The contest

At FACE entrepreneurship we want you to have the best chances of being a successful entrepreneur, that’s why we have opened the FACE Entrepreneurship Startup Contest that will give you the opportunity to take an incredible journey with Europe’s top investors.

It doesn’t matter if you just have an idea or if you are already an established company. Send us your projects, tell us what you want to do, how you want to change the world; Aim for the best.

25 Semifinalists will be chosen from the submitted projects and will be assigned a mentor who will help to bring out the best in their startups for a chance to be one of 3 finalists who will win a free trip to Madrid to meet the most important investors in Europe.

In Madrid

As a finalist, a member of your team will be invited* to Madrid in October to meet with your mentor and the chance to discuss your ideas with Europe’s top investors. Airfare, hotel accommodation and meals during stay.

Day 1

Spend the day with your mentor preparing for the big day when you will get the chance to speak face to face with investors about your startup or idea.

Day 2

In the morning, you will be introduced to the investors. It’s going to be a very personal experience. You will be working face to face with Europe’s top talent. It’s your chance to tell them what makes your idea unique, and how you are going to develop it. Be sure to show them your passion, drive and dedication. At the end of the day, you could be there next big find!

Who can participate? (Entry deadline June 19th, 2016)

  • Legal and natural persons registered on the FACE Entrepreneurship platform (including team members)
  • Must be a resident of an EU Member State
  • Projects that are between 0-5 years old
  • Technology based projects

What are the criteria for selection?

Finalists will be evaluated on their originality, scalability, business opportunities, technical and commercial viability, commitment to development and launch and investment possibilities.

The selection committee will be appointed by Grupo Secuoya through Mentoring Spain and will consist of participating mentors.


As one of the 25 semifinalists, you will be supported by a mentor provided by Mentoring Spain. The mentor will work with you for more than two months to provide guidance and advice in preparation for the Contest Finale.

Participating Mentors

Julio Rodríguez Díaz
Julio Rodríguez Díaz is the director of Mentoring Spain, a initiative aimed at providing mentoring support to business projects and new technology based companies. @juliorodriguezd
Vincent Rosso is a Business Angel and co-founder of BlaBlaCar, a ride sharing social network present in more than 22 countries. @vincentjj
Juan Ignacio García Braschi
Juan Ignacio García Braschi is the Spain Country Manager for Cabify, an emerging Spanish company in urban mobility which is currently expanding internationally and valued at 300 million euros. @jgbraschi
René de Jong
René de Jong is a Business Angel, and his greatest achievements include being a founding partner of and Internet Advantage. @renedejong
Rosa Allegue
Rosa Allegue, is CFO of Skechers in Iberia, a global leader in the lifestyle and performance footwear industry, and co-founder of EJE&CON, the Spanish association for executives and directors. @rosaallegue
Roberto Touza David
Roberto Touza David, is an expert on Lean Startup as well as an investor. He is the director for IEBS Business School’s Masters Programs, teacher at EOI and ICEX-CECO, and speaker. He is a founding partner of Startups Inversores PFP. @RTouzaDavid @RTouzaDavid
Jean Pierre Norbert Payat,
Jean Pierre Norbert Payat, Security Systems Expert, is a Business Builder and Mentor/Angel with over 40 years of experience. He has created many country operation for multinationals. He is also founding partner of Foot Fall Retail Analytics, today’s world leader in the industry. He is a life member of ASIS International and co-founder of ICSC European Research.


Investors to be announced soon

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