In evaluation, María Benjumea, founder and president of South Summit, has assured that the data of the Entrepreneurship Map is the verification of the professionalisation and growth of the Innovation ecosystem in our country. “The maturity of the Ecosystem is evidence of an unstoppable phenomenon and very good news because it is clear that there is growth in our economy”.
In a study from this year, the “solopreneur” figure bursts onto the scene. One is an entrepreneur that creates, leads and develops their startup on their own, without a founding team and is an ‘autonomous 3.0’ This trend, which originates in the US, mainly comes from businesses with digital ambition.
According to Salvador Aragón General Manager of Innovation and professor of IE University, “Although a team is still common in the ecosystem, in recent years we can see how the ‘solopreneur’ figure has grown. Which shows us the great capability of the democratisation of the ecosystem, which features an increase in diversity of professionals”.
With previous editions online, the serial entrepreneur is also common in the ecosystem, with 62% of startups founding more than one project, 2% more than in 2021, which reveals how the ecosystem is a source of talent in itself.
To a greater extent than the novice entrepreneurs, the main motives for those serial entrepreneurs wanting to do a start-up is because they always had a clear idea to be an entrepreneur and have detected a gap in the market.
The probability of success with a startup also increases when the experience of its founders is higher. Whilst the sale percentage of a project created by novice entrepreneurs is inferior at 20%, this index exceeds 70% among those that have created more than four startups.
In regard to the stereotypical Spanish entrepreneur that maintains a stable life during recent years. This is on the whole a man (80%), that is 33 years old, with a high qualification (the majority have a university degree, 70% have a masters and 16% begin a startup with a PHD). Furthermore, as they have profiles with previous professional experience: more than half were working in a business before introducing their startup, 24% already had an entrepreneurial project and 7% were employed in a startup, while less than 1% were unemployed.
The incorporation of a woman into the ecosystem continues being an unresolved subject at a global level. In Spain, the entrepreneurial woman represents 20% of entrepreneurs, slightly above the whole of Europe (17%) and below North America (21%) or Latin America (24%).