What is a Startup Ecosystem?
A startup ecosystem is the convergence of all the actors involved in the startup processes where innovation, creation, and development of new startups are encouraged. So, These are some of the leading figures that interact in these ecosystems.
Political actors: facilitating bureaucratic procedures, incentives and aid are measures to promote entrepreneurship.
Investors: there are always people willing to invest in new ideas. In a startup ecosystem, it can become a circle where the person who entered as an entrepreneur now consolidates and reappears as an investor.
Training and research: technology, training, and innovation are essential pillars in developing new companies. They improve efficiency and meet the demands and needs of the population and the market.
Other actors: chambers of commerce, local or regional institutions, cowering circles, event organizers, and sector promoters make up spaces for synergy, meetings, and support for entrepreneurs and business people.
How does a Startup Ecosystem Help?
A startup ecosystem can present itself in different ways. From accelerators, business incubators, cowering spaces, or financial aid, physically or online, with different sizes, scopes, and members’ profiles. However, there is always something familiar to all of them, and it is the transformation and the impulse provided to innovation, work, and talent.
These ecosystems become places of synergies, meeting, support, and growth. One of the main characteristics that make a startup ecosystem develop is density. And it is that the greater the number of actors, ideas, and projects, the more it will act as a pole of attraction for other companies, investments, research, Also, Training.
Another engine is the interconnection between actors. For example, many organizations may work to promote entrepreneurship. But, if there is no communication and interrelation between them, they will lose strength and results.
The Main Challenges of Startup Ecosystem
Startup ecosystems are spaces for creating wealth, innovation, and development. In Spain, they are beginning to gain strength, although we must not forget that challenges still need to be worked on.
According to the Third National Study of the Self-Employed, the main barriers to entrepreneurship are taxation, the tax system, and bureaucracy, making it difficult and slower to enter the market, the growth, and consolidation of companies.
Another of the pending challenges is the training and acquisition at different educational levels of aptitudes and abilities that promote entrepreneurship and creativity, the well-known Soft Skills.
Despite the work that lies ahead, support for entrepreneurs is increasing. Do not hesitate to find out in your community about the grants, institutions, and events to give life to your idea. And if you have any questions about the procedures to follow, contact our online tax advice. We help you with the initial guidelines and the obligations of SMEs and freelancers.
Composition of the Startup Ecosystem
- Ideas, inventions, and research, i.e., Intellectual property rights (IPR)
- Secondly, Entrepreneurship Education
- Startups at various stages
- Start-up team members
- Angel investors
- Startup mentors
- Also, Start-up advisors
- Other business-oriented people
- People from other organizations with start-up activities
- Finally, Start-up events
The startup ecosystem has a good relationship between startups, where public-private collaboration is constant, capital flows, and access to specialized talent. In addition, there must be a startup attitude and culture both in the population and institutions, universities open to startups, and large companies.