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The world and the way we work has transformed, giving us all a mandate for change. At IBM’s recent Think Digital Summit España, they brought together the best and brightest technology leaders to rethinking how business and society works. We’ve all been given a mandate for change, to challenge our beliefs on what matters most to the viability, competitiveness and health of our organizations and workforce. There are actions we can take now to be smarter, more resilient and agile, using technology to not just survive today but thrive for years to come.

With more than 20 sessions, 60 speakers and 23 client local client testimonials about how they are solving the most complex business challenges, Think Digital Summit is focused on providing valued outcomes to solve the most pressing challenges facing your organization. IBM offers you the possibility to learn from experts and peers, play with demos and discover how technology can help you to transform your organization, drive innovation and act with agility, resilience and security.

If you are interested in discovering how corporates and start ups are accelerating the innovation, do not miss the opportunity, we’re sure they will provide valuable insights into the art of the possible for both you and your organization. 


Think Digital Summit España live event was held on 15th October. If you did not join, you can now watch it on demand. To watch the sessions you find interesting, register and start from here.

Let’s rethink and create the future and emerge smarter, together.

Meet our 100 startup finalists!

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The big day has come: the 100 startups finalists are here! We bring you, once again, the best startup selection with the most disruptive projects!

They have been chosen from more than 3800 startups that applied to our Startup Competition. We have gone through the best worldwide from over 115 countries and have selected the top 100 who will be pitching in our Startup Competition.

If you want to network with them and be able to watch their pitches register for #SouthSummit2020. Register here.

Don’t miss the chance to meet them in October at #SouthSummit2020.

Finalists of the Virtual South Summit: Sustainability

We are proud to announce the 8 finalists for the Virtual South Summit in Sustainability Startup Competition, the fourth encounter of the joint initiative with IE University.

More than 180 startups have participated in the competition from more than 30 countries with more than 65% international participation. The international projects are predominantly from: United States, India, Germany, Chile, Mexico, Colombia, Canada, Netherlands, France, Italy.


These are the top 8 Sustainability startups:

–       Biosolvit [Brazil] A natural, effective and efficient oil absorber made from palm fibers discarded in many crops around the world that allows the reuse of absorbed oil.

–       Breeze Technologies [Germany] provides an environmental intelligence platform that delivers hyperlocal comprehensive and accurate air quality data from public and private data sources.

–       Carbon Upcycling Technologies [Canada] converts CO2 emissions into nanomaterial powders to enhance plastics, coatings, adhesives, concrete, batteries, and pharmaceuticals while reducing their greenhouse emissions.

–       ClimateTrade [Spain] is platform provides transparency and security with peer to peer transactions by creating an ecosystem where everyone can easily and safely offset their carbon footprint by investing in sustainable projects with the highest certified quality standards.

–       Cuantix [Chile] is a cloud-based platform that helps companies understand, measure, and manage their social and environmental impact making it accessible to all types of organizations.

–       InfinityBox [India] is creating a circular economy for recyclable and environment-friendly food packaging containers that can be reused more than 100 times.

–       Mi Terro [United States] is giving food waste a new life by transforming casein proteins from excess milk into soft, sustainable, and affordable fibers that can apply to apparel, medical appliances, bed linen and packaging film.

–       Naturbeads [United Kingdom] is scaling up a manufacturing process to produce natural and biodegradable microbeads produced from renewable and sustainable resources like cellulose.

All of them will be pitching their projects in front of a jury with top of notch investors from Softbank, Beringea, Northzone, Elaia, Demeter, BStartup or Seaya Ventures as well as leading corporations in the industry such as Enel, IBM, Enagas or Sacyr.

The winner of the Startup Competition will fast track to be a South Summit 2020 finalist.

Would you like to see them all pitching on Virtual South Summit? Register now!

Finalists of the Virtual South Summit: Education

We are proud to announce the 8 finalists for the Virtual South Summit in Education Startup Competition, the fourth encounter of the joint initiative with IE University.

More than 130 startups have participated in the competition from more than 30 countries with more than 70% international participation. The international projects are predominantly from: United States, Israel, India, Germany, Colombia, United Kingdom.

 These are the top 8 Mobility & Logistics startups:

 –       Symba [United States] is a business practice management platform that helps companies run internship programs easily while ensuring valuable learning experiences for students.

