BeTheSpark in Action: Joining Forces - Entrepreneurship Across Borders

BeTheSpark recently hosted ‘Joining Forces - Entrepreneurship Across Borders’ event in the Old Library in the heart of Cardiff city centre as part of the Wales Festival of Innovation.

This event was set to bring together people and organisations from across our five stakeholder groups (academia, risk capital, government, corporate and entrepreneurs) to discuss and explore the thriving economy within Spain and opening up the potential for new business opportunities as well as exchanging ideas.

We were thrilled to welcome the Spanish Ambassador, Carlos Bastarreche Sagues to open the event and hear from a selection of inspiring keynote speakers from ICEX, MediTech Pharmacy, Ffotogallery followed by a live panel Q&A.

To round off the day's event Marcelino Castrillo, MD for Business & Premier Banking at NatWest took to the stage to share invaluable insight into how NatWest are encouraging and supporting innovation-driven entrepreneurship within Wales and across borders.

Caroline Thompson, CEO BeTheSpark, said:

This event was a great example of the BeTheSpark movement in action. We welcomed organisations and individuals from across our five stakeholder groups to the event to gain valuable insight and tap into and expose the exciting new business opportunities between Spain and Wales.

We had the opportunity to hear directly from key influencers and decision makers within the Spanish ecosystem who shared their ambitions to encourage and support more innovation-driven entrepreneurship across borders. The event aligned perfectly with BeTheSpark’s vison of creating a more visible, simple and connected ecosystem within Wales and beyond and we are grateful to NatWest Cymru for their work supporting our efforts.


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