ABOUT US

ABOUT US

BUILDING ECOSYSTEM AND CONSOLIDATING AS THE MOST VALUABLE NETWORK FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND BUSINESS, SINCE 2012

BUILDING ECOSYSTEM AND CONSOLIDATING AS THE MOST VALUABLE NETWORK FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND BUSINESS, SINCE 2012

From the beginning


South Summit has been a witness, thermometer, radar and architects of the evolution of entrepreneurship and has been able to anticipate many of the phenomena that have later been consolidated

Today, South Summit is recognized as one of the world’s leading innovation platforms and one of the most important networks of high-value connections among the main ecosystem agents to generate business and detect opportunities.

OUR HISTORY

Spain Startup. The future is written with open innovation


We were born in 2012, during the most difficult moments of the economic crisis with the aim of supporting a change in the mentality of companies with respect to innovation and entrepreneurship.

Let’s Prove to the world how bright the South is!


In 2014, was our global growth and expansion begining: high level speakers, international investors and top notch experts. In addition, the meeting changed its headquarters to Las Ventas, our home for 2 years.

South Summit Development. We landed in La Nave!


Our success necessitates the relocation due to size to the venue at La Nave, a more advanced and suitable location. Entry into Latin America with the Pacific Alliance and the first international meetings in Colombia and Argentina.

Consolidation in Madrid. Expansion in Spain & LATAM


Madrid is consolidated as one of the main entrepreneurship ecosystems in the world.
South Summit travels to Peru, Chile and, again, Colombia expanding our reach to the whole continent.

COVID-19 Resilience: Omni-channel Reinvention


Faced with mobility restrictions as a result of COVID-19, we immediately responded with the Virtual South Summit to bring the entire ecosystem together. Thus, the first omni-channel meeting with a film super production, creating an even more open and global platform.

Shape the Future and Green Economy


In 2021, we opted for the green transition adding Sustainability to our main goals: connection, innovation and business. The attendance was recovered with a hybrid encounter in Madrid attended by 22.000 people. Encounters were held for the first time in Bizkaia and Valencia

Decoding Complexity


For our tenth anniversary, we wanted to help find synergies among all ecosystem actors by taking innovation to the next level, “decoding complexity.” In 2022, the first meeting will also be held in Porto Alegre, Brazil, where more than 20,000 attendees gathered.

Spain Startup. The future is written with open innovation.


The encounter was born in 2012, during the most difficult moments of the economic crisis, such as Spain Startup, with the aim of supporting a change in the mentality of companies with respect to innovation and entrepreneurship, convinced that the technological and digital revolution is fundamental to long-term economic growth.

Let’s Prove to the world how bright the South is!


In 2014, it changed its name to South Summit and began its global growth and expansion, attracting top-level speakers and international investors, and making Madrid a hub of innovation relevant to Spain and Europe. In addition, the meeting changed its headquarters to Las Ventas, with the aim of mixing a long-established tradition within Spain with something as innovative as startups.

South Summit Development We landed in La Nave!


The success of the South Summit necessitates the relocation of the Sales venue at La Nave. Entry into Latin America with the Pacific Alliance and the first international meetings in Colombia and Argentina.

Consolidation in Madrid and expansion in Spain and LATAM


Madrid is consolidated as one of the main entrepreneurship ecosystems in the world and South Summit reaches Peru, Chile and, again, Colombia.

COVID-19 Resilience: Omni-channel Reinvention


Faced with mobility restrictions as a result of COVID-19, South Summit immediately responded with the Virtual South Summit to bring the entire ecosystem together. Thus, the first omni-channel meeting with careful film production was proposed, creating an even more open and global platform. The virtual meeting in Madrid was joined by 9 other Virtual Summit: LATAM, Africa and 7 sectoral summaries (Health, Mobility, Fintech, Education, Connectivity, Sustainability, enlightED).

Shape the Future and Green Economy


In 2021, South Summit opted for the green transition on 4 main axes: Sustainability, connection, innovation and business. The attendance was recovered with a hybrid encounter in Madrid attended by 12,000 people in physical form, and another 10,000 in virtual form. Encounters were held for the first time in Bizkaia and Valencia.

Decoding Complexity


In its tenth anniversary South Summit promote the synergies among all players in the ecosystem by taking innovation to the next level, “decoding complexity“. The first meeting of the year took place in Porto Alegre, Brazil. A total success that gathered +20.000 attendees. Then, in Madrid, we celebrated our 10th Anniversary with the most special edition to the date. +15,000 attendees joined us for this great moment. But it didn’t end there: we celebrated our first LP Forum in Madrid and celebrated our Ecosystem Builders in Bizcaia.

FOUNDING STORY

Our Founder and Chairman, Maria Benjumea, is a serial entrepreneur who refuses to settle for the status quo and is in constant search of better ways to advance the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Spain and beyond. Maria founded South Summit in 2012 in response to the economic crisis that had hit Spain hard, seeing clearly that a solid entrepreneurial ecosystem would be the driving force to heal the economy.  Since then, South Summit has served as a platform to accelerate innovation through strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem at an international level.

Spain today is a powerhouse within the European startup ecosystem and serves as a bridge to Latin American markets.

WE BELIEVE IN A GREEN FUTURE

We believe that entrepreneurs are the antidote to many of the world’s crises and a crucial part of the climate solution. We wish to inspire the next generation of startups and businesses to be the change we need.

2021:

Improvers award winners

  •  Sustainable Event – for now, forever
  • Net Zero Pledge 

2022:

80% sustainable according to Eventsost

SOUTH SUMMIT MADRID

South Summit wants to bring the ecosystem to the innovation capitals by creating long-term alliances that kickstarts innovation and investment. The objective of these alliances will be:

  • To create new business for the countries and its current and future key economy sectors and companies
  • Positioning the country’s brand and giving an international visibility of its initiatives
  • To boost the local ecosystem through the connections with international investment funds, global corporations, clusters, and hubs.
  • Increase innovation initiatives inside companies through an active and collaborative connection with international corporations.
  • Attraction of innovative talent; local and global startups and scaleups
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SOUTH SUMMIT BRAZIL

South Summit Brazil – Porto Alegre’s first edition in 2022, triggered a movement committed to entrepreneurship and innovation articulated for years by a broad, robust, and connected ecosystem.

Public and private institutions, regional and local authorities, corporations, startups, universities, and society joined efforts to make this initiative possible.

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OUR COMMUNITY

+25,000

participant startups

+15,000

attendees (per year)

+1,840

investors (in 2022)

+$9.7B

in investment for South Summit finalists

THE TEAM

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