South Summit Madrid – June 8-10

South Summit Madrid – June 8-10

Al Gore and Pablo Isla, are among the confirmed speakers for South Summit Madrid 2022

  • The former Vice President of the United States and the CEO of INDITEX until last March will be some of the star speakers at this 10th edition of South Summit, the global meeting for entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Along with them, at the moment there are 450 confirmed speakers who will share with the attendees their successful professional career and expertise in the field of innovation and the business world.
  • South Summit 2022, powered by IE University, will be held June 8-10 at La Nave in Madrid under the theme ‘decoding complexity’.


Madrid, May 24, 2022

South Summit , co-organized by IE University , the leading meeting of the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem will be held in Madrid from June 8 to 10 . At the inauguration of this 10th edition of South Summit will be Al Gore, former vice president of the US and candidate for the elections of the North American country in 2000, and Pablo Isla , CEO and president of INDITEX until last March.

Al Gore is also known for his role as an environmental activist and for being one of the world’s leading climate change advocates , as well as being the founder of the Climate Protection Alliance and Generation Investment Management. He will be present at South Summit Madrid 2022 telematically. In this speech he will share, among other topics, how he works in the search for smart and sustainable transport solutions to reduce environmental pollution, one of his main objectives in the fight against climate change.

For his part, Pablo Isla, a renowned businessman who has spent 17 years in the Inditex group , first as executive director and vice president and, in the last 11 years, as CEO, will also participate in this 10th edition of South Summit. Following his departure from Inditex, he has become the new chairman of IE University’s International Governing Board and has also joined as global senior advisor to the General Atlantic fund.

In 2017 and 2018, Pablo Isla was considered the Best Executive Chairman in the World by Harvard Business Review. In 2020, Forbes also distinguished him as the best CEO of the decade. An expertise and professional career that will inspire South Summit attendees.

Both leaders will be at this edition of South Summit, when it celebrates 10 years as the main global meeting point for the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem . A place where entrepreneurs, investors and corporations meet to generate real business opportunities in the global entrepreneurial ecosystem.

An objective that will be met again in this year’s edition, which will be held again at La Nave in Madrid, where the more than 450 speakers of recognized international prestige who have confirmed their participation so far will meet. These leaders will share with the attendees their professional careers of success and expertise in the field of innovation and the business world.

Among them are Sal Khan, founder and CEO of the non-profit educational organization Khan Academy ; Marc Oshima, co-founder and CMO of AeroFarms, leaders in sustainable indoor farming; Marci Zaroff,  founder and CEO of ECOfashion Corp, a benchmark in the sustainable fashion sector; Iñigo Charola , CEO of the biotechnology company BioTechFoods , dedicated to the development of synthetic meat; and Hrish Lotikar, co-founder and CEO of SuperWorld , an augmented reality (AR) virtual world geographically mapped to the real world, among other profiles.

The great advances in technology, the speed of innovation or the great challenge of fighting climate change will be some of the central themes of the South Summit edition content program . A program that will be articulated under the motto ‘[de]coding complexity’ (decoding complexity).

The 100 finalist startups of the Startup Competition will also be present at South Summit Madrid 2022 , chosen through a rigorous selection process from more than 3,000 candidates from 114 countries. The 100 finalist startups correspond to a wide variety of sectors and have innovative and cutting-edge projects, such as a robot that automates the process of harvesting and collecting food on farms or a forest fire detection system from outer space.

For this year’s edition, South Summit is expected to generate an economic activity of around 20 million euros in the city of Madrid during its celebration , with the more than 22,000 attendees expected at this essential event for the entrepreneurial ecosystem and the overall innovation. In the last 2021 edition, all attendance and participation records were broken , with more than 1,600 investors with a portfolio of approximately 135,000 million dollars, 8,000 startups, 680 speakers and 7,000 corporate members.

Jane Goodall will inaugurate the seventh edition of Sanitas’ Healthy Cities challenge

Jane Goodall will inaugurate the seventh edition of Sanitas’ Healthy Cities challenge

The seventh edition of the Sanitas Healthy Cities project begins, a project especially aimed at achieving the regeneration of green spaces while taking care of people’s health, through the commitment of the member companies and participating citizens.

