According to the most recent publication from El Referente (Inversion), by the end of 2017, there were more than 150 acceleration/incubation-like programs in Spain. Programs with the aim of helping startups to improve their chances of success, some of them well recognized in Europe as Seed Rocket and Conector.
There is yet another kind of model shaping deal-flows: the Venture Builder (aka, Company Builders and sometimes Startup Studios). Generally, building revenue-driven startups from a pool of ideas-problems within the studio, working toward the same goal as most acceleration programs: de-risking the (business) opportunity.
The latter model is growing in importance within the Spanish ecosystem with some success stories to account for, where Ánima Ventures is doing its contribution. They aren't building just companies, they actively work on projects generating a positive social impact; as they say: "because the argument, those are not profitable things, isn't valid anymore".
Come and learn from Alejandro, a serial entrepreneur, investor and builder, the advantages and pitfalls of the venture building model, as well as some remarks about one of his past ventures: Bluemove.
Alejandro studied CUNEF with major in finance and did banking in his first 4 years in Switzerland at JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley. After that he decided to quit. Now he is finishing his masters in Theoretical and Practical Phylosophy in UNED.
In 2009 he founded of MAYAS, an NGO focused on education. Between other projects he created TuuuLibrería, the first book store where customers pay for the books whatever they estimate, a pioneer standard in the world. In the same year he also launched MICROWD, a micro-credit fund for women in Nicaragua.
Nowadays, MAYAS project teaches 1.000 children in Madrid; TuuuLibrería has 3 spots, 2 in Madrid and one in Barcelona and MICROWD granted in 2017 more than 1.100 loans with a 100% of repayment.
In 2010 he co-founded Bluemove, the main car-sharing company in Spain, operating in Madrid and Sevilla, acquired by Europcar in 2016.
In 2013 he co-founded Cultcards, he tried to mix brands and culture. This project did not succeed as expected.