Escrito el 30 noviembre 2016 por entrepreneurship en emprender

Hackity App, the application that gives users the ability to “Reimagine their cities” by allowing them to propose ideas and solutions while creating a community to collaborate with your neighbors and take action, has launched a new version.  This new version is made with Drupal 8, open source technology. This tech is used by Tesla or the White House. Besides, they have included new categories in the app like urban equipment, cleaning, mobility, green areas, neighborhood life; as well as implementing new improvements of usability and geolocation. See more in their Facebook page




Escrito el 24 noviembre 2016 por entrepreneurship en emprender

8go4allwArea 31 interviewed Prior’s CEO, Bernardo Reynolds, who told us how they came up with the idea for their startup and where is Prior heading at the moment. Prior is an app that allows users to order and pay before getting to the restaurant, cafeteria or any venue.  You can make your order from your phone, and skip the queue in your favourite venues. You do not have to go to the bar and order or pay, and that’s their competitive advantage. At the moment they are two founders (Bernardo and Andu) that worked previously at Tuenti, and they just hired a salesperson that works on attracting new food chains. Moroever, they had an intern last summer who was in charge of marketing, social media and worked part of his time on client acquisition. They are looking for a new intern to join their team.



“We came up with the idea of Prior, because we were tired of waiting in queues  because no one enjoys waiting in a line to order a coffee. We started speaking with potential clients and we realized that our idea was not only valuable to the people waiting to order for a cooffee, but also to those businesses that constantly see large queues in their venues. The reason for this is that businesses can lose money when people get tired of waiting in long and slow queus. After getting funding and four months later, we started with DO EAT! at IE Campus. That was a year ago and we were having 200 order a month, today we have around 700 a month and not just with DO EAT!. We have incorporated other businesses: Cultura Café, Si-Cool, and Cafeteando. Our main goal at the moment is to acquire food chains to use our app for orders and payments online. In the end we compete with developing agencies. Say for instance the agency that developed the order and payment app for Vips for Starbucks in Spain.”


The way Prior works for businesses: depending on the chain with whom they work, they can choose to be charged a small commission per order or in case they want the app to be incorporated into the chain’s own app so that they can show their brand, it works thorugh a suscription.




“As an entrepreneur, I believe that the most challenging thing is the uncertainty that you constantly face, because you do not really know if things will eventually come out. What you really need to have in mind is that what you are doing is solving a problem and a problem that directly affects you and that you are interested to solve. Because this is what will make you keep going forward when thinks do not work out.”


Madrid, 24 Noviembre, 2016.

Tess de Gregorio


Agenda IE Venture Network Weeklies Madrid, November 24th 2016

Escrito el 23 noviembre 2016 por entrepreneurship en emprender


SWAN: Innovative, Optimized, Water Solutions

“In Swan Water Solutions we are working to apply innovative and optimize solutions in water usage for urban green areas and sustainable efficiency in agricultural production.”

The company promotes sustainability and water and energy saving. For this, they use capillary irrigation, which is the next generation in irrigation.captura-de-pantalla-2016-11-17-a-las-1-35-22

Swan Water Solutions and Kabel have developed the Project of Smart Spaces in their Madrid Offices. In order to start it up, they have created what they call the 4Ps (People, Process, Platforms & Places). In respect with Places, they have identified that in multiple ocasions the necessary transformation of busines models requieres changes in the culture, which can at the same time be accelerated by changes in the physicla environment.


In Kabel it is thought that the space barriers are being diluted as a result of the irruption of factors such as globalization and technology in our lives and in particular in companies. As examples we see that we no longer have to buy in a physical store, nor do we make a banking transaction in a branch, we do not even need to travel to “feel” an experience, nor go to the office to have a meeting or to collaborate with other colleagues … The Freedom that Telework confers to workers increases their productivity and allows them to better conciliate work-life balance. This favors at the same time motivation and loyalty of talent. With this in mind, it would be interesting to prmote new forms of structuring and understanding the design of office, focusing on creativity and collaboration between people and mental concentration. In particular, in Kabel, what has been implemented is a policy of teleworking that reserves its offices in Madrid as a place of exchange, inspiration and co-creation for its employees, partners and customers.


