As the year comes to a close, startup entrepreneurs are busily tapping away at their keyboards, hosting brainstorming sessions and working hard to create the next big product that blows us all away. So, what creative companies have caught our eye this year?

At IE we’re all about entrepreneurship and innovation, so it’s only natural that we’re keeping an eye out for this year’s most exciting startups. Their fresh ideas, creative social media campaigns and dynamic workspaces represent the same experimental, daring mentality that’s characteristic of our students.

Thinking of adding “start my own business” to your New Year’s resolutions? At IE, we believe in the talent of our students, and we support them in every way possible so that they can make their startup dreams a reality. Whether it’s at the IEU Business Plan Challenge, or at our Area 31 incubator, we’re constantly looking for new opportunities to showcase the individuals who best embody IE’s entrepreneurial spirit.

We’ve checked out some of 2017’s most disruptive startups to help you get inspired as we move into the new year. Who knows? Maybe your own startup will make next year’s list!


Founded in Barcelona, Glovo is a booming business that allows customers to get their hands on anything they want in less than 60 minutes. With an on-demand mobile application, customers can order goods from any restaurant or shop in their city.

Currently, Glovo has raised an impressive €37.1 million in venture capital and is located in eight Spanish cities as well as Rome, Milan and Paris. Surpassing over one million orders in July, Glovo is aiming to hit two million purchases before January 1st!


When life gets busy, who has time to cook?! Berlin-based startup, HelloFresh, is changing people’s lives by providing them with simple ways to get what they want quickly and conveniently. They’ve created a cooking-kit delivery service that sends pre-packaged ingredients and recipes to customers every week. Since they’ve made cooking fast and healthy meals more accessible than ever, this hungry startup has raised $364 million in venture capital.

HelloFresh Gift Box Present


Spotahome, a startup based in Madrid, is a rapidly growing online marketplace that is revolutionizing the rental industry. Their website offers customers the unique experience of finding and booking accommodation in the city of their choice online. Since 2014, the company has raised a total of €20.7 million.

Spotahome CEO and IE Law School alum, Alejandro Artacho, shared plans to expand the company and develop new products with the the €13.6 million the company raised this year. Spotahome’s office exemplifies a true startup grind as energetic employees work diligently to find valuable solutions to complex problems, while digitizing the rental world as we know it.

In the world of innovation and technology, 2017’s hottest startups stand out for their unique ideas that solve real-world problems. At IEU, we provide our students with the tools, inspiration and motivation they need to explore creative solutions to issues we all deal with. If you want to learn more about our programs or philosophy, don’t hesitate to get in touch!