–       Interact [Egypt] transforms any monitor into a fast and accurate interactive surface that shares classroom data with students’ smart devices.

–       Mosabi [United States] offers financial education through animated content designed and built into a mobile app.

–       OffWeGo [United States] helps universities manage their students’ travel through a mobile app that promotes safe travel and unforgettable experiences.

–       Gamelearn [Spain] revolutionizes business training through a unique game-based learning platform, offering content tailored to a company’s different departments.

–       Smartest [Switzerland] combines machine learning and UX to generate an app that allows students and teachers to load or scan study material, generating interactive exercises that are easy to learn and teach.

–       Zapiens [Spain] is an collaborative artificial intelligence designated to build learning communities and improve team productivity.

–       Xertify [Colombia] is a software that allows automates the issuance of digital certificates using blockchain, facilitating student’s mobility in educational institutions.

All of them will be pitching their projects in front of a jury with top notch investors from SoftBank, id8 Spaces, Kibo Ventures, Learn Capital, All Iron or Accel Partners, as well as leading corporations such as Google, Sabadell or Wayra.

The winner of the Startup Competition will fast track to be a South Summit 2020 finalist.

Would you like to see them all pitching on Virtual South Summit? Register now!

Finalists of the Virtual South Summit: Mobility & Logistics

We are proud to announce the 8 finalists for the e-Challenge in Mobility & Logistics, the third encounter of the joint initiative with IE University, Virtual South Summit.

Almost 200 startups have participated in the competition from more than 40 countries with more than 70% international participation. The international projects are predominantly from: India, United States, France and United Kingdom.


These are the top 8 Mobility & Logistics startups:

–       Blickfeld [Germany] develops high performant “Light Detection and Ranging” (LiDAR) sensors and provides the corresponding software for data evaluation.

–       Apostera [Germany] creates an ADAS software platform to assist the driver and reshape driving experience by projecting mapping information at a virtual distance using AR head-up displays.

–       Parknav [United States] uses AI to know where there is open parking space in real-time. Works 24/7 for all types of on-street and off-street parking.

–       Anyverse [Spain] shortens the development cycle of advanced perception systems through synthetic data simulation technology that replicates any type of sensor and real-world environment

–       Parkotruck [United States] is a marketplace that connects truck drivers searching for parking with any facility that has big unused parking lots.

–       Amitruck [Kenia] is a digital platform that  connects transporters directly with cargo owners avoiding expensive middlemen.

–       Kubbo [Spain] operates a network of urban warehouses to bring your inventory closer to your customers

–       SiftyML [United Kingdom] increases the efficiency international oubound and inbound parcel processing using Machine Learning.

All of them will be pitching their projects in front of a jury with top notch investors from Creandum, DN Capital, Northzone or Accel Partners, as well as leading corporations in Connectivity & Data industry such as DHL, Ferrovial, Airbus, Siemens, Acciona or Enel.

The winner of the Startup Competition will fast track to be a South Summit 2020 finalist.

Would you like to see them all pitching on Virtual South Summit? Register now!

SusTECHnability Challenge winners

We are glad to announce the winners of SusTECHnability Challenge, a joint initiative by South Summit and HP. This challenged was looking for the most disruptive technology applications with a sustainable solution in any of its three pillars: Community, People and Planet.

More than 40 startups from all around the globe applied sharing their sustainable projects. The winners were selected from the most present industries in each pillar.

The winners

These are the three projects that best fit the requirements for HP’s challenge perfectly by their application of technology in an innovative way to create a sustainable future:

– For Community pillar, Aplanet has been designated as the winner. This Spanish startup offers cloud-based technology solutions for organizations to easily manage and measure their CSR, Sustainability and Volunteering, allowing them to generate a greater positive impact in their communities.

– The winner designated for People pillar is Wellat, a well-being solution to inspire and engage with employees to adopt a healthy lifestyle, promoting challenges aligned to the company’s objectives, to improve employee’s health and satisfaction while the company saves money.

– Smart Forest is the winner for Planet pillar. Smart Forest is a Portuguese startup who helps companies to improve their business image and offset their CO2 emission by buying/holding their bio-digital assets.

