This article showcases our top picks for the best Spain based Venture Capital companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Venture Capital industry, but are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top Spain Venture Capital Companies
Encomenda is a Venture Capital specialized in seed investments in technology startups. We open the door to investors and professional business angels to capitalize their investments through collective investment vehicles.
We minimize investment risks thanks to the diversification of the portfolio and preferential access to the best projects in search of financing.. .
K Fund is a venture capital firm that provides early-stage venture investments to Spanish startups. The company wants to promote the evolution of the Spanish startup ecosystem by investing in digital and technological companies.
It was founded in 2016 by Inaki Arolla, Carina Szpilka and Ian Noel and is based in Madrid.. .
PreSeries is the Operating System for startup investing upon which investors are building their own private solutions to automate sourcing, dealflow & assessment. PreSeries is redefining how technology investments are made by helping investors identify the most promising early stage startups, track the performance of their portfolios, and see the potential impact of key management decisions such as new hires and company relocation.
Preseries platform takes advantage of the latest innovations in Machine Learning to transform startup financing from its current subjective form into a highly objective data-driven practice.. .
Bankinter is an innovative Spanish commercial bank. From an investment perspective, Bankinter’s Venture Capital team and Fundación Innovación Bankinter jointly develop a program called Venture Capital Program, focused on identifying and investing in high potential startups using the bank’s resources.
The program has been active since 2013, and from that moment it has already invested in more than 40 startups. In addition to the investment itself, the program tries to add value to the companies with which it interacts through the sharing of experiences and best practices.
A key part of the company’s strategy is the quality of customer service and innovation. The spirit is defined by the values agility, enthusiasm, integrity, and originality.
The company offers a wide range of financial products and services, in addition to advising clients, aggregators, product simulators, and a variety of value-added services. The company’s staff are trained, agile, flexible workforce, capable of adapting to technological and market changes.
Bankinter was founded on 1965 and is headquartered in Madrid, Spain.. .
Mutter Ventures is a company specializing in the start-up and development of companies in the digital economy. Thanks to their versatile structure they adapt to different business contexts.
Their mission is the creation of disruptive business models with a high potential of profitability.. .
Sabadell Venture Capital
Sabadell Venture Capital’s main purpose is to support entrepreneurial Spanish projects during their initial stages (Seed and Early Stage). They want to be the financial partner of the startups and to be part of its innovative and transformative projects.
They add value to the company through the different stages of its growth. Banco Sabadell is defined by its entrepreneurial spirit: “A bank by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs, helping entrepreneurs”..
Fina Biotech is a spin-off of LABORATORIOS INDAS that aims to elect, finance, conduct, develop and market biotechnology projects. The believe in the great potential of the Spanish researchers.
Proof of this confidence can be found in the 28 projects that FINA BIOTECH has undertaken since 2002, with an investment of almost €12 million, in partnership with public and private institutions, laboratories and universities, all of them Spanish.. .
Wayra is the most global, connected and technological open innovation hub in the world. We currently operate in 10 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Mexico, Peru, Spain, the United Kingdom and Venezuela.
Through Telefónica our global presence allows us to be at the helm of innovation, shoulder to shoulder with driven entrepreneurs and in a position to engage the right partners and leaders of industries for business. Our mission is clear, to connect innovators with Telefónica and generate joint business opportunities.
We are the interface between Telefónica and entrepreneurial ecosystems across the globe because innovation makes good business sense.. .
VAS Ventures is Martin Varsavsky’s early stage investment fund. They are looking for companies whose innovative founders think big and are courageous enough to shape the future.
Martin is a serial entrepreneur, mentor, professor of entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School and investor. As a founder, he has built 5 successful companies, Viatel, Jazztel, Ya.com, Fon and Prelude.
Viatel, Jazztel, and Ya.com all sold for over $700m. As an investor, he backed fascinating companies such as 23andMe, Eolia, Smarthings, Tumblr and Aura Biosciences.
VAS Ventures’ key for success is offering hands-on mentoring from Martin.. .
Fides Capital is an investment firm, specialized in seed and early stage technology-based companies with scalable B2B business models that have already achieved recurring income. We back committed and experienced teams who are capable of leading ambitious projects with international projection.
