Spanish startups are financed thanks to business angels

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BY : Diego GutiérrezDecember Thu, 2015
The figure of business angels is essential for the development of startups in our country and although it is a relatively new figure, which has a long way to go to take advantage of its full potential, Spain was the second European country with the most operations carried out by business angels in 2014, behind the United Kingdom and ahead of France, with a strong presence in sectors such as Internet, mobility and ICT.


What does a business angel bring to my company?

The contribution of business angels is not limited to mere financial support. They get involved in the startup: not in the day-to-day management, but in decision-making and in the generation of business opportunities. They provide knowledge, contacts and above all confidence to entrepreneurial projects in their initial stages, as they are usually people with a significant track record in the business world, especially in terms of internet companies.

Some Business Angels in Spain 

From Abra-InvestWe have chosen Tomás Guillén for being named best business angel in Spain,  Francois Debraix, by focusing on the Fintech sector, which, as we already told you in an previous post is having a lot of success. Carlos Blanco by the recent sale of Akamon and Yago Arbeloa for being one of the most active this year.

Tomás Guillén

The CEO of the Ifedes Group, Tomás Guillén, has just received the Best Business Angel of Spain Award from the Spanish Association of Business Angels (AEBAN) for his career of more than 20 years as an investor in successful startups.

Guillén is also president of the Big Ban Association, which brings together more than 130 business angels and which, since its formation, has channelled more than €10M of private investment in innovative business projects using the co-investment formula.

Francois Debraix

Francois Debraix, one of the leading business angels operating in Spain, specialises mainly in the Fitech sector: he has invested in Kantox, Comunitae, Ibercheck, NovicapStartupxplore.

In Debraix's own words, "I am convinced that the Fintech revolution is a fundamental change, not a fad or a bubble, and that traditional banks are going to disappear. In my opinion, it is one of the sectors where the traditional players (banks) offer the worst service and where there is the greatest opportunity to offer customers a radically better service".

This year it has only made one investment in Besepa, as it wanted to focus more on its ongoing projects: Indexa Capital, Put me off, Soysuper and Bewa7er.

Besapa is a B2B Fintech project that helps companies to manage their direct debits (SEPA direct debits) and to manage refunds when available.

Carlos Blanco

He is another of the most important business angels in our country, who started his activity in 2005 and has since invested in 35 digital startups. He is the founder of the business incubator Grupo ITnet, the social enterprise and the startup accelerator Conector.

"This year it sold Akamon, the social gaming company, to Canadian Imperus for €23.7m, which will allow it to create a fund for technology start-ups, As we commented in a previous post, we have alreadyr"says Diego Gutierrez of Abra-Invest.

Carlos Blanco's latest investments include Kompyte and ScanLoteria.

Kompyte has developed software for companies to analyse their online competition in real time. Rose Tech Ventures, has led this financing round, which in Spain has been led by Alantis Capital. In addition to Carlos Blanco, other business angels such as Daniel Lacalle, Risto Mejide and Carlos Guerrero also participated.

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Yago Arbeloa

Yago Arbeloa, president of Hello Media Group and of the Association of Internet Investors and Entrepreneurs (AIEI), with more than fifteen years of experience in the world of entrepreneurship and successful investment projects such as We are knitters, iContainers, Percentil, Smartycontent, Safecreative, or Playitapp.

It has recently invested in Offemily, a leading online shop in its sector that sells the best brands of clothing, footwear and accessories, trendy and seasonal, for babies, boys and girls. It has done so with the help of Marcos Alves and through the Startupexplor platform.

At Abra-Invest we have identified a list of the 200 most important business angels in the Spanish startup scene. Do you want to know who they are and what their investment profile is? Get in touch with us by filling out the contact form or by calling + 34 946424142

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