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What are the Start-Up AwardsXXI?

They are the boost that your company needs, that will enable you to grow and achieve your goals. We want to reward talent and the ability to provide a solution to the challenges of the future, which is why we are looking for start-ups like yours and helping them to aim higher.

The Start-Up AwardsXXI are an initiative driven by CaixaBank through DayOne with the collaboration of Enisa in Spain and Banco BPI in Portugal.

DayOne Innovation Summits

A conference devoted to innovation, technology and entrepreneurship

DayOne Innovation Summit will combine talks and round-table discussions on technological trends in different areas with activities focused on encouraging networking.

During the event, entries will be judged and the EntrepreneurXXI Awards will be presented for each region.

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Founderz training sessions

While we evaluate the projects submitted, all candidate companies will have free access to a selection of modules from the "Master Online Business & Entrepreneurship" program, from the Founderz business school, created by Pau García Milà.

Training sessions will be offered in the Metaverse, on topics of interest to start-ups, as well as an initial session where Pau García Milà will explain his entrepreneurial experience.

15th award ceremony calendar

Follow this unique edition of the EntrepreneurXXI Awards and keep up to speed with each of the stages.

Application stage

26 October to 15 December

Project assessment

16 December to 30 January

Technical committees

1 February to 21 February

Juries and award ceremonies (Regional category)

21 February to 12 May

Award ceremony (Challenges category)

7 June to 9 June

Start-Up AwardsXXI Investors Day

June 2023

International training

July 2023

Award categories

You’re getting closer to gaining the boost that you need for your project. In addition to visibility, recognition and access to important contacts, the winning companies will receive cash prizes and international guidance. Your start-up could be one of the 35 winners!

Regional Award

Presented to the best company in each region, regardless of the sector.

Start-Up AwardsXXI Challenges Award

Awarded to the companies with the greatest potential for providing a solution to the challenges posed.

Long-standing awards

Sixteen years ago, we came up with this idea to help innovative individuals to make their dreams come true by providing equal opportunities throughout Spain. To date, we have helped more than 465 companies to grow thanks to the Start-Up AwardsXXI.



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Winners of previous editions

Do you want to know which start-ups have received the award for being the most innovative company, for having the greatest growth potential in each region and for presenting the best solutions to the challenges posed?

The Start-Up AwardsXXI in first person

Maria Fernanda Gonzalez CEO & Founder of FREGATA SPACE

I believe that the Start-Up AwardsXXI are an excellent example of healthy competition, in which talent and effort are rewarded, the choices of the judging panels are transparent and there is no self-interest or ideologies. I feel extremely honoured to have taken part and won because the award is perfectly in line with our values as a company. The award is important to us as it vouches for our project. 

Andreu Climent CEO of CORIFY CARE

Winning the Start-Up AwardsXXI has been a highly enriching experience from every aspect as Corify is now at a more advanced stage, meaning that it has been able to take and use fully the opportunities that this award brings. It has been a learning experience for all of the team from preparing the questionnaire to helping to prepare the pitches and the different presentations. And, above all, the Moonshot training has been a wake-up call to ascend to the next level.

Sónia Ferreira CEO of BestHealth4U
PEXXI20 winner for Norte e Centro (Portugal)

This award helped to put BestHealth4U on the map, fostering contact with the market, both for the business itself, through potential clients and investors, and in terms of collaboration with R & D institutions and hospitals. As founding CEO, my visibility and credibility increased as far as institutions and investors were concerned, as did my nominations for a number of awards.

Carlos Uraga CEO & Co-founder of Nantek
Winner of the PEXXI19 Impact Tech award

My experience of the EntrepreneurXXI Awards has been extremely fulfilling. As entrepreneurs with very different profiles whose paths do not usually cross, we have been able to learn a lot from each other. What’s more, we’ve had the chance to get to know in depth the ecosystem of Estonia, the country with the most Unicorn companies per capita.

María González CEO & Co-founder of Tucuvi
PEXXI20 winner for Madrid and WellbeingXXI

I would highlight two aspects of participating in EntrepreneurXXI. On the one hand, spending time with other entrepreneurs is always very enriching. And, on the other hand, getting to know first hand how business ventures are evolving in other countries. The immersion in Estonia, a country that is considerably more digitised than Spain, gave me another perspective of how to do things and plan in the long term.