But, beyond the professional abilities, for us it’s essential to have a personal understanding and alignment of interests with the entrepeneurs in order to row together in the same direction. Partnering with the teams is a key pillar in Fides’s investment strategy since we like to collaborate actively with them, sharing our experience and knowledge.
We invest between 50,000 € and 400,000 € per deal by disbursing funds in gradual installments and we co-invest with other participants that assume the role of lead investor. Our portfolio companies are mainly in the telecom, B2B services, health, fintech and edutech sectors: – AdmInMe (www.admin-me.com) – Agile Content (www.agilecontent.com) – eGarante: (www.egarante.com) – Excom (www.excom.es) – Imegen (www.imegen.es) – Indexa Capital (www.indexacapital.com) – Joinup (www.joinuptaxi.com) – Kuaderno (www.kuaderno.com) – Masmovil (www.masmovil.es) – Next (www.gruponext.es) – Nuubo (www.nuubo.com) – Playfilm (www.playfilm.tv) – Quantyca (www.quantyca.com).
In 2012 Spain Startup, together with IE Business School, saw opportunities for entrepreneurs at a time when the crisis had hit hard. We believed that entrepreneurs would be the driving force to a revived economy.
With this belief, we created a platform to help showcase the best startup talent and creativity from the South to the rest of the world, where handshakes and introductions are quickly transformed into deals on the table. Now we are living in interesting times.
The world is changing at a rapid pace. Political, social, technological, financial instability is all around and, while opportunity surrounds us, not everyone is able to seize it.
We are the leading Innovation Global Platform which connects top innovators to the world´s most powerful investors and corporations.. .
Nuclio Venture Builder
Nuclio is a Venture Builder that builds and leads startups with business models validated in other markets. Carlos Blanco, María Hidalgo, Álex Díaz and Marc Torres founded it in 2016 Nuclio has a team of professionals with extensive experience in different sectors that offer central services to the entrepreneur and the startup, thus facilitating the management of the company.
The central services of the Venture Builder are: IT/software, communication & PR, human resources, legal, finance, and investment. Its team of analysts identifies the most successful business ideas in other countries, unites them with the best talent in the ecosystem and creates the team of entrepreneurs that will lead the startup.
Startups co-founded: Housfy – EelpTEX – Finteca – Prohipotecas – Verone – Typs – Casum An our school – Nuclio Digital School. .
A large number of European tech companies enter the US to establish an operational base and raise financing. This can be executed in a more customised, leaner and safer way – BV builds acceleration services accordingly to solve the problems that EU firms have when entering the U.S.
market. BV provides a cross-border accelerator program in Silicon Valley.
The BV Program: – Determine the best Go-To-Market entry strategies. – Secure traction in the US & accelerate expansion.
– Access leaders of capital, technology and talent. – Up to $200,000 in smart capital.
– Weekly mentoring from US industry experts & business angels. – Become a market leader…and cross the Chasm..
Suanfarma Biotech engages in the development, manufacture, and distribution of raw materials and finished dosage forms for pharmaceutical, biotechnological, veterinary, nutritional, and cosmetic sectors. It offers generics and active pharmaceutical ingredients, such as anti-infective, cardiovascular system, central nervous system, digestive system, endocrine system, oncology, respiratory system, and pain and inflammation products; and food supplements, and medicinal and dietary plants, including non-native vegetable species, dietary supplements, plant extracts, jellies, syrups, oligotherapy, litotherapy, etc.
Suanfarma Biotech also provides active ingredients for veterinary industry, such as antibiotics, NSAIDs, antiparasitics, glucocorticoids, nutritional, reproduction, and others; and develops alternative routes of synthesis for obtaining active pharmaceutical ingredients and their subsequent industrial scale-up. In addition, it invests in seed and early-stage biotechnology companies; delivers its expertise to biotech companies on issues related to business and commercial management; and provides support on scientific, industrial, regulatory, and financial development.
