The U.S. Embassy in Madrid and the Chamberí Valley Association Announce the Second Annual Edition of IN3 Entrepreneurship & Investment Conference

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The U.S. Embassy in Madrid and the Chamberí Valley Association Announce the Second Annual Edition of IN3  Entrepreneurship & Investment Conference

 Offering a unique convergence of the three pillars of a successful entrepreneurial ecosystem, IN3

brings together innovators, investors, and institutions from both the United States and Spain

  • The IN3forum is designed to support the internationalization of tech & tech-enabled companies as a means of expanding economic development and job creation
  • In order to promote a culture of entrepreneurship, IN3 highlights the significant economic potential of startups and scale-ups to build strong innovation ecosystems

In a press conference on May 19th at the headquarters of tech company CartoDB, the U.S. Embassy in Madrid and the Chamberí Valley Association announced the second annual edition of IN3 (pronounced IN- cubed) held from June 8-10, 2016. IN3 is a technology-focused entrepreneurship and investment conference series that offers exclusive opportunities for business growth and investment between the United States and Spain.

This conference creates a dynamic setting in order to bring together the key actors of a successful entrepreneurial ecosystem: Innovators, Investors and Institutions. The goal of IN3 2016 is to enable the exploration of new ideas and the discovery of solutions to help companies scale internationally, all in an effort to support the growth of innovative startups that generate economic growth and employment.

IN3 will begin on the evening of June 8th with a gala picnic hosted for IN3 participants at the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid (COAM), where local Spanish chef, Rodrigo de la Calle, will present a menu that celebrates innovation in the culinary arts.

The conference program for June 9th and 10th is designed to inspire and enable participants, as they come together to share their knowledge and connect to discuss their vision for our future. Participants will work in an open forum to co-create solutions for challenges such as scaling up internationally and

increasing their impact. Program sessions include: Startups, a Driving Force in the New Economy; Who is the New Customer; Building Trust in New Media; Finding and Keeping Talent; Keys to Success for Landing in the United States; How to Go Global and Stay Local; Leadership in an Age of Complexity, and many more. The program also includes a cocktail reception at the U.S. Embassy, lunch at Google Campus Madrid, and several other opportunities that will give participants the chance to participate in informal networking opportunities and enjoy the city of Madrid.

This year, IN3 will welcome such illustrious figures as Ambassador David Thorne, Senior Adviser to the

U.S. Secretary of State; Hilton Romanski, SVP of Cisco; Dave McClure, Founder of 500 Startups; Martin Varsavsky, Founder and CEO of Fon; Minerva Tantoco, Chief Technology Officer for the City of New York; Riccardo Zacconi, CEO of King Digital Entertainment, Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, Head of UBER EMEA; Chris Lehane, Head of Global Policy and Communications, and many others.

After the success of the first edition of IN3, the conference has become the premier destination for discovery and collaboration within the U.S. and Spanish entrepreneurial ecosystems. The first edition enabled startups and large corporations alike to build alliances and explore new markets as they collaborated on how to break down barriers on their path to scale internationally. Living examples of this success are Spanish companies such as CartoDB, eRepublik Labs, Trip4real, and Coches.com –all of which utilized their opportunity to connect to high-level international networks to grow their businesses and build stronger innovation ecosystems.

During the press conference held on May 19th, the United States Ambassador to Spain and Andorra, James Costos said, “Promoting entrepreneurship is the best way to create jobs and facilitate economic

growth in Spain, the United States, and around the world. That’s why President Obama has been focused on this for the last seven and a half years, hosting the first Global Entrepreneurship Summit in 2010.  IN3 will allow us to put role models on the stage, to put the entrepreneur’s story front and center, to send a clear message to young people that they can be entrepreneurs, too.’”

Founder of the Chamberí Valley Association and COO of CartoDB, Miguel Arias explained that “Chamberí Valley was born 5 years ago. A group of Spanish people were in the Silicon Valley, where every Spanish entrepreneur wants to be. We realized that the key to success of the Silicon Valley is not only its universities and businesses. The most important point is the connections between the entrepreneurs.

Chamberí Valley was created to bring together entrepreneurs in Madrid that are in their scaling-up phase. The next step was to work to connect with our peers in the United States and that was where James Costos,

U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra, and his team started working to build lasting relationships and IN3 is one of the initiatives.”

President of Spanish Startup Association and CEO of Doctor24.com, Izanami Martínez noted that “These types of initiatives are essential for the ecosystem. They are fundamental because one of the main things that happens at IN3 is the exchange of ideas and it’s essential to accelerate our learning and climb faster through business with the help of those connections that are made with the United States.”

Lastly, Aquilino Peña, Founding Partner of Kibo Ventures, emphasized that “From an investor’s point of view, initiatives like Spain IN3 allow us to develop trusting relationships with our American peers that open the doors to a large market and its know-how”.