StartupSpain V. The first conclusions

The first conclusions about what the Spanish startup ecosystem was and what it needed came to light in the spring of 2011. After evaluating the existing actions, it became clear that there was not only a lack, but a surplus of actions by public institutions for entrepreneurs.

The Ministry of Industry has identified more than 2,500 platforms dedicated to the promotion of entrepreneurship, both public and private.

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The four findings of spring 2011 were:

  1. Each institution can do things separately, but together they will go faster and much further.
  2. A friendly environment must be built to innovate through the creation of companies and not by creating artificial atolls for the glory of an institution.
  3. A change of mentality such as the one we need to become a startup country will inevitably have to touch our education system.
  4. It will be difficult to collaborate, but we had no choice. Institutions have to give up sovereignty in order to build a startup country brand powerful enough to be recognized anywhere in the world.

The support startups need can be summarized in two words: environment and infrastructure. When we talk about environment we refer to the rules of the game, mainly taxation and bureaucracy. Here the massive request is the elimination of burdens and procedures in the first months of life so that they can prototype and test in a faster and cheaper way. And later, those projects with proven viability will have to go through the conventional bureaucratic apparatus.

When we talk about infrastructure we think of three levels: spaces, machines and relationships. By spaces we mean physical infrastructure, i.e. a place to work and interact, a space open to innovation, accessible and affordable. By machines we mean servers, printers, lathes or thermal cyclers, i.e. the physical tools that support prototyping. Finally, the ecosystem is built through thousands of interactions that generate stable relationships; in many cases the viability of the project depends on it. Those of us who have been in the ecosystem for a few years and have already collected a good number of relationships can help young entrepreneurs to network, saving them a lot of time and work.


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