Round Table: Exploring the role of large corporations in developing the local ecosystem

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Round table discussing how large corporations, through specific support programs offered to startups (such as mentoring networks, financing, acquisitions, product development, etc.), contribute to innovation and the development of an entrepreneurship-based ecosystem.

The speakers shared their main motivations related to the provision of development support for newly-created and innovative companies, responding directly to questions posed by the audience.


  • Verónica Respaldiza López– IBM Ecosystem Development Manager
  • César Gallo Erena– Vice-President of the Repsol Foundation
  • Yolanda Pérez Sáez– Director of BStartup, the entrepreneurship arm at Banco Sabadell

Questions posed by Faraday

  • What are the main benefits that programs designed by your corporation can provide startups? Minute: 11:40
  • What objectives does your company pursue by launching these initiatives? Minute: 26:46
  • What are your greatest successes to date and what made you undertake these projects? Minute: 32:47
  • When does it make sense to establish these partnerships? What are your greatest failures to date and what were the corresponding initiatives? Minute: 32:47
  • What trends/technologies/areas of business do you want to foster within your corporations in the short and medium term? Minute: 44:08
  • What regulatory changes are you planning to implement in Spain to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation? Minute: 51:16
  • What are your 3 favourite Spanish startups (not part of your programs) and why? Minute: 55:35

Questions posed by attendees:

  • What happens when one of the startups you are invested in turns out to be a failure while it is still in the middle of the incubation or acceleration phase? Minute: 1:00:05
  • What is your opinion regarding education? Minute: 1:04:14
  • What are the most common causes for rejecting a project based on the projects you receive? Minute: 1:11:58