On the other hand, SWAN WATER SOLUTIONS, together with the company CLACISA have created gardens in within these offices with various objectives: purify the indoor air, reduce the effect of the sick building, improve people’s quality of life by incrasing their productivity and contribute to meet current Green building certifications and Sustainable Cities. The idea of creating Green spaces inside the offices has come from the KABEL company itself. According to Tomás: “In Kabel we believe in the potential that technology the potential to improve people’s lives. We know that our main asset is our consultants and we believe that Platforms, Processes and Spaces have to be placed at your service to achieve the maximum development of the individual and group potential. Moreover,we believe that there is an opportunity for technology to be used for the intelligent management of buildings and spaces. It is for taht reason, that we have decided to integrate technology into the management of the landscaping of our new offices by monitoring and optimizing the necessary resources. The question is “Why an orchard and plants?” Well, the idea is that people who may need to spend the day inside the offices can relax by viewing an orchard or playing the table football. The integration of natural spaces can promote creativity, and this is a new way of working. On the other hand, our company only offers in its portfolio those solutions that have been experience previously.captura-de-pantalla-2016-11-17-a-las-1-34-57

Swan Water Solutions that develeops landscaping projects inside offices, by managing the integration of appropriate plants for each different location. The company uses certain systems that allow its correct development which at the same time do not require expensive maintenance work. Planters and pots of design, vertical or hanging gardens are integrated into the spaces improving in this manner the decoration of offices, the internal environment, health, productivity and the well-being of people. Developing our working life in a natural environment is not a luxury, it is a necessity.



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IE VENTURE DAY, November 30th 2016

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Meet Area 31 Startup: AdoptaUnAbuelo.org

Escrito el 3 noviembre 2016 por entrepreneurship en emprender

AdoptaUnAbuelo.org is one of Area 31 Startups that has changed the way that we perceive elderly people, their value and how thankful we should be to them. 

Alberto says that since he was Little, he was lucky enough to spend a lot of time with his grandparents. This helped him realize and learn the great value that resides on the figure of grandparents. He says that what he has to highlight from his grandparents is all the values that have been crucial for their lives and that they have transmitted to Alberto through their example. He says that humility, simplicity and generosity are only a few of the characteristics that one can think about when hearing the word grandfather, because we will immediately be thinking about ours.

The experience of being raised with his grandparents was the trigger for him to feel a great respect and admiration every time he sees an elderly person, because he/she reminds him of his grandparents themselves.

When Alberto met Bernardo, a noble, humble and simple-hearted person, he adopted him as a grandfather and inspired him to found AuA, so that more Young people could experience the company and wisdom of grandparents.

The goal of creating Adopta un Abuelo was not only to alleviate the lonely hours of elderly people, but also to highlight the figure of all grandparents in the world.



“We have to remember that thanks to them, we live today in a developed world where we serve a glass of wáter directly from the tab, turn the light on or comfortably travel by train.”

Alberto encourages anyone to become a volunteer andto form part of this adventure, which is not only about accompanying elderly people, but rather to recuperate the value and dignity that this master deserve in life.

Adopta un Abuelo was born in Ciudad Real during Christmas in 2013 when Alberto (25) met Bernardo (86). A widower without descendant, and he adopts him as a grandfather after a relationship of a couple of months. When he understands the loneliness of elderly people and when he starts to know about other similar cases of people that need love and attention, he puts in contact Veronica (26) with Rosario, so that they adopt each other. The experience was so enriching Alberto decides to found Adopta Un Abuelo in 2014 as an NGO.

For the time being they have more 200 volunteers in 2 years, present in 5 cities,7 residences, 4 awards (Social innovation, social enterpreneurship), 1,750 applications to be part of AdoptGrandFather from 10 countries, 1800 volunteers hours done and 45 cities where they want to implement their program.



Madrid, 3 November 2016.

Tess de Gregorio Herraiz.

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