“This initiative contributes to HP’s Sustainable Impact vision to drive lasting improvements to the planet, people, and communities where we live, work and do business. Sustainable Impact is at the heart of our reinvention journey — fueling our innovation and growth, strengthening our business for the long term, and enabling us to develop and deliver the best solutions for our customers.” Nuria Arocas, Spain and Portugal Sustainable Impact country manager at HP.

South Summit challenges are one of the services offered by South Summit in addition to its international meetings. If you are interested in a service like this for your company check our Partnership options or contact us at partners@spain-startup.com.

Finalists Virtual South Summit: e-Challenge in Connectivity & Data

We are proud to announce the 8 finalists for the e-Challenge in Connectivity & Data, the second encounter of thejoint initiative with IE University, Virtual South Summit.

Almost 80 startups have participated in the competition from more than 20 countries with 70% international participation. The international projects are predominantly from: United States, Germany, Israel, Singapore, United Kingdom, India, Mexico, France, Italy.

These are the top 8 Health & Wellbeing startups:

–       Aircision [Netherlands] is developing the most reliable free-space optics (FSO) system in the world to provide a telecom-grade solution for connecting cell towers in the 5G networks.

–       Alias Robotics [Spain] is a cybersecurity firm focused on robots that creates ‘RIS’, an immune system for robots.

–       Getin [Mexico] provides a solution to measure store traffic with the goal of optimizing labor, marketing performance, merchandising and real estate investments.

–       SDX [Spain] allows data consumers to perform secure analysis on top of provider’s data without getting direct access to it.

–       ObjectBox [Germany] enables sustainable and scalable digitalization with a high-performance base technology for Edge Computing: a high performance edge database and data synchronization solution.

–       Placense [Israel] is a location intelligence company that provides businesses with the link between consumer behaviour and their physical location.

–       PTGEM [Singapore] app helps companies optimize their time, costs and performance by bringing their physical space into the digital world through a 3D visualization pulling real-time data of daily operations.

–       Telicomm [Israel] enables camera connectivity over cellular networks, breaking through traditional boundaries of limited cellular bandwidth.

All of them will be pitching their projects in front of a jury with top notch investors such as Rakuten Capital, Softbank, Northzone, Profounders or Notion VC, as well as leading corporations in Connectivity & Data industry such as Samsung, Telefónica or Ericsson.

The winner of the Startup Competition will fast track to be a South Summit 2020 finalist.

Would you like to see them all pitching on Virtual South Summit? Register now!

Finalists Virtual South Summit: e-Challenge in Health & Wellbeing

We are proud to announce the 8 finalists for the e-Challenge in Health & Wellbeing of the joint initiative with IE University, Virtual South Summit.

 

Almost 200 startups have participated in the competition from more than 37 countries with 65% international participation. The international projects are predominantly from: USA, UK, Germany, Italy, Canada, Mexico and South Africa

These are the top 8 Health & Wellbeing startups:

 

       Evermood [Germany] is an app that uses customized routines and interactive content such as meditations and breathing exercises to help employees integrate healthy habits of relaxation, stress reduction and increased productivity. 

       Medicsen [Spain] has developed the first portable needle-free syringe: the smartpatch, a wearable, painless, standardisable & safe transdermal drug-delivery system.

       Medicus AI [Austria] is a smart platform that interprets and translates traditional cryptic medical reports and health data into easy-to-understand, personalized health insights and explanations, test recommendations and on-going health and lifestyle tips.

       Mediquo [Spain] is a medical chat whose objective is to provide the user with the specialized attention of a doctor at any time of the day, in an unlimited way and with an answer in less than two minutes.

       MicroQuin [United States] has developed intravenous, peptide-based, drugs that selectively induce cancer cell death and inhibit metastasis – with minimal/no toxicity. 

       Phagomed [Austria] develops precision anti-bacterials that work where antibiotics fail. Using the principles of directed evolution, they naturally engineer phages (viruses that infect and kill bacteria) to hunt and kill pathogenic bacteria, resulting in precision pharmaceuticals that have the potential to revolutionize the first-line treatment for persistent bacterial infections.

       StethoMe [Poland] allows people to have a basic medical examination using a wireless stethoscope that, through the use of AI, collects data and sends it to the family doctor to make the diagnosis without leaving home.

       Vula [South Africa] is an application that facilitates patient referral, putting primary health care workers directly in contact with specialists on call, making the process much faster.

