Nast Marrero, here! Last week we launched Startup Spain‘s first program: the Angel School. Our take is: it’s been a great beginning for Startup Spain. We had more than 60 attendees of which more than 2/3 were potential investors.
This is an unusually large display of interest in the Spanish investment arena, where most events see no more than 20 or some participants maximum. Mentoring Angel Investors to better navigate their deal analysis is a keystone in fostering ITC startups in Spain. The program was a real marathon: 10+ hours of training (don´t worry we let them stop for lunch . Thankfully, our first group of graduates proved to be up to the challenge, taking advantage of all the different elements of the day.
Missing from the program were the typical made-up miracle cures and formulas. We strived to keep the content practical, following the Tetuan Valley Way with hands-on exercises and significant mentors’ experiences
The event was hosted @ the awesome facilities of Madrid International Lab and kicked off by Iñaki Ortega, Director of Madrid Emprende, and one of the main forces behind Startup Spain. In his opening speech, Iñaki brought up the importance of joining private and public efforts to facilitate and develop entrepreneurial activity, and the key role those efforts will play in the long-run global competitiveness of Spain.
Two roundtables with rockstar speakers cherry-topped the program: one from Investors already Angel Investing and another from Entrepreneurs. Each of them gave invaluable insights on what it is they look for, value, and ask during an early stage investment.
- Aurelio Lopez Baraja (investor in Netgamix, Feebo & Startupbootcamp)
- Nacho de Pinedo (cofounder of ISDI & former executive @ Canal+)
- Manuel Balsera (Founder of StartDMC, investor in Netgamix & former executive @ ONO)
- Luis Martin Cabiedes (Founder of Cabiedes & Partners, leading Spanish Business Angel, & investor in Privalia, Ole & Gigas)
- Diego Mariño (CEO of Ducksboard & Abiquo)
- Justo Hidalgo (Co-founder of 24Symbols)
- Miguel Acosta (CEO of Beruby)
- Fernando Sainz (CEO of Referama)
Both roundtables aimed to give participants a overview of the ecosystem, showcasing startups from their seed stage through founders that have already made an exit, with similar ranges of experiences coming from the Angel investors, from managers that were just launching their first investment through those who have been in the game for a while.
Given the success and the of the program and the importance we place on such event to foster investment culture we’re already iterating on the feedback from the first event to run a LEGENDARY second edition of Startup Spain Angel School on March 22nd. Wanna get your tickets? Check here!
We had the pleasure of following all the twitter interactions of the event through Zoomry, now in it´s beta stage. The product is awesome and if you check #AngelSchool Social Media @ AngelSchool.Zoomry.com… You can see for yourself they’re up to something big!
Thank you for reading… Bestest!