Madrid : Cybersecurity Startup Exits, Venture Capital & Spain’s Tech Ecosystem

March 04, 2019 | 4:30pm - 5:50pm | Hewlett 201 Auditorium (Hewlett Teaching Center, Engineering Campus)

European Entrepreneurship & Innovation @ Stanford Engineering (ME421)

Session #7 of Stanford’s ‘European Entrepreneurship & Innovation’ speaker series drills down into the Madrid startup and tech ecosystem, and in particular the growing Madrid-Granada connection. Our two speakers are the region’s leading software startup founders and venture investors, and demonstrate Spain’s growing depth in cybersecurity and enterprise software. Julio Casal founded AlienVault in 2007, and secured venture financing from Adara Ventures, Intel Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield, among other VC funds. AlienVault’s exit to ATT in 2018 represents one of the biggest successes in Spanish startup history. Adara, along with Julio’s current cybersecurity startup 4iQ and AlienVault, demonstrate the growing depth and strength of the Madrid and Spanish tech talent base, university computer science community, and ecosystem foundations.


  • Julio Casal – Founder & CTO || CEO & Co-Founder, 4iQ || AlienVault (Madrid | Silicon Valley)
  • Nico Goulet – Managing Partner, Adara Ventures (Madrid)


* Website: | Twitter: @Europreneurs

* Speaker Videos – ‘Stanford Europreneurs’ YouTube Channel 

* ‘European Entrepreneurship’ LinkedIn Group (23K+ members) 

Mondays 4:30pm – 5:50pm. Stanford Engineering’s ‘European Entrepreneurship and Innovation’ is a weekly speaker series that presents founders, entrepreneurs, CEOs, investors and other leaders from Europe’s hitech startup, venture finance, corporate and university communities. 

Sponsored by the Center for Design Research, Dept of Mechanical Engineering

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Open to the Public at no charge. Stanford Alumni and Silicon Valley professionals welcome. No Pre-Registration required.

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