Our History

Everything started 35 years ago

Zabala was created

In 1986, practically at the same time that Spain joined the European Union, in Navarra José Mª Zabala founded a consultancy to accompany companies in their innovation projects, helping them obtain public funding, something that Europe already supported since the First Framework Program with which ZABALA started working.

Zabala, innovation & Europe

Zabala, innovation and Europe are insep arable terms in the history of this Navarran family-owned company that has been promoting innovation as the key factor in the competitiveness of organizations for 35 years and in this task has reached the rank of leading company in innovation management and plays a role as a relevant interlocutor for companies, technology centers and universities with national and European institutions that promote R & D & i policies and programs.

Our history

In 2003 ZABALA Innovation opened an office in Brussels, a powerful decision for the new dimension that the company will acquire, associated with the creation of a department for European projects. This specialization will require doubling the workforce (54 people in that year) and the opening of a new office in Madrid (in 2005) to be close to new customers, large corporations (Repsol, Gas Natural, Iberdrola, Acciona …) and consortiums that participate in collaborative projects in national calls (CENIT or CIEN). In successive years the rate of growth is constant, work is carried out for large Spanish universities. Then Barcelona (2007), Seville (2009), Vigo and Valencia (2010) join the network and in the midst of the economic crisis the number of professionals already exceeds one hundred and a half.


Today, in the middle of a pandemic, it celebrates its 35th anniversary anchored in its axis (innovation) as an opportunity to continue growing. More than 320 expert professionals (agricultural engineers, graduates in Pharmacy, Chemistry, industrialists in their different branches, computer engineers, telecommunications …) in its 13 offices in 5 countries, work and telework so that innovation projects continue to see the light of day.

Now more than ever, our future will always depend on our ability to innovate. The challenge is great, but also exciting.

Join us celebrating… together, Innovation works!

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