Virtual Event – “Learning to Entrepreneurship with Data”, Spain

On 23 June 2020, we held a virtual event “Learning to Entrepreneurship with Data” as a part of the DataSET project. This event presented to the audience the current state of data-based entrepreneurship in Spain.

The day was a great success in terms of participation, with more than 50 attendees online throughout the session.

The session was opened by Miguel Ángel Sicilia, director of the University of Alcalá team participating in the DataSet project. Professor Sicilia detailed how the project had progressed and spoke about the three deliverables (IOs) that had been completed by the consortium partners. He mainly focused on Data Canvas, a tool for analysing the viability of a data-based project.

After the participation of Miguel Angel Sicilia, the section “Data-Based Entrepreneurship” began, where the speakers were Alberto Oikawa (CTO at Hispatec) and Juan Ramon Gonzalez (Co-Founder of Mática Partners). They told their personal experiences, the good and bad ones, undertaking with data. After their speeches, a fascinating question and answer session began where they talked about how factors such as failure, financing, training or talent retention influence this particular type of entrepreneurship. Without a doubt, it was an exciting journey that provided the attendees with practical information, and which received well-deserved thanks from everyone.

Following a brief break, the second block of the conference began, called “The situation of mentoring in Spain”, where the expert in project management, business innovation and marketing, Valvanera Castro, participated. She highlighted the importance of listening to experienced entrepreneurs to avoid repeating mistakes, act more quickly and improve results. Valvanera’s intervention also helped to better understand the skills of “typical entrepreneurs” better in areas such as Artificial Intelligence or the Analysis of significant volumes of data.

We then moved on to analyse the “Situation of Entrepreneurship in Spain” with the help of Abel González (TSD Consulting) who spoke about the types of data-based projects currently being carried out in Spain; and with Fernando Perales (JOT Internet), who detailed the most relevant grants available for innovation and entrepreneurship with data.

And to finish the session, we have the participation of Alejandra Alquijay, director of the Acton MBA in Entrepreneurship, a study designed for entrepreneurs and directed by businessmen with a successful track record, a representative example of innovative training in entrepreneurship.

After the session, as a closing and final reflection, it was clear that the data will be increasingly present in the business models of entrepreneurs. We hope to have contributed to the DataSet Project and the development of basic data skills in Spain.

Ruth Lospitao