Suanfarma Biotech serves customers in Spain and internationally. It began operation in 1993, with its headquarters in Alcobendas in Spain and locations in Phoenix in Arizona, Fair Lawn in New Jersey, Naucalpan de Juárez in Mexico; Bogotá in Colombia, Caracas in Venezuela, Sao Paulo in Brazil, Buenos Aires in Argentina, Santiago in Chile, Madrid and Barcelona in Spain, Fitbourg in Switzerland, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Navi Mumbai in India, and Shanghai in China..
ISDI is an institution that focuses on business models that helps individuals, professionals, companies, and markets in Spain and Latin America. It provides digital education is to help professionals, entrepreneurs, companies, and institutions to grow in the digital era.
ISDI was founded in 2009 and headquartered in Madrid, Spain.. .
People & Planet Partners
People & Planet Partners is a new impact capital fund which provides financing and support to high-potential tech companies with a solid social and environmental commitment. We come out with the aim to be a reference impact investor to contribute to improve the world, committed to a new perspective and integrating social and environmental factors into the investment decisions as the ‘normal’ way of doing things.
People & Planet Partners Invests up to 2M€ to assist early stage companies in their growth.. .
7r Ventures is a Technology holding company. They design, build and invest in new cash-flow driven tech companies that solve real problems in traditional industries, together with passionate entrepreneurs, top corporates and selected investment partners.
They have developed an iterative rock-solid model to turn ideas into scalable and profitable companies. They focus on a small number of highly curated opportunities per year..
Invertidos is an exclusive investment firm specialized in secondaries and late-stage investments in venture-backed companies. Our team works proactively with founders, venture capitalists, and private investors to solve their liquidity and capital needs.
Investors get unique investment opportunities that lower the overall risk of investing in venture capital while striving to maintain the upside potential.. .
Healthequity is a venture capital company specializing in early-stage projects in the health sector: medical devices, biotechnology and healthcare services. It is a fund promoted by the Official College of Physicians of Barcelona and the financial group Riva y Garcia that is looking for projects to make their first investments.
Healthequity has a team of professionals with complementary experience, with the scientific-technical and financial know-how necessary to analyze and make investments contributing value to the investee company. In addition, it has a network of contacts and key strategic relationships in the health ecosystem..
2 Digits Growth
2 Digits Growth is to help companies accelerate their innovation and growth, by identifying and managing new business opportunities. their professional trajectory has taught us that opportunities are not sought or found.
They develop.. .
Inveniam is a transaction and strategy advisory firm, with a strong focus in technology-based deals in Life Sciences and Resource Sustainability. Inveniam’s vision is to bridge the gap between technology originators and the market.
Either serving the buy or the sell-side, Inveniam accompanies the client throughout the deal life cycle with a wide array of services, from opportunity scouting and assessment, all the way to commercialization, deal structuring and closing. Leveraging a diversified team across expertise and background, Inveniam offers a unique combination of skills and industry insight to support institutions, investors, start-ups and corporations with truly specialized advisory services.
Inveniam is headquartered in Spain and Israel, and has an outstanding world reach through its alliances and collaborators. Together we ignite traction to your technology venture..
REIMAGINE FOOD IS THE WORLD’S FIRST DISRUPTIVE CENTER Committed to the future of food. It connects start-ups, entrepreneurs, investors, technologists, chefs and the F&B industry with the technologies that are transforming and impacting how we select, purchase and consume food.
Its mission is to promote initiatives to rethink the world of food, the industry, the modern kitchen and how we solve our food needs in the 21st century. To facilitate innovation, R & D and the development of new creative and technological solutions which will have a positive impact in our society..
Byld is the first corporate venture builder in Spain; a company that creates startups from scratch together with large corporations, combining the best of these two worlds to enhance the construction of internationally scalable startups. After more than five years creating startups through Byld and Sonar Ventures, their managers have developed their own methodology for creating and developing startups, through which they avoid the most frequent mistakes in the launch and implementation of disruptive projects .
Byld is not a consultant, an accelerator, or a Venture Capital; He is another co-founder, and is committed to the success of each project, so he invests a great deal of time and resources in all of his startups. Byld’s formula consists in combining the agility, flexibility and culture of startups, with the resources, scope and experience of corporations, thus achieving scalable and disruptive startups on a local and global scale .
