This sunny July morning we have woken up with great news: we have been selected as one of 100 startups that are South Summit 2016 finalists! Although there are many reasons to be happy on a day like today, we can highlight three main reasons:

Firstly, we have reached the final when competition was tough, over 3,000 other startups entered the contest and we are in the final 100, which means we’re part of the top 2.5%! We want to take this time to congratulate the other startup finalists, as well as other participating companies, the judges and the amazing organization that is this year’s South Summit.

The South Summit is one of the most important conferences for startup businesses in Europe, and that’s not an exaggeration. Founded in 2012 by Maria Benjumea with the noble purpose of gathering the best entrepreneurial talent in Southern Europe and Latin America every year and putting these businesses in touch with clients and investors, hence growing their connections. The international influence of the South Summit carries on growing year on year. The figures speak for themselves: last year, in 2015, more than 1,800 companies registered, having received the hundred finalists from the previous edition more than 500 million euros have been made in investment to date.

However, what we are most proud of is that this nomination represents the meteoric trajectory of the company. Since it was founded in 2010 (which seems like yesterday!), aBoatTime has not stopped growing, always with the hope and the humility to know that the road is and will remain difficult. We have suffered disappointments, ups and downs, setbacks, but we’ve always managed to look forward with our heads held high and with the wind in our sails!

Now and always, from aBoatTime, we want to thank all those who made it possible for us to be here today!