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Joaquín Cuenca Abela, Co-Founder and CEO of Freepik, will speak at this year’s EU-Startups Summit!

On April 20-21, we’ll host the 9th edition of our annual EU-Startups Summit in Barcelona! This year, the event will be bigger and better than ever before and we’ll have lots of exciting speakers, panel discussions, networking activities, pitch competitions and much more. The EU-Startups Summit will gather over 2,000 founders, startup enthusiasts and investors for two days of networking, inspiration and learning!

Next up in our increasingly exciting speaker lineup is Joaquín Cuenca Abela, the Co-Founder and CEO of Freepik Company! Joaquín will join us for a keynote on why the time for bootstrapping is now. 

Freepik Company is the renowned name behind world-leading design and creativity tools such as Freepik, Flaticon, Iconfinder, Slidesgo, Videvo and Wepik. The firm, which is bootstrapped, has been leading the content space since its 2010 launch, making strategic moves, acquisitions and market expansions. Born in Malaga, Freepik offers an all-in-one marketplace for all content needs, including videos, audio, graphics and more. In 2018, the company was listed in the Financial Times’ “Fastest Growing European Companies” Ranking with more than 450 employees, 450 exclusive remote designers and over 23k registered contributors.

Joaquín has been behind Freepik’s impressive growth and has himself an interesting career journey. He studied computer engineering before developing Loquo, a classified ads website that was sold to eBay in 2005. Later on, Joaquín founded Panoramio, the first Spanish company sold to Google, after which he spent 3 years working at Google, in Zurich, as the Tech Lead of Panoramio itself.

We can’t wait to welcome Joaquín to this year’s EU-Startups Summit to hear his valuable insights, learn from his distinguished experience and get inspired by his bootstrapping success story.

Make sure you secure your ticket today so that you’re there to join us. In the meantime, more information can be found on our event page, and, you can also get a taste of what’s to come this April by checking out this video from last year’s event:

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Patricia Allen
Patricia Allen
is the Head of Content at EU-Startups. With a background in politics, Patricia has a real passion for how shared ideas across communities and cultures can bring new initiatives and innovations for the future. She spends her time bringing you the latest news and updates of startups across Europe, and curating our social media.
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