Bankinter Innovation Foundation works with the goal of innovation transforming society. It has created a global and multidisciplinary community of innovators that works in four key areas:
In 2021, the Bankinter Innovation Foundation saw how it could take advantage of the momentum of the changes that the pandemic has brought with it, increasing, improving and creating new activities to bring innovation to more people.
Of the new developments for the year, the repositioning of the brand and the launch of the new website, the creation of new proposals such as the FIBK Voices and the birth of #FutureTalks within the Future Trends Forum stand out.
The Scaleup Spain Network programme was launched together with Wayra and Endeavor, resulting in 24 future scale-ups (innovative companies that, unlike a start-up, have a proven business and want to scale it up) receiving support on their growth path. As part of this new programme, the first report on the impact of scale-ups on the Spanish economy was published.
Two other universities joined Akademia for the 21/22 academic year: The University of Navarre and the University of Murcia.
The Cre100do Foundation added 12 new excellent companies to the support programme for the development of the Spanish middle market.
One of the most characteristic features of the Bankinter Innovation Foundation is the composition of its board of trustees, which brings together 23 of the most innovative minds in the business world on an international scale, leading entrepreneurs and representatives from the public sector and academia.
|Bankinter Foundation board of trustees
|Mateu de Ros
What will the world of tomorrow look like? The Future Trends Forum (FTF), which is one of the Bankinter Innovation Foundation programmes that best portrays the ongoing search for innovation as a transformative tool, seeks to answer this question by anticipating the trends that will define the near future.
Made up of 747 experts, the FTF brings together some of the brightest minds on the planet twice a year to analyse, debate and propose solutions to the main challenges facing our society. The participants last year included: Jeff Selingo, author in higher education, and Cristina Dolan, Founder of InsideChains.
The experts from the Future Trends Forum analysed the workplace, proposing recommendations on training, reskilling and upskilling of professionals, and organisation of companies. This is all with the aim of promoting a future of work that reaches new levels of competitiveness and resilience.
The analysis and recommendations of the experts are available in the report 'The future of work', a challenge of today.
In 2021, meetings with the FTF experts started to be held in person again, and the standards of perceived quality among the participating experts was maintained (4.3/5). Outreach activities continued to be rolled out in a virtual format due to the pandemic and the ability to reach wider audiences.
At the beginning of the year, a series of webinars were held to promote the trend of Confidence in the digital age, which analyses why we lose confidence and how we can recover it. In the second half of 2021, the theme of the webinars was the future of work.
#FutureTalks were also launched, an initiative that aims to familiarise Spanish society with the most disruptive trends of today, which will shape the future. In 2021, prominent international experts such as Darío Gil, senior vice president of IBM and director of IBM Research; Ángel Cabrera, president of Georgia Tech, and Antonio Damasio, one of the most renowned neuroscientists in the world, took part.
A total of nine online events on various trends were held, which were attended by more than 4,000 people worldwide.
Technological entrepreneurship is one of the main levers of innovation. The original and unique vision of the startup ecosystem provides the potential required to generate new business models that will allow us to transform our society.
Through the Startups programme, the Bankinter Innovation Foundation provides entrepreneurs with decision-making tools such as the Startups Observatory, the Scaleup Spain Network programme or the Venture Capital programme, which invests in innovative startups.
This programme relies on the joint effort of Bankinter Innovation Foundation and Bankinter Venture Capital to invest in the most innovative startups in our country with the bank's funds.
Venture Capital looks for startups with exceptional value propositions, an international scope and scalable models based on validated technology, located in Spain, Portugal and Ireland.
The programme has been running since 2013 and has already invested in more than 40 startups. But our commitment goes far beyond financing: we accompany you every step of the way, providing the added value of our extensive experience as investors and deep knowledge of the startup ecosystem.
In 2021, it joined the Jotelulu portfolio, a solution to transform IT and communications service providers for SMEs into Cloud providers.
This initiative offers transparency and visibility of the state of investment in Spain in real time, through an interactive tool. The data that the Observatory has is updated weekly and contains information about all investments in startups published in Spain.
In addition, it provides a quarterly report with the key movements in the startup ecosystem in Spain, including details of the sectors that attract the most capital, the startups that have attracted the largest investments and the most active national and international investors.
