Barcelona, A CAMPUS OF ENTREPENEURS
Those who have breathed the atmosphere of Barcelona are those who have made it possible for Barcelona to rank among the top 10 according to the World Best Cities 2018 report or, depending on the category, right behind Tokyo in second place.
Barcelona’s motivation to position itself at the highest places of the innovation league, competing with leading cities such as London, Berlin or Paris, is difficult to understand with an exclusively rational logic. Undeniably, a conjunction of factors has come together. You need to live this city to understand it.
Barcelona generates business opportunities and scales positions benchmarking the city at the forefront of the top five European hubs in terms of number of startups, just behind London, Berlin, Paris and Dublin. This year, Barcelona ranks fourth in the category of capital invested in startups, according to The State of European Tech report issued by the international technology investment company, Atomico.
Barcelona Tech City has managed to concentrate the Catalan technological potential into one single space with great complementary projects. This is a clear example of public-private collaboration which includes the Startup Catalonia team of ACCIO (Catalan Government) and some of the programs of Mobile World Capital Barcelona. At the same time, BTC has combined to perfection the presence of cutting edge startups like Holaluz, Byhours and Tiendeo with innovative projects of large well-established corporations wanting to have a foot in the new space of Barcelona Tech City, The Palau de Mar of the Barceloneta. We are talking about Innovahub promoted by Gas Natural Fenosa, Payment Innovation Hub promoted by CaixaBank, Global Payments, Samsung, Visa and Arval, or Metropolis: Lab Barcelona promoted by SEAT. The need to innovate, diversify and be at the cutting edge has led to powerful agreements between corporations and startups in an attempt to find something intrinsic in their DNA: i.e. cooperating in order to grow faster and do new business.
Barcelona is enjoying an unusually sweet spot at the moment. Barcelona is a magnet for new projects and captures investment. The city attracts local and international talent. And it arouses the interest of founders who consider Barcelona the third most attractive European city to move to, according to the Startup Ecosystem Overview 2018 report issued by the Mobile World Capital Barcelona.
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