Catalonia, the Community of Madrid and coastal areas concentrate the largest number of certified startups

Catalonia, the Community of Madrid and coastal areas concentrate the largest number of certified startups
Catalonia, the Community of Madrid and coastal areas concentrate the largest number of certified startups

He report The first 1,000 certified startups, carried out by the National Innovation Company (ENISA), in collaboration with the Cotec Foundationdraws up a first map of emerging companies in our country based on the first 1,000 certified startups. In which territories they are located, the sectors and activities in which they operate, whether they are technological or digital, their average size or whether there are still a lack of female entrepreneurs or managers in them.

The report identifies that all autonomous communities have emerging companies and highlights that there is a Strong concentration in the Community of Madrid and Cataloniaas well as the predominance of the number of certified companies in coastal areas. The
42% of the provinces have less than five certified companies and 271 municipalities concentrate the total of these. Half of them are located in municipalities with more than 500,000 inhabitants, with Cirujales del Río (Soria), with 20 inhabitants; Nuño Gómez (Toledo), with 159 inhabitants; and Almedíjar (Valencia), with 280 inhabitants, being the three smallest municipalities with a presence of these companies.

By sectors, Programming and consulting are the star branches and the ICT and health account for 25% of the total number of certified companies. Among these, the manufacturing of devices, medical and biotechnological material predominates, being, in addition, the main vectors of transformation.

Rapid growth in turnover and low presence of women in the teams

In addition, The report provides other relevant data such as the rapid turnover recorded by certified start-ups: after the first year they invoice 76,683 euros on average and as the age increases, this rises to 570,185 euros.. However, average turnover is far from the maximum of 10 million euros required by the Startups Law.

Also noteworthy is the Absence of women in the teams of certified startups. Only 1 in 4 people on management teams is a woman (42% of start-ups have at least one in this category). This proportion is repeated in the shareholding structure, where 38% have women shareholders. As regards job creation, the average number of people employed by the 1,000 certified start-ups is seven. After the first year, the average workforce is 2.7 people and once the company matures, it increases to a maximum of 8.3 people.

The report also includes an analysis that estimates the number of start-ups in Spain under the scope of the Law, which is close to 3,000 companies. According to this estimate, ENISA has so far certified 36% of the total number of companies identified as potential candidates.

“Understand and evaluate reality to strengthen the drive for innovative talent”

As stated Borja Cabezón, CEO of ENISAduring the presentation of the report, “With the map of innovative companies in Spain we want to not only show an x-ray, but continue working so that the number of emerging companies increases. As well as help, from our entity, so that those who have innovative projects can have the tools and facilities necessary to develop their business, through the Startup Law and, in particular, ENISA certification. The valuable data from this first analysis in Spain on certified start-ups will also be used to design strategies, strengthen sectors and continue to strengthen the drive for entrepreneurial talent.”

For its part, Jorge Barrero, COTEC CEO He stressed that “start-ups are a central element in the innovation ecosystem and it is a great opportunity to be able to work with the registry data to monitor the characteristics of these companies and their sectoral and territorial distribution.”

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