Thursday 19th April saw ESAC’s 3rd roadshow stop in Madrid. The event was made possible thanks to CaixaBank DayOne, Wayra, KPMG and Venionaire Capital. The participating startups are looking for combined financing of €6 million.
Madrid’s startup scene is rapidly developing into a leading hub in Europe, with multiple factors such as engineering talent, the presence of world-renowned business schools, good value office space and an increasing cultural acceptance of entrepreneurship combining to make the Spanish capital one of the best places for European super angels to invest.
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Around 50 top-tier startup investors accepted our invitation, crowding in to CaixaBank´s DayOne events room to hear the 5 pitches from the startups.
Some of the participants told us that is not very common in Spain to attend to investor events in another language (English). However, the investors were very excited to meet startups from all over Europe and were able to ask questions and network. In total, we created over 45 leads for investment across the 5 ESAC startups pitching.
Great feedback from the event include:
“I liked the format, it was agile and dynamic. The location was very good, it had the right size and suitable for such an event, it really looked very good. The catering and networking were also very good.
I am glad that there are events in English in Madrid, they are not very common. I liked two startups…..see you at the next one.”
“Yesterday I talked with (…) that there is a client interested in a demo.
Santander’s feedback was really positive. I will put you in touch with the person in charge of the investment division.’’
We took advantage of our Roadshow in Spain and met some important investors in Barcelona too the following day, continually expanding our pan-European network.
The investor network was launched last year by partners of KPMG and Venionaire Capital. Since then, its members and associated partners have invested a total of four million euros. The main verticals of the first two roadshows were Fintech and Cybersecurity/HR-Tech.
We are already planning for the 4th Roadshow series for autumn 2018 with a focus on the ‘quantified self’ and e-health. We are already looking for suitable partners, startups and interested investors across Europe.