Barcelona IT Ecosystem
Barcelona is becoming everyday a little more an international hub for tech cos and start-ups. The Catalan capital develops an impressive ecosystem in which starters, investment funds, accelerators and corporations grow each other up.
Currently, 15.000 professionals are working in the BCN Tech Ecosystem and in the last 12 months this Ecosystem has mobilized 1B€.
We recently met with Miquel Marti CEO at Pier01 in his renovated office to give us an insight on the effevescent activities of Barcelona Tech City.
Pier01 Barcelona Tech City
In 2012 several visionary entrepreneurs lead by Miguel Vicente (Antai, Wallapop, Letsbonus), Lucas Carné (Privalia), Iñaki Ecenarro (Trovit), Mauricio Prieto (Edreams), Dídac Lee (Inspirit, FC Barcelona), Carlos Blanco (Akamon) among others decided to promote Barcelona as a technology hub. They created Barcelona Tech City with the support of the City Hall, La Generalitat of Catalonia and the Port of Barcelona. Refurbishment of the 19th century building known today as Palau de Mar, a former General Stores, the sole building of Barcelona's Old Port still standing was launched and PIER 01 was inaugurated last summer as an association for all the digital and technological players in Barcelona’s ecosystem.
The cluster objective is clearly to benchmark Barcelona Tech Ecosystem to the World.
Barcelona Tech City is a non profit member organization that represents Barcelona’s digital and technological sector. BCN Tech City’s main goal is to showcase Barcelona as a main hub on the global tech scene.
The original group now includes more than 350 members and the association gathers accelerators (mVentureBarcelona, MobileWorld Capital, Antai Venture, Nuclio, Conector, 101 Startups, Numa, Napptilus,...) big companies (Edreams, Social Point, Scytl, WorldSensing, King, Airbnb, Uber) huge startups (Tiendeo, Holaluz, ...) and partners from private sector (Mobile World Capital Foundation, Caixabank, ESADE, Gas Natural, Telefonica, Open Future, McCann Erikson, LetGo, AirBnb) from public sectors as well ACCIO - TMB - Barceona Activa (BCN City Council).
Among the 350 Tech companies 15% of them are international members. Several sectors of activities are covered, most represented ones are Media sector (25%), e-Commerce (19%), Software (19%), Services (14%), Invest (6%), Travel & Leisure (5%), m-Health (3%).
It really creates one of the largest tech hubs in Europe with a space of 10.500 sqm, housing permanently 80 tech companies occupying more than 1000 professionals enjoying of breathtaking view office spaces, coworking, showrooms and wide windowed common areas to foster innovation and collaboration in only one spot in the city.
Pier01 appears as a crossing point between the old and new economy, reviving a 19th century built trade market in Barceloneta quarter nearby 22@ district.
Miquel tell us they are already running short of space ....and that he is looking for more square meters to welcome newcomers in a so-called PIER02 !