Beta-i and Tetuan Valley have joined forces in order to become the first reference in the Iberian Peninsula for innovation and entrepreneurship programs. Together, Beta-i and Tetuan Valley have almost 15 years of experience and 840 startups have gone through their programs.
Beta-i and us go way back, to 2009 when both were founded. Two of our founders, Ricardo from Beta-i and Luis from Tetuan Valley, know each other since even before that. Since then the two organizations have followed parallel paths with very similar visions. In 2014 we started working together on the ATALANTA project, a project by the European Commission. Since then the two accelerators have gotten very close, with staff from the one spending months at a time working at the other’s offices. We have also aligned our startup programs with Startups that went through Tetuan Valley’s Startup School then going into Beta-i’s Lisbon Challenge, and Beta-i’s startups expanding into Spain being taken in by Tetuan Valley during their first steps. Uniplaces, the Portuguese startup, spent their first three weeks in Spain in Tetuan Valley’s facilities.
Both Beta-i and Tetuan Valley have a long trajectory working with startups and executing entrepreneurship programs. Beta-i, based in Lisbon, specializes in acceleration programs and programs for the corporate world. We, Tetuan Valley, specialize in pre-acceleration and training programs. Joining our different yet complementary expertise, we plan to take over the Iberian peninsula’s innovation market. With each being a reference in our own countries, together we are sure to achieve this goal. Both Beta-i and us have enormous communities of digital entrepreneurs backing us up that they we eager to join together.
Karel Escobar, our CEO, commented:
“I have worked personally with Beta-i over the last two years and it is clear that now it is time to join forces and become a single voice in the innovation world. With a strong hold on Portugal and Spain I see huge potential for working with big companies that have business in both countries and are looking to innovate from within”
We have big plans for the next few months. We will be working along three main lines: programs with corporates, pre-acceleration programs and investment in Spanish startups. We already have several projects for programs with corporates in the pipeline in Madrid, and new cities where to take Tetuan Valley’s pre-acceleration program on the horizon.
We will be working together closely, with one member of the Beta-i team moving to Madrid to work directly with us starting February. Eventually, we aspire to work under a single brand with Beta-i. Although we will begin collaborations in Portugal and Spain, some of the possible futures lay in cities all around Europe (and beyond). We have big ambitions, but we also have all the resources to pursue them.
We are very happy to announce this partnership to you today! Beta-i: let’s rock this.