Jane Goodall will be one of the participants in the presentation event for this seventh edition of Healthy Cities. The well-known environmental activist and United Nations Messenger of Peace will expose the direct relationship between the health of people, animals and the environment (One Health concept promoted by various organizations including the World Health Organization) and, therefore, , the importance of the fight for environmental conservation.

During the event, Sonia Gutiérrez, head of Clinical Research at Sanitas; Juan Antonio Ortega García, president of the Environmental Health Committee of the Spanish Pediatric Association (AEP), and Dr. Araceli Boraita, cardiologist of the Spanish Heart Foundation, will share the scientific evidence regarding the consequences of climate change on the people’s health and about the benefits of strengthening the relationship with nature for children and adults.

Also participating in the event will be Begoña Villacís, Deputy Mayor of the Madrid City Council; Alejandro Blanco, president of the COE; and Yolanda Erburu, Chief Sustainability & Corporate Affairs Officer of Sanitas and Bupa Europe & Latin America.

Also attending the presentation event will be Álvaro Arbeloa, representative of Real Madrid, and Alberto Jofre, managing director of the Spanish Paralympic Committee.

The Sanitas Healthy Cities project receives the support of the Spanish Olympic Committee, the Spanish Paralympic Committee, the Spanish Heart Foundation, as a scientific partner, and the Real Madrid Football Club.

Food 4 Future – Expo FoodTech 2022

Food 4 Future – Expo FoodTech 2022 will bring together the most outstanding solutions to face the challenges in the food & beverage industry

From May 17 to 19, 2022, more than 253 leading companies in innovation for the Food & Beverage industry will present their applicable solutions in agritech, new generation ingredients, quality control and smart packaging, intralogistics, refrigeration, industry 4.0, automation and robotics.


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From May 17 to 19, 2022, more than 253 leading companies in innovation for the Food & Beverage industry will present their applicable solutions in agritech, new generation ingredients, quality control and smart packaging, intralogistics, refrigeration, industry 4.0, automation and robotics.


The edtech startup Smowltech closes a €1.65M investment round with Wayra and the impact funds Fondo Bolsa Social and Sparkmind

The edtech startup Smowltech closes a €1.65M investment round with Wayra and the impact funds Fondo Bolsa Social and Sparkmind

  • The Spanish company offers supervision solutions that allow educational institutions and companies to check online exams, strengthening the quality of online training and making it more accessible.
  • The objective of the capital increase is to continue developing its technology and accelerate the consolidation of its business both in Spain and in Latin America.

Madrid, May 4, 2022.- The Spanish edtech startup Smowltech has closed an investment round of 1.65 million euros . Wayra , Telefónica’s open innovation hub, has been one of the investors that have participated in this round led by the Social Stock Exchange Fund , a reference fund in Spain for social impact, and Sparkmind VC , a Finnish fund specialized in the education sector .

With the closing of this funding round, Smowltech will continue to develop its cutting-edge monitoring technology , strengthen its product and marketing teams, and consolidate its presence in its core markets in Europe and Latin America.

Established in San Sebastian in 2012, Smowltech has developed a proprietary technology that can continuously verify user identity using multi-biometric data . Funded with support from the European Commission, its technology enables education providers to verify the identity of students taking exams online, while also monitoring their behavior during the task.

Monitoring solutions like those from Smowltech are key to ensuring the credibility and quality of online education providers , as they significantly mitigate the risks of fraud during online assessments. At the same time, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), online education can accelerate universal access to education, thus contributing to the generalization of quality education (SDG 4), while facilitating the socioeconomic development of the student, regardless of their socioeconomic status.

In particular, online education helps overcome physical barriers for people with disabilities and removes geographical barriers for students located in rural or remote locations, particularly those in emerging countries. In addition, it facilitates the social inclusion of low-income students who cannot afford travel or accommodation costs during training programs. Additionally, online education provides flexible learning paths for people with work schedules or family commitments incompatible with face-to-face training, who want to educate themselves to improve their socioeconomic situation.

Currently, Smowltech supports more than 100 educational institutions, companies and governments to provide confidence in their online learning processes (exams, certifications, recruitment, etc.), mainly in Europe and Latin America.

