A program to attract foreign talent. We support foreign startups setting up in Spain and make all phases of the process of setting up and developing entrepreneurial projects in the country easy
In recent years the Spanish entrepreneurial ecosystem has experienced significant growth and is now a very attractive destination for many international entrepreneurs.
The world’s leading universities, research centers and business schools together with an increasing number of accelerators and incubators, highly skilled human capital and the availability of both private and public funding, are all ideal conditions for developing an innovative project.
Spain is your country and
Rising up in Spain
is the program that will lead you to success
for new foreign companies established in Spain:
At least 10% of the startup capital must belong to a foreign natural or legal person, or a non-resident Spaniard provided he/she is a natural person.
The company must already be formed, or in the process of being formed, when aid is awarded. If the company has already been established in Spain, it must be less than one year old.
The technology the project incorporates and the extent to which it is disruptive (25%)
The business plan and its economic-financial feasibility (25%)
The product validation and growth potential (25%)
The management team (25%)
do we offer?
in some most dynamic business areas in Spain
Easy access to entrepreneur visas
tax and regulatory advice to set up your startup in Spain
for your entrepreneurial project
Access to one of Spain's leading angel investment networks
aimed at startups in your industry
in open innovation processes
"Tithe fact that we have been selected from among 150 companies has strengthened our business model and processes, and we are 100% committed to the market in Spain. At an operational level, they offer us a free workspace for a period of six months – which can be extended – and funding for our initial investment in Spain, which is reimbursable."
"After obtaining the support of the programme we were able to explain to our investor that it makes sense to put money and effort into Spain. The programme increased our visibility in the Spanish market because we were a completely new company. So, this programme has helped us a lot in building our reputation and in gaining a broad presence, which has an impact on clients and potential stakeholders."
"It really helped us to make contacts in Spain’s technology ecosystem and to market our brand in the country. We took part in several interesting networking and "speed-dating" events to meet potential customers. The mentoring sessions also allowed us to professionalize our internal processes and improve our organization in general. The most interesting thing is that they adapt to the situation of each company."
"The most important one [value added from the programme] was to understand what the main challenges are that we are going to face in the coming months in Spain, and to increase our visibility in Spain. Also, the opportunity to have the best mentors for our company and team was crucial for the development of Knok in Spain."
"The programme was extremely useful. I don't know how we would have done it otherwise. We now all have resident status here in Spain and our company is incorporated in Spain. (...) ICEX was really useful in putting us in touch with the right contacts for recruiting staff, for example. So, they pointed us in the right direction."