Its processes are divided into: 1. Byld Insights : a process that lasts eight weeks in which they identify the trends that move consumption to detect opportunities and shape them as a business model.
Some tools used during this phase are: startup scouting and trends, customer discovery, design sprint and the challenge. 2.
Byld Labs: 12-week process in which they focus on the creation of minimum viable products (MPVs), and carry out experiments to validate the hypotheses and improve the solution more and more. In the end, they prepare a construction plan for the startup, with all the necessary steps to build the new company from scratch.
3. Byld Startups: a process that lasts between 36-45 weeks in which MVP’S become scalable startups.
Agoranext is a businesss group dedicated to invest in innovative technology companies in the Tourism vertical including companies from their Startup phase. It has fund managers and experts with considerable experience on: Travel & Tourism Service, Hotels & Hospitality, Ecommerce, IOT, Big Data, Digital Communication, Mobile applications, and AI and virtual reality.
* International Expansion of Digital Transformation and Innovative solutions within hotels and the Tourism sector with focus on Ibie AGORA NEXT TELEFONICA OPEN FUTURE_ is the first global tourism innovation program, a hub from Telefónica, which is a strategic partner, and is oriented towards companies and entrepreneurs on this vertical, who aspire to become a world reference of Travel tech & Tourism 5.0. (1) The Global Tourism Innovation Summit: 8/9th of June 2017 will be the 3rd edition and numerous countries and cities asked for similar partner events hosted by AGORA NEXT TELEFONICA OPEN FUTURE_ The event will be attended by a long list of spanish high level executives from hotel chains, airlines, public employees, ministers, economists, entrepreneurs and investors talking about innovation and digital transformation of the travel ecosystem.
Please check the video of last years edition: [VIDEO] https://youtu.be/-oJRXK7GP2o (2) Crowdworking AGORA NEXT TELEFONICA OPEN FUTURE_ Own space operated for TELEFONICA OPEN FUTURE_ with the mission to become a collaborative centre for the promotion of knowledge and innovation under a participatory approach where Startups can make their project grow. Entrepreneurs have been selected to receive the necessary training and mentoring to grow with the support from the experts of the hub and the Telefónica Open Future ecosystem (Wayra, Talentum, Think Big, Amérigo, Telefónica Ventures, among others).
(3) Hub AGORA NEXT TELEFONICA OPEN FUTURE_ will be the centre to develop own touristic projects or in collaboration with 3rd parties (tourism groups, consulting companies, telcos etc.). [VIDEO] https://youtu.be/JKgLEYZupRs (4) AGORA NEXT VENTURES and IT HOLDING is a Venture Capital fund which invests in travel startups in pre-seed, seed and growth stage with a high growth potential basically in Europe and the US.[VIDEO EN] https://youtu.be/MeTEnwEgI9E [VIDEO SP] https://youtu.be/Rw98CXnsS-M Details Company: http://www.agoranext.org Palma de Mallorca , Balearic Island Spain 2012 65 employment Startups, Travel Tech & Smart Tourism, Funding y VR AR , AI , IoT. .
OARSIS is an entrepreneur’s academy that inspires, connects & empowers talented individuals to bring to market new VR/AR/MR solutions with international high-growth potential. We focus solely on immersive (virtual, augmented & mixed reality) and related technologies such as IoT, Computer Vision, and AI.
WE START COMPANIES FROM SCRATCH We discover and evaluate opportunities based on technology mega-trends. We partner up with entrepreneurs with deep expertise in their industries, invest our resources and share equity in each project we get involved with.
Overall, we build lovable products and grow ventures by combining our experience, resources, and network. We’re always looking for our next co-founders.
If you have the true soul of an entrepreneur or if you master the art of VR or AR, drop us a line at info [at] oarsis.com WE TRAIN TALENTED PROFESSIONALS Interested in getting the right skills for surfing the next VR/AR/MR technology wave? Join us!. .
Climbcrew Venture Capital
Climbcrew Venture Capital is part of the Gala Capital group, and under its umbrella all the investment operations in technology and digital companies are collected in early stages. The group has a vehicle to co-found companies and invest in them since its inception, Climbcrew Venture Builder; and a direct investment vehicle in Venture Capital under the same name.