 

All of them will be pitching their projects in front of a jury with top notch investors from Softbank, Northzone, Axa Venture Partners, Ysios Capital, Idinvest or Inveready, as well as leading corporations in Health & Wellbeing industry such as Merck, Novartis, Lilly, Nestlé or Bimbo.

 

The winner of the Startup Competition will fast track to be a South Summit 2020 finalist.

Would you like to see them all pitching on Virtual South Summit? Register now!

What is bootstrapping?

Commencing a professional career as an entrepreneur is often marked by seeking support from Startup Accelerators, Investors and Venture Capital Funding Rounds. However, this hasn’t always been the case. In fact, the beginnings of some of the world’s most successful companies have had nothing to do with this “rite of passage”. 

Coca-ColaAppleInditexMicrosoft and Hewlett Packard (HP) all started doing bootstrapping, which means launching an initiative with only the resources that one has at hand at a certain point in time. This implies drawing only capital from one’s own savings and the company’s operating revenue when starting a business.

The term began to catch formal use (within the innovation ecosystem) after the Global Financial Crisis, but the expression actually has an origin that is far more ancient. It dates back to the legend of Baron Münchausen, who supposedly managed to get out of water by pulling on his own bootstraps. If the Baron managed success without anyone’s help, then why couldn’t a Startup do the same?

But… attention entrepreneurs! If you decide to embark on this path, then you must be clear on this vital notion: Initial goals & expectations for your project must not be ambitious, and they should be achievable in the short-term. The most important thing is that the business idea flourishes, and the entrepreneur should be the one responsible for making this happen. Lastly, be sure to be endowed with sufficient funds – “Cash flow is king”.

Bootstrapping’s main advantage follows this simple logic: The entrepreneur who obtains success without initial investment, maintains total control of its affairs and thus becomes the primary owner & CEO of the company. But that’s not the only benefit. 

That person would have creative freedom to define the company’s identity. This proposed new identity could seem crazy at the beginning, but if the entrepreneur works towards it and is passionate about it, then it might still captivate others. It is often said that when resources are limited, creativity surges.

Regarding money, bootstrapping should force one to be more conscientious with it as it will prompt “smarter” spending habits. Since investments will be personal (as the entrepreneur would be spending his or her own personal capital), any venture should target a type of return.

The coined phrase “the customer is always right”, is even more fitting with bootstrapping. The entrepreneur will learn to value & cherish clients being that they will be the company’s primary source of revenue. One should aspire to satisfy their needs by focusing on what they truly want. 

Even so, there are still some cons to bootstrapping, since all financial risk gets assumed by the founder and growth can get stumped if demand exceeds the company’s capabilities.

But don’t get disheartened. HP was created in a garage by two university students, William Reddington Hewllet and David Packard, who invested a mere 538 dollars to give birth to their enterprise. Now, it sits as one of the biggest companies in the world.

Bootstrapping doesn’t sound all too bad, does it?

South Summit Health & Wellbeing Valencia and South Summit CDMX postponed

Due to the extraordinary nature of the current situation, Spain Startup is postponing the upcoming events South Summit Health & Wellbeing Valencia and South Summit Ciudad de Mexico, scheduled for April 28 and May 20 respectively. As organizers of both meetings, we follow the directives of governmental authorities and the WHO regarding prevention measures in the face of health emergencies due to COVID-19.


This is a measure of responsibility towards the ecosystem so that we can guarantee the safety and well-being of society. We would like to stress that under no circumstances we are talking about a cancellation; rather, both encounters are being postponed until further notice. When the outcome of this situation will be under control, we will communicate new dates for both.


We would also like to take this opportunity to clarify that this decision does not affect the celebration of South Summit 2020, which will take place from 6 to 8 October in La Nave in Madrid, where we hope to count on your presence.


Despite these measures of containment, from Spain Startup we would like to continue promoting the ecosystem of innovation. All the startups that are interested can register in our call for the South Summit 2020 Startup Competition. Registration will be available until May 31st through our website https://www.southsummit.co/en/register.


In addition, in view of these new challenges posed by the current situation, we want to take advantage of the opportunity to bring forward some projects we are working on and implement new actions as soon as possible thanks to the benefits of technology and the possibility of promoting digital connections.


We will inform you of all these new actions, as well as the new date for the two postponed encounters as soon as possible through our online channels.