Ana Maiques

Ana Maiques


Ana Maiques Valls was born in Valencia. She obtained two Bachelors in Economy from University of Barcelona and University of Wolverhampton and a Master in European Economy from University of North London. Living different countries (England, Belgium, Holland and EEUU) allowed her to develop a strong international focus. She has also taken different business development courses from IESE, MIT and ESADE.

In 2000 she was one of the founders of Starlab (, a leading research and innovation company based in Barcelona (Spain) focused on the space and neuroscience industries. Her husband, PhD in Physics and a Mathematician from University of California in Berkeley, accompanied her in this entrepreneurial adventure as another founder. The business tandem positioned Starlab as one of the leading companies in research in Spain. They were awarded a number of prizes: Flyer best space company, NOVARE ENDESA Prize, Innovative Company Award by the Barcelona Council, BMW Awards and the recognition of the European Space Agency.

Besides her business experience she also participates proactively in various organizations of her community: VP of CataloniaBio, Barcelona Council Growth Bureau, Entrepreneurship Committee of the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona and GrupSet Women Entrepreneurs from Catalonia.

She also participates in different entrepreneurship forums (Fundació Príncep de Girona):­‐impulsa-­‐2010/articulos/todos-­‐los-­‐que-­‐hemos-­‐venido-­‐ a-­‐impulsa-­‐hemos-­‐venido-­‐a-­‐cambiar-­‐el-­‐mundo/, demonstrating that leading technological companies are not only located in Silicon Valley and encourages the government to foster entrepreneurship programs:­‐desayunos-­‐de-­‐ tve/fundadora-­‐starlab-­‐aboga-­‐programas-­‐acompanamiento-­‐para-­‐emprendedores/1524780/

In 2010 she was nominated by IESE as one of the most influential entrepreneurships under 40 in Spain (the only women in the list) and in March 2014 awarded as one of the most Innovative Women in Europe by the European Comission: &­‐union/index_en.cfm?section=women-­‐innovators She is also a proud mother of four young children.

Ana Maiques is now leading a new business adventure, Neuroelectrics. She keeps working to expand her businesses globally and hopes her experience will be useful as a benchmark for other young entrepreneurs.