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FPdGi Business Award 2016

Sergio Álvarez Leiva

Madrid, 1985

“I have devoted myself to building bridges between designers and developers, creating products that improve decision-making”

Sergio Álvarez Leiva


«For his ability to represent data using cartography».


In 2009, he co-founded, with Javier de la Torre, the data visualisation company Vizzuality, with offices in Cambridge and Madrid, working with Google, NASA, The Wall Street Journal, the University of Oxford and the Open Government Partnership. Three years later, he co-founded the location intelligence platform CartoDB, focused completely on product development at its offices in New York and Madrid

In 2015, his turned his attention to organising the world using maps with CARTO (previously CartoDB), a tool to create and display geolocation data. In its second round of financing, led by Facebook investors Accel Partners, CARTO managed to raise 23 million dollars.

As a result of his success, Sergio Álvarez Leiva has become a media sensation and teaches courses and seminars at institutions such as IE Business School, the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) and the Cartographic Institute of Catalonia (ICC).

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“His strength is his great enthusiasm for things and his ability to inspire others. When something excites his interest, he transforms it into something others can understand and be enthusiastic about too”

Miguel Arias, COO at CartoDB


Sergio began a degree in Information Technology at the Carlos III University in Madrid, but dropped out to start working in a tech start-up.

As his dazzling career took off, the start-up (while changing name) went from strength to strength, with increasing numbers of investors, clients, offices, employees and the growing international prestige he is recognised for.

In 2013, Sergio joined the Global Shapers (WEF) community and, in 2014, was named one of Spain’s top innovators under 35 by MIT Technology Review.