These promising Spanish startups have been under the radar – until now
With Madrid and Barcelona making it on the list of the Top 15 Biggest Startup Cities in Europe and publications reporting overall growth of 28% for 2015, we decided to turn our focus to the Spanish startup ecosystem. Several factors foster the development of the Spanish startups such as increasingly active investors and a more engaged startup community.
In the meantime, Spanish startup enthusiasts can benefit from over 100 startup incubators and nearly as many accelerator programs. Even though the Spanish startup industry is still lagging behind some other European startup ecosystems, we think there are some interesting companies that deserve to get attention.
Why these companies?
Compared to 200 other startups, these companies displayed exceptional performance on important success factors, such as strength of the team, size of the opportunity, competitive environment, etc., while not being on the radar of investors and media websites.
Most competitions are biased towards companies that reached the largest number of milestones. While being quite common, we tried to avoid this bias, and reward companies on abnormal performance in peer groups based on sector, size, and development stage.
So here it is: the top 10 undiscovered startups from Spain.
TokApp School is a cloud-based, mobile messaging app that facilitates communication between schools and students/parents more effectively, safely and economically using instant messaging IM. Schools have a secure tool to manage communications and parents have an app to receive them.
2. The Wonder Trip
The Wonder Trip wants people to travel in a different way. It provides travel packages to get away for a weekend to a European city for an affordable fixed price.
Why is innovative, though? Travelers don’t know where in Europe they are going until 48 hours before departure.
Bring your favorite musician to your city. Wavier is transforming the live music industry in Europe by making the dream of many people come true.
Back in 2011, Smartick launched a disruptive online math e-learning method, which is shaking up the current learning paradigm. Based on daily sessions (15 min/day) and real-time adaptive content to each student according to their capabilities, enabling individualized learning with a special focus on problem solving skills starting from an early age.
SamyRoad is a real-time digital platform and iOS and Android app targeted to digital creators. SamyRoad is “a spotlight for rising creators,” providing a variety of benefits from portfolio storage to connections to brands for monetization.
As of today, SamyRoad has 30,000 validated creators on their platform. This community and the insights garnered from this community have allowed SamyRoad to build a robust brand business.
Pentagrom is an app that helps music students practice in a much more efficient way, by giving the user real-time visual and auditory feedback on every note they play (or sing) as they play. Therefore, the user will start learning by association, instead of only repetition, on any instrument, key signature, and clef.
7. Starting Legal
Starting Legal can help you create your own contracts and legal documents from any device, sign them, and invite all the parties to sign with plenty of legal validity. Different contracts are available depending on the stage your startup is in.
Workkola is a project-based platform that helps early-stage and growth-stage startups find and attract talent by connecting higher-end students looking for experiential learning, reputation, and job opportunities with startups that need temporary labor or seeking talented team members.
Playgiga is a technological and editorial platform aiming to lead the cloud gaming arena by developing a unique hybrid bare metal-virtualization technology to enable direct injection, adaptation, and real-time game control. This is essential to provide value added services without source code modification.
Forget the remote control: iomando is a solution that will let you open doors with your mobile phone. It is available on both iOS and Android devices.
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