SOUTH SUMMIT 2022 June 8-10th | Madrid



South Summit Madrid was born in 2012 as Spain Startup to boost economy through innovation and entrepreneurship. 10 years later we are proud of having built a solid ecosystem and having a referent encounter became more and more relevant in the startup world.

SOUTH SUMMIT 2022 June 8-10th |  Madrid

2022 will be our 10th anniversary. To celebrate it we are preparing the best edition to date. Connect with key players in the ecosystem, find business opportunities and meet new talent, all in one place. Are you gonna miss it?

SOUTH SUMMIT 2022 Madrid

South Summit Madrid 2022


South Summit Madrid 2022

Al Gore and Pablo Isla, are among the confirmed speakers for South Summit Madrid 2022

  • The former Vice President of the United States and the CEO of INDITEX until last March will be some of the star speakers at this 10th edition of South Summit, the global meeting for entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Along with them, at the moment there are 450 confirmed speakers who will share with the attendees their successful professional career and expertise in the field of innovation and the business world.
  • South Summit 2022, powered by IE University, will be held June 8-10 at La Nave in Madrid under the theme ‘decoding complexity’.

Madrid, May 24, 2022

South Summit , co-organized by IE University , the leading meeting of the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem will be held in Madrid from June 8 to 10 . At the inauguration of this 10th edition of South Summit will be Al Gore, former vice president of the US and candidate for the elections of the North American country in 2000, and Pablo Isla , CEO and president of INDITEX until last March.

Al Gore is also known for his role as an environmental activist and for being one of the world’s leading climate change advocates , as well as being the founder of the Climate Protection Alliance and Generation Investment Management. He will be present at South Summit Madrid 2022 telematically. In this speech he will share, among other topics, how he works in the search for smart and sustainable transport solutions to reduce environmental pollution, one of his main objectives in the fight against climate change.

For his part, Pablo Isla, a renowned businessman who has spent 17 years in the Inditex group , first as executive director and vice president and, in the last 11 years, as CEO, will also participate in this 10th edition of South Summit. Following his departure from Inditex, he has become the new chairman of IE University’s International Governing Board and has also joined as global senior advisor to the General Atlantic fund.

In 2017 and 2018, Pablo Isla was considered the Best Executive Chairman in the World by Harvard Business Review. In 2020, Forbes also distinguished him as the best CEO of the decade. An expertise and professional career that will inspire South Summit attendees.

Both leaders will be at this edition of South Summit, when it celebrates 10 years as the main global meeting point for the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem . A place where entrepreneurs, investors and corporations meet to generate real business opportunities in the global entrepreneurial ecosystem.

An objective that will be met again in this year’s edition, which will be held again at La Nave in Madrid, where the more than 450 speakers of recognized international prestige who have confirmed their participation so far will meet. These leaders will share with the attendees their professional careers of success and expertise in the field of innovation and the business world.

Among them are Sal Khan, founder and CEO of the non-profit educational organization Khan Academy ; Marc Oshima, co-founder and CMO of AeroFarms, leaders in sustainable indoor farming; Marci Zaroff,  founder and CEO of ECOfashion Corp, a benchmark in the sustainable fashion sector; Iñigo Charola , CEO of the biotechnology company BioTechFoods , dedicated to the development of synthetic meat; and Hrish Lotikar, co-founder and CEO of SuperWorld , an augmented reality (AR) virtual world geographically mapped to the real world, among other profiles.

The great advances in technology, the speed of innovation or the great challenge of fighting climate change will be some of the central themes of the South Summit edition content program . A program that will be articulated under the motto ‘[de]coding complexity’ (decoding complexity).

The 100 finalist startups of the Startup Competition will also be present at South Summit Madrid 2022 , chosen through a rigorous selection process from more than 3,000 candidates from 114 countries. The 100 finalist startups correspond to a wide variety of sectors and have innovative and cutting-edge projects, such as a robot that automates the process of harvesting and collecting food on farms or a forest fire detection system from outer space.

For this year’s edition, South Summit is expected to generate an economic activity of around 20 million euros in the city of Madrid during its celebration , with the more than 22,000 attendees expected at this essential event for the entrepreneurial ecosystem and the overall innovation. In the last 2021 edition, all attendance and participation records were broken , with more than 1,600 investors with a portfolio of approximately 135,000 million dollars, 8,000 startups, 680 speakers and 7,000 corporate members.

South Summit Madrid 2022

Jane Goodall will inaugurate the seventh edition of Sanitas’ Healthy Cities challenge


Jane Goodall will inaugurate the seventh edition of Sanitas’ Healthy Cities challenge

The seventh edition of the Sanitas Healthy Cities project begins, a project especially aimed at achieving the regeneration of green spaces while taking care of people’s health, through the commitment of the member companies and participating citizens.

Jane Goodall will be one of the participants in the presentation event for this seventh edition of Healthy Cities. The well-known environmental activist and United Nations Messenger of Peace will expose the direct relationship between the health of people, animals and the environment (One Health concept promoted by various organizations including the World Health Organization) and, therefore, , the importance of the fight for environmental conservation.

During the event, Sonia Gutiérrez, head of Clinical Research at Sanitas; Juan Antonio Ortega García, president of the Environmental Health Committee of the Spanish Pediatric Association (AEP), and Dr. Araceli Boraita, cardiologist of the Spanish Heart Foundation, will share the scientific evidence regarding the consequences of climate change on the people’s health and about the benefits of strengthening the relationship with nature for children and adults.

Also participating in the event will be Begoña Villacís, Deputy Mayor of the Madrid City Council; Alejandro Blanco, president of the COE; and Yolanda Erburu, Chief Sustainability & Corporate Affairs Officer of Sanitas and Bupa Europe & Latin America.

Also attending the presentation event will be Álvaro Arbeloa, representative of Real Madrid, and Alberto Jofre, managing director of the Spanish Paralympic Committee.

The Sanitas Healthy Cities project receives the support of the Spanish Olympic Committee, the Spanish Paralympic Committee, the Spanish Heart Foundation, as a scientific partner, and the Real Madrid Football Club.

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