Successful Spanish companies that were once startups

If you’re an entrepreneur or aspiring business owner, starting a successful startup can seem like a daunting task. However, many famous and successful Spanish companies started as small startups with limited resources and grew to become household names. These companies prove that with hard work, dedication, and a bit of creativity, anyone can build a successful business from the ground up. Take a look at some of the most successful Spanish companies that started as startups, and explore how they managed to become successful, in the hopes of inspiring and encouraging you to follow in their footsteps.


PDPAOLA is a dream come true for siblings Humberto and Paola. They created the company back in 2014 in Barcelona. PDPAOLA is a contemporary jewelry brand, characterized by its delicate designs, minimalist aesthetic, and use of high-quality materials such as sterling silver and 18K gold vermeil. PDPAOLA draws inspiration from a variety of sources, including art, architecture, and nature, and its collections feature a range of styles from classic to trend-driven. It is the perfect dose of affordable luxury. 


Friends Alex and Bruno created a viral clothing company that is now a lifestyle. They create ready-to-wear clothing and have gained a huge following as being a way of life. They have a perfect mixture of creativeness, comfort, minimalism and elegance making incredible clothing for both men and women. It has been growing as a community since they have created a space of being authentic with no judgment. “By artists, For artists”. Be whoever you can be with them!

Get to know more about them, checkout our podcast where they were guests!


This HR company is one of the startups to watch out for in 2023. The company offers an HR software that allows to optimize and digitalize every process in just one app. Perfect for CEO’s and HHRR managers who want to improve their efficiency. It is the perfect software for big and small companies looking to improve in every possible area. Additionally they are located in the [email protected] district in the city at Itnig Spaces. Straight out of Barcelona and still based there, Factorial is growing more than ever! 

La Manso

A contemporary jewelry brand based in Barcelona, Spain, founded by Adriana Manso in 2017. The brand has quickly gained recognition for its avant-garde and unconventional designs, inspired by art and everyday objects. La Manso uses sustainable materials and production processes, such as recycled metals and environmentally friendly packaging. Its bold and colorful pieces have been worn by celebrities like Billie Eilish and Rosalía, and have been featured in publications such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. La Manso also collaborates with artists and designers to create limited edition collections. With a focus on creativity, sustainability, and inclusivity, La Manso is pushing the boundaries of traditional jewelry design.


Heura is a Spanish plant-based food company that offers vegan meat alternatives made from soybeans. Their products are sustainable, healthy, high in protein and fiber, and free from artificial colors, preservatives, and GMOs. Heura’s range includes chicken-style pieces, burgers, and meatballs, as well as sauces and seasonings. They have gained a loyal following and received awards for their innovative approach to plant-based food. It is committed to sustainability and uses renewable energy in its production process.

Get to know more about them checkout our podcast where they were guests!


A Spanish eyewear brand that offers high-quality, stylish sunglasses and prescription glasses at an affordable price. The brand was founded in 2013 by a group of four young entrepreneurs, and quickly gained popularity for its trendy designs and accessible price points. Hawkers has since expanded to offer a wide range of sunglasses styles, including classic aviators, bold oversized frames, and retro round shapes. In addition to its original line of sunglasses, the brand has collaborated with a number of celebrities like Pierre Gasly to create limited edition collections. Hawkers is known for its commitment to sustainability, using recycled materials in its packaging and working with factories that meet ethical labor standards. The brand has a strong social media presence and has leveraged influencer marketing to grow its following. Today, Hawkers has a global reach and is considered one of the most successful eyewear brands in the world.

Get to know more about them checkout our podcast where they were guests!

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Networking through coworking as an entrepreneur at Itnig Spaces

networking at Itnig Spaces

An entrepreneur’s biggest asset is it’s network. (Cote, C. 2022). The challenge is having solid and valuable network to help you and your business grow. Networking involves building connections with people who can offer great support, advice, and in some cases, resources. It also includes nurturing these mutually beneficial relationships with potential customers, investors, collaborators, partners, etc. Even if there are multiple ways to network, our favorite is networking through coworking as an entrepreneur.

In the latest years there has been an increase in popularity for the coworking spaces in Spain. Itnig Spaces is a coworking office located in the [email protected] district in the city of Barcelona that was born in 2012 and has been growing since then. The company is eager to create a vibrant community empowering entrepreneurs to focus on and achieving their goals. Creating a community ultimately opens networking through coworking to entrepreneurs and startups that are part of Itnig!

Through coworking, entrepreneurs can connect with like-minded individuals who share their goals and ambitions, as well as those who possess complementary skills and expertise. This can lead to valuable collaborations and partnerships that can help entrepreneurs grow their businesses more quickly and effectively. We cannot lie, entrepreneurship can be a challenging journey, and having a network of peers and mentors to lean on can make all the difference. At Itnig we provide the spaces and plans for you to grow as an entrepreneur at the same time as meeting new people.

Networking had never been easier than it is at Itnig Spaces.

Vocabulary startup guide: The startup key terms every founder and entrepreneur should know

Diccionary of startup key terms
Startup key terms

Being familiar with key startup terms is a must for every founder and entrepreneur nowadays. It is really possible that you have already heard or read these words on the news or talking with colleges. The fact is that new vocabulary is being introduced into the business atmosphere since the startup market is growing faster than ever.

A lot of new vocabulary is arising, and to make it easier for you to really understand it and be capable of naturally using it in your daily business routine, we have gathered all those startup key terms in one article.

If you want to learn more about what is a startup and its stages before deepening on the startup key terms, you can read our article: How to raise funding for startups.

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What is crowdfunding and how does it work?

What is crowdfunding?
What is crowdfunding?

What is crowdfunding? Like many others, crowdfunding is a funding/investment tool used by many people around the world. Nowadays, it has become very popular among startup founders. When starting a project, it is difficult to obtain external financing, and crowdfunding is a good solution to that problem. Early stages are always the most difficult ones regarding the economic situation of the business, but you can learn about how to raise funding for your startup by reading our article.

Going back to crowdfunding, it is very likely that the term sounds familiar to you, but what exactly is it about? Crowdfunding platforms allow people from all over the world to contribute their money to all those projects they have found interesting. You could say that these small investors are like micro-sponsors.

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