About the Spanish startup manifesto

IMPROVING THE ECOSYSTEM TO CREATE GREATER OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUCCESS

We have some of the brightest people living in Spain. However, a great portion of this talent is lost as individuals go abroad to search for better professional career opportunities If we want Spain to regain its productive capacity, everyone must cooperate to drive growth and innovation.

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Spain Startup Manifesto

By 2018, startups in Europe will employ almost 5 million people and will generate 63 million € in profits

SMEs represent more than 65% of Spanish GDP

89% of employment in Spain is generated by companies of 20 or less employees

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What will you find in the manifesto ?

If we want Spain to regain its productive capacity, we need to facilitate the creation and consolidations of innovative companies that can offer new jobs. We have the motivation and necessary tools to do it, but we need to remove the existing barriers and unite our efforts to improve the possibilities for success from within the ecosystem. The solution doesn't come from one individual or group, all stakeholders in the ecosystem need to work together.

TALENT

Talento

We need to stop the brain drain because it has a very negative impact on the economy.

EDUCATION

Educación

It is fundamental to drive the entrepreneurial spirit in all stages of education.

ECOSYSTEM

Ecosistema

We need to overcome the difficulties that prevent us from materializing the startup potential that exists in Spain that has grown significantly in the last couple of years.

CAPITAL

Capital

We need more access to capital to drive up the reinvestment of profits and to attract foreign investments and increase access to crowdfunding.

LEGISLATION

Regulación

We need a stable and effective legal framework to facilitate the creation, management and closing of companies.

CULTURE

Cultura

We need to overcome the cultural barriers that damage entrepreneurial activity.

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The contributors

WRITERS

These people have worked to give voice to the entrepreneurial community, coordinated the creation of the document and made it a reality

Carmen Bermejo
Carmen Bermejo

Tetuan Valley. Geek girl who loves to learn new things. @tetuanvalley CEO, software developer, @aespanish, @agilegirls.

Javier Megias

Startupxplore, Blogger. CEO & co-founder at startupxplore.com - Entrepreneur, investor & blogger working hard to make things happen.

Javier Megias
María del Mar Mitjavila
María del Mar Mitjavila

Tetuan Valley. Technician at Tetuan Valley Association. Bachelor in Translation and Interpreting in Universidad Pontificia Comillas

CONTRIBUTIONS

This document captures the contributions of many entrepreneurs and acknowledged figures of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. We want to highlight the contribution of:

Alejandro Barrera
Alejandro Barrera

Press 42, Tech.eu. Chief WOWness @ press42.com (@42press), Cofounder & editor @Tech_EU, Cofounder @tetuanvalley. @startupdigest curator in Madrid.

David Bonilla

Otogami, Runnics. Candela's Husband. Daddy of Irene and Danny. Pocket Dictator at @OtogamiCOM and Slow Runner at @runnics. I think in Spanish but I tweet in English :)

David Bonilla
Iñaki Arrola
Iñaki Arrola

Coches.com, Vitamina K, Chamberí Valley. In this order: Husband. Father of almost four. Marathoner. Founder at @coches, business angel and cofounder at Vitamina K VC

Jorge Schnura

Tyba. Co-Founder of @tyba. Building a kickass company

Jorge Schnura
Juan Cartagena
Juan Cartagena

Traity. Founder CEO @Traity_, helping create a world where we can trust one another. MBA UChicago outside, MEng inside. Joga Capoeira.

Justo Hidalgo

24symbols. Would love to have an artist's heart and a scientist's brain... but in the meantime I do have Mickey Mouse's ears and nose! :D

Justo Hidalgo
Luis Martín Cabiedes
Luis Martín Cabiedes

Cabiedes & Partners. Partner. Seed and early Series Investments in Internet and Technology Ventures in Spain.

Mario López de Ávila

Agile Entrepreneurship Spain, Nodos en Red, UEIA. Consultant, Entrepreneur & Investor, Co-Founder UEIA, Associated Professor at IE Business School, Founder AES Meetup. Promotor http://els2014.com

Mario López de Ávila
Marcos Eguillor
Marcos Eguillor

IdeaFoster. Optimist. Digital, innovation, transformation. Entrepreneur. Founder @BinaryKnowledge, @IdeaFoster. Professor @IEBusiness. Part of @CruzRojaEsp, @COIT_AEIT.

Miguel Arias

Carto DB, Chamberí Valley. Proud dad. COO @CartoDB. Entrepreneur & Investor. Founder @ChamberiValley & @IMASTE. Mentor @Wayra,IE biz school,Seedrocket. IVLP alumni

Miguel Arias
Israel Gutierrez
Israel Gutierrez

h4ckademy. Funambulist @h4ckademy. Passionate about education innovation and programming. Co-organize @edupreneursMAD.

Liz Fleming

IE Business School - Venture Lab. IE Business School. Venture Lab. Spain Startup Co-investment Fund. Kauffman Fellow.

Liz Fleming



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