Christian Prada
Managing Director

Day in and day out Christian works with startups and entrepreneurs. Having worked for American and European hi-tech ventures for the past 15+ years, he has a deep understanding of Silicon Valley's Ecosystem and what it takes for a Spanish startup to be successful in this environment. 

María Lorenzo
Program Manager

María is acquainted with the mindset of Silicon Valley and has experience working with startups and entrepreneurs in project management, marketing, partnerships & strategy.

Non-Equity Assistance

Desafía San Francisco is a public initiative sponsored by ICEX and Red.es that helps Spanish technology companies scale faster and globally.


Our portfolio companies raised more than $230M in total and created +3000 jobs. The median total investment is $1.45M from venture capital firms and accelerators such as but not limited to 500 Startups, Adara Ventures, Alma Mundi Ventures, Angel Ventures, BBooster (Draper Venture Network), BrightCap Ventures, BStartup, Caixa Capital Risk, Deerfield, Demium, Encomenda, Endeavor Catalyst, GP Bullhorn, Inveready, JME Ventures, K Fund, Keiretsu Forum, Kibo Ventures, Lanzadera, MassChallenge, Plug And Play, Samaipata, Seaya Ventures, Seedrocket, Startup Sesame, Techstars, Telefonica Ventures, The Venture City and Wayra.


Among our alumni are three winners of South Summit's Global Startup Competition (2017, 2018 and 2019).

Crunchbase ranks us as the #1 non-equity accelerator in San Francisco.


ICEX Spain Trade and Investment is a public corporation of the Spain’s Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism. ICEX Spain Trade and Investment in collaboration with the Trade Commissions of Spain are offering companies and professionals that are interested in doing business with Spain, a dedicated area from which they can access all the information that they need.


Red.es is the public corporate entity attached to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation. Red.es develops programs to boost the digital economy, innovation, entrepreneurship, training for young people and professionals and support for SMEs through the promotion of efficient and intensive use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).