Interviews
“We are going to become the benchmark platform for collections management"

Invisible Collector is a cloud platform that employs Artificial Intelligence to increase the success rate of debt collection operations, interacting digitally with debtors over the most advanced notifications channels available, personally assisting them in the process of eliminating their debt. Pedro Mendes and Miguel Rangel, the project’s founders, have been friends for more than 20 […]

Investments
Last.app closes a €2.2M seed funding round to boost its growth and increase its workforce

Last.app, a Barcelona-based startup founded by former Glovo Eric and Ivan Nikolic that develops software to simplify the day-to-day operations and management of restaurants, has announced the closing a 2.2 million euros funding round. This financing round main objective is to boost the company’s growth, as well as to expand its workforce. The round was […]

Interviews
“Spain is a pioneer country in the development of biotechnology startups and companies like Neuro-Bio”

Neuro-Bio is a biotechnology company from the UK that develops treatments for Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The company is now looking to attract up to 10 million pounds sterling in stages to advance in the clinical development of its new molecule, NBP 14. With these resources the company, whose headquarters are in Abindgon, Oxfordshire, will fund […]

Interviews
"Spain, as with Chile, strongly advocates the ideal of integration and inclusiveness in classrooms"

NeeKids was founded in 2019 with a clear aim: to save parents and education professionals time, effort and money through the use of a platform to get recommendations for educational resources using a virtual assistant. NeeKids is a technological platform with a recommendation system based on a special taxonomy of the “Neurodidactic Tree” method. It […]

Investments | Year 2021
2021 exceeds €4 billion invested in Spanish startups

The year 2021 ends with the highest investment figure ever obtained in Spanish history: €4,207 billion in a total of 400 operations. Madrid and Barcelona are consolidating their position as national entrepreneurial hubs, accounting for 85% of the country’s investment. Jobandtalent becomes a new unicorn, after raising €628M in 2021 alone. The fastest-growing sectors in Spain in terms of startups and innovation are healthcare and Fintech.

Investments
PLD Space closes a Series B investment round of $28 million 


PLD Space, the Spanish company that leads the space launch business for small satellites in Europe, has just closed a Series B funding round of $28 million. The operation, led by Arcano Partners, Aciturri and the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) through the co-investment initiative of Innvierte program, has had the accompaniment […]

Investments
Landbot secures €6.5M series A to help more businesses design smarter automated conversations with customers

Landbot enables any business to manage and automate conversations with their customers across their website, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. Enabling businesses to convert smarter, every time.

News
ALiCE Biometrics closes a €1.5 million investment round led by Mundi Ventures

ALiCE Biometrics expands its shareholding to the international arena with the entry of Mundi Ventures, which has operational offices in London, New York, Seattle, Barcelona and Madrid. The investment fund makes its network, with presence in more than 50 cities worldwide, available to the Galician spin-off.

Ecosystem | Open Calls
UNWTO launches 4 new challenges to help re-start tourism

The Hospitality Challenge in collaboration with Sommet Education is a global call aiming to receive projects that can help hospitality sector reboot. This competition is designed to identify ideas and individuals capable of accelerating recovery while promoting inclusivity and sustainability in the sector to invent the hospitality of tomorrow.

Ecosystem | Biotech
Medicsen creates a non-invasive device that makes life easier for diabetes patients

Medicsen is a startup that works in an artificial, non-invasive pancreas for those suffering from diabetes. It is capable of predicting future glucose values for the patient an hour ahead of time with a margin of error of less than 10 glucose units, while at the same time providing practical lifestyle advice to control illness.

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Highlights

Investments
2021 exceeds €4 billion invested in Spanish startups

The year 2021 ends with the highest investment figure ever obtained in Spanish history: €4,207 billion in a total of 400 operations. Madrid and Barcelona are consolidating their position as national entrepreneurial hubs, accounting for 85% of the country’s investment. Jobandtalent becomes a new unicorn, after raising €628M in 2021 alone. The fastest-growing sectors in Spain in terms of startups and innovation are healthcare and Fintech.

Investments
Idoneo.com closed a €550,000 funding round led by DraperB1

Idoneo.com is a marketplace that allows you to find, compare and hire the best leasing car from the comfort of a sofa and have it delivered to your door. It is an online comparator with the widest choice and exclusive offers. Since its founding in 2019, Idoneo.com has gained a customer base consisting of a fleet of more than 1,500 cars; the company expects to reach a turnover of 1.3 million euros and a fleet of 3,000 cars by 2021.

Investments
Investment in Spanish startups reaches €1,767,271 million in the first four months of 2021

The 11 largest investment rounds of 2021 accumulate a total of €1,520.50M, which represents 86% of the total investment of the year. Glovo, one of the Spanish unicorns, leads the largest round of the year with €450 million.

Acquisitions
Affirm acquires the startup Returnly

Returnly is a leading provider of digital return experiences and post-purchase payments for direct-to-consumer brands. Returnly is the only return solution that lets customers get the right item before returning the wrong one. The result is a world-class shopping experience with an average consumer satisfaction score (CSAT) of 91%.

Investments
2020 ends with €1.101M invested in Spanish startups

Glovo and Flywire were the only investment rounds to exceed €100 million. The accumulated total for the year was 1,101,786 million Euro invested in a total of 338 public operations, the second best figure in the history of Spain.

Investments
August ends with 48 million Euro invested in Spanish startups

The month of August ended with an accumulated investment of €48 million, distributed in a total of 18 public investment rounds in Spain. An optimistic figure given the current crisis in Spain due to the coronavirus. The accumulated investment figure is almost identical to that of 2019 at the end of August (€606.124M) and is slightly lower than that obtained at the end of the eighth month of 2020: €607.314M.

Ecosystem
Acceleration calls focused on startups and entrepreneurs during the month of October 2019

Many corporations such as Abanca, Acciona, Iberdrola, Banco Sabadell, Bankia as well as specialized accelerators have decided to launch their acceleration calls after summer and all of them will coincide with the celebration of the South Summit in Madrid from 2 to 4 October, an important time of the year as the Spanish ecosystem is concentrated throughout the week in Madrid.

News
El Referente launches its fourth Investment Guide for Startups

The newspaper El Referente today released the fourth edition of the Investment Guide for Startups, now on sale on our online channels. After three years of growth in the number of guides sold, the magazine has once again opted for a 226-page edition in which it reviews all the agents in the ecosystem.