Miguel Silva-Constenla CEO & Co-Founder of AllRead Machine Learning Technologies
PEXXI20 winner for Catalonia and DeeptechXXI

What I most value about the EntrepreneurXXI Awards is the enormous visibility that it gives us in terms of investors, public entities and clients. It has given us great visibility on a national scale and has confirmed that what we are doing at AllRead has a real future.

dayOne is a service created by CaixaBank to support young companies that are rapidly evolving on a worldwide scale whilst carrying out activities that add value using their own funds.

 In addition, learn about the reports and publications on the entrepreneurial ecosystem published by DayOne at DayOne Observatory.


Access to all the contents (presentations, round tables, interviews) of the Day One Innovation Summit and the territorial delivery acts of the Start-Up AwardsXXI:

Video highlights 15th edition

DayOne Innovation Summits 15th edition

Interviews winners 15th edition

@EmprendeXXI_ 26/01/2023 17:09

Durante 3 meses, los participantes de esta edición de #PremiosEmprendeXXI, accederán a una selección del “Máster On…

@EmprendeXXI_ 26/01/2023 17:03

¿Sabes lo que buscan los inversores 🧐al apostar por una #startup? Te lo contamos en el 2º episodio de nuestro podca…

@EmprendeXXI_ 25/01/2023 17:34

No te pierdas del 15 al 17 de febrero el @ForoTransfiere, donde @CaixaBank formará parte y se abordarán temáticas e…

@EmprendeXXI_ 25/01/2023 12:28

Desde nuestro #podcast🎙️ #PremiosEmprendeXXI Jon Vital (@trakphysio) nos explica algunas claves sobre el momento ad…

@EmprendeXXI_ 24/01/2023 19:30

Una de las formas más efectivas de aprender cuando estás emprendiendo es conocer la experiencia de los demás. Por e…

@EmprendeXXI_ 23/01/2023 13:33

¡Interesantes claves de @m_aubeso, M&A scaleups tech director en @CaixaBank, sobre financiación para empresas tecno…

@EmprendeXXI_ 19/01/2023 16:50

👉 Durante este mes realizaremos la fase de #evaluación de proyectos, hasta el día 30 👈  📑 En esta fase las candida…

@EmprendeXXI_ 19/01/2023 15:50

¿Sabes lo que buscan los inversores al apostar por una #startup?🤔Te lo contamos en el 2º episodio de…

@EmprendeXXI_ 16/01/2023 18:00

📅No te pierdas los días 15, 16 y 17 de febrero el @ForoTransfiere #Transfiere2023, donde se abordarán temáticas en…

@EmprendeXXI_ 13/01/2023 16:08

👉 Sesiones formativas @founderz 👈 Si has participado en esta edición de los #PremiosEmprendeXXI, podrás acceder gra…
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How are the winners chosen?

The first stage reviews the eligibility of the candidacies. The candidacies that do not meet the terms and conditions or which have not presented the required documentation are ruled out from the process.

Later, all the candidacies are scored. All the evaluators have evaluation tables that specify the criteria to be assessed and the scores to be assigned based on said criteria. The candidacies are reviewed by several evaluators. Once the candidacies have been evaluated, rankings are created by category of challenges and these are sent to the different selection bodies.

Each award has an independent selection process. This means that there will be 50 technical committees and juries to select the 35 regional winners and of the challenges. This phase requires the candidates to present and defend their application in person before the committee or jury either in person or virtual.

Who is on the juries?

The different Technical Committees and the juries are formed by members of the innovation ecosystem: investors (venture capital funds and business angels), successful entrepreneurs, prestigious businessmen, previous award winners, representatives from universities and business schools, organising and collaborating entities in the different territories, and representatives of the granting entities.

How are the winning companies notified?

Between the months of March and May 2023, summits and regional territorial delivery events are held. The event and a closing ceremony where the delivery of the challenge phase takes place will take place during the month of June 2023. All dates will be published on the website of the Start-Up AwardsXXI.

Do the Awards cover other costs?

The organisation covers the travel costs to Barcelona for one representative of each finalist company of the phase Start-Up AwardsXXI Challenges Award called by the sector committees and juries. The costs for the other trips associated with the territorial awards are to be covered by the participants.

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