One of the main challenges of the startup ecosystem in Spain is getting startups to develop into scaleups, larger companies capable of transforming a country's production models and creating employment and a long-term impact on society.
This is why the Bankinter Innovation Foundation joined forces with Wayra and Endeavor in this learning programme designed to support and connect scaleups, building a partnership network between founders, which allows them to create links, share experiences and learn together.
This programme involves a hybrid learning model with key concepts and case studies from some of the most successful scaleup founders and experts such as Juan de Antonio, founder xand CEO of Cabify; Lupina Iturriaga, founder of Fintonic, and Pepita Marín, CEO of We are Knitters.
After a successful first edition that saw the creation of 11 companies in 2020, the programme was launched again in 2021 with 13 new scaleups: Ritmo, Climate Trade, Frenetic, Trucksters, Cobee, OpenWebinars, Payflow, IDOVEN, Mlean, Zinklar, Quibim, Mysphera and Coinscrap.
In 2021, the first report on the impact of scaleups on the Spanish economy was launched, which demonstrates the key role this type of company plays in creating wealth and employment in our country, as well as in building a robust and globally competitive business structure.
The programme also organises 'Coffee with entrepreneurs' to foster entrepreneurship, where leading figures in the Spanish entrepreneurial ecosystem share their experience and the challenges they have faced.
Since 2020, these meetings have been held online in webinar format. This meant 633 people were able to attend in 2021.
Six such meetings were held, with the attendance of Javier Polo, former CEO of Playgiga; Vicent Rosso, CEO and founder of Consentio; Carles Pons, CEO and founder of Kokoro Kids; Javier Perea, CEO of Smart Protection; Jorge Dobón, chairman and founder of Demium, and David Amorín, CEO and founder of Jotelulu.
Akademia was set up in 2007 to promote innovative talent at Spain’s leading universities.
For one semester and in online format, students from different professional backgrounds and universities have the opportunity to find out how to solve problems in an innovative way, while working in multidisciplinary groups, which helps them create their own network of contacts.
As well as having the opportunity to work with students they might otherwise have met, the teachers are professionals and entrepreneurs who discuss topics that drive critical and innovative thinking, such as the latest trends that are changing the world.
During the 2020-2021 academic year, Akademia was rolled out virtually at 11 universities (Santiago de Compostela, Comillas Pontifical University, University of Barcelona, Polytechnic University of Valencia, University of Salamanca, University Carlos III of Madrid, Loyola University Andalusia, Institute for Market Studies, Pompeu Fabra University, University of Murcia and University of Navarra), with the introduction of being able to choose between three options with different schedules and combining students from all universities.
A total of 143 students attended and the course recommendation rate was 98%.
One of the main features valued by Akademia students is the personal contact with the programme's experts, which include more than 60 professionals, FTF members, managers of Cre100do companies, entrepreneurs, investors and professors, all involved in innovation.
The “Digitalisation of companies through artificial intelligence” programme concluded in 2021 with 18 Cre100do companies. Three sessions on innovation and digitalisation were organised for managers in collaboration with the Castile-León Family Business Association.
We know that medium-sized companies are a key segment for the Spanish economy and we want to help them continue to grow beyond our borders. That is why the CRE100DO programme was designed in 2013, launched together with ICEX and the Círculo de Empresarios and which subsequently became the CRE100DO Foundation.
This Foundation promotes business excellence by grouping outstanding companies in the Spanish middle market to stimulate their growth and cooperation, boosting the Spanish economy and generating a positive impact on society.
In its journey to enhance the excellence of companies, Cre100do promotes the values and capabilities that make this possible by incorporating the best management practices, stimulating the adoption of new technologies, promoting collaboration between companies and promoting social and environmental responsibility.
The national programme provided by the CRE100DO Foundation supports 125 companies in their transition into becoming large companies that then pave the way and set an example for the rest of the middle market. AUSA, Cafento, Campus Training, Dentaid, Erum Group, Gullón, Kids&Us, Logifruit, Perfumes y Diseño, Prim, Velilla Group and Vitrinor joined the programme in 2021.
A total of 45 activities were carried out with the participating companies.