Photo essay: Scoping out Startup The Fusion in Madrid

Aiming to connect various aspects of the European startup ecosystem to each other, Startup The Fusion brought together (star) entrepreneurs, investors and more to Madrid for its two-day event.
Photo essay: Scoping out Startup The Fusion in Madrid

Welcome to Startup The Fusion, one of the most vibrant, up-and-coming startup events in Spain.

The two-day event, held last week, was organized by Kayvan Nikjou and his team at SiliconKarne.

Nikjou, a Finnish expat living in Madrid, has taken the Spanish startup ecosystem by storm. Last year, he started one of the few English-speaking technology blogs covering Spain's startup and tech scene.

Less than a year later, Nikjou also started one of the most interesting startup conferences in the country. With deep ties to Scandinavia, the conference saw an impressive display of speakers from international tech players, such as Rovio, F-Secure, Twitter, Slush, Airbnb and BlaBlaCar. The local speaker lineup also saw several top VCs and entrepreneurs in attendance.

If you missed out on the event, here are some snapshots to get a taste of the conference for yourself:


Badge, hat and a good dose of caffeine to start the day with energy.


The Hot Hotel team – which recently raise a 1 million euro round – and a new rising entrepreneur.


Welcome to the venue, the Circulo de Bellas Artes of Madrid.



Saying 'Hi' to the volunteers – the central nervous system of any conference.



Isidro Laso, from the European Commission, mingling with entrepreneurs.


Event spponsor F-Secure presenting its new privacy application Freedome.


Mister Mighty Eagle from Rovio, Peter Vesterbaka.



Our good friend Dmitri Sarle from Arctic Startup (no final S, please) with Isidro from the European Commission.

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On stage: Gustavo Brusilovsky from BuyVip, moderator Joshua Novik from Antevenio and Sebas Muriel from Tuenti

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The Startup The Fusion tech team making sure everything is going smoothly.


Hot Hotel's Joe Haslam with Carlos Rodriguez from Axon Partners Group.

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The dynamic duo from F-Secure, Executive VP Samu Konttinen and Janne Pirttilahti, Director of Freedome VPN.


Lunch time mingling at the conference.





The sharing economy duo, Jeoren Merchiers, Head of Airbnb Iberia, with Startup the Fusion host Kayvan Nikjou and Vincent Rosso, Head of BlaBlaCar Iberia.

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The Arctic and the Pioneers enjoying the local beer. 


Helena and Natalia aka the Touch of Classic team, one of last year's Wayra startups.  


Co-investing in startups panel: Oscar Farrés from the European Investment Fund alongside François Derbaix, one of Spain's notable business angels.




Say goodbye to Miki Kuusi from Slush conference. He's definitely enjoying Spain. 

Image credit: Alex Barrera

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