Spotlights on Entrepreneurship in Spain

In Spain, HEIs provide a unique learning experience for future entrepreneurs


An important aspect in the professional career of young graduates is their ability to build successful businesses. Universities have a crucial role in developing the entrepreneurial skills of students and in their preparation for successful career development.

In Spain, HEIs provide a unique learning and mentoring experience for outstanding entrepreneurs. A brilliant example is the program „Passion for innovation and entrepreneurship”, run by Accenture and IE Business School in Madrid: competition in three categories - City of the Future, Commercial Distribution of the Future, and Healthcare and the Future.  The finalists in the program presented highly trained teams and demonsrated knowledge, experience and maturity of their projects.

Innovative ideas and first-hand knowledge about the needs of the entrepreneurial world are necessary for the success of the start-up companies. This knowledge is received at the Centro de Emprendimiento e Innovación de IE.

Innovation, technological input, viability and attractiveness for the investors are the key characteristics of the entrepreneurial projects. Training for entrepreneurs taught by IE Business School and specialized legal advice will enable finalists to acquire a broader knowledge and demonstrate outstanding performance launching successful business.


Article: JAN 27, 2016, IE Business school, Entrepreneurship in Spain enters its mature phase,



Successful internet and technology start-ups in Spain


In Spain, an increasing number of successful start-up companies are drawing interest and capital.

Start-ups are companies that manage to establish themselves on the market with innovative idea. With their potential and technological advantages, start-ups grow rapidly.

The success of a start-up idea requires not only a unique concept, but also the implementation of the smallest detail, focusing on the expectations and needs of customers. The future of successful start-up companies is in the good idea that solves a particular problem and in its implementation in practice, including through easy-to-use software applications.

The idea to allow users to pay restaurant bills from their mobile phones is implemented in HeyPlease, a four-month old Spanish start-up. Users can track and keep their bills, while owners can stay in touch with customers.

Internet and technology start-ups are one of the fastest growing start-ups in Spain. A key factor of their success is the emphasis on entrepreneurship in HEIs in Spain. Business schools in Spain teach entrepreneurship and often offer mentoring for start-ups launched by young graduates.

Broad knowledge in entrepreneurship and confidence are indispensable for the transformation of an idea into a serious business.

Article: Financial Times, Spain’s business schools buzz with start-up culture,





Spin-off Lean Acceleration (SOLA) is an international project co-funded by the Erasmus + program of the European Union.


Sola is an Erasmus project, which is called “SpinOff Lean Acceleration” and tries to “strengthen the capacities of universities in the creation and consolidation of the company” and supposedly "a new methodology has been developed for the acceleration of spin-offs and start-ups open in order to be implemented in any higher education institution in the world. “


Article: SOLA SpinOff Lean Acceleration,





The Center for Entrepreneurial Initiatives (CIADE) of the Autonomous University of Madrid is a pioneering initiative at the Spanish University for the promotion of the culture of entrepreneurship and self-employment university students and in the territory.


To fulfil this objective, CIADE offers a comprehensive support service in all stages of the process of creating a company, from the birth of the business idea to the consolidation of the same.


Specifically, the method used is based on a process that involves sensitizing, training, accompanying and advising both students and researchers in the university field.


Article: Center for Entrepreneurial Initiatives (CIADE) of the Autonomous University of Madrid,