Spain

Barcelona

Early-Globalization Phase

Barcelona is one of the most competitive European startup hubs with lots of multinational enterprise innovation centers and access to local and international talent and VC investment.

Jordi Aguasca
Manager at Startup Catalonia

Sub-sector Strengths

Life Sciences

Barcelona has over 100 digital health startups and hundreds of health care events, including Eyeforpharma and Bio Europe Spring. The European branch of the Health Information Management Systems Society has opened an office in Barcelona’s Health Hub. In 2018, Minoryx Therapeutics, a disease therapy developer, raised $25 million and patient testing solutions startup STAT-DX was acquired for $191 million.

Gaming

Catalonia is home to over 130 Gaming companies with approximately $365 million in revenue. Major global players like Ubisoft and I Got Games have set up their European headquarters in Barcelona, and events such as Barcelona Games World attract 150,000 people each year. In 2017, Social Point was acquired for $270 million. Scopely, a North American gaming platform, announced in 2017 that it planned to invest up to $3.3 million in a Barcelona headquarters.

Why you should invest in Barcelona

SOFTWARE STARTUP OUTPUT
1 k-1.4 k
GLOBAL AVG.
1,010
ECOSYSTEM VALUE
$4.1 bn
GLOBAL AVG.
$5 bn
Top 15 Global Ecosystem
Bang for Buck
Top 15 Global Ecosystem
Gaming
5
Exit Growth
INDEX
7
Output Growth
INDEX
6
Funding Growth
INDEX

Reasons to move your startup to Barcelona

EARLY-STAGE FUNDING PER STARTUP
$292 k
GLOBAL AVG.
$284 k
TOTAL EARLY-STAGE FUNDING
$392 m
GLOBAL AVG.
$837 m
SOFTWARE ENGINEER SALARY
$40.6 k
GLOBAL AVG.
$58.3 k

Center of gravity

Barcelona plays host to major international events such as the Mobile World Congress (MWC) and Smart City Expo. These bring together multinational companies and startups and make the ecosystem a focal point for launching new ideas and building connectedness. Alongside MWC, the 4YFN event for startups has developed into a global platform.

Startup Community

Startup Genome
Partners & Members

Alta Life Sciences
Antai Venture Builder
BCN Tech City
Caixa Capital Risc
Capital Cell
Conector Startup Accelerator
Delvy Law & Finance
ESADE BAN
Inveready Technology Investment Group
Nauta Capital
Nekko Capital
Rousaud Costas Duran
Sabadell Ventures
SeedRocket
Ysios Capital

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Local Ambassadors

Àlex Rodríguez Bacardit
Responsible for the expansion of the Startup Grind brand in Southwestern Europe (Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, Malta, Andorra, Gibraltar) as Regional Director, leading the Barcelona chapter (awarded Best Chapter of the Year in 2016).
Àlex Rodríguez Bacardit  | Founder & CEO at MarsBased, Regional Director at Startup Grind
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