About Maria Benjumea:
My biggest investment (gamble) is in the development of people. I am my own startup.
Maria Benjumea is one of the most important figures in Spain, the business world, and entrepreneurship. After graduating with a Geography and History degree, she went on to open her first company in 1980: an antiques shop that served as an art gallery that also offered restoration and conservation services to its clientele. Always ready to meet new challenges, at age 40, she decided to take a chance on a new idea: creating Infoempleo, a pioneering service in internet job search.
Infoempleo started in 1994 and was her first major success: it became the first job portal in Spain who opted for the concept of “professional network” as a framework for career management and talent. More than four million people are part of this system of intermediation with companies, serving both unemployed, as well working professionals seeking new opportunities.
María Benjumea remains president and shareholder of Infoempleo, however for the last two years the Vocento group has taken over the management of the company. Giving her the opportunity to invest in her latest project Spain Startup & Investor Summit. Last October they held in Madrid the second edition of Spain Startup & Investor Summit, where highly innovative Spanish companies were present seeking to find investors from different parts of Europe and Silicon Valley.