Encienda SL was founded in 2003 as a joint venture between a California technology company and a Spanish intellectual property management company. The company was founded in Alicante, Spain as a direct result of the building of the City of Light (Ciudad de la Luz) Film and Television Studio complex. The name Encienda comes from the Spanish phrase for "Turn on the Light" (Encienda la Luz).

In 2005, when the City of Light Studios opened its doors, Encienda organized an International Coproduction Forum between Alicante filmmakers and the Hollywood Latino Community under the auspices of the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. In this year, Elmer Robles wrote a white paper with Francisco Aguilera, the Director of International Relations of SGAE and the first President of the ISAN, that showed how standardization maximizes the value of audiovisual libraries.

In 2006, Encienda was chosen by Guidewire Group as one of 35 European global innovators for the 2nd Innovate!Europe Conference in Zaragoza, Spain. Guidewire Group had conducted interviews with over 200 companies. Encienda demonstrated the Cinegocio product, one of the first online rights management system to incorporate the International Standard Audiovisual Number (ISAN).

In 2007, Encienda provided project and technology management services for Intrasoft under a €21M Information Technology contract with the Office of Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM); now known as the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). The reengineering of the Community Trademark registration system was the cornerstone project which eventually led to the creation of TMView.

In 2008, Encienda was selected by Eurostart Capital Partners as the only Spanish technology company to participate in the World Investment Conference in La Baule, France. Encienda presented a digital media hub that incorporated a video delivery system, video fingerprint tracking system, and the Cinegocio financial settlement engine.

In 2009, Encienda's development operations went on hiatus as the Spanish audiovisual market sought to rebuild itself. Encienda's founders became involved in projects that promoted international trade in the creative industries at the municipal level; namely, Sister Cities International and Creative Cities Network.

2010 and the future of Encienda. The prototype systems and partnerships that Encienda maintains are valuable assets. As the creative industries rebound, Encienda's intellectual property management systems are poised to take advantage of the European Union's Digital Single Market.