“We are committed to achieving a world with access to quality education, reducing the barriers that prevent it, thus creating better opportunities for all. We are sure that solutions like ours really have a positive impact on users’ lives. Sharing these types of values, which are the basis of our business at Smowltech, allows us to continue innovating and improving the quality of our service”, said Ricardo Vea , Founder and CEO of Smowltech.

For José Moncada , general director of Fondo Bolsa Social, “the technology developed by Smowltech makes it easier for students with limited resources or with mobility problems to access training of verifiable quality. It is a great step forward in the new training models and we believe that it can be instrumental for the social elevator to work properly. We see a huge potential for social impact of Smowltech to improve education in our country. And, in particular, in Latin America, where geographical dispersion and social inequality are more accentuated”.

“At Wayra we are excited to invest in Smowltech, a startup that is capable of providing a layer of reliability and trust to remote assessment processes with the use of technology. With its solution, increasingly useful if we take into account the rise of online education, Smowltech is already transforming and improving the lives of all evaluators and teachers who work remotely”, explains Paloma Castellano, director of Wayra Madrid.

About Wayra

Wayra is the entrepreneurial initiative of Telefónica’s Open Innovation program, the most global, technological and connected in the world. It has seven Wayra Hubs, facilities in nine countries in Latin America and Europe through which it invests and supports startups; Wayra X, a digital hub that invests in 100% digital startups; Wayra Builder, a corporate venture builder to create, together with other investors, innovative startups born from Telefónica’s internal technological projects; and Wayra Next Trend, a window to digital innovation on trends and innovative applications. In addition, through the Wayra Activation Program, it offers entrepreneurs exclusive and free access to new technologies through Telefónica’s own platforms.

About Smowltech

Smowltech is an edtech startup with a mission to build trust in online learning to improve accessibility to quality online education and, as a result, empower users to access new learning opportunities that can significantly improve its quality . of life.

About Sparkmind

Sparkmind is the first Nordic venture capital fund focused exclusively on the learning sector. The fund invests from early stage to Series B in teams that transform the way the world learns. Their investments are focused on solutions that improve learning outcomes, increase learning access and efficiency, or use data insights to better support educators and students.

About Bolsa Social Fund

Bolsa Social Impacto FESE is a social impact fund that invests in early-stage Spanish startups (pre-seed, seed and series A) with high growth potential and with the mission of producing a measurable and positive impact on society or the environment. The Fund has made ten investments in companies with an impact on health and well-being, inclusive and quality education, responsible production and consumption, climate action, and social integration and development. Registered by the CNMV as a European Fund for Social Entrepreneurship (FESE), it is managed by the management company Analistas Financieros Internacionales (Afi Inversiones Globales, SGIIC) and its advisory team is led by José Moncada, founder of Bolsa Social.

EU-Startups Summit! On May 12-13, 2022

EU-Startups Summit! On May 12-13, 2022

On May 12-13, 2022, we’ll be hosting the next edition of our annual EU-Startups Summit! At this exclusive in-person event we’ll be showcasing many of Europe’s hottest startups and coming together to learn from some of the most successful European entrepreneurs of our time. Ready for two days of networking, inspiration and learning?

Audience/Focus: The EU-Startups Summit 2022 will gather over 1,500 founders, startup enthusiasts, corporates, angel investors, VCs, and media from across Europe. The two-day event is a great opportunity for networking (with a dedicated networking app), and a meeting point for aspiring entrepreneurs and investors who are aiming to build international tech companies. We’ll have fireside chats with internationally successful founders, insightful keynotes, and an exciting pitch competition with the finals happening on our main stage with 15 startup teams – selected from over 1,300 applicants!

Exhibition Hall: In the exhibition hall at our EU-Startups Summit we’ll have 60+ companies presenting this year. An overview can be found here.

Pitch Competition

During the EU-Startups Summit, we’ll also have a big pitch competition with 15 of Europe’s most exciting early-stage startups. The pre-selected startups are going to pitch their business idea with a 3-minute-presentation in front of our attendees and an expert jury of well-known investors. The winning startup team will receive an awesome prize package worth €125k. The application phase closed on March 17 and the 15 finalists have recently been announced here.