The objective of Climbcrew is to invest in the most initial phases of technological startups and digital protagonists of the technological transformation of the travel, retail, finance and Insurance sectors. The contribution range of the venture capital starts from 100,000 euros up to a maximum of €1M..
Tetuan Valley is a non-for-profit pre-accelerator program that promotes local entrepreneurship and regional development. Tetuan Valley was founded in 2009 directed by Karel Escobar, dedicated to training digital entrepreneurs.
It offers a training program that lasts six weeks, where they train innovators to become entrepreneurs, helping to get their first prototype, first customers or first users.. .
Metricson is a legal firm that provides comprehensive services for tech and internet companies. The company’s goal is to support a new generation of digital companies and entrepreneurs, from the knowledge of the industry and extensive experience as international lawyers who have worked in big companies and technology companies in the world.
It helps clients to carry out and protect activity with the utmost legal guarantees. Metricson was founded on 2009..
Foro Capital Pymes
Foro Capital Pymes da la oportunidad a empresas pyme de presentar en un foro de inversión presencial ante 40-50 inversores de perfil Venture Capital, Family Office, Industriales, Banca corporativa… Todos ellos con capacidad superior a 1M de € por proyecto. Para cada foro se seleccionan entre 8 y 10 empresas que vienen a buscar rondas entre 0,5 y 5 millones.
Cada una dispone de 10 minutos para explicar su propuesta de inversión más 5 minutos de Q&A.. .
Izertis Ventures is the company through which the Izertis group brings together all its assets and activities related to venture capital and startups. The platform acts as an incubator and accelerator focused on technological projects related to the information and computer sector.
The company was born in 2015 and is led byPablo Martín. The Izertis Group is a technology consultant with more than 20 years old that currently provides its services in Europe and Latin America.
During the last years he has experienced a great growth that has led him to position himself in the main markets and with the best clients. The main objective of Izertis Ventures is to establish an expanded innovation ecosystem for the Izertis group, where innovative projects are developed in the ICT field and that are closely related to the main activity of the group, especially in the B2B field, providing services on the Internet and SaaS technology.
At the same time it constitutes a financial diversification activity, looking for considerable long-term returns. To do this, Izertis Ventures draws a mixed strategy, investing between 10,000 and 100,000 euros in each startup indirectly, through the structured vehicles in which it participates.
It focuses both on startups in advanced stages of development and supporting projects in early stages through various mechanisms. The accelerator considers it essential to participate in the global entrepreneurial ecosystem and therefore tries to participate in multiple groups, associations and networks at national and international level.
In addition, he considers networking and collaboration with other investors and actors a key strategy of his work. When investing, Izertis Ventures carries out an evaluation of the team and the business model.
15k Angels invests smart capital in equipment to power seed and early stage projects. The company looks for investment opportunities in projects with rapid growth capacity and high profitability.
It focuses on improving the invested projects, so that it can generate metrics and traction and move on to early stage or growing. The company achieves this by working with promoter teams to produce maximum value, contacts, and energy, at no cost to the projects invested.
It facilitates access to investors for the following rounds, to banks and private financing, and to obtain the necessary technology. 15k Angels was founded on 2017 and is headquartered in Madrid, Spain..
Machinepoint Consultants S.L.
MachinePoint Group is an international operating group providing equipment solutions for the plastics, packaging, food & beverages industries. MachinePoint Group was founded in 1997, and began trading in used machinery.
In 2000, it attracted a significant venture capital investment from Warburg Pincus, which enabled it to expand its operations and services on to a worldwide scale. The mission of Machinepoint Used Machinery is: professionalize the used machinery industry and bring quality and safety to the trading of used machines Officially headquartered in Spain, with commercial branches in North and South Amercia, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.
As MachinePoint Group has been steadily growing, we have been undertaking larger and more complicated projects so as to expand our service portfolio. We have incorporated different subsidiaries into the group, from which we offer different equipment solutions: from used machinery trading, to complete plant installation, engineering services and equipment financing.
