Benjumea, María

Benjumea, María

Chairman and founder of Spain Startup, the company that promotes and organizes The South Summit; a unique initiative aimed to celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation and showcase to the world the talent, the technology and the entrepreneurial character of the South; by bringing together the most promising startups from Southern Europe, the Mediterranean and Latin America, with top-tier international investors and the top leading and most innovative corporations from around the world.

In 1981, she founded Círculo de Progreso, years later transformed into Infoempleo, which became the top site as a job active search, reaching 3 millions of visitors per month, and a data base composed by more than 5 millions of candidates and 80.000 companies. Bearing in mind the relevance of information dissemination, Infoempleo developed a very important colection of market research studies focused on the world of work.

With this track record, Spain Startup is María´s the last project, founded in 2012, to which devotes the most of her time and energy. Spain Startup arises from her wide experience as entrepeneur and business woman, from her deep knowledge abouth the business world and her unrest concern about the promotion of innovative and entrepeneurship iniciatives.

Spain Startup is aimed to promote entrepeneurship and innovation, creating an ecosystem in which entrepeneurs, investors and corporates share their knowledge and projects to add value. Furthermore, she is the founder partner of IWF España (International Women Forum), and vicepresident of Círculo de Empresarios y de Secot . In 2011 she was awarded with the “Premio Nacional a la Mujer Directiva” in business innovation category; as well as the Premio Clara Campoamor in 2009 by Madrid Town Hall, Business woman of the year in 2007 by ASEME; and one of the top one hundred leader women in Spain in the last editions.