Under the slogan ‘Shape the future’, Madrid will host the South Summit 2021 from 5 to 7 October, an important international event for corporations, investors and leaders of the entrepreneurial ecosystem at which BioTech Foods will be present. The agrotech sector has burst into the Top 10 with the most entrepreneurial projects, according to the ‘Entrepreneurship Map 2021’.
Organised by IE University in collaboration with Madrid City Council, South Summit 2021 will take place in a combined format (physical and virtual) at La Nave.
The slogan ‘Shape the future’ aims to be a call to action addressed to the global innovation ecosystem to be part of the transformation through the three hallmarks of South Summit: connection, innovation and business. The feature of this year’s event is that a fourth pillar, essential for shaping the future, has been added: sustainability. It is an invitation to participants to join the green transformation and commit to reducing their net carbon emissions.
Once again, the 100 best startups from the global and national ecosystem, chosen from among the more than 3,800 projects in this year’s Startup Competition will be in South Summit. Of these, 64% are of international origin, coming from 24 countries, especially from the USA, UK, Nigeria, Germany, India, Mexico, Colombia, Israel, France and Argentina.
Madrid will therefore become the epicentre of entrepreneurs and experts in innovation who stand out for their active contribution to the green transition, such as Christopher Gavigan, co-founder with the actress Jessica Alba of The Honest Company; Gunter Pauli, creator of The Blue Economy concept; Sebastian Siemiatkowski, co-founder and CEO of Klarna, the most valued European fintech; Bisila Bokoko, one of the 10 most influential Spanish women in the business world in America; Marcelo Claure, CEO of Softbank, the Japanese investment giant; or Francis X. Suarez, Mayor of Miami, who will participate virtually.
Our CEO and co-founder Iñigo Charola will present at South Summit 2021 the trajectory and experience of BioTech Foods, since its founding in 2017 as one of the global forerunners in the alternative protein ecosystem. His intervention will be on 6 October at 17.00, as part of the panel: ‘The Foodtech boom: Startups transforming the food industry’, moderated by Beatriz Jacoste (KM Zero HUB Director) and in which Giuseppe Scionti (Novameat) and Pablo Rodrigo Juan (Trazable) will also participate.
South Summit has also launched the NextGen competition, aimed at promising young entrepreneurs between 14 and 17 years old, who will be able to participate in the project competition, make their presentation to investors and high-level corporations and be inspired by the talks given by experts and successful entrepreneurs to prepare them for their future as entrepreneurs.
The agrotech sector, in the top 10 of entrepreneurship
As a prelude to the event, the South Summit has just presented an annual report on Spanish entrepreneurship, which, among other aspects, highlights the emergence of the Agrotech sector in the ranking of the top 10 sectors with the most entrepreneurial projects.
Although the fintech sector continues to be the leading industry in the entrepreneurial universe, the ‘Map of Entrepreneurship 2021’ reflects that both agrotech and e-commerce have experienced a significant boost due, in large part, to the pandemic. On the other hand, the health and education sectors continue to account for many entrepreneurial projects.
According to the authors, innovation in traditional sectors continues to be one of the keys to economic transformation. In addition, another of the data highlighted is that the number of entrepreneurs with a doctorate has grown, which points to greater specialisation and the consequent increase in highly technical profiles setting up startups in Spain.