation at IE Business School in Madrid, where he was named Young Entrepreneur Spain in 2016.  

Santiago Corral Rodriguez worked at Dutch online lighting supplier Any Amp as a video manager and country manager in Spain from 2013 to 2015. He also worked at Dutch produce distributor Direct Fresh International in administration and control assistance in 2016.After completing a business administration degree at Granada University in 2012, Corral went to Finland to study International Business at SeAMK (Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences) and graduated in 2016. He also obtained a postgrad qualification in Entrepreneurship at University of Deusto in the Basque Country, Spain.He worked at Sonar Ventures in 2017 before co-founding Plant on Demand (POD) in 2018 as COO and Customer Success Manager. POD is an e-marketplace and online management platform for small-scale food producers.

Edgar Jorba is CEO and co-founder at Aimentia, which runs the first AI-powered cloud-based virtual clinic for mental health patients. He has been based in Spain since 2018. Jorba previously worked in mental health research for more than two years in Spain and in France. Seeing the need for digitalization and improvement in mental health assessments and long wait times experienced by patients gave him the inspiration to start Aimentia.Jorba is currently studying for a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications technologies and services engineering at the Open University of Catalonia. He also holds a degree in industrial engineering from IQS in Barcelona.  

Capitana Venture Partners is a venture fund headquartered in Madrid with a presence across Spain, Germany, Italy and UK.  The firm backs technology startups at their seed and early stage phase, investing between €200,000 and €500,000. Capitana's team comprises eight business angels and advisors with experience in corporate finance, investment banking and capital market financing.

Telmo Güell is a young entrepreneur responsible for the business development of The Beemine Lab, the first biotechnology company in Spain to produce cannabidiol-based cosmetics. He founded the company in 2018. Güell started his studies in Philosophy but he soon realized he was more fascinated by design and computer programming and so chose to specialize in JavaScript Fullstack and UX. Passionate about bees, he decided to start a project that would support beekeeping and address the risk of bee extinction. By combining bees with the cannabis plant, he founded The Beemine Lab, using bees to pollinate cannabis plants and cannabis pollen to sustain populated beehives.The Beemine Lab products are today sold in pharmacies, para-pharmacies and via Amazon Spain, as well as on the company’s e-commerce page.

Avianta Capital is a private equity and venture capital firm helmed by Fernando Jamie-Fernández, who is also co-founder of the Madrid-based Bipi, a Spanish on-demand car rental app startup. Headquartered in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico, Avianta Capital also has a satellite office in Madrid to facilitate cross-border investments and operations between Spain and Latin America. 

Tetuan Valley has built a network of over 500 entrepreneurs through its six-week Madrid-based Startup School program, which was started in 2009 and is in its 25th edition. Partnering with Google, the European Commission, MIT and universities in Spain, Tetuan offers early stage startups guidance on financial and commercial strategy, while providing technology mentors to support them on product development. 

Eurovending is a family-run, Italian business in the automatic vending sector based in Trento. To date, it has only invested  in one tech startup, the Spanish vending machine hardware and interactive payment app Orain, leading its €1m seed investment round in 2017. The company is a producer of plastic cups and also rents and services automatic vending machines across Italy and Spain.

Portuguese venture capital firm Best Horizon was established in 2014. Since then, its portfolio has grown to about 50 companies based in Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, Brazil and the US. The firm has €3m in two investment vehicles for pre-seed and seed investments in tech companies that either have their headquarters or a subsidiary in the North, Centre, Alentejo and Azores regions of Portugal.

Belgian-born Laurence Fontinoy graduated in Commercial Engineering at Belgium’s Louvain Catholic University in 1994 and went on an exchange program for one year at New York’s Stern Graduate Business School. She worked for almost four years at Belgacom Mobile in Belgium, where she supervised the launch of its first prepaid card. In 1999, she moved to the Netherlands to join Dutch telecoms provider Ben as a customer development manager. After completing an MBA in 2002 at IESE University of Navarra, the mother-of-three joined eBay Spain as head of category and seller development. In 2005, she was promoted to marketing and communications director but left in 2008 to join Google as the regional country marketing manager for Spain and Portugal. In 2015, she left to become the CEO and co-founder of WOOM with former eBay colleague Clelia Morales.

Fides Capital is a private investment group aimed at tech-based B2B startups with scalable business models and products or services already in the market.Fides Capital is part of a larger group Perennius, comprising investment professionals with a focus on financial products, real estate and high growth companies. Success stories funded include Masmovil that has grown into the fourth largest telephone operator in Spain.

SeedRocket is one of the biggest networks of mentors and industry experts in Spain. Founded by Jesus Monleon and Vicente Arias, the firm offers mentorship, acceleration and seed funding programs of up to €150,000 per startup. SeedRocket is headquartered in Barcelona with a branch office in the Google Campus Madrid. SeedRocket has backed 160 startups with a total capital investment of €55 million, including five exits.

BStartup is an initiative of Sabadell Bank that supports innovation and entrepreneurship in Spain. It focuses mainly on tech and digital ecosystems and has recently launched a new program BStartup Health to invest in the healthtech sector. The BStartup10 program allocates €1 million annually to support the seed and early-stage of development of 10 startups. The Sabadell Venture Capital provides Series A and Series B funding.

Athos Capital is a venture capital firm established in 2017 with offices in Barcelona and Madrid. It currently operates a €1 million fund and has a portfolio of 10 Spain-based startups across the digital technology ecosystem (excluding real estate, biotech and healthcare). The team comprises Fernando Castiñeras, Robert Tomas, Giovanni Bologna and Elisabet Garriga, who have prior experience as venture capitalists, business consultants and entrepreneurs. 

González-Montejano is the Spanish CEO and co-founder of AI-enhanced insurtech SingularCover, where he has worked since 2018. Prior to this, he briefly worked as CMO at the US-based Center for Cross-Cultural Studies, an exchange program, and at Madrid-based automotive marketplace startup Autingo. He previously spent five years as Senior Vice-President for Southern Europe of Affinion, a global leader in loyalty and engagement solutions and a provider of insurance to large multinationals. Before that, he had spent almost two decades working in the US, the UK, Spain and Southern Europe in a range of executive posts in large multinationals, incuding Citigroup and BNP Paribas. He holds an MBA in Finance from Carroll School of Management, Boston College, and a Business Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, as well as a professional qualification as a licensed insurance broker in Spain. González-Montejano volunteers frequently for organizations helping the elderly. 

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