The company began its activity in 2014 as an e-commerce for Birth Gifts: bebedeparis.com.
To launch Bebedeparis.com, we took advantage of an existing Limited Liability Company (SL) that used to be our physical baby clothing store in Sant Cugat del Vallés, which we had transferred years before.
When we had the “physical store,” we already realized that the business was in the online realm and focusing on companies that wanted to send a gift to their employees when they had a child.
CEO of Baby Friendly Companies SL
She is a highly recognized international entrepreneur in Spain with experience in e-commerce, internet, and digital marketing. She has 25 years of experience in running an online business from ideation to profitability. She has been nominated by Forbes among the top 10 most influential Spanish business people: https://forbes.es/listas/76585/los-100-mejores-inﬂuencers-2020/91/
She has been nominated by LinkedIn entre las 10 personas más inﬂuyentes de España.
She founded her first company in 2000: Secretariaplus.com and Directivosplus.com, and sold it in 2007 to USG individuals for 10 times the investment. One of the few Spanish companies that survived the internet crisis of 2001. She co-founded womenalia.com in 2011, where she serves as non-executive president. It is an AI and big data company, with a technological tool that helps Spanish and Latin American women achieve their professional goals (350,000 women on the platform).
In 2014, she co-founded bebedeparis.com, now transformed into BabyFriendlyCompanies.com, where she is the CEO. It is a technological platform that helps companies support their employees with children. She is a board member of several successful internet companies that she co-founded: cocunat.com, incipy.com, inesdi.com, increnta.com, and canamedics.com. She has served as President of Adigital (Spanish Digital Economy Association) and a member of the CEOE Executive Committee for 10 years. She has over 29,900 professional contacts on LinkedIn and has over 93,200 followers on Twitter: twitter.com/gomezdelpozuelo
Founded in 2014, Bebedeparis.com.
International expansion from 2015 to 2018: creation of bebedeparis.co.uk, bebedeparis.fr, bebedeparis.de, bebedeparis.mx, bebedeparis.eu.
The first external partners joined in 2015/2016, including a family office from Bilbao, Aroñuca, and a crowdfunding campaign (totaling around €400,000).
An attempt to implement a franchise model in other countries that did not work well, and we regained ownership of the franchises in Mexico, France, and Germany.
Two residual franchises still in operation:
In 2018, our largest corporate clients began requesting additional services to help attract and retain young talent who want to have or already have young children.
We started designing Baby Friendly Companies, creating an ethical code, a seal of guarantee, and practical baby-friendly programs to assist companies in supporting their employees on the parenting journey. For this transformation, a small fund called “Copernion,” led by Juan Manuel Barrionuevo, invested €350,000.
LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jubarrionuevo
In 2019, Baby Friendly Companies officially launched (we also changed the company’s name). It is a digital project with significant social impact, disruptive and innovative, aiming to address the declining birth rate in Spain.
2020/2022: We went through the pandemic, and many companies realized the great importance of emotional salary and taking care of employees, especially those with young children who have been greatly affected during the pandemic.
Originality and creativity of the business project:
There are studies from renowned business schools like IESE that confirm that while only 4% of men see their careers negatively affected when becoming fathers, women experience a 70% slowdown or even regression in their professional lives. The moment of motherhood and fatherhood is when the greatest inequality between men and women occurs.
It is under this context that Baby Friendly Companies was born, aiming to offer a creative solution to a problem that continues to worsen worldwide. A “Baby Friendly Company” seal has been created, awarded to companies that comply with the ethical code of the 10 Baby Friendly principles and choose a digital program to support parents when they have a child.