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Barcelona and Catalonia have established themselves as a leading hub for innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe, attracting a growing number of startups, investors, and talent from around the world. To highlight the progress of the local startup ecosystems and the incentives ACCIO – Catalonia Trade & Investment (the Catalan Government’s agency for business competitiveness) and StartupBlink (a global startup map and research center) have partnered to launch the Barcelona and Catalonia Startup Ecosystem Report.

This comprehensive report provides a detailed analysis of the region’s startup landscape, covering key trends, challenges, opportunities, and success stories. Whether you’re a founder, investor, policymaker, or simply curious about the future of innovation in Catalonia, this report is a must-read. In this blog post, we’ll give you a sneak peek into some of the main insights and highlight the best startup ecosystem initiatives in Barcelona and Catalonia.

What Can You Discover in the Barcelona and Catalonia Startup Ecosystem Report?

1. Strong Startup Ecosystem Foundations

Barcelona and Catalonia offer a wealth of advantages for startups looking to grow and scale their business. With multiple sources of investment available, including a growing number of venture capital firms and angel investors, startups have access to the resources they need to succeed. 

Additionally, the region has established itself as the EU’s top region for video game sector investment and a leading BioRegion hub in Europe, with cutting-edge research and development in biotech and life sciences. 

With a highly talented tech workforce, a strong presence of multinational companies, and access to a Startup Visa, Barcelona and Catalonia are well-positioned to attract and retain the best and brightest talent from around the world. 

Download the  Barcelona and Catalonia Startup Ecosystem Report, to get more insights.

2. Vibrant Startup Scene in Barcelona and Catalonia

In addition to providing an overview of the existing startup ecosystem in Barcelona and Catalonia, the report also covers key players shaping the region’s innovation landscape. From unicorns such as Factorial and TravelPerk to the big exits like Glovo, WallBox and LetGo as well as the presence of global corporations like Microsoft, Amazon, and SEMRush,  which is featured in an interview with the company’s CHRO, the report sheds light on the movers and shakers of the region’s startup scene. 

Investors, accelerators, and government agencies, as well as coworking spaces, R&D centers, startup and tech events are also covered in this report as the supporters of the startup ecosystem in Catalonia and Barcelona. This is just a small sampling of the players you’ll find in the report. 

3. Growing Investment Landscape

One of the most exciting aspects of the Barcelona and Catalonia startup ecosystem is the growing investment landscape. Here are a few more investment data from the report:

  • 2021 was a record breaking year for startups in Catalonia who attracted €1,479 million with a 246% increase in the volume of investment from 2020.
  • In 2022, the health startups investments reached €296 million, 2.5 times more investment than in 2021 for the same period.
  • 12.2% of the EU’s foreign investment for 2017-2021 came to Catalonia

Funding and support come not only at a local level but also from the Spanish government and from the European Union, providing startups with a variety of options to help them grow and scale. 

Moreover, Catalonia has been the main attraction of Foreign Direct Investments in Spain over the past few years, which is a testament to the region’s appeal for international investors. 

The report covers the investment data for the region, as well as the various investors and organizations supporting the startup ecosystem in Barcelona and Catalonia. Whether you’re a startup looking for funding or an investor looking to explore the region’s investment opportunities, the report is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the growing investment landscape of Barcelona and Catalonia.

4. Supportive Policy and Infrastructure

Barcelona and Catalonia provide supportive policies and infrastructure for startups. The region offers a Startup Visa for foreign entrepreneurs and has a strategic location as a gateway for Europe. The motorway network links Barcelona to other important hubs such as Madrid, Zaragoza, and Valencia. These supportive policies and infrastructure are detailed in the report, making it an essential resource for anyone looking to explore the startup ecosystem in Barcelona and Catalonia.

5. Ecosystem Benchmarking and Industry Insights

Barcelona was ranked 5th in the EU in StartupBlink’s Global Startup Ecosystem Index 2022. What’s more is Barcelona’s outstanding performance in specific industries such as ranking 15th in Foodtech, 16th in Energy & Environment and 21st in Ecommerce & Retail, globally.

However, the Barcelona and Catalonia Startup Ecosystem Report goes beyond this ranking to provide a more nuanced understanding of the region’s startup scene. The report benchmarks Barcelona against other cities in Europe and provides insights into the specific industries in which the region outperforms. If you’re looking to explore the startup ecosystem in Barcelona and Catalonia or gain a deeper understanding of the region’s performance, this report is the right resource for you.

 To fully dive into the rich insights from the report, we invite you to download it today. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, investor, or simply curious about the Catalan startup scene, this report is full of data and insights that will help you to better understand the ecosystem.

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