Through its various subsidiaries, MachinePoint Group can offer processors different equipment solutions: – Process integration and automation and complete plants turn key projects through MachinePoint Engineering – Used machinery through MachinePoint Used Machinery. – Equipment financing through MachinePoint Finance.
Machinepoint Engineering designs, manufactures and integrates lines, equipment and processes for the food industry, more specifically for the beverage processors, the dairy industry and processors of fruits and vegetables. MachinePoint Finance helps companies in the plastics, packaging and beverages & food industries finance their equipment investments.
Financial products and equipment investments are both complicated issues. MachinePoint Finance has a profound knowledge of both worlds: we belong to MachinePoint Group, specialized in equipment solutions for the plastics and beverages/food industries, and we have also been helping banks and clients close financial operations for more than 10 years..
Mynbest is an equity crowdfunding platform that helps startups to obtain the necessary funding to carry out projects. The platform also provides startups with consulting services to develop their businesses.
It delivers various services to investors and enables them to search, compare, and select between the startups in market. Mynbest provides legal and financial coverage by using standardized contracts, investment funds, and many other sources to improve investor’s possibilities.
Founded in 2012, the platform partners with business angels’ networks, startup accelerators, and venture capital firms.. .
Sandwalk BioVentures is an end-to-end innovation, strategy, regulatory intelligence and management consulting firm that provides tailored, turnkey solutions to life sciences companies and investors. Specializing in the field of microbiome science, we help food and biopharma start-ups take technologies and products to market by supporting them with corporate, regulatory and commercial affairs.
We also support larger corporations and investment firms find meaningful, evidence-based and data-driven market insights to make informed investment decisions and perform technical due diligence in M&A processes. We are particularly focused on enabling non-EU companies establish, navigate the regulations and market their products in the EU, as well as on supporting EU companies in their regulatory efforts in the US.
What makes Sandwalk special is its team’s profound understanding of the science and extensive industry experience. This enables us to go beyond advisory and add value by actively engaging with our partners in the execution of their projects..
Vigia Capital is an investment firm, created by entrepreneurs, that seeks to acquire, operate and grow companies in Spain. They represent the sustainable and lasting solution for those entrepreneurs who are looking for a sale of their company.
Vigía Capital is born from the innovative spirit of its two founders, Pedro Lago and Javier González-Tovar, who receive the support of a large group of investors, entrepreneurs and managers to lead a project that seeks to identify solvent and high-potential Spanish companies and guide them in the path of sustainable long-term growth. They seek to dedicate ourselves exclusively to the generation of value of the acquired company, without pressure of time and respecting the legacy of the founders.
Vigía Capital believes in the creation of value, through responsible leadership.. .
Lawsome is a legal service company that designs customized solutions for companies, operations, and innovative projects. They accompany corporations, investment funds, startups, technology centers, and managers.
It is based in Bilboa, Spain.. .
Start Up Spain
Start Up Spain is born as a series of meetings with entrepreneurs, which seeks to promote the discussion of ideas that favor the emergence of more entrepreneurs in Spain, the arrival of more entrepreneurs to their country and a network of efficient investors. Through this entrepreneurial impulse it is to accelerate the transformation of Spanish economic model to an innovation economy.
The series of meetings Start Up Spain has, as a double objective, to feed the political debate with ideas and have an impact on the future development of policies to promote entrepreneurship: entrepreneurs, technology companies and venture capital should occupy a priority. Start Up Spain was born in November 2011 with the first conference Start Up Spain 2011 .
Directed by Javier Santiso and driven (@javiersantiso), ESADE Business School has hosted in collaboration with the Rafael del Pino Foundation and Campus Party Spain more than 3,500 attendees face almost 2,000 more via live-streaming in their last six editions held, among whom were entrepreneurs, business angels, family-offices … Highlight too, has had strong following Start Up Spain on social networks.
In the last issue of the potential impact it reached nearly 500,000 Twitter accounts. For the fourth time they were trending topic in Spain.
S tart Up Spain aims to generate ideas and promote discussion about the venture. Therefore, they want the site www.start-up-spain.com serve as a forum for initiatives that foster a renewed institutional framework representing the interests